Kalimat Foundation Board, background and experience
Bodour Al Qasimi
Founder and Chairperson
Bodour Al Qasimi is the Founder and Chairperson of Kalimat Foundation and the Founder and CEO of Kalimat Group. She also holds numerous other titles, including Founder and Patron of the UAE Board on Books for Young People, Chairperson of the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund, Founder and Honorary President of the Emirates Publishers Association, and, since January 2021, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA).
Through Kalimat Foundation, Bodour has driven a literary mission, channeling books to children separated from Middle Eastern homelands and residing in refugee and migrant communities around the world, and furthermore supplying accessible formats to visually disabled youth. Currently representing the largest federation within the global publishing industry, setting direction for, and advancing its functions, Bodour Al Qasimi continues…
Jameela Al Qasimi
Sheikha Jameela Al Qasimi is Director General of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services. Her work involves advocating disability rights in education, employment, rehabilitation, recreation and sports. In this regard, she has dedicated her work to promote community advancement and social development for such persons of determination, through awareness, integration, and empowerment…
Isobel Abulhoul has lived in Dubai since 1968 and co-founded Magrudy’s, a bookshop chain, in 1975 which is still thriving and has eight bookshops across the UAE. In 2008 Isobel founded the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. In 2013, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and also…
Majid H. Jafar
Majid Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil & gas company, and Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies which includes interests in port management, logistics, venture capital, private equity and real estate. He is also Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East, in which Crescent is the largest shareholder…
Board of Trustees Member
Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh presented her credentials as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York in September 2013. She also presented her credentials as non-resident Ambassador of the UAE to Grenada in November 2017. Ambassador Nusseibeh served as Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform for three sessions of the…
Funding facts and figures
Insight is provided in this section on sources of revenue, funding distribution in programmes and top rankings for country spend between 2016 and 31 December 2020. The United Arab Emirates government is the largest supporter of Kalimat Foundation’s drive toward literacy, followed by local corporations. Foundation merchandise revenue has also carved out a significant financial contribution.
More than half of funding resources are invested in Ara, deriving in the main, from accessible resource and publishing costs. Jordan is highest ranked amongst territories on programme spend, as a result of the concentration of support for its considerable refugee and migrant populations flowing in from
Sources of funding from start of operations in 2016 to 31 December 2020
Programme funding from start of operations in 2016 to 31 December 2021
Programme spend top 8 countries from start of operations in 2016 to 31 December 2020
Thank you to donors, sponsors and partners
We very much appreciate and thank everyone who has supported Kalimat Foundation in its first five years and contributed to its programmes, encouraging the literacy of underserved children around the world. We would also like to thank the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for its support and coordination in issuing all approvals required in conducting initiatives successfully and achieving our mandate.