EENI delivers to HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal a Master Honoris Causa
On July 6 2011, the award Master Honoris Causa was delivered in the Ritz
Hotel (Madrid - Spain) to HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia,
founder and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company.
HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, was awarded a “Master Honoris Causa” in International Business MIB from
EENI Global Business School. The
honorary degree was awarded to the Prince by Mr.
Pedro Nonell, General Director of EENI.
The ceremony took place in the presence of HH Princess
Ameerah Al-Taweel Vice Chairwoman and Secretary General of Alwaleed Bin Talal
Foundation that is chaired by HRH, Dr. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, Private Executive
Assistant to HRH the Chairman and Dr. Khalid Almansour, Advisor to HRH. The
ceremony was also attended by HE Mr. Xavier Villamayor, Vice Mayor of
Tarragona’s City Council, Mrs. Susana Fernandez, Director of International
Relations at EENI, Mrs Nuria Bosch, Director of Human Resources at EENI and Mrs.
Maria Aparicio, Academic Director of International Tenders Area at EENI.
The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin TalalHRH Prince Alwaleed was born in 1955, is the grandson of two remarkable, and
in some ways legendary, historical figures, King Abdulaziz Alsaud, founder
and 1st ruler of Saudi Arabia, and Riad El Solh, an iconic statesman in Lebanon's drive for independence and its 1st Prime Minister.
Over the years HRH has acquired substantial interests in a variety of
sectors, such as hotels, real estate, media, broadcasting, entertainment,
information technology, communications, upscale fashion retailing,
supermarkets, health and education.
Within this diversified portfolio there
are investments in saudi companies including Savola, Tasnee, Saudi Research
and Marketing Group (SRMG) and National Air Services Company Limited (NAS),
and two important real estate developments, one in Jeddah and the other in Riyadh.
The portfolio also includes investments in the recognized International names of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, George V Hotel in Paris, Fairmont Raffles International Inc., Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts,
Songbird Estates (Canary Wharf), Apple Inc., Time Warner, News Corp., Walt
Disney, Euro Disney, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, Motorola, Hewlett Packard
and Eastman Kodak, among others.
In recognition of his business and civic accomplishments, HRH Prince Alwaleed has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades from many
organizations, societies, monarchs and heads of state. The citations accompanying these honors particularly
point to his
financial contributions to education, international understanding,
coexistence, and to the disposition of assistance to the victims of natural
disasters, as well as to the poor and needy, irrespective of nationality,
race or creed.
While EENI knew the business and philanthropic activities of His Royal Highness
it was a real pleasure for us to see that business, ethics and contribution
to society are compatible.
Local, regional and global investments of Kingdom Holding Company are
amazing. Saudi companies like SAVOLA or Saudi American Bank; regional
investments like Kingdom Agricultural Development Company in Egypt or International investments like Citigroup, shows the vision of a leader.
The contributions of his HRH to the development of society also were a
great discovery for us, in particular their vision of "irrespective of
nationality, race or creed".
EENI's Director, Pedro Nonell, take the liberty to refer to his dictum:
"To whom much is given, from whom much is expected" ...
This expresses much better than we can say here.
For all these reasons, EENI has the honor to offer to His Royal Highness the: "Master Honoris Causa"
The prince was delighted to receive the recognition from EENI's Director, Pedro
EENI would like to express our sincere appreciation to His Royal Highness and to
the Saudi delegation the opportunity to participate in this meeting.
We also wish to express our appreciation to Mr. Xavier Villamayor, Vice- Mayor of Tarragona's city council.
EENI also wish to thank our Yemeni student, Yahya Abdul-Aleem Hassan, who
did his thesis about the business of His Royal Highness; and our delegate for
Middle East, Mr Hazem El Sheik from Palestine.
Finally, we wish to thanks to Mrs Susana Fernandez, our Director of International Relations, with her enthusiasm and dedication this meeting has