UAE businessman pledges to donate half his wealth to charity

Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Musallam bin Ham Al-Ameri signs up to the Giving Pledge organisation, started by Bill and Melinda Gates
UAE businessman pledges to donate half his wealth to charity
UAE businessman and philanthropist, Sheikh Dr Mohammed Bin Musallam Bin Ham Al-Ameri.
By Staff writer
Wed 29 May 2019 02:04 PM

UAE businessman and philanthropist, Sheikh Dr Mohammed Bin Musallam Bin Ham Al-Ameri, has been named as one of 19 new signatories to the Giving Pledge organisation.

Signatories of the Giving Pledge make a moral commitment to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes.

Born in the city of Al Ain in 1972, Al-Ameri is an author and former UAE Federal National Council member. He is also the deputy secretary-general of the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), deputy chairman of the Bin Ham Group, president of the Foundation of Studies and Research, a member of Al Ain Municipal Council and the founder of (Aounak Ya Watan) volunteer team.

Al-Ameri, who published two books - United Arab Emirates: Wise Governance (2012) and The Shura in the UAE, (2015), which is an analytical representation of the Emirati experience of commitment to Shura, as an approach to governance and also a way of life since ancient times.

He holds a master’s degree from the Grand Canyon University (USA) and a PhD degree from the University of Kent (United Kingdom). He is the recipient of several awards including the Mohammad Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence 2008 and 2011, Mahatma Gandhi Medallion Humanity Award and the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ali Al Khalifa Award for Charity.

He said in his Giving Pledge letter: “Based on the principles of our Islamic religion and our inherent human values, I seek to harness our resources, capabilities and specialized competencies to continue to make many outstanding achievements in humanitarian, charitable and relief work around the world without discrimination between race and religion.”

The Giving Pledge announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the Giving Pledge since the previous year, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries.

Now in its ninth year, the Giving Pledge was founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010 and is a global, multi-generational commitment by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals and couples to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes, either during their lifetimes or in their wills.

“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s group of Giving Pledge signatories to the community, which has grown to more than 200 people in just nine years,” said Buffett. “The generosity of this group is a reflection of the inspiration we take from the many millions of people who work quietly and effectively to create a better world for others, often at great personal sacrifice.”

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