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Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Approaches In The Arab World

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Session Description

Meet three inspirational social entrepreneurs from Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine who are leading innovative projects to confront poverty and inequality in a new way. This session will provide an insider’s perspective on what it means to be a social entrepreneur, exploring their work and the unique challenges and opportunities in scaling up their social ventures.


When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • Aref Husseini Speaker
    Director, Alnayzak for scientific innovation
    Aref Husseini founded al-Nayzak organization for Supportive Learning and Scientific Innovation in Palestine. He is challenging traditional teaching methods in the Palestinian education system by introducing new approaches that can cultivate a future generation of scientific minds and inventors. Aref was recently named a Synergos Arab World Social Innovator, and has begun a two-year fellowship to advance the work of al- Nayzak and bring science education to more children and young people in the West Bank and Gaza. Through anew curriculum, al-Nayzak is using science as a platform for economic and social advancement.
  • George Khalaf Speaker
    Director, Middle East and North Africa Region, Synergos
    George Khalaf is the Director of the Middle East and North Africa region at Synergos and leads the Arab World Social Innovators program for Synergos, an international nonprofit dedicated to reducing poverty and inequity. Mr. Khalaf has over six years of strategy consulting experience with Accenture and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where he advised multilateral organizations and corporations in the areas of strategy, multisector partnerships and business management. He has extensive experience in several development sectors, including health, education, and conflict resolution. Mr. Khalaf holds a Masters in International Development from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Swarthmore College.
  • Kamal Mouzawak Speaker
    Founder, Souk el Tayeb
    Kamal Mouzawak founded Beirut’s first farmers’ market, Souk el Tayeb, to support small farmers, offer high quality organic products, and unite religious groups along shared culinary traditions. Through Kamal’s leadership, Souk el Tayeb has expanded into a network of over 100 members with weekly farmers markets throughout Lebanon. Kamal has partnered with international organizations to coordinate Food & Feast festivals that celebrate the heritage and culture of regional foods. Along with his appointment as a Synergos Social Innovator, Kamal was named a “New Heroes-Worldwide” in 2009 by Monocle Magazine, and his work was featured in the New York Times.
  • Chairperson, AYB-SD
    Dr. Raghda El Ebrashi is the founder and Chairperson of Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development (AYB-SD) in Egypt, and an Ashoka Fellow. Currently an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the German University in Cairo (GUC), she has been active in community development since the age of fifteen.