TAKREEM was founded to celebrate such Arab men and women who are each making history in their own way. Following Beirut, Doha, Manama, Paris, Marrakesh, Cairo, and Amman, the 2018 TAKREEM Award Ceremony was held, under the Patronage of the Emir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The ceremony took place at the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Center and was attended by more than 1000 invitees from different parts of the world.


This year, the following laureates were recognized for their achievements:

  • Dr. Ahmed Mater – KSA for the Cultural Excellence Award


  • Dr. Sami Hourani – Jordan for the Young Entrepreneur Award


  • Dr. Nadine Hachach Haram – Lebanon for the Young Entrepreneur Award


  • Mrs. Magda Gobran  – Egypt for the Humanitarian and Civic Services Award


  • Mrs. Fareah Al Saqqaf – Kuwait for the Outstanding Arab Woman Award


  • Prof. Tahar Ben Lakhdar – Tunisia for the Excellence in Education Award


  • Dr. Majdah Aburas – KSA for the Environmental Development and Sustainability Award


  • Prof. Rachid Yazami – Morocco for the Scientific and Technological Achievement Award


  • American Near East Refugee Aid; ANERA – USA for the International Contribution to Arab Society Award



  • Mr. Emile Haddad  – Lebanon for the Corporate Leadership Award



Dr. Nadia Sakati from KSA received the Special Distinction Award. HH The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award. The “Legacy Award” was given to the memory of HH The Late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.


TAKREEM 2018 Jury Board is composed of HE Sheikha Paula Al Sabah, Dr. Nouha Alhegelan, HE Mr. Aziz Mekouar, Mr. Carlos Ghosn, Dr. Akef Maghraby, Lady Hayat Palumbo, HE Dr. Farida Allaghi, Dr. Ahmed Heikal, Mr. Khaled Janahi, Mrs. Nora Joumblatt, HE Shaikha Hala Al Khalifa, Mr. Riad Al-Sadik, Mr. Raja Sidawi, Dr. Elyès Jouini, HRH Princess Alia Tabbaa and Sheikh Saleh Al-Turki.


TAKREEM 2018 Honorary Board, presided by HM Queen Noor Al-Hussein, includes HE Dr. Hilal Al Sayer, HE Dr. Barham Salih, HE Dr. Lakhdar Brahimi, HE Mr. Farouk Hosny, Dr. Suad Juffali, HE Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa, HRH Princess Banderi AlFaisal, Mr. Samer Khoury, HE Mr. Amre Moussa, and Mr. Marc Levy.


Mrs. Laila AlShaikhli hosted the Award Ceremony that was followed by a gala dinner.


TAKREEM was given invaluable support by the following strategic partners:

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Nesma, Barclays, Consolidated Contracting Company CCC, Kuwait Banking Association, Omnicom, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Red Crescent Society


Agility, Ali Abdulwahab Al Mutawa Commercial Co., Zain Kuwait, Fouad Alghanim & Sons, Kuwait Airways, Mohamed Abdulrahman Al-Bahar, Kuwait Banking Association, and Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Foundation generously sponsored the Award night.


For further info, please visit www.takreem.net

Nadine Hachach Haram

She built on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to co-found Proximie: an augmented reality platform that allows doctors to virtually transport themselves into any operating room, anywhere in the world. Proximie gives surgeons the ability to interact visually and practically with an operation, from start to finish. Its aim is to provide safe, accessible and cost-effective surgery to every patient around the world. Most Recently in June 2018, Nadine Hachach received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her innovative work in the field of surgery and medicine during her time at the Royal Free Hospital.


Rachid Yazami

Rachid Yazami is the inventor involved in more than 140 patents related to battery technology, including nano-Si and nano-Ge based anodes for ultra-high rate charge lithium batteries.

Today, he is the Principal Scientist and Energy Storage Program Director at the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang, within the Nanyang Technological University. He has also served as Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor in Energy at the School of Materials Science and Engineering and as Principal Investigator of the TUM‐Create Centre of Electromobility in Singapore. He is the recipient of the 2014 Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering, the equivalent of a Nobel for engineer. Prof. Yazami has co-authored over 200 scientific papers and is the inventor of 125 patents worldwide. In 2014, he was decorated by the King of Morocco, who nominated him as Member of the Moroccan Royal Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. He was elevated to the rank of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in France, in 2016.


