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Prince Alwaleed Receives Former President of Bosnia & Herzegovina

November 4, 2013

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office in Riyadh HE Dr. Ejup N. Ganić, Former President of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Chancellor and Rector of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST). The meeting was also attended by Dr. Samir Anabtawi, Academic Advisor to HRH the Chairman, Dr. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman and Mr. Fahad Bin Saad Bin Nafel, Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman.

The meeting began as Dr. Ganić thanked the Prince for giving him the opportunity to meet with him. The two discussed economic and investment issues. Moreover, Dr. Ganić commended Prince Alwaleed on his many achievements especially his investments in the various sectors regionally and internationally. He also briefed HRH on the University’s latest projects and developments. Furthermore, Dr. Ganić invited the Prince to explore investment opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to visit Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. Earlier this year, Prince Alwaleed received Dr. Ganić.

In 2010, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global (Registered in Lebanon) Chaired by Prince Alwaleed established a €500,000 endowment for the “HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professorship in Business Development and Global Competitiveness” at the Sarajevo School of Science & Technology, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Also in 2010, Prince Alwaleed was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science, honoris causa, from Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, during a ceremony held at Kingdom Resort in Riyadh. The Honorary Doctorate was conferred on HRH by Prof. Dr. Bozidar Matic, Chairman of the SSST University Board and President of the Academy of Science and Arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ceremony was also attended by a Bosnian delegation from the university and members from KHC and Alwaleed Foundation. The honorary doctorate was awarded to HRH in recognition of his achievements on many fronts, including through KHC locally, regionally and internationally as a respected and distinguished international investor and entrepreneur, in addition to his educational, and philanthropic contributions on a global scale.

Also in 2010, the Prince received Dr. Ejup N. Ganić. In 2008, Prince Alwaleed received HE Dr. Haris Silajdžić, Former President of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an accompanying delegation and hosted a dinner in honor of his guest at Kingdom Resort.  In the same year, HE Mr. Razim Čolić, former Bosnian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia presented HRH with a letter from the President thanking Prince Alwaleed for his donation of 338,800 Euros (SR1,965,040) through Alwaleed Foundation. The donation was to help support the “Sustainable Return of Refugees in Bosnia & Herzegovina” through the construction of roads. HRH responded to a proposal for support that was submitted by the Office of the President. The specific mission of the project was to construct six vital roads in the North-East of Bosnia & Herzegovina for the return of refugees to create conditions for sustainable return and attract new refugees to return to their pre-war homes. The implementing arm for the project is the Bosna Bank International (BBI). Prince Alwaleed had made various humanitarian contributions to Bosnia in the past. In 1992 Prince Alwaleed donated SR1,000,000; in 1993,  SR10,000,000 and in 1995, SR20,000,000.

Prince Alwaleed visited Bosnia in 2003 and met with President Sulejman Tihic at the time. During the visit, His Royal Highness was bestowed the Presidential medal by the Bosnian president. The Medal is considered to be the highest medal in the country.