Reem Abdelhamid (Saudi Arabia)

Lead (Strategic Partnerships, PSP North Africa), UNHCR

Reem Abdelhamid is a leading expert in global private philanthropy with more than 25 years of professional experience top donor/family foundations fundraising in the Arab region and, more recently, in Southeast Asia. Reem has worked for UN humanitarian organisations as well as NGOs in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Her areas of expertise include the cultivation and stewardship of donor/family foundations; resource mobilisation; high-level event planning and field visit planning; devising bespoke initiatives; and capacity-building of potential top donor/family foundations’ fundraisers.

Reem’s current role with UNHCR entails developing strategies for private partnerships and philanthropy in North Africa, with a focus on Morocco and Egypt, while retaining the management of some top donor relationships globally. Reem completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and has undertaken research work for the University of Exeter on Social Identity Theory (SIT) and its effect on Arab philanthropy. Reem is a regular speaker at international conferences.