Iman is the Regional Director for Ashoka Arab World (AAW) which she launched in 2003. Iman is a Leadership Group Member and Global Diaspora Leader in Ashoka. She is the co-founder and chair of ADEW, a CSO providing credit and legal aid for impoverished women. With more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, policy formulation, community development and project design, Iman has dedicated her life to working with marginalized and voiceless groups -female heads of households in Egypt's poorest areas. Iman has also worked with UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, CARE-Egypt, GTZ and KFW. Iman holds a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University and a BA and MA in Political Science from American University in Cairo. She was a Peace Fellow at Georgetown University and a Parvin Fellow at Princeton University. Iman has been featured in several national and international press outlets and also authored the books Heroines and Victims: Women, Welfare, and the Egyptian State, Dreams of a Good Fellow, one of the first books written in Arabic on US President Barack Obama, and the Women of Tahrir.
Ahmed joined Ashoka in late 2015 to revolutionize its venture and fellowship program in the MENA region. He ensures the effectiveness of social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region through enabling social entrepreneurs (by electing them as Ashoka Fellows) who have systemic solutions to socio-economic systemic problems to envision sustained social and economic development (by mapping and connecting the dots).
No one can help lead entrepreneurs more than their peer entrepreneurs. After earning his bachelor degree with honors in Information and Engineering Technology from the German University in Cairo (GUC) in 2011, he set out to startup Trustious.com; a data intensive web application created to ease the choice making process, through providing users with trusted business and product reviews. His efforts were crowned by securing an EGP 2m investment to his product and leading his company to become an EGP 17m business in late 2014.
His passion about understanding what are at stake when thinking about and engaging with social and economic development guided him to pursue his postgraduate diploma in social sciences at Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS) in early 2015. Combining his operational experience in business entrepreneurship and his intensive studies at CILAS, he partnered with the Rhodes Scholar Dr. Aisha Saad to research the public impact of business, where he pursued his independent studies in Public Policy at the American University in Cairo (AUC) since late 2014.
Putting his eclectic background together, Ahmed joined the Innovation for Development (I4D) portfolio at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in early 2015. His role as a program associate was focused on building an ecosystem for social innovation and entrepreneurship to create new spaces, where youth endeavors would be collected for reforming Egypt's economy. He articulated and implemented both regional and national projects and partnerships, along with social innovation workshops to utilize the power of tech and non-tech social enterprises, which tackle socio-economic wicked problems. He as well pioneered an effective collaborative framework between the government, the private sector and multilateral organizations that rendered the work of the team much more reachable and effective by building the team a brand as well as professional network and mobilizing funds. For the sake of guiding his efforts into tackling pressing socio-economic challenges through social innovation, he has been researching the genealogy of social entrepreneurship from different perspectives while currently doing his M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at AUC.
His entrepreneurial journey started before graduating from college. As a running back player and coach, he co-founded the university football team. His endeavors had multiple effects that resonated in starting the first National Football League (which his team leads) and first African Football League. His excellence in sports was coupled with another one in Academia, where he brought forward the quality of Sennheiser Wireless Microphones during conducting his bachelor research project in the Institute for Communications Technology at University of Hanover, Germany, and was accordingly awarded a certificate of recognition by the institute president.
Ahmed loves building new things, learning new languages and blending in different cultures. He is an avid supporter to fostering a culture of think tanks in MENA region where mavens can gather to analyze and propose solutions to contested socio-economic problems.
Enas is Ashoka Arab World’s Executive Secretary, with 8 years of work experience in the Administrative and Logistics fields. Her main responsibilities include planning and coordinating events and conferences for the office, and taking care of the endless To Do lists. Enas is an animal rights activist; working mercilessly to save street cats and secure safe homes for them to live in.
Mohamed is our Information Technology Officer, providing support and consultancy on all IT-related matters. He graduated with a BSC in Commerce (Accounting section) from Banha University and has since received a number of further certifications. He has obtained an IS diploma from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, is a Microsoft certified professional, a Microsoft certified system administrator, and a Microsoft certified system engineer CIW 410, 460 & 470, and has taken multiple other IT courses. His past experience lies primarily within multinational organizations.
Ahmed is working as outreach assistant in Ashoka Arab World. joining the team in 2014. He is primarily responsible for providing all Arabic materials about Ashoka Arab. He is responsible for providing Arabic content to Arabic section in Ashoka Arab world website. Also he is creating written outputs on Fellows in Arabic. He studied Business Administration, graduating from Maadi’s Thebes Academy. His hobbies include watching football matches, reading about the history of previous nations, and researching different subjects online.
Mohamed Rabie joined the Ashoka Arab World team as an Accountant in 2013. He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce (Accounting section) at Ain Shams University and is currently re-enrolled there, completing a diploma in Financial Accounting.
Sameh leads the Finance Department, as the Financial Manager, and is responsible for the bookkeeping and accounting procedures of the office. His work involves ensuring Fellows stipends arrive on time, revising all expenses, and managing funds received from donors.
Aya is Ashoka Arab World’s Fellowship Assistant. Her main responsibility involves supporting and enabling Fellows from their time of election; onboarding and introducing them to Ashoka's varied services. Despite her educational background being in Applied Arts, Aya committed to a public-sector career shift, and studied NGO Management at the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University. She is passionate about community development and community psychology and wants to pursue them in a master's degree. She has been working on an initiative for sustainable development.
Anna is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Iman Bibars, Ashoka Arab World’s Regional Director. She graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine majoring in International Studies with a concentration in development and a regional focus on Latin America and the Middle East. Anna worked in the office of Montana’s former Governor, Brian Schweitzer, focusing on education policy and other initiatives for the First Lady. She was born and raised in Montana, a large, rural state whose natural beauty and independent spirit remain dear to her heart.
Yara El-Braidy our media and marketing representative, tasked with engaging local, regional and international media outlets– as well as operating Ashoka Arab World’s social media accounts –She graduated with a BA in Radio and TV from Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University. Yara’s graduation project was a movie about sustainable development in Egypt’s poor villages where she combined 2 of the things she is passionate about in life which are film making and development.
Besides her work Yara enjoys public speaking and hosting which obviously stems from her area of studies where she was able to successfully host several events that were attended by International presidents, ministers and ambassadors.
She also worked for a long period of time in organizing presidential events that were hosted by the country on national and international level.