MIT has appointed alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ’78 as a Co-Chair of the MIT Campaign for a Better World. The Campaign, which launched its public phase on May 6, 2016, is an ambitious $5 billion fundraising initiative that will amplify the Institute’s distinctive strength in education, research, and innovation, and will advance MIT’s work on some of the world’s biggest challenges—from pursuing breakthroughs in fundamental science, to reimagining 21st-century education and innovation, to inventing solutions that improve human health and the health of our planet.
As part of a select group of Campaign Co-Chairs, Jameel will serve as a strategic adviser to MIT President L. Rafael Reif and other senior MIT leadership on such topics as Campaign messaging, volunteer organization, and gift opportunities. In partnership with MIT’s Campaign director and vice president of resource development, he will engage volunteers, alumni, and friends of the Institute with the Campaign. And by conveying President Reif’s vision and priorities for the Institute, Jameel will help to extend the network of potential donors who will fuel MIT’s quest to shape the future.
In a press release announcing the Campaign, Reif said, “Humanity faces urgent challenges—challenges whose solutions depend on marrying advanced technical and scientific capabilities with a deep understanding of the world’s political, cultural, and economic complexities. We launch the Campaign for a Better World to rise to those challenges and accelerate positive change. In this effort, we seek the support of enthusiastic partners who share our sense of mission and infinite possibility—including our remarkable alumni, who do the great work of MIT in the world every day.”
Jameel, who received his bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering from MIT in 1978, is a dedicated supporter of research initiatives at MIT that are improving lives around the world. His major gifts to the Institute have endowed and expanded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)—which aims to reduce poverty by ensuring policy is informed by scientific evidence—and established the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) to spearhead research that will help humankind adapt to a rapidly changing planet and combat worldwide water and food-supply scarcity. He has also supported D-Lab’s Scale-Ups program, which develops and helps commercialize affordable products to alleviate poverty in resource-poor settings. Since 1994, he has supported the educational aspirations of more than 160 students at MIT through the Abdul Latif Jameel Toyota Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel is chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, a family-owned diversified business headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which was founded in 1945 by his father, the late Abdul Latif Jameel. His business operates in more than 30 countries in the automotive, financial services, land and real estate, energy, consumer products, and advertising and media sectors, and employs more than 17,500 people worldwide. Jameel is also chairman of Community Jameel, which helps to create tens of thousands of jobs annually, among other programs, in the Middle East and North Africa.