Saudi Princess Lamia bint Majid has been secretary-general of Alwaleed Philanthropies since April 2016, and is a member of its board of trustees.
The Riyadh-based charitable foundation supports and initiates projects worldwide to empower women and the youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. It has donated $4 billion to humanitarian causes in more than 60 countries.
Before becoming secretary-general, Princess Lamia was executive manager of media and communication at Alwaleed Philanthropies between 2014 and 2016.
She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing and advertising from Misr International University in Cairo, Egypt.
In 2003, the princess founded Sada Al-Arab, a publishing company operating from Cairo, Beirut and Dubai.
She also co-founded Media Codes Ltd. in Egypt, and the Fortune Media Group in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
She was editor in chief of Rotana magazine between 2004 and 2006, and of Mada magazine between 2002 and 2008.
In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Arab Women’s Award for her compassion and charitable efforts.
“Our aim is to ensure gender equity,” the princess said during her speech at the first World Tolerance Summit in Dubai. It is “a message of tolerance when you highlight the strength of women,” she added.
Princess Lamia highlighted the need to bridge gaps between Islam and the West, and the lack of research into the “gaps or shortcomings” that prevent more tolerance in society.