Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Al-Juffali (1924-1994)

Born in Makkah to a prominent Najdi family from Oneiza in 1924, the late Ahmed Abdullah Al-Juffali developed at a very young age, a passion for entrepreneurship that complemented his intuitive sense of philanthropy.

As early as the 1940's, the late Ahmed Al-Juffali founded the Juffali Group that played a major role in the development of many sectors in Saudi Arabia, i.e. in infrastructure with the conception of the first power utility plant in the Kingdom; additionally in telecommunications; transportation; information technology; air-conditioning; as well as many other manufacturing, engineering, construction and distribution services. He chaired many executive positions and was a board member in several organizations, institutions and banks.

Throughout his life, Sheikh Ahmed contributed to many social and philanthropic projects; he encouraged the youth by establishing a technical training center, he also co-founded a prominent university in Saudi Arabia; King Abdulaziz University, as well as advocated equal educational opportunities for females starting from young ages.

In 1985 he established the "A.J. Foundation" as a platform for himself and his family to offer assistance to larger segments of the saudi society and worldwide.

 The major beneficiary of the "A.J. Foundation" is the Help Center, a non- profit organization, serving families and their children with intellectual disabilities. Today, the "A.J. Foundation" continues to grow and contribute to the advancement of Saudi Arabia.