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Mohammed Jameel KBE

Founder, Community Jameel

Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel KBE is the Founder of Community Jameel, the global philanthropy through which Mr Jameel continued the tradition of community service established by his father.

By launching Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel’s flagship job creation initiative in the Middle East and North Africa, Mr Jameel has helped hundreds of thousands of men and women improve their lives through work, with recruitment initiatives, microfinance programmes, and other innovative projects tailored to providing job opportunities for men and women in the Arab world. 

As a patron of the arts, Mr Jameel supported Art Jameel to promote artists and creative communities around the world with programmes in learning, the arts and heritage.  These include the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai; the Jameel Gallery and the Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Hayy: Creative Hub in Jeddah; and a network of centres and programmes preserving cultural heritage and supporting heritage-based creative industries in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and beyond.  In music, Community Jameel and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, where Mr Jameel is a member of the advisory board, co-founded a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London to support students in need.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus, Mr Jameel has led Community Jameel to a longstanding and deep collaboration with MIT, underpinning much of Community Jameel’s global development work through four major centres at MIT: the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), whose co-founders Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, along with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics; the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS); the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL); and the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic).  With MIT, Community Jameel has also created an undergraduate scholarship for students from Asia and the Middle East (since 1994); supported and mentored entrepreneurs in the Arab world through an annual startup competition (since 2005); and through MIT J-WEL pioneered innovative approaches to refugee education. Mr Jameel is an MIT Corporation life member. 

Committed to improving healthcare for all, in addition to J-Clinic at MIT, Community Jameel cofounded the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) with Imperial College London, to combat threats from disease worldwide. Mr Jameel’s father established the Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital in Jeddah, the first non-profit specialist facility for physical rehabilitation, and today a centre for advanced therapies.

Mr Jameel is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abdul Latif Jameel, an international, family-owned and diversified business, founded in 1945, by his father, the late Abdul Latif Jameel.

Mr Jameel has been recognised with a number of honours, including the highest award in Saudi Arabia, the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the First Order, from HM King Abdullah in recognition of his personal contribution to job creation initiatives amongst young Saudi men and women; and an honorary knighthood (KBE) from HM Queen Elizabeth II for his philanthropic activities and support for the development of arts and culture.