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Global entrepreneur earns MIT Alumni Association's highest honor.

Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel

MIT Corporation Member Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, 78, an active MIT volunteer and noted philanthropist, will receive the Bronze Beaver, the highest award the MIT Alumni Association bestows on alumni volunteers, on Sept. 24. Jameel, who earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering at MIT, is chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ), a family-owned diversified business, founded by his father, the late Abdul Latif Jameel. His business operates in over 30 countries in the automotive, financial services, land and real estate, energy, consumer products and advertising and media sectors. The Bronze Beaver award, which will be presented at the annual Alumni Leadership Conference on Sept. 24, is given in recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and/or its Association of Alumni and Alumnae. In the early 1990s, Jameel established a scholarship fund in memory of his father for students from Saudi Arabia, his home country, and other countries. Since 1994, he has supported the educational aspirations of more than 160 of students at MIT through the Abdul Latif Jameel Toyota Endowed Scholarship Fund. His engagement includes personal outreach; he meets with each student who receives a scholarship. Jameel has also facilitated many new connections for the MIT community. He has hosted numerous fundraising and stewardship events and supported the formation of the MIT Arab Alumni Association and the MIT Enterprise Forum in the Middle East and in Turkey. He connected the Institute with its 2008 Commencement speaker Muhammad Yunus, a microlending pioneer. He introduced renowned musicians Bono and Andrea Bocelli to MIT through campus visits. Bocelli, after presentations on MIT research on assistive technologies, supported that work through the Bocelli Foundation. In addition to scholarships, Jameel has focused his MIT efforts on programs that target poverty alleviation and food and water security.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Jun 13, 2016
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