Amr Dabbagh

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Amr Dabbagh
Born Amr Abdullah M.A. Al Dabbagh
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Alma mater King Abdulaziz University
Occupation Businessman and 2nd Governor of SAGIA (2004-2012
Years active 1991-present
Religion Islam
Children Hassan Dabagh, Abdullah Dabagh, Yasmine Dabagh, Haneen Dabagh

Amr Dabbagh (born 1966), was second Governor the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), served from 22 March 2004 to 18 May 2012.

Dabbagh, effectively served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dabbagh Group from 1991 to 22 March 2002. Under his stewardship, Dabbagh Group was reorganized into a portfolio-driven enterprise which experienced phenomenal growth in each of its five core areas of concentration: TMT (telecommunication, media and technology), energy, food, real estate development and financial services. Governor Al Dabbagh and SAGIA host the Global Competitiveness Forum, an annual event that features hundreds of global CEOs and heads of state and other leaders. Past speakers have included Bill Gates, John Chambers and Lee Kuan Yew.


He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from King Abdulaziz University. His international business career developed through executive programs in management at the Harvard Business School, the Wharton School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the London Business School, as well as through training programs with Merrill Lynch, Coutts & Co., and Banque Worms.

He was appointed to two consecutive 4-year terms as a member of the Regional Council in the Makkah Region of Saudi Arabia and was also elected twice to consecutive 4-year terms as a board member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and has previously served as Chairman of the Jeddah Marketing Board.


He was the founding Chairman of the Jeddah Economic Forum which, in only four years under his chairmanship, has become the Middle East's preeminent think tank, and has consistently attracted global, regional and local political, corporate and media leaders, and has further attracted eminent academics from, amongst others, Harvard Business School, John F Kennedy School of Government, London Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the vice chairman of the board of trustees of The Centennial Fund, which was established to help young Saudi entrepreneurs achieve economic independence through self-employment. The Centennial Fund achieves its goals principally by establishing corporate citizenship programs aimed at mobilizing the support of the Saudi business community.

Amr Dabbagh is an advocate of the corporate role in social responsibility, and is an active promoter of better corporate citizenship. He is a member of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum in the United Kingdom, and is a Founding Chairman of the STARS Foundation, a United Kingdom-registered charity charged with supporting under privileged children worldwide. He was formally Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Foundation of Tanzania, which is co-chaired by former President George Herbert Walker Bush and former President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

In January 1995, the Executive Board of the World Economic Forum and the Editorial Board of Worldlink Magazine jointly designated Amr Dabbagh as one of only 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow."

Amr Dabbagh has also served as Honorary Counsel of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Saudi Arabia.

He has also had extensive involvement in non-governmental entities, private associations and other organizations. He is a member of the World Economic Forum as well as the Middle East Regional Advisory Board of the London Business School (of which he is also an honorary alumnus). He has further previously served as a board member of the Harvard Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (and its former Chairman in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain); a member of the Advisory Board of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector and a member of the Board of the Arab-French Chamber of Commerce.