Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel is a prominent business figure in Saudi Arabia. He is chairman of the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) and founder of the world’s largest Toyota dealership, with operations in the Middle East, Central Asia, UK, and China. The business tycoon was voted as Marcopolis’ #1 most powerful businessman in Saudi Arabia.
This businessman and noted philanthropist has promoted job creation and poverty alleviation initiatives in the Middle East, as well as worldwide. His philanthropic endeavors have even caught the attention of the royal family in the UK.
The Queen of England awarded Jameel with an honorary knighthood for his support of the development of the arts and culture in the UK.
Jameel plays a significant role in the arts in London. He was part of a project to restore the Islamic Gallery in London, and also founded the Jameel Prize, which is an international art prize awarded to emerging artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions.
His company, ALJCI, has helped over 300,000 young Arabs find employment, as well as offered financial support for small start-up businesses and young entrepreneurs. Under the ALJCI umbrella includes The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT in the USA and Abdul Latif Jameel Co in Jeddah.
Jameel graduated from the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a degree in civil engineering. Moreover, he also possesses an honorary doctorate from Sophia University in Japan.
Along with being Chairman and President of Abdul latif Jameel Co., he also services as a member of a number of boards, including the Advisory Board of Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, the Global Advisory Board at Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a Trustee of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, and a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.