The Giving Pledge, a global campaign inviting the world's richest individuals and couples to give away at least half of their wealth to philanthropy, has just announced this year's signatories and an Emirati businessman, author and philanthropist is among them.
The 19 signatories this year bring the Giving Pledge's total number of signatories to 204, hailing from 23 ccountries. Started in 2010 by Bill and Melina Gates, it has drawn experts in fields from technology to real estate. What they've got in common is a commitment to give away at least half of their fortune to charity, either during their lifetimes or after their deaths, in hope of addressing some of the important issues in today's society. Causes pledgers have supported include education, climate change, poverty, healthcare and economic development.
Al Ain-born Dr. Mohammed has already gained recognition for his significant philanthropic efforts, having received the Mahatma Gandhi Medallion Humanity Award and the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ali Al Khalifa Award for Charity. A former UAE Federal Council Member, he has published two books on governing the UAE and been recognised for his scientific research, winning the Mohammad Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence twice.
In his Giving Pledge letter, Dr. Mohammed stated: "Through our pioneering initiatives and development plans, I aim to implement multiple human development programs and projects to serve underprivileged communities. Meanwhile, I continue to communicate and cooperate with international humanitarian institutions."