Campden Wealth announces winners of the 2013 Middle East Philanthropy Awards

Campden Wealth announces winners of the 2013 Middle East Philanthropy Awards

A family business leader committed to improving transparency, accountability and corporate governance in the Arab world has been named philanthropist of the year at the second annual Campden Wealth Middle East Philanthropy Awards, in association with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB).

Badr Jafar, a founder of non-profit Pearl Initiative that champions corporate governance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Arab world, saw off competition from several other top philanthropists to take the award at a ceremony on 10 December at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. The awards were presented by ADIB CEO Tirad Mahmoud.

Campden Wealth, in partnership with ADIB, launched the awards last year to recognise and reward both individuals and foundations who have made significant philanthropic contributions in the Middle East and North Africa.

Campden Wealth built on the success of last year’s inaugural event, receiving more than double the number of nominations for this year’s awards than in 2012, with nominations coming from more than half a dozen countries across the Middle East. An expert panel of judges oversaw the awards.

At a gala dinner for more than 100 of the region’s top philanthropists and foundations, Nader Abdel Rahman AlMullawas named young philanthropist of the year, while the top regional foundation accolade went to Jordan’s King Hussein Cancer Foundation. The local foundation of the year award was particularly strong in 2013 and saw the title given to both the Make a Wish Foundation and Zayed Bin Sultan AlNahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation.

Khalifa School in Beit Lahiya in Gaza Initiativewas awarded the lifetime achievement accolade.

“We acknowledge that traditionally families in the region have, rightly so, been discreet in their giving. But we feel the time is right to have a more public acknowledgement of this great work, at a time when philanthropy is garnering greater and greater interest worldwide,” said Nicholas Moody, Editor, Campden Wealth.

“These winners are really setting the pace for a rapidly developing, and fascinating, area of philanthropy,” added Moody.


The 2013 Middle East Philanthropy Award winners were:

Top Philanthropist of the Year

Badr Jafar, UAE

Young Philanthropist of the Year

Nader Abdel Rahman AlMulla, UAE

Regional Foundation of the Year

King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Jordan

Local Foundation of the Year

Make a Wish Foundation, UAE

Zayed Bin Sultan AlNahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, UAE

Lifetime Achievement Award

Khalifa School in Beit Lahiya in Gaza Initiative, UAE



Notes for editors

For more information about the awards, please contact:

Nicholas Moody

Editor, Campden Wealth

+44 (0)20 7214 0585

About Campden Wealth: Campden Wealth is an independent family owned business providing unrivalled knowledge, intelligence and connectivity for family businesses, family offices and significant private investors worldwide.

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About Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) was established on 20th May 1997 as a Public Joint Stock Company following the Emiri Decree No. 9 of 1997. The Bank commenced commercial operations on 11th November 1998, and was formally inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on 18th April 1999. ADIB's vision is to be a top-tier, global Islamic financial services group and its mission is to provide Islamic financial solutions to the global community. The Bank carries out all contracts, operations and transactions in accordance with Islamic Sharia principles. ADIB’s core values, reflected in all its activities are: Simple and Sensible; Transparent; Mutual Benefit; Hospitality and Tolerance; and Sharia inspired. It brings to its customers banking as it should be.