Category Archive for: Think Tank

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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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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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…

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Venture Capital in the Middle East and North Africa Report

The lack of comprehensive reporting on the MENA’s venture capital scene has left many aspiring entrepreneurs in the dark. With a new report published on the MENA Private Equity Association’s website, many would regard this as a relief. This document highlights the definition of venture capital, mentions some of the challenges, and lists the venture…

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career advice..

I received an email this week from a young Arab professional titled “Career Advice”.  It was a very honest account of his struggles to feel fulfilled, realize his potential.. make sense of his career path.. he has a job he dislikes, he’s always told he’s not realizing his full potential.. he cannot even recall what…

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My wish list…

In a recent conversation where a colleague made sweeping generalizations on what Arab women want, I remembered a movie..”what women want” Mel Gibson takes us into the world of a PR agency that hires a women to unleash the secrets of marketing to women.  I cannot speak for all women, what I can do is…

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A baraka year..

Reflecting on 365 days is like playing a reel of photos, with emotions in the background substituting for music. 2010 brought a lot of promise, hope, heartfelt emotions, financial anxieties, many new beginnings, and a few bitter endings. We were blessed with: Working closely with the PCRF and realizing through our support that nothing can…

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Islam in America

I have long maintained that the real Islam is being preserved and nurtured today in the USA.  In small social circles, academic forums, individual and collective discourse; uncovering relevance to environmental conservation, gender equality and much more. Young and old, Muslims and other denominations are having healthy, constructive exchanges on the beauty of Islam and…

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Resituating Sustainability

I was invited recently to present at a workshop convened by NYU, Abu-Dhabi Institute under the title of “Situating Sustainability: Urban Ecology and the Problem of Context”. The workshop brought together urban ecologists, architects, urban planners, anthropologists and authors who have studied, written about and had hands-on experience in shaping the urban-ecological landscape of many…

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Abundance Theory – conversation threads and questions.

How does 1+1 equal a million? How do you unleash the power of many? Is a focus on a single bottom line more effective than one a triple bottom line? It is simpler; but is it more effective? Does a single bottom line mean forgoing measures, or merging them? Must you look for a problem…

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