Naif ALObaid

Executive Director, Shefa Fund

Naif ALObaid has had 17 years a diverse career in development, philanthropy, education and program management, such as a program to provide micro financing loans to persons with disabilities, vocational training programs for persons with disabilities, acquiring mobile clinics to detect breast cancer, a center for research on Autism, a mental health survey and the establishment of clinics to treat children with learning and other disabilities. He is currently the Senior External Relations and Projects Officer at the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East “UNRWA”, prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Shefa Fund, Senior consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations on Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and a mentor at two local NGO’s that incubates and supports social entrepreneurs. Naif also worked at the Public Education Evaluation Commission in several different capacities, managing the project to build the framework for evaluating public and private schools in Saudi, engaging the commissions stakeholders and becoming an Assistant Vice governor. In addition to his previous role as a CEO for Education for Employment Saudi Arabia, Naif also spends a substantial amount of time working with refugees in Europe, and in developing a school in one of the slums in Nairobi, Kenya.  

Naif holds certificates in Psychological First Aid, Foundations for Global Health Responders, Public Health in Humanitarian Crisis, a Bachelor of Arts in Management with a minor in International Relations from Webster University in Geneva, a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown university and an MBA with concentration in International Trade from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA.

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