Khaled Juffali Receives Honorary Doctorate at 2009 Commencement

Menlo College has proudly conferred upon Khaled Juffali, internationally-respected entrepreneur and civic leader in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration at its Commencement exercises May 9, 2009.


“Mr. Juffali is a highly respected, internationally-recognized role model for global entrepreneurs, and we are delighted to present him with this well-deserved honor,” President G. Timothy Haight said.

President of the Khaled Juffali Company, and Vice Chairman & Managing Partner of the E.A. Juffali & Brothers Company, Khaled Juffali has, among other entrepreneurs, played a key role in the development of Saudi Arabia. As entrepreneurial, multifaceted international investment companies, Mr. Juffali's business concerns focus on the creation and incubation of growth business ventures, penetrating industries that include, among others, automotive, petrochemicals, banking, insurance, venture capital funds, distribution, information technology, education, real estate development, biotechnology, and telecommunication.


An essential component of Mr. Juffali's business model is quality. By establishing multinational partnerships with brand name companies known for exceptional products and services, E. A. Juffali & Brothers, of which Khaled Juffali is Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, have helped create the modern infrastructure of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Today, the lineup of Juffali partners reads like a “Who's Who” of international corporations. Among them are IBM, Siemens, Ericsson, Mercedes-Benz, Michelin, Massey Ferguson, Carrier Corporation, Tyco, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Butler and many others.

One of Juffali's first major projects was to help develop Saudi Arabia's infrastructure through the building of electric power utilities. Its activities extended into telecommunications, transportation, information technology, chemicals and air-conditioning, as well as many other products and services. The Juffali Group became a major player in the building of the country's economy by importing products from around the world and distributing them to every region of the Kingdom. The vast array of these products include building equipment, cars, tires, trucks and spare parts, printing equipment and electrical household goods. Today, the Juffali Group is involved in manufacturing, engineering and construction, as well as distribution and service.

In addition to his broad variety of business accomplishments, Juffali is committed to training Saudi youth for various areas of employment.

“Khaled Juffali provides exceptional vision and encouragement to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and beyond. Menlo College is thrilled at the opportunity to honor Mr. Juffali, both personally and professionally, and to recognize his unparalleled contributions, not only to global business and industry, but to the young people of Saudi Arabia.”


Mr. Juffali enjoys a proud association with the College. His daughter is a current student studying business management.


Menlo College has been a destination campus for outstanding Saudi students for more than 50 years. Alumni of note include HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Founder and Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company and listed in Time Magazine among “The World's 100 Most Influential People;” and Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud, who has recently been appointed as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Minister of Education.