Amr Al-Dabbagh

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Amr Al-Dabbagh
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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
Spouse(s) Dr. Hanan Enany
Children Yasmeen, Abdullah, Hassan, Haneen, Mohammad

His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Jeddah-based Al-Dabbagh Group.

Al-Dabbagh Ecosystem[edit]

Amr Al-Dabbagh brings the spirit of entrepreneurship into all of his professional endeavors. The three principles of Giving, Earning, and Sustaining govern his operating system. Through these principles, Al-Dabbagh's aim is to be a positive, global citizen delivering impact for the greater good--at scale.

Amr Al-Dabbagh's global company, The Al-Dabbagh Group, has launched 2020 goals based on these same principles, which are governed by 10 specific "golden rules" and five core values that he has found to be essential for success. The details of this operational ecosystem--for personal use as well as organizationally--are laid out in his pending book, OMNIPRENEURSHIP: An Organized Approach to Living a Life of Meaning, which will be available everywhere in 2016.


Al-Dabbagh is also the Founding Chairman of the UK based Stars Foundation [1], established in 2001 as the global philanthropic arm of Al-Dabbagh Group [2] and supporting disadvantaged children in 100 countries with the Highest Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) as defined by UNICEF.

Stars does this through a variety of activities and initiatives beginning with its flagship initiative- The Impact Awards [3], which awards the stars of local NGOs with a combination of unrestricted funding, capacity building, and brand equity enhancement. Stars awards in the areas of health, protection, education, and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) and currently does so in 80 countries.

Stars also invests in new solutions, in the form of innovative ideas that address pressing developmental needs, along with following four essential criteria- impact, scale, sustainability, and a game-changing approach. These initiatives are executed by aligning the CSR activities of the corporate platform of Al-Dabbagh with Stars and introducing centers of excellence that provide the expertise to deliver the impact of these initiatives.

Two additional Stars Initiatives include The Philanthropy University [4], an online global education platform in partnership with NovoEd and with participating faculty members from Stanford University and the Philanthopreneurship Forum [5], an annual event that convenes members of academia, government, philanthropy, and the corporate world to exchange and identify the next generation of best practices in philanthropy.

Stars Foundation's aim is to support the lives of 20 million children and their communities by 2020 through its various efforts and initiatives.


Al-Dabbagh Group [6] is a family conglomerate that was founded in 1962 by His Excellency's father, His Excellency Abdullah Mohammed Ali Al-Dabbagh, the former Minister of Agriculture of Saudi Arabia. Al-Dabbagh Group employs more than 13,000 people globally through its 62 portfolio companies. It has manufacturing presence in 35 countries and sales, services, and projects in over 60 countries. Al-Dabbagh Group [7] is composed of four strategic business segments, including Food with Tanmiah Food Group [8] as its flagship company, Housing with Red Sea Housing [9] as its flagship company, Petroleum and Autoservices with Petromin [10] and Packaging with Greif FPS [11], as well as a start-up incubator [12].

As Chairman and CEO of Al-Dabbagh Group [13], Al-Dabbagh is leading the "20x20" effort, which seeks to position Al-Dabbagh Group among the top 20 wholly owned family businesses globally by 2020.


As steward of the family heritage, Al-Dabbagh leads the "Club 32" initiative, created to empower the 32 members of the Al-Dabbagh family's third generation, including his own five children to become global leaders in the areas in which they are most passionate. For Al-Dabbagh, the corporate platform "ensures earning", the philanthropic platform "ensures giving", and Club 32 "ensures the sustainability" of earning and giving by endowing Club 32 members with the skills and traits needed to become responsible stakeholders of the three platforms, and thereby, responsible global citizens


Prior to his appointment as Chairman and CEO of Al-Dabbagh Group, he enjoyed two very rewarding four-year terms in public service as Governor and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), with the rank of Minister. Immediately after joining SAGIA in March 2004, he launched the 10x10 initiative, a program designed to lead Saudi Arabia to a top ten global competitiveness ranking for its business environment by the year 2010. By the time he left SAGIA at the end of 2011, the Kingdom's rankings in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Report had jumped from 67th in 2005 to 11th in 2010, out of 183 countries. As predicted, the increase in rankings lead to a corresponding rise in the amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Saudi Arabia. Between2005 and 2010, the average annual FDI soared to $25 billion from an average of $478 million for the preceding 9-year period. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Kingdom was one of the biggest recipients of FDI globally during this period. As a result, the Kingdom increased its FDI stock by 831%, from $20.5 billion at the of 2004 to $170 billion in 2010, which was nearly 40% of its GDP.

During his tenure in the public sector, Al-Dabbagh was the founding Chairman of the Economic Cities Authority (ECA) [14], a spin-off of SAGIA created in 2010 to assume full financial and administrative oversight over an initiative His Excellency designed: the Economic Cities. In 2005, SAGIA launched four greenfield urban construction projects called "Economic Cities" to capture and retain domestic and foreign capital and to support the Kingdom's developmental objectives.

Now under construction, these new cities will become the ultimate live, work, play, and learn environments. In the Economic Cities, all government services must be provided continuously in accordance with a special entrepreneurial law designed specifically for the Economic Cities. This "60x24x7" initiative will propel investment and deliver huge advantages to the businesses located in these cities. At a cost of more than $60 billion, the four integrated Economic Cities will promote economic diversification, create over a million new job opportunities by 2025, host 4-5 million residents and, most significantly, contribute $150 billion to the Saudi GDP.

Al-Dabbagh co-authored Governpreneurship with Professor Bob Hisrich from the Thunderbird School of Global Management [15] which explores entrepreneurial practices in government with four case studies, one of which he authored describing his two terms at SAGIA.


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.


Al-Dabbagh is the vice chairman of the board of trustees of The Centennial Fund [16], 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.

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 a Member of the Governing Body of the London Business School [17](of which he is also an honorary alumnus). He currently sits on the International Leadership Board of Cleveland Clinic and is a Trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowship [18]

Al-Dabbagh 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.

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."

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

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.


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