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 and mobility solutions; financial services; residential real estate development; sustainable energy and water infrastructure solutions and wider environmental services; consumer products; advertising and media, and global health care.
Abdul Latif Jameel had grown significantly in its 75-year history, flourishing from its deep regional roots to be a truly global business with a presence in 30 markets over six continents, including Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America, employing over 11,000 people from more than 40 nationalities.
Abdul Latif Jameel has always believed in ‘business with a purpose’ and sought to actively create value by competing not to be best in the world, but best for the world. This approach is also inherent in non-operational investment. The Jameel Family’s global investment arm, JIMCO (the Abdul Latif Jameel Investment Management Company) actively invests in innovative, early-stage and breakthrough ventures, business models and emergent technologies, aiming to positively shape the future of core industries driving the global economy. These investments embrace medical and healthcare industries, fintech, insurtech, electric vehicles and future mobility solutions. The Jameel Family were founding shareholders in US-based electric vehicle manufacturer RIVIAN.
Mr. Jameel and the Jameel Family are noted philanthropists. Mr. Jameel is the Founder of Bab Rizq Jameel, which has helped hundreds of thousands of people by improving livelihoods through a range of initiatives.
Mohammed Jameel is also an avid and active supporter of arts, culture and heritage including Art Jameel (founded by his son Fady Jameel). As a trustee of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and an ambassador of the Prince’s Foundation, Mr. Jameel has worked with HRH The Prince of Wales’ charities through Art Jameel, including the Jameel Houses in Cairo and Jeddah, and the forthcoming Jameel House in Scotland, on the Dumfries House estate, the largest center for global traditional arts in the world.
Mr. Jameel is also Founder and Chairman of Community Jameel Saudi, a Saudi Arabian foundation that operates a considerable suite of philanthropically motivated social, entrepreneurial, and economic development programs for individuals and the community in the country. Its focus is governed by six main areas of development – competency development, women empowerment, entrepreneurship advancement, climate change, community wellbeing, and humanitarian initiatives – with one main goal: to create pathways to economic independence and so actively contributing to the development of the nation and its economy.
Mr. Jameel is Founder and Chairman of Community Jameel, an international organization that aims to strengthen systems to achieve breakthroughs in the fields of education, health, and climate, through support for evidence, data, science and technology, and to deliver the benefits of those breakthroughs to the people who need them most. Community Jameel’s mission is to be actively ‘innovating for a better future’.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus, Mr. Jameel has continued a highly active relationship with the school for decades and has led Community Jameel to a longstanding and deep collaboration with MIT, underpinning much of Community Jameel’s global development work through four major centers at the Institute: 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 (the Jameel-Clinic) in September 2018 – which has rapidly become the very epicenter of AI and healthcare at MIT.
With MIT, Community Jameel has also created an undergraduate scholarship for students from Asia, the Middle East and Africa (since 1994); and through J-WEL pioneered innovative approaches to refugee education.
In 2019, the co-founders of J-PAL, Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, along with long-time J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer, were awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.
Mr. Jameel is an MIT Corporation life member.
Community Jameel has also co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (the Jameel Institute) with Imperial College London, using novel data analytics to reduce global risk of preventable disease most recently including the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthening health systems in the most fragile settings
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel has been recognized with a number of notable 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 supporting both young men and women in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Jameel has also been awarded an Honorary Knighthood (KBE) by Her Majesty, 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.