Princess Lamia bint Majed

Princess Lamia bint Majed
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Updated 26 October 2023

Princess Lamia bint Majed

Princess Lamia bint Majed

Princess Lamia bint Majed has been the secretary-general and a member of the board of trustees at Alwaleed Philanthropies since 2016.

The charity organization has supported and collaborated on projects and campaigns around the world — irrespective of gender, race, or religion — for four decades.

As part of her role, Princess Lamia worked with six Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Global Academic Centers to set up an online platform to support cross-border cooperation which resulted in the launch of the Alwaleed Cultural Network, consisting of more than 10 global institutions.

She liaised with the University of Oxford to establish the Multaka-Oxford initiative, training in excess of 200 refugees as tour guides for several Oxford museums and improving cross-cultural understanding.

The princess also led the Eskan project, in association with the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing and the National Developmental Housing Corp., introducing a series of housing schemes in Saudi Arabia.

In 2017, she received an honorary medal from the then Vice President of Laos Phankham Viphavanh in recognition of her philanthropic efforts in the country, and in the same year the Arab Women of the Year Achievement in Philanthropies Award, and the Change Maker Award at the Aid and Trade Conference.

Princess Lamia was made a Global Champion for gender equality at UN Women in 2018, and that year was given the Baden Powell Fellowship pin by the World Scout Foundation.

In addition, she was the recipient of the National Council on US-Arab Relations's first-ever Philanthropic Leadership Award, and in 2020 was appointed as UN-Habitat Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Arab States.

In 2014, she served as Alwaleed Philanthropies’ executive manager of media and communication, leading the rebrand of the charity and working closely with Prince Alwaleed on organizational priorities.

She launched the Tweet for Heat digital campaign with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to support efforts to protect displaced Syrians during harsh winters, and the initiative was awarded a bronze medal at Dubai Lynx 2016.

In 2010, the princess published her first novel, “Children and Blood,” which tackled the complexities of honor killings and the harsh realities faced by women in the Middle East.

From 2002 to 2010, she was the general manager and editor-in-chief of Sada Al-Arab, where she led the launch of three magazines, Rotana, Mada Magazine, and Convo.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in public relations, advertising, and applied communication with a minor in journalism from Misr International University in 2001, and an honorary doctorate from the University for the Creative Arts in the UK earlier this year.