Time: May 28, 2018
The Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Philanthropic Foundation(Arabic: مؤسسة الأمير محمد بن سلمان بن عبدالعزيز الخيرية), acronym MiSK (Arabic: مسك الخيرية), also simply the MiSK Foundation, is a non-profit foundation. It aims to cultivate the learning and leadership of Saudi youth, in order to improve the future of Saudi Arabia’s society and economy.
Based in Saudi Arabia, it was established in 2011 by Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to promote innovation, education and opportunities, which includes the establishment of the MiSK Schools in Riyadh and the launch of global forums.
Created in 2011, the MiSK foundation was initiated by Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, then advisor to the Governor of Riyadh. The Foundation aims to increase economic opportunities in Saudi society, where seventy percent of the population is under the age of 30, in step with the Vision 2030 national restructuring plan.
The MiSK Foundation launched the Tweeps Forum in 2013, an annual networking event connecting the Saudi youth with social media leaders, gathering speakers such as Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ivanka Trump, and top executives from Twitter.
In October 2015, the MiSK Foundation was one of the main partners of the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris. In September 2016, the two organizations signed a Framework Agreement to collaborate on the development of youth, education, emerging technologies, culture, and science. The 7th International Forum of NGOs was held in Riyadh in May 2017 in partnership with the MiSK foundation.
The MiSK Global Forum started in 2016 and was initially conceived as a two-day forum, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. From 25 to 27 November 2016, the MiSK Hackathon connected more than 100 youths from London and Riyadh by satellite in a competition broadcast over two days.
In April 2017, the Foundation launched with Google the campaign We Are All Online, an initiative to share best practices in the promotion of online safety for Saudi youth, one of the most connected nations worldwide. In the same month, the Foundation became a member of the MIT Media Lab consortium.
In September 2017, the MiSK Foundation organized a New York-based youth-oriented forum, the MiSK-UNDP Youth Forum, that drew 400 participants and raised awareness on ways that Saudi and Arab youth could further involve themselves with the issues of counter extremism and the refugee crisis.
The name of the Foundation comes from “misk” (“musk” in English). The symbolism is one of generosity and benevolence in that this ancient perfume is worn by one person, while simultaneously engulfing those around them.
The Foundation’s work is focused on education, culture and media. It provides contributions to youth development, with a spotlight on technology and the arts, in order to build a knowledge-based economy. The MiSK Foundation also tackles problems related to terrorism by convening events both in Saudi Arabia and internationally, including the annual Tweeps Forum and the MiSK UNDP Youth Forum.
MiSK Art Institute
The MiSK Art Institute, launched in 2017, is the artistic branch of the MiSK Foundation. The objective of the institute is to become the Kingdom’s “leading platform for grassroots cultural production, diplomacy and exchange.” Ahmed Materserves as its executive director.
In early 2018, the Foundation announced the expansion of the MiSK Art Institute, including new galleries, creative spaces, meeting spaces, workshops, and educational programs. The Institute also included plans for a pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, a New York Arab Art Festival, an exchange program with California, and an autumn series of performances, programs, and commissions.
- November 2017: Recipient of the $1 million Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Knowledge Award
- December 2016: Arab Social Media Influencers Award
- President: Mohammad bin Salman
- Executive Director: Shaima Hamidaddin
- Secretary-General: Bader Al Asaker
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