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Iman Bibars

Regional Director for MENA, Ashoka


Based in Cairo, Iman Bibars is responsible for launching Ashoka’s program in the Arab World. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years’ experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region. She has committed her life to working with voiceless groups, such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt, street children, street vendors and garbage collectors. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs, including UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, CARE-Egypt, GTZ and KFW. Iman co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households.