Amongst Saudi Arabia’s leading women is Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, Secretary General and member of the Board of Trustees at Alwaleed Philanthropies. A former editor, published author, philanthropic leader, and trailblazing entrepreneur, Princess Lamia has now added one more title to her long list this week after being appointed Champion of Generation Unlimited. The Princess joins champions such as Nikolai Astrup, the Norwegian minister of digitalization, Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank and Ms. Vera Songwe, executive secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, among others.
According to the organization’s website, Generation Unlimited is a global partnership that was launched in 2018, that is hosted by UNICEF, and that brings together partners from government, multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and young people from around the world. The most visible drivers of this partnership, which was designed to harness young people’s potential, are leaders who use their influence to open opportunities, advocate for Generation Unlimited, and mobilize resources. As reported by Saudi Gazette, the partnership specifically aims to “connect secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering young people to thrive in the world of work.”
Princess Lamia was quoted by the news site, saying, “The rising generation of young men and women across the world are inspiring, with creative answers to the challenges that will define the future of our economy, environment and society. But they need our support to unleash their potential. I am honored to join the effort to connect the private sector, foundations and governments through Generation Unlimited to support their ideas and solutions.”
HRH holds a BA degree in Public Relations and Marketing Advertising with a minor in Journalism. She started her career by setting up a publishing company in 2003, and then publishing her first novel, Children & Blood, in 2010. Her accolades are many, including: an honorary medal from the Vice President of Laos in 2017, in recognition of her philanthropic efforts; winner of the Achievement in Philanthropies Award at the Arab Women of the Year 2017; the “Change Maker Award” at the Aid & Trade Conference in London; the National Council’s first-ever Philanthropic Leadership Award in Washington, DC; the “Woman Leader in Community Development Excellence Award” in 2018; and the Baden Powell Fellowship pin by the World Scout Foundation.