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).
CampdenFB received more than double the number of nominations for this year’s awards than in 2012, coming from more than half a dozen countries across the Middle East.
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.
Jafar, chief executive of Crescent Enterprises and managing director of Crescent Group said: "We are all in a very unique position today, where businesses can do good, while doing well at the same time, which is why we here are all committed and invested in improving the life of the communities we serve and in which we operate.”
At a gala dinner for more than 100 of the region’s top philanthropists and foundations, Nader Abdel Rahman AlMulla was 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 Initiative was 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 at 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