Hutham Olayan

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Olayan Group, Olayan America 

FUNDING AREAS: Policy & Global, Health

OVERVIEW: Hutham Olayan moves her philanthropy through Olayan Charitable Trust, which primarily supports international policy organizations, including those working in the Middle East. Her board memberships include the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. 

BACKGROUND: Hutham S. Olayan has a B.A. from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from Indiana University. She worked in investment and commercial banking with Chase Manhattan Bank, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, and Saudi International Bank. She joined Olayan Group in 1984, a Saudi conglomerate established in 1947 by her father Sulaiman. She's been CEO and president of Olayan America Corporation since 1995. 


INTERNATIONAL POLICY: Olayan sits on the board of Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, which she supports through her foundation. She's also on the advisory council of Carnegie Middle East Center. Other grantees include Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Middle East Policy Council, Physicians for Peace, and Council on Foreign Relations, of which she's a member. 

HEALTH: Olayan supports Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she sits on the board.

OTHER: Olayan has supported her alma mater, American University of Beirut, and Emory University. Other grantees include Smithsonian Institution and Layalina Productions, which produces award-winning films and television series that bridge the divide between the Arab world and the U.S. 

LOOKING FORWARD: It's unclear how much money is waiting in the wings here, but expect Olayan to continue support for select organizations working in international policy. 


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