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ALJCI's Executive Director gets his Doctorate degree with CSR in the community thesis

Researcher Ibrahim Mohammed Badawood, general executive director of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), obtained his PhD degree in marketing. Badawood completed the degree requirements and discussed the PhD thesis at the beginning of this week at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport. The thesis was titled "Mutual perception of CSR programs in private sector between companies and individuals."

The discussion panel was chaired by HE Dr. Abdullah Sadiq Dahlan, President of the University of Business Administration, HE Profssor Adel Zayed, Governor of Qalyoubia, Egypt and Professor Shareef Al Assi, professor of marketing and thesis supervisor. Thesis discussion was also attended by HE Professor Mahmoud Issa, former Minister of Trade in Egypt, Professor Shihab Jamjoom, Deputy President of the University of Business Administration and former Deputy Minister of Information in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Abdullah Mana, the reputable writer and a number of academics and executives in the Arab Academy

At the end of the discussion, Dr. Dahlan was so pleased with the discussion. He said that social responsibility (CSR) programs in private companies is viewed as one of the most important issues discussed today, and that the recommendations made by the thesis are highly important, and need a specific program for activation and implementation.

The research of Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Badawood addressed several important topics that highlight awareness among individuals about CSR programs presented by private companies, and effects of individuals' demographic factors, such as sex, age and education, companies' demographic factors, such company age, field of activity and size, upon levels of awareness among community individuals. The thesis was based upon an applied study of CSR program in private companies in Saudi Arabia. The practical experience of the researcher in his position as the general executive director of ALJCI, which is one of the first CSR initiatives in the Kingdom, was highly effective and helped him present an outstanding thesis that included several recommendations and produced important results.

Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Badawood thanked the discussion panel, headed by HE Dr. Dahlan, for their suggestions, as well as the thesis supervisor Dr. Shareef Al Assi, who supervised the preparation and amendment of the thesis for a period of two years. Dr. Badawood expressed thanks and appreciation to Engineer Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, president of ALJCI, pointing out that Engineer Jameel inspired him to work in the CSR field, and to prepare such a study. Dr. Badawood obtained his Master's degree in 1992 from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, and obtained in 1999 a Master's degree in business administration from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport. In 1992, Badawood took the position of the general manager of Jeddah Center for Science and Technology, a project of Dallah Al Baraka Group, after which he joined ALJCI in 2000. Currently, he is holding the position of ALJCI's general executive director.

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