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George Richards

Director, Strategy Development - International, Community Jameel

George Richards is Director of Strategy Development – International, for Community Jameel, a sustainable social enterprise organization formally established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family’s tradition of supporting the community.

Since 2015, he has overseen the strategic direction of the organisation’s international programmes, including the establishment of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) and the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic); the European Social Inclusion Initiative at J-PAL Europe; and the Transforming Refugee Education towards Excellence programme in Jordan with Save the Children and MIT J-WEL.

Mr. Richards is also Head of Heritage for Art Jameel, the arts and culture organisation, where he is responsible for initiatives in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and beyond in the fields of traditional craft, architectural preservation, and the digital recording of heritage.

George is a specialist assessor for the British government’s Cultural Protection Fund, a Trustee of the Prince’s Foundation and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.  George was previously the Special Rapporteur for Cultural Heritage to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq and a Senior Fellow of Iraq Heritage.

Prior to taking his current role George was a trainee and then associate at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

He holds a First in Arabic and Persian from the University of Edinburgh, and a Master’s degree in cultural astronomy from the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s.

George has advanced proficiency in English, Arabic, Persian, Russian and French.