Tahar Ben Lakhdar

Tahar Ben Lakhdar, known as “the academic militant”, has been involved in the reforms of public higher education in Tunisia for nearly four decades. The founding father of public engineering institutions, and owner of ESPRIT, a top-ranked private school of engineering, he has managed to realize the little mountain boy’s dreams of an advanced equated education for aspiring under privileged youth.

Today, he employs his prominent advocacy position to prepare engineering students for the workforce, helping them become operational, highly employable engineers who are ready to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. In 2003, Professor Ben Lakhdar founded ESPRIT, and, under his leadership, the ESPRIT student population soared from 40 students in 2003 to a massive 5500 students today. Professor Ben Lakhdar is originally a graduate of University Paris XIII, France, where he earned a Ph. D degree in Physics in 1978.


American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

Founded in 1968 in response to the aftermath of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the American Near East Refugee Aid addresses the development and humanitarian needs of Palestinians and other marginalized communities in Palestine and Lebanon. ANERA is non-political, non-religious, and one of the largest American non-profits working solely in the Middle East. Led by a Board of Directors, ANERA is headquartered in Washington DC with six regional offices in Beirut, Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron and Gaza with a staff of 150 professionals, all serving in their own communities.

In 2013, because of the extent of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and its unique position to respond, ANERA decided to widen its scope of work to include refugees of the Syrian War.


Majdah Aburas

Majdah Aburas is the first Saudi Arabian Woman specialized in the treatment of crude oil pollution in the soil. Founder, and Vice President of the Saudi Environmental Society, Majdah Aburas was an Associate Professor at the King Abdulaziz University in the Department of Biotechnology in Jeddah. She had played an important role in raising the level of public awareness by designing and delivering environmental education programs and campaigns on a national level.

Chosen as reviewer and editor for GEO 6, the sixth Global Environmental Outlook Assessment for the six United Nations Environment Program regions, she was also the first Arab woman to be nominated as co-investigator for Desert Water Project within the JPL center team; a NASA field center specialized in studying ground water and the impact of environmental pollution. Dr. Aburas received the award of the International Human Rights Council in 2013 for Most Influential Person on the Economy and Development category.

Magda Gobran

Magda Gobran gained worldwide recognition for giving up her comfortable upper-middle class life in order to help the poorest residents of Cairo’s slums. Prior to changing course, more than 20 years ago, she was a successful marketing manager and a distinguished computer science professor at the American University in Cairo. In the garbage slums, gripped by the despair she came across, she found her true calling. It was then that she set out on the road, which would earn her the pseudonym “Mama Maggie”.

The fruits of all her work culminated in 1985, when she founded the non-profit charity Stephen’s Children in Cairo, Egypt. The charity’s mission is to help save lives, bring hope, and restore dignity to under-privileged children and young people. Gobran has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize numerous times, including in 2012 by a group of lawmakers from the United States, and again in 2018. Her leadership and initiative have guided Stephen’s Children for 25 years and helped reached over 30,000 families.


Sami Hourani

Sami Hourani is a medical doctor and a serial social entrepreneur. He is the founding CEO of the well-known educational platform “for9a.com” and “Souq Fann” (souqfann.com) MENA’s number one e-commerce portal for handicrafts and local art products. He is also the founder and the executive director of the regional organization “Leaders of Tomorrow” and the new and creative qualitative research methodology FADFED. He is the man behind “Diwanieh Debates”, Jordan’s biggest public political debates that reinforce social accountability, freedom of expression, and youth participation. He was elected as the Jordanian Role Model of 2011, and received the Jordanian title “Knight of Change” in 2008. In addition to all these, Hourani is the national coordinator for Jordan Youth Strategy 2017-2025.


Ahmed Mater

Director of Misk Art Institute, Ahmed Mater is an artist, medical doctor and cultural producer who is at the forefront of the regional culture sector. Through his practice and vision for the institute, he is dedicated to social discourse and action as a means of tangibly influencing the wider civil sphere. In 2017, Mater was appointed director at the Misk Art Institute, part of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (MiSK) Foundation. Ever the proponent of dynamic, cross-cultural dialogues, Ahmed is also a founding member of organizations focused on increasing mutual understanding.

Through his creative practice, he has documented life in the Kingdom, contributing significantly to a more nuanced, global understanding of contemporary Saudi Arabia. His incisive outlook and engaging work means he was the first contemporary Saudi artist to be collected and showcased by major Western museums.


