Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Abdul Latif Jameel
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel is 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.
Today, Abdul Latif Jameel’s core business areas include transportation, engineering and manufacturing, financial services, land and real estate, energy and environmental services, consumer products, and advertising and media. Based in the MENAT region, Abdul Latif Jameel has a presence in more than 30 countries over six continents, including Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
It is an active investor in ‘business with a purpose’ creating value and competitive advantage by competing not just to be best in the world, but best for the world. Mr. Jameel is a founding investor in the US-based electric vehicle start-up Rivian which is seeking to redefine the future of mobility.
Abdul Latif Jameel employs approximately 11,000 people from over 40 nationalities.
Mr. Jameel is a noted philanthropist and Founder of Community Jameel, which was formally established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family’s tradition of supporting the community. This has helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged people in the fields of healthcare and education, while improving livelihoods through a range of initiatives such as Bab Rizq Jameel.
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); 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.
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel has been recognized with a number of honors and awards. Mr. Jameel was presented with the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the First Order by His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the country’s highest award, in recognition of his personal contribution to job creation initiatives amongst both young men and women in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Jameel has also been awarded an Honorary Knighthood (KBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for his philanthropic activities and support for the development of arts and culture.