Established by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in 2011, Misk Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to cultivate and encourage learning and leadership in the youth for a better future in Saudi Arabia.
To this end, Misk gives a hand to the youth across the country by providing various means to foster, empower, and establish a healthy environment for their creative talents to grow and see the light.
The Foundation invests in empowering the youth of Saudi Arabia in two main tracks; education and entrepreneurship, and culture and the creative arts, with science and technology as a supporting field. This is intended to be accomplished by designing programs and forging partnerships with local and global organizations to reach the ultimate objective: building a society based on knowledge.
Misk pursues these goals by both designing programs and partnering with local and global organizations in diverse fields. Through an array of incubators, the Foundation invests in the intellectual capital and the capabilities of the youth of Saudi Arabia.
Misk Foundation believes that its endeavors will support and enhance the efforts to establish a knowledge-based society, which will in turn bring fulfillment and add value to Saudi Arabia.
What we aspire to do through Misk Foundation is to take initiatives, encourage innovation and, in turn, ensure sustainability and growth to achieve the higher goal of developing the human mind. The wise leadership of HRH King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is committed to invest in, support, and provide the right environment for the human capital to grow, develop, and contribute to the development of this great country.
Saudi Arabia is eager to become a knowledge-based economy and society. This shift is clearly reflected in the Tenth Development Plan, issued pursuant to Royal Decree No. 23 on 7/12/1379 H, to build a strategy for Saudi Arabia’s transition to a knowledge society. Within the framework of such Plan, the “National Strategy for Youth” emphasizes the significance of supporting youth and nurturing their entrepreneurial, intellectual, and physical abilities.
With this in mind, Misk will focus on the integration of its efforts alongside those of all relevant institutions and stakeholders to achieve this vision.
Allah Almighty has bestowed humans with power, money, and knowledge to be utilized in the right direction. Not only that, but humans should also ensure the sustainability of these blessings, as we may consider sustainability as one of the most vital factors in prolonging the time span of any given civilization. In developed countries, sustainability and development are ensured through adopting creativity and positivity as a base for institutional operations. This is reflected by the durability of institutions for tens and hundreds of years to be key factors in shaping societies.
Therefore, Misk and I, hand in hand, seek to take actions, adopt initiatives, and encourage creativity, ensuring their sustainability and growth to contribute in developing the human mind.
We ask Allah, the Almighty, to guide us through the path of giving back to society, realizing our leadership’s vision, and faithfully serving our nation.
Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz
Founder, Chairman of the Board
Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman graduated from the College of Law and Political Science at King Saud University with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, where he ranked second in the class. He received his high school education at Riyadh Schools and ranked one of the top ten students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the time of graduation. During his education journey, HRH enrolled in numerous specialized training courses and programs.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has held many positions during his professional career. He was self-employed and had many philanthropic initiatives that earned him many awards. Prior to pursuing a career in public service, Prince Mohammed has earned commercial experience by establishing several successful businesses and investments.
Prince Mohammed began his political career as a full-time consultant to the Experts Commission under the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia from 10/4/2007 (22/3/1428 Hijri) until 16/12/2009 (28/12/1430 Hijri). He then became a special advisor to the Governor of Riyadh in 16/12/2009(28/12/1430 Hijri). During that time, and while holding the position of a part-time consultant to the Experts Commission until 3/3/2013 (20/4/1434 Hijri), he was the Secretary General of the Riyadh Competitive Council, a special advisor to the Chairman of the Board for the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives, and a member of the Higher Executive Committee to Develop Diriyah.
Afterwards, Prince Mohammed was appointed the Supervisor of the Crown Prince’s Office. In 3/3/2013 (20/4/1434 Hijri), he was appointed by Royal decree as Head of the Crown Prince Court with the rank of minister and remained a special advisor to his father, King Salman (back then Prince Salman, the Crown Prince). Furthermore, he was appointed a General Supervisor of the Minister of Defense’s Office in 13/7/2013 (5/9/1434 Hijri).
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has always been passionate about philanthropic initiatives and social development projects from an early age as he was influenced by the involvement of his father, King Salman, in the non-profit field. In 2011, Prince Mohammed the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, otherwise known as “Misk”, to enable young Saudis to learn, develop, and progress in the fields of education, culture, media, and technology. Today, Prince Mohammed continues to be involved in Misk as the Chairman of its board.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received various awards. In 2013, he was awarded “Personality of the Year” by Forbes Middle East as the Charmin of the Board of Directors of King Salman Youth Center and in recognition of his efforts in supporting young entrepreneurs and communicating their successes to the world.
Creating a dynamic ecosystem for young Saudi talents to shape the future of Saudi Arabia and the world.
Pioneering in innovative programs targeting Saudi youth and youth-centered institutions to empower future leaders, entrepreneurs, and scientists.