Misk Foundation

The Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk Foundation) is a nonprofit founded by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince in to empower Saudi youth by investing in education, entrepreneurship, culture, and creative arts, as well as science and technology. Established in 2011, Misk runs its own programmes and works in partnerships with a number of local and global organisations.

  • Organisation type Foundation
  • Year founded 2011
  • Headquartered Riyadh
  • Registration Saudi Arabia
  • Website http://misk.org.sa/

Related sustainable development goals

  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Development
    • Economic development
      • Financial services
        • Investment services
      • Employment
        • Job training
        • Job creation and workforce developement
      • Business and industry
        • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Public affairs
    • Leadership development
  • Science

Focus populations

  • Academics
    • Researchers
  • Artists and performers
  • Self-employed people
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Unemployed people

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • Saudi Arabia


  • Manga Productions
  • Misk Art Institute
  • Misk City
  • Misk Schools
  • Misk Science Museum
  • Riyadh Schools


  • Culture and Arts
    Misk Foundation prioritises the promotion of Saudi Arabian culture and art, locally and internationally, by supporting the art movement, enriching the Saudi cultural scene, fostering artists and youth-centrerd institutions, and unleashing their talents and potentials. They also operate their own entities such as Misk Art institute and Manga Productions.
  • Education and entrepreneurship
    Misk Foundation runs training and educational programmes through its own "Riyadh Schools" and "Misk Schools" as well as delivering college preparation, career readiness, and entrepreneurship support. Misk seeks to equip Saudi youth to take on leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. It also supports other initiatives focussing on leadership development, career development, and entrepreneurship, as well as running incubators and investing heavily in high-impact enterprises and startups. Notable programmes include: Misk Accelerator; Misk Startup School masterclasses; 2030 Leaders; and 10x Saudi Leaders.
  • Science and Technology
    The Foundation seeks to promote innovation, and digital transformation through science and technology initiatives. They also offer capacity building and skills development programmes in important fields such as AI and UX design, or through virtual work simulations.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations
  • Loans to Individuals
  • Matching grants
  • Programme related investment

Primary funders

  • Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz


Key staff

  • CEO, Badr bin Humood Al-Badr

Board members

  • Abdullah bin Amer Alswaha, Member
  • Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, Member
  • Bader bin Ali Alkahail, Secretary general
  • Bader bin Mohammed Al Asaker, Member
  • Badr bin Humood Al-Badr, Member
  • Ghassan bin Abdurrahman Al-Shibl, Vice chairman
  • Khaled bin Saleh Al-Sultan, Member
  • Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chairman and founder
  • Naif bin Marzouq Al-Fahadi, Member
  • Saeed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, Member
  • Tariq Bin Ziad Al Sudairy, Member

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