Alwaleed Philanthropies invests $5m in global fight for vaccines

Princess Lamia bint Majid Al-Saud
Updated 02 September 2019

Alwaleed Philanthropies invests $5m in global fight for vaccines

Alwaleed Philanthropies, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the global philanthropic foundation, has made a fresh commitment to preventing the spread of disease by investing a further $5 million in its partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. 

The commitment will provide extra funding between 2020 and 2024 to support organizations known by Gavi as “pacesetters” that are developing new innovations to improve vaccine access and delivery, particularly in urban areas. The foundation will make the investment through Gavi’s INFUSE initiative (Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunization), which identifies these “pacesetters,” provides funding and support for them, and connects them to authorities in countries that need vaccination support.

The grant is part of a range of efforts by Alwaleed Philanthropies to improve routine immunization and builds on the original $1 million investment made in 2015 to support vaccines in Timor Leste, Kiribati, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Guyana for the 2016-2020 program.

Princess Lamia bint Majid Al-Saud, general-secretary of Alwaleed Philanthropies, announced the partnership at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), hosted by the Japanese government in Yokohama on Aug. 30.

She said: “Alwaleed Philanthropies places huge importance on its partnership with the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — and specifically their INFUSE Initiative — to boost immunization in the world’s poorest countries. With the majority of the world’s population increasingly living in urban areas, and with more than 19.4 million children still under-immunized, we recognize that there has rarely been a more pressing need to support innovation in immunization.”

“Alwaleed Philanthropies has been a steadfast supporter of our mission to ensure no child goes without life-saving vaccines,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “This new funding to INFUSE will help accelerate the introduction of innovations and technology that modernize vaccine delivery systems and ensure vaccines protect all children against deadly diseases. On behalf of Gavi, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to Alwaleed Philanthropies and Princess Lamia bint Majid Al-Saud for their support.”


Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials.
Updated 15 September 2019

Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

Saudi hospitality company Dur Hospitality has launched a training academy specialized in hospitality disciplines. The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials, in addition to a group of notable local and international hospitality sector professionals.
Dur’s CEO highlighted the importance of the academy, which he said aims to equip local talents interested in working in this sector with the necessary skills and qualifications. He added that the academy’s goals also include training current Dur employees and equipping them with knowledge and applied skills that they require to succeed. He elaborated that the academy will operate over two phases, with the first seeking to fulfill the company’s requirements and ensuring its staff is qualified to execute its future expansion strategy ongoing till 2020, while the second phase will contribute toward supplying the local hotel service sector with qualified and capable national talents.
Al-Otaibi said the academy’s ultimate objective is to equip trainees with world-class skills and provide them with guidance from local and international sector leaders to help them achieve excellence.
The academy will present a number of training programs that aim to raise the qualification and skill level among trainees, which will eventually reflect positively on the Saudi hospitality sector. These programs will cover three main parts, where the first part will include programs on leadership and supervision and will last for 12 months. It will cater to internal supervision and front desk employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The second part will be dedicated to training new recruits and will last between three to six months. Likewise, it will include training front desk employees, internal supervision employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The third part of the program will include shorter development courses that last between one and five days. It will cover topics including central management for internal and external operations, hotel management, customer service, and health and safety.
Established in 1976, Dur Hospitality has extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the Kingdom.