Presenting Said with the medal is Hani Mourtada, the Minister of Higher Education. Wafic Said, the son of Damascus University founder and first president Rida Said, played a monumental role in revamping the University. In 1982 he founded the Saïd Foundation, a charity that aims to bring positive and lasting change to the lives of children and young people in the Middle East.
In 1996, Wafic Saïd donated £23 million to establish the Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford and has since established a Strategic Development Fund for the School with a capital value of £25 million and committed another £15 million to start construction on a new building that will house the Saïd Business School Centre for Executive Education. Saïd also provided substantial funding for the establishment of the Wafic Saïd Molecular Cardiology & Gene Therapy Research Laboratory at the Texas Heart Institute, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. In 2003 he became the first recipient of the Sheldon Medal, which had been newly established by Oxford University to honour exceptional supporters of the University. H