Takreem Foundation commemorated the life and achievements of former board member HRH Princess Banderi bint Abdulrahman Al Faisal at its annual ceremony in London on Wednesday.
The Lebanon-based foundation, which acts to champion and celebrate Arab talent, paid tribute to the late CEO of the King Khalid Foundation for her tireless contribution to Saudi Arabia’s philanthropic sector.
Sir Magdi Yacoub, the prominent cardiothoracic surgeon, and television presenter Ricardo Karam were among those who addressed the audience to speak of Princess Banderi’s humanitarian achievements.
HRH Prince Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Faisal accepted an award on behalf of Princess Banderi’s family in recognition of her work and legacy.
As CEO of the King Khalid Foundation, Princess Banderi led the organisation into a new era of growth, and helped shape it into a force for positive social and economic change. She contributed to the launch and establishment of multiple development programmes, supported the evolution of the nonprofit sector, and built ties with leading philanthropic institutes.
A sought-after speaker at local and international events, Princess Banderi was vocal about the need for Saudi Arabia to build the capacity of its nonprofit organisations in support of the kingdom’s wider development.
She established her own fellowship at the Kennedy School to support Arab community students. She was a member of multiple social organisations, including Al Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, the Down’s Syndrome Society, and the Saudi Society for Hyperactivity Disorder, sharing her expertise and platform to support their work.
Princes Banderi held a bachelor's degree in English literature from King Saud University in Riyadh and completed her education in the United States, where she received a Master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Princess Banderi died on March 15th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She was the granddaughter of HRH King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; and the daughter of HRH Princess Moudi bint Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
May Allah bless her, and accept her among the highest ranks of the prophets and their companions. May He grant her mercy and the highest paradise, and the companionship of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).