Faizal and Shabana Foundation

The Faizal and Shabana Foundation was founded by UAE-based entrepreneurs Faizal and Shabana Kottikollon in 2007, following the part-sale of their business, KEF Holdings. The family-run organisation funds the rehabilitation of public schools in India, in addition to social development programmes, medical research and university scholarships. The foundation also invests in humanitarian relief, and supports low-income workers in the UAE. The foundation is registered in Bangalore, India.

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health
    • Medical research
    • Diseases and conditions
      • Brain and nervous system disorders
        • Autism
      • Mental and behavioral disorders
        • Learning disorders
    • Healthcare access
  • Philanthropy

Focus populations

  • Adolescents
  • At-risk youth
  • Children
  • Homeless people
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income people
  • Older adults
  • People with intellectual disabilities
  • Preteens
  • Seniors
  • Working poor
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • Uganda
  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
  • South Asia
    • India


  • Al Jalila Foundation
  • All Indian Association of Welfare of Artisans and Craftsmen
  • American University of Sharjah
  • Care and Caress
  • Government of Kerala
  • Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Partners in Change
  • School for Life


  • Al Jalila Foundation
  • American University of Sharjah
  • School for Life


  • Charitable donations to needy individuals (UAE)
  • Education programming (Uganda)
  • Humanitarian response progammes (India, Nepal, Philippines, Haiti)
  • Krishnagiri community project (India)
  • Medical research grants (UAE)
  • School building and rehabiltiation programme (India)
  • Teacher training (India)
  • University scholarship programme (UAE)
  • Women's welfare (India)


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
    • Donated equipment
  • Pro bono services
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • KEF Holdings
  • Kottikollon family

Funding source

  • Private


Key staff

  • Joseph Sebastian, director

Board members

  • Faizal Kotikollen, co-founder
  • Shabana Faizal, co-founder

Contact details