On 8th December 2021, Badr Jafar, philanthropist and founder of the Pearl Initiative, hosted an exclusive event with Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and phenomenal philanthropists in the Gulf region to strengthen strategic partnerships. Omar W. Al-Handal, Managing Director of Al Handal International Group, attended the special event as one of the esteemed leaders in philanthropy.
Omar W. Al-Handal who represents the third generation of Al Handal International Group, values the importance of family governance in building a successful family office. He honored the philanthropy of the founder of Al Handal International Group, The Late Hajj Noori; He was a generous philanthropist devoted to supporting the less fortunate through his remarkable charity work for more than 50 years. In 2000, he established Noor Al Noor charity organization. It has since created an immense impact in the community, sponsoring numerous mosques in the region with food to cater for the needy during Ramadan. He left behind a legacy of philanthropy which transcends on to the 2nd and 3rd generation based on his vision, principles and compassion, influenced to build a better world through giving back.
During the event, Bill Gates highlighted some of the world’s greatest challenges, opportunities, and the power of collaborations and strategic partnerships. The discussions included Unique Giving Journey, Intergrational wealth transfers, Infusion of Technology, Institutionalization and regulation, Two decades gap between global health and global education, Geo-prioritisation and Philanthropic infrastructure.
Bill Gates, Fadi Ghandour, Sheikha Al-Zain Al-Sabah, Mariët Westermann, Sumeira & Murtaza Hashwani, Nikhil Kilachand, Magnus Olsson, Payal Kilachand, Hassan Jameel, Ali AlSalem, Dino Varkey, Rashed AlAnsari H.E. Saeed Al-Etr, H.H. Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, Sara Salhab, Ingie Chalhoub, Majid Jafar, Harsha Varkey, Yasar Jarrar, Patrick Chalhoub, Neha Hiranandani, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Mohamad Agha, Omar Handal, Badr Jafar, Darshan Hiranandani, Lynn Barghout, Rasha Alturki.