Board Member of Al-Khalifa Business School, Sayed Hadi Al Alawi, has been elected on the last days a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Sayed Hadi Al Alawi is the Chairman and Founder of Al-Hayat Group which was established in the 1980s Al Hayat Group has been representing global companies in the Middle East for over 25 years. Maintaining its heritage of a family-owned business, the Group has nonetheless evolved into a truly successful regional and international enterprise.

Sayed Al Alawi is an experienced businessman with extensive regional and international networks who have successfully propelled various start-up ventures into industry leaders with record-breaking growth and expansion with highly competitive markets.

He is also the Managing Director of Al Alawi Group of Companies founded in the early 1930s by his late father. Today the group has emerged as one of the most diversified and highly regarded business houses in Gulf Region and beyond. Mr. Al Alawi has been responsible for the strategic direction and the driving forces behind the development of his family business. He is widely recognized for the role he has played in expanding the group’s portfolio towards a more diversified and globalized model.

His group of companies is well-diversified and active in the fields of advertising, marketing public relations, IT and telecom, construction, general contracting, electrical and mechanical divisions, manufacturing, printing, property development, real state and investment, travel and fashion.

Hadi Al Alawi is also the Executive Chairman of, the Chairman of Mackenzie Forbes Group, a Board member of Innovative Film City, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Ebrahim Abdulaal Group of Companies, the Executive Chairman of Build Block Middle East, Founder and Board member of Bahrain Family Business Association, a member and former President of the Matama Rotary Club, Founder Member of Manama Charity Fund and a Board member and a shareholder of various companies worldwide.

He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of various organizations and he has been the main speaker in a lot of different international conferences and forums.

Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) is an award granted to individuals that the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) judges to have made outstanding achievements to social progress and development. In the official language of the Fellowship Charter, the award recognizes the contributions of exceptional individuals from across the world who have made significant contributions relating to the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. The fellowship is only awarded to those who can demonstrate that they have made significant contributions to social change, and support the mission of the RSA. Fellows of the RSA are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FRSA, gain access to the RSA Library and other premises in central London.

The RSA is a London-based, British organization committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges. Founded in 1754 by William Shipley as the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, it was granted a Royal Charter in 1847, and the right to use the term Royal in its name by King Edward VII in 1908.

Notable past fellows include Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Atkinson, Stephen Hawking, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Nelson Mandela, David Attenborough, William Hogarth, John Diefenbaker, and Tim Berners-Lee. Today, the RSA has Fellows elected from 80 countries worldwide.

The RSA award three medals, the Albert Medal, the Benjamin Franklin Medal (following a decision by the Board in 2013, the Benjamin Franklin Medal is now overseen by the RSA US, although the final nomination is ratified by the UK Board) and the Bicentenary Medal. Medal winners include Nelson Mandela, Sir Frank Whittle, and Professor Stephen Hawking. The RSA members are innovative contributors to human knowledge, as shown by the Oxford English Dictionary, which records the first use of the term “sustainability” in an environmental sense of the word in the RSA Journal in 1980.



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