Industry: Culture and society
Company: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Designation: Head of Middle East
Country: UK (Iraq)
Hassan Al Damluji runs Middle East relations for the largest private foundation in the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With an endowment of $42.3bn, the foundation aims to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty worldwide, as well as to expand educational opportunities and access to IT at home in the US. While the foundation concentrates more on Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia and parts of China, the Middle East is also a key area of focus, not only due to parts of the region that are poor, but also due to the solutions that richer nations can provide. For example, the Gulf countries have given heavily to the foundation’s GAVI Alliance, which aims to expand childhood immunisation in poorer parts of the world. Prior to taking on his position at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Al Damluji spent four years working as an engagement manager at McKinsey. He has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a double first in Classics and Arabic from Oxford.