Reem A. Abdelhamid (Saudi Arabia)

Lead (Strategic Partnerships, PSP North Africa), UNHCR

Reem is a lead expert on global private philanthropy with professional experience exceeding 25 years in top donor / family foundations fundraising in the Arab region and more recently in Southeast Asia. She has worked for UN humanitarian organisations as well as NGOs in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Her areas of expertise include top donor / family foundations cultivation and stewardship, mobilisation of resources (funds, expertise, gifts in kind, etc.), planning of high-level events and field visits, devising of bespoke initiatives, and capacity-building of potential top donor / family foundations fundraisers.

Reem’s current role with UNHCR entails developing the strategies for Private Partnerships and Philanthropy in North Africa with 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 in Exeter on Social Identity Theory (SIT) and its effect on Arab philanthropy. She is a recurring speaker at international conferences.


Learn more about Reem’s IFC 2019 workshops –

Fundraising in the Arab region: From one-off to plenty

Raising money from high value donors in the 21st century: Systematic relational approaches to engage and build lasting relationships with high value donors