HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, chairman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation* that is Vice Chaired by HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, received Prof. Lisa Anderson President, American University in Cairo (AUC), who was accompanied by Dr. David Arnold previous President of AUC, Ms. Mary Iskander Special Advisor and Ms. Reem Gazzaz, AUC’s Saudi Representative. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Nahla Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH the chairman and Ms. Noor Aldabbagh, Executive Manager, Strategic Studies Department.
The meeting began as Prof. Anderson and Dr. Arnold thanked Prince Alwaleed for giving them and the delegation the opportunity to meet with him. During the meeting Prof. Anderson discussed AUC’s latest developments and projects. In conclusion, Prince Alwaleed bid his guests farewell wishing them all the best.
In March 2010, Prince Alwaleed inaugurated the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Hall at AUC. The event was attended by HRH’s spouse, HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel. During the inauguration ceremony, the Prince gave a keynote speech to distinguished and academic audience, which was followed by the cutting of the ribbon and a tour of the hall. Moreover, a press conference took place and was attended by members of the Egyptian media.
In 2003, HRH made a donation of $10 million to finance both the construction of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS) building in the new campus of the American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), the first in the region. The HUSS building comprises of the various humanities and social science departments, lecture halls, and faculty offices. It also houses the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR). CASAR’s aim is to provide scientific and academic studies of American society, history, domestic and foreign policies, and Arab-American relations. CASAR offers students and researchers necessary resources.
HRH’s philanthropic grants and donations over 60 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe; from Gaza to The Gambia, totaling more than $2.4 billion over the last 30 years. HRH has established three foundations to handle his philanthropic activities across the globe under the slogan “Commitment Without Boundaries”: Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in Saudi Arabia, Alwaleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation in Lebanon, and Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global. His foundations work locally, regionally and internationally to combat poverty, strengthen interfaith and intercultural dialogue and empower women and youth.
The “Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation” encourages and supports organizations, studies, and academic centers focusing on empowering Saudi women, alleviating poverty, upgrading services provided to the population, and other social infrastructure issues that face the country. The foundation is also directly involved in major projects that provide direct aid to the citizens of Saudi Arabia ranging from medical aid to housing where hundreds of housing units have been provided to poor families as part of a 10 year project. Other projects the foundation is involved in include the distribution of electric generators to remote villages and, printing and the translation of the holy Quran into13 languages.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global works to provide women and youth in the MENA region with economic and educational opportunities, through strategic philanthropic investments in sustainable projects of the Foundation’s various partner organizations. It tackles poverty and provides rapid aid in cases of natural disasters internationally. One of the many donations for rapid aid includes a substantial donation to South East Asia`s Tsunami victims. The foundation also reframes perceptions of Islam and the West through dialogue, programs and educational centers around the world in order to promote a greater understanding between the different faiths and world views, part of which includes an endowment to the Louvre Museum in support of its collection of Islamic art.
The “Alwaleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation”, is vice chaired H.E. Ms. Leila El Solh covers all the Lebanese humanitarian issues and provides medical and health assistance, social assistance to orphanages, infirmaries, prisoners and the disabled and educational and cultivation assistance for the development of projects in the economical and agricultural sectors across all communities in the Lebanon. The foundation was awarded the Pontifical Medal by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony to mark the occasion held at the Vatican in 2008. The medal was in recognition of the achievement and efforts made by the Alwaleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation for encouraging tolerance between the different religious faiths and social groups in Lebanon, and promoting religious dialogue. Moreover, the medal acknowledged the foundation’s philanthropic activities and support to those in need regardless of their background and creed. Ms. El Solh personally received the medal from the Pope at the Vatican.