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Amr Al-Dabbagh

Amr Al-Dabbagh

Distinguished Fellow

His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh is the Chairman  and Chief Executive Officer of Al-Dabbagh Group operates an ecosystem of three principles of Giving, Earning and Sustaining, five vales and 10 Golden Rules.

His Excellency has a variety of philanthropic initiatives are rooted in a strategic approach  to giving and  with an  umbrella platform headquartered in San Francisco.

Stars Foundation was founded in the UK to help transform the lives of disadvantaged  children  and  their  communities  globally through  its flagship  program,  the  Stars  Impact  Awards.  The  awards  recognize strong locally-led organizations responding to the needs of underserved children. Stars’ goal is to support the lives of 20 million children and their communities by 2020.

Philanthropy University is a free, online non-degree granting education initiative powered by Berkeley- Haas and sponsored by Philanthropy U (a non-profit entity wholly owned by Al-Dabbagh Group). It provides leaders in the social sector access to training and support for strengthened capacity building. With  more  than  400,000  enrolments  in  its first cycle, representing  learners  from  180  countries Philanthropy University aims to impact 100 million lives by 2020 by training hundreds of thousands of social sector leaders to broaden their reach and deepen their impact.

The  Philanthropreneurship  Forum  brings together global leaders from philanthropy,  development, academia, government and the private sector to critically examine how to achieve social impact, ensure sustainability and deliver scalable progress for communities around the world.

The   Game   Changing  Initiatives,  implements  programmes  designed  to  be  scalable,  impactful, sustainable and of a game-changing nature with Al-Dabbagh Group companies, investing in innovative solutions and ideas that help alleviate some of the world’s most pressing development challenges by aligning Al-Dabbagh Group  companies’ individual activities with global centres of excellence and technical expertise.

His Excellency leads Al-Dabbagh Group, a family conglomerate founded in 1962 by his father, His Excellency Abdullah Al-Dabbagh, the former Minister of Agriculture of Saudi Arabia. The  Group employs more than  15,000 people globally through  its 62 portfolio companies with manufacturing presence in 35 countries and sales, services and projects in over 60 countries. The  Group  has four strategic business portfolios with a  flagship  company  for each.  These  include Food,  Petroleum  & Autoservices, Housing, Packaging and an Incubation  portfolio. Al-Dabbagh Group  aims to position itself among the top 20 wholly-owned global family businesses by 2020.

As steward of the family heritage, His Excellency leads the “Club 32” initiative, created to empower the 32 members of the Al-Dabbagh family’s third generation, including his own five children, to become global leaders in the  areas in which they are  most passionate. For His Excellency, the  corporate platform “ensures earning,” the philanthropic platform “ensures giving,” and Club 32 “ensures the sustainability” of earning and giving by endowing Club 32 members with the skills and traits needed to become responsible stakeholders of the three platforms, and thereby responsible global citizens. Club 32 aims to cultivate at least 20 successful leaders by 2020.

His Excellency has, over the course of a thirty-year career served in public office for two four-year terms as the Governor (with a rank of Minister) of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), elected for two terms on the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and appointed for two terms on the Makkah Regional Council.

He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Centennial Fund based in Riyadh. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowship based in Philadelphia, is a member of the  Cleveland Clinic International  Leadership Board  in Cleveland and  is a  Governor  of London Business School. He is also a Special Fellow for Social Impact at the Institute for Business and Social Impact at The Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

He co-authored his first book, “Governpreneurship”  in 2012, which explores examples of entrepreneurial  practices in government from around  the world with a deep dive on SAGIA and published his second book, “Omnipreneurship”  in 2016. This is complemented by the MOOC  he teaches on the online learning platform, Philanthropy University, titled “Leading with Integrity & The Ten  Golden  Rules”, which was successfully  launched  in October  2015 and  attracted  over 65,000 learners.

Awards and Honors:

Selected in 1995 as one of the 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the Executive Board of the World Economic Forum;

Recipient of Man of Year 2006 by Arabian Business Magazine;

Recipient of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (or Star of Excellence) given by the President of Pakistan

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