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AFAC Interview

Nothing like Wall Street The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture was established with the mission of investing in Middle Eastern performers, writers, artists, and musicians of considerable talent and ambition. It raises money with the aim of securing an available and sufficient fund to support these talented artists. At AFAC, they understand the boundaries…

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Be the change you want to see in the world.

- -Gandhi

WAY 2 Gaza Campaign

A year long social media campaign targeting young Palestinians & supporters of Palestine globally with youth and young professional Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza.  

Women in Computing Workshop

Today I spoke at the NYU Abu Dhabi workshop on Women in Computing in the Arab World. I was struck by the uniformity of challenges the speakers presented.  I was also encouraged to see a room full of role-models to rising women Engineers, Computer Scientists, Professors and Professionals. Across the Arab world. participants in the…

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2011 NYUAD International Hackathon

The universities in the region are surprising us with a growing interest in their youth’s exposure to entrepreneurship practices, innovation and collaboration through a series of highly creative events, a very promising sign. The 2011 NYUAD International Hackathon, an event for social good in the Arab world will bring together computer science students with academics and…

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Building a network of social venture support organizations

bidayat – Building a network of social venture support organizations

For a while we’ve envisioned a network of organizations supporting social entrepreneurs.  The time is now.. it is happening. On Tuesday, January 31st, we hosted a round-table discussion at the Shelter in Dubai.  The aim was to bring together organizations supporting social entrepreneurs to build a collaborative framework. A roundup of amazing individuals represented their…

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Leadership Bridge Program – Youth Rock

The Leadership Bridge Program, organized by the YAL Bahrain and 3BL Associates brought together over 50 Bahraini youth representing public and private schools to address challenges within their society. Rama Chakaki, CEO of Baraka Ventures, who helped the students brainstorm their own social action projects, was ‘amazed by their creativity and imagination,’ as she shared on her facebook wall. ‘Bahrain youth…

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Dubai 4 Acumen – Social Enterprise Workshop

Held the first workshop in a series at the Shelter yesterday for the Business Acumen 4 Good Competition.  A fabulous crowd of 40 entrepreneurs representing 23 nationalities. Workshop Description Title: Business planning for social impact Scope: Building a business plan is a science that has been tried and tested.  The formula is clear, and the…

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Women Entrepreneurs’ Workshop

Held the first women & entrepreneurship workshop at the Shelter yesterday.  It was lovely to meet inspiring women who are willing to step out of their comfort zones, share and be open to doing the work required for personal and career growth. Workshop Description How do you balance life, family, work and an entrepreneurial spirit?…

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