The Saleh Kamel Lecture Series

The Saleh Kamel Annual Lecture Series is launched for the first time in May 2024 in collaboration with the prestigious Adam Smith Institute. It provides a forum for analysis and discussions on the burgeoning prosperity of the Middle East and the profound impact it is having on the global economic landscape. At its core, this series serves as a beacon illuminating the principles of ethical business practice, a legacy passionately championed by the iconic Saleh Kamel.

Saleh Kamel’s influence extends far beyond the confines of his native Saudi Arabia, resonating deeply across the Middle East, the Islamic world and beyond. His visionary leadership and entrepreneurial acumen have left an indelible mark on a great many societies internationally, shaping the contours of Islamic banking, media, urban development, and social welfare. Over the course of an illustrious career spanning eight decades, until his demise in May 2020, Saleh Kamel emerged as a transformative force, transcending geographical boundaries and enriching lives globally.

Ethics & Ascendancy: Economic Insights from the Middle East

Embracing the spirit of collaboration, the annual lectures held in London alongside the Adam Smith Institute represent a convergence of intellect and insight. In addition to fostering dialogue on the economic ascendancy of the Middle East, with a specific emphasis on Saudi Arabia, these gatherings offer a unique opportunity for individuals, particularly from younger generations, to gain profound insights into the dynamic landscape of this rapidly evolving region and its far-reaching impact on the global stage.

Central to the discourse of the lecture series is the exploration of Saleh Kamel’s enduring legacy in the realms of banking, business, and world affairs. Delving into his multifaceted contributions, participants engage in a comprehensive examination of his commitment to ethical business practices and his unwavering dedication to the ethos of “doing good by doing good business.” Through analysis and informed discourse, attendees glean valuable lessons from Saleh Kamel’s remarkable journey, drawing inspiration from his principled approach to leadership and philanthropy.

The collaboration with the Adam Smith Institute underscores a broader commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. As an integral component of the series, the institute produces a green policy paper following each lecture, offering actionable insights and recommendations to foster sustainable development within the context of the Middle East’s economic trajectory.

The Saleh Kamel Annual Lecture Series aims to transcend its role as a simple intellectual forum, emerging as a catalyst for enlightenment, collaboration, and positive change. By celebrating Saleh Kamel’s legacy and amplifying his vision of ethical business practices, these annual gatherings pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future, characterised by prosperity, inclusivity, and responsible entrepreneurship.