Jameel family committed to making world a better place

Time: 08 June 2021

Participants at last year’s Startups Investment Forum organized by MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia and Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel.

Marking 75 years of commercial operations — and three quarters of a century of associated philanthropy — the Jameel family has reinforced its commitment to driving positive change and thereby realizing the potential of people, business and communities — the guiding principles pioneered by the business’ founder, the late Abdul Latif Jameel, since its beginnings in the mid-1940s. In doing so, the Jameel family has underlined its ongoing contribution toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

A new animated video illustrates numerous achievements of the globally diversified family business Abdul Latif Jameel, their global investment arm JIMCO, and the family’s philanthropic and community activities, including Bab Rizq Jameel, Art Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi, and Community Jameel.

In 2015, UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, creating a shared blueprint for global peace and prosperity. Acknowledging that governments alone cannot accomplish these ambitious goals, the Jameel family has built diverse and wide-ranging alliances based on respect, shared values, and a mutual vision of creating tangible impact toward achieving the SDGs.

Mohammed Jameel KBE, chairman and chief executive of Abdul Latif Jameel, founder and chairman of Bab Rizq Jameel, and founder and chairman of Community Jameel Saudi and Community Jameel, said: “I am proud of the way in which we do business, and of our commitment to continuous improvement. Through this commitment we aim to make the world a better place for all by investing in the infrastructure of life. With this in mind, I believe we can contribute to the 17 SDGs, but for some, we can have a more immediate and direct impact, and it’s here that we place our emphasis.

“We continue to invest in a range of exciting areas, such as the future of mobility, renewable energy, energy storage, water projects and health-tech. Likewise we continue with our philanthropic efforts to make a significant difference in addressing some of mankind’s greatest global challenges.”

Fady Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, chairman and founder of Art Jameel, and vice chairman of Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi and Community Jameel, said: “It is clear that to create the future we want and need, private capital, both directly and in public-private partnerships, has the ability to create positive real-life impact. Whether this impact is created by achieving commercial goals or through philanthropic work, these pursuits can be followed in a manner in which the world can truly prosper.”

Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, and vice chairman of Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi and Community Jameel, added: “Collaborative partnerships are the key to achieving the ambitions of the SDGs. Our aim is to partner with philanthropic organizations and invest in companies that share this commitment to driving transformational impact and reach these global goals.”

Alongside Bab Rizq Jameel, Art Jameel, Community Jameel Saudi, and Community Jameel and other philanthropic partnerships, the family continues its activities to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, which are aligned toward achieving the UN’s SDGs. This effort includes working with leaders, community organizations, art foundations and youth to improve the quality of life around the world.

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Boehringer Ingelheim hosts health care summit

Time: 25 August, 2020

The online summit, organized by Boehringer Ingelheim — a pharmaceutical company — utilized virtual technology to create a live environment for health care professionals to share their experiences.

Boehringer Ingelheim brought together 3,000 health care professionals in Saudi Arabia this week to a virtual deep dive into the latest evidence-based updates in the therapeutic areas of diabetes, cardio-metabolism, respiratory diseases, and stroke management.

The online summit, organized by Boehringer Ingelheim — a pharmaceutical company — utilized virtual technology to create a live environment for health care professionals to share their experiences. Cardiologists, endocrinologists, neurologists, and other experts registered at the virtual reception and walked through the hall before choosing their preferred conference room in a unique digital experience.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which accounts for almost 36 percent of all annual deaths in Saudi Arabia, was one of the primary topics discussed at the conference, with a special focus on the link between cardiovascular complications and the new classes of oral antidiabetic drugs.

The implementation of telemedicine in stroke care was discussed while with respect to respiratory diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was underscored, currently prevalent among 2.4 percent of the general population and 14.2 percent among smokers over 40 years of age, with cases expected to increase.

“Digitization is fundamentally changing the pharmaceutical industry and we at Boehringer Ingelheim are embracing its role as an intrinsic part of our business development,” said Waleed Mashak, general manager and head of Human Pharma at Boehringer Ingelheim Saudi Arabia. “We are delighted to be organizing digital events of quality in the Kingdom, to deliver on our promise of providing health care professionals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with continuous and uninterrupted updates on the latest medical and scientific evidence in different medical fields, which will undoubtedly be of great benefit for the patients of Saudi Arabia.”

“Summits such as these are vital as they allow the exchange of knowledge and provide the opportunity for health care professionals to share best practices with one another and keep up-to-date on the latest information and findings,” said Dr. Hussein Elbadawi, consultant endocrinologist at My Clinic International Center Jeddah.

The summit was held in collaboration with the Saudi Heart Association, Saudi Scientific Diabetes Society, Saudi Stroke Society, and Saudi Society of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Saeed Alghamdi, consultant stroke and cerebrovascular diseases neurologist and president of the Saudi Stroke Society, said: “Through this multi-therapeutic event, health care professionals from across the Kingdom were able to gain valuable and reliable information, which will ultimately benefit Saudi Arabia’s health care offering. It was especially insightful with regards to the field of stroke and neurology given that the occurrence of strokes is considered a major challenge to the health care system in Saudi Arabia, with the incidence rate of first-time stroke standing at 57.64 per 100,000.”

The summit is one of a series of virtual events launched by Boehringer Ingelheim in the region as part of its commitment to providing a continuous source of reliable education for health care professionals specializing in various disease areas and focuses.

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