Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel is a noted philanthropist and Founder of Community Jameel.
He is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of independent international, family-owned and diversified businesses, founded in 1945 by his father, the late Abdul Latif Jameel
Through Community Jameel – a social enterprise organisation with a global scope – Mr. Jameel has continued the philanthropic tradition established by his father.
By launching Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel’s flagship livelihoods 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 innovative packages tailored to local problems and contexts.
As a patron of the arts, Mr. Jameel founded Art Jameel, Community Jameel’s sister organisation, to support 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.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumni, 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); 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 (since 2005); and through J-WEL pioneered innovative approaches to refugee education. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), whose cofounders Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, along with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics. Mr. Jameel is an MIT Corporation life member.
Community Jameel has also 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 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), awarded by HM Queen Elizabeth II for his philanthropic activities and support for the development of arts and culture.