Fareah Al Saqqaf

Fareah Al Saqqaf is the Chairperson and Managing Director of LOYAC, which she founded in 2002 as a proactive answer to the growing extremism and aggression among Arab youth. LOYAC is a pioneering youth organization and the first choice of young people when it comes to innovative and high-quality development programs. LOYAC and its chapters in Jordan and Lebanon serve over 3,000 individuals annually through programs that facilitate professional development, encouraging young people to pursue their talents and to contribute to their communities.

Prior to founding LOYAC, she worked at the Ministry of Planning in the Economic Planning Department. She was the Corporate Finance Manager and Consultant to the National Investment Company and the Economic Planning Manager of Kuwait Airways. The US Embassy in Kuwait nominated Fareah for the “International Women of Courage” award in 2008 and for the “WOW award” by The New Arab Women Forum (2013).

Emile Haddad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FivePoint Holdings, the largest developer of mixed-use communities in coastal California, Emile is mostly known as a builder of communities and sports facilities. He has analyzed in depth why cities become great and has applied those principles to communities created and developed by his company.

Across California, FivePoint is purposefully mixing people of all ages, incomes, cultures, ethnicities and passions to interact in the same neighborhoods and parks, schools and eateries, music venues and soccer fields. FivePoint, is where people live, work, play, learn and, most importantly, connect in innovative and sustainable communities for today and future generations of California dreamers.

Active in the community, Emile serves as Chairman of USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate and as a member of the USC Price Planning Program Advisory Board. In May 2017, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been named among the most influential personalities by several media outlets.

Nadia Sakati

Nadia Sakati is a prominent Syrian-Saudi pediatrician who has contributed to many discoveries and advances in the field of medical genetics. In 1978, Dr Sakati joined King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. Dr. Sakati was offered the Saudi Nationality by King Fahed bin Abdulaziz in 1993. For the last 50 years, she has witnessed, lived and worked through a lot of advances in the field of medical genetics; from knowing the exact number of chromosomes to the genome project and the whole exome sequence to now offering families pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. She has also worked on chorionic villus sampling and carrier detection to help many families have healthy children. During her 40 years at King Faisal Hospital, she found general pediatrics to be challenging and rewarding as much as her other specialty, working with many children from the Saudi royal family and other families.


HH The Late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah remains one of the most beloved and distinguished leaders of Kuwait. His leadership of the state earned him the reputation of “shepherd of the community”. His reign began in 1977 and lasted until 2006. During that period, the Amir ruled the country through the instability of the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, and the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein’s armies in 1990. His reign also witnessed the birth of solid friendly relationships with almost all other countries. Throughout his reign, His Highness has wisely managed the political, economic and social affairs of the State of Kuwait, his vision making it possible for the nation to assume prominent leadership positions not only in the Arab and Islamic world, but also internationally. His later years are remembered for his electoral reforms, which have seen women take public office. Later in 2007, these reforms gave women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. His Highness has devoted his work and efforts to the noble goals of sustaining human rights and equality, achieving peace and security, supporting democracy and freedom of speech, and maintaining continuous development.



HH The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is the Amir of Kuwait and the Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces. He was sworn in on 29 January 2006, after confirmation by the National Assembly. Sheikh Al-Sabah has pursued a policy of reform. His government appointed Kuwait’s first woman minister and introduced laws, which facilitated the entry of foreign investors to the country. For around forty years, His Highness’s name and image have been inextricably linked to that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Many diplomats who were contemporaries of His Highness emphasize his determination in developing Kuwait’s foreign relations, particularly with regards to the Permanent Members of the Security Council. He strongly believes in tolerance, diversity and the necessity of cultural integration, not cultural conflict.

His political strategy was centered on helping Arab countries; this often took the form of providing loans to needy states. He also took on conciliatory and mediatory roles during regional and Arab conflicts. He is a firm advocate of the power and importance of Arab unity in overcoming conflict and disagreement. His Highness the Amir condemns terrorism and stands against the Western media’s portrayal of Islam as a religion that encourages terrorism. Instead, he is determined to ensure that Islam is seen for what it is – a faith of tolerance, magnanimity and kindness.

He succeeded in obtaining international support for Kuwait after it was aggressively invaded, which resulted in the Security Council issuing decision N 678 on 29 November 1990.

In 2014, the Arab Family Organization named His Highness the “Arab World Humanitarian Personality of 2014”, and the United Nations Organization dubbed him leader of the humanitarian world.