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Bill Gates to attend Board of Trustees meeting of Al Sumait Prize
December 5, 2015, 5:21 pm

Board of Trustees of Abdulrahman Al-Sumait Prize for African Development are set to meet in Kuwait next Monday to examine nominees for the 2015 prize, the first since its launch two years ago.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, during the November 2013 Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait, announced the prize after late Dr. Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti medical doctor who dedicated his life to raising funds to support humanitarian and charitable projects in fields of health, education and food for the less fortunate in Africa.

The board of trustees, chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, will discuss in their meeting at Bayan Palace how the US$ one million prize should be awarded, whether to an individual, an institution or more than one person.

Among members of the board of trustees are Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Abdullateef Al-Hamad, Director General and Chairman of Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) and Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

Speaking about the award, Mr. Gates said, “Al Sumait embodied Kuwait's tradition of generosity and concern for people in need.” He added, “More broadly, the prize will celebrate Dr. Al Sumait's life - not just by looking back at his achievements, but also by looking forward to the breakthroughs needed to carry on his legacy in Africa and create a better world for the millions still living in poverty." 

The nominations are to be accepted from institutions and scientific centers (universities, institutes and centers of scientific research) as well as from competent regional or international and UN organizations and awards and former winners in the field of the prize or former evaluation members. Nominations will only be accepted through institutions or other possible nominators mentioned above.

The projects for the health award should be submitted before December 31, 2015. The prize will be awarded in 2016.

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