ASHOKA ARAB WORLD ANNOUNCES THE ELECTION OF 4 NEW FELLOWS!

Cairo, Egypt – Ashoka Arab World, the platform for social entrepreneurship and innovation in the Arab world, is delighted to announce the election of four new Arab social entrepreneurs into its Fellowship program to be having 100 fellows in the Arab region as a total!

The newly elected fellows are: Abdelaziz from Jordan, Yourgi Tayrouz from Lebanon, Amr El-Tayeb and Tamer Taha from Egypt.

With a strong belief in our Fellows’ system-changing ideas, and confidence in the positive impact they have, and will continue to have, on society, Ashoka will be providing  its Fellows with a range of tailored services, supporting him/her in his/her efforts to scale up the impact of his/her work, and helping him/her develop their idea further.

About our new fellows:

Abdelaziz is popularizing medical information in the Arab region. He is doing so through facilitating the access to medical information by creating and publishing updated authenticated medical content in Arabic and online. He is also facilitating the connection between medical doctors and patients, by enabling patients to ask questions and doctors to answer them with a variety of options instantly.   

 

In order to make the healthcare industry more inclusive Amr decided to create SmartMed, which grants access to low cost, self-managed, personalized health care programs. SmartMed focuses on the actual treatment, where he minimizes the choices and provides affordable options. Amr works with individuals who are living on less than $2/day, in addition to small workshops that contain 6-10 employees, small medium factories and small medium enterprises.

Yorgui is focusing on bringing desperately needed blood into the challenged medical system in Lebanon by mobilizing the community around the joy of giving. By arranging different campaigns nationally and internationally, he has been able to spread joy to volunteers and blood donors, mobilizing more than 15,000 blood donors so far including students as well as employees of NGO’s and companies.

To bridge the wide innovation gap in the Egyptian economy Tamer works on connecting solution seekers and providers. Through his online platform, Yomken.com, and active on-ground engagement, Tamer is building a movement that mediates between previously-isolated parties to crowd-solve various local, social and environmental market challenges.

 

Ashoka’s global fellowship community includes more than 3000 social entrepreneurs, similar to the above mentioned Fellows from all over the world.

Fellows are chosen based on five main criteria” Dr. Iman Bibars, Vice President of Ashoka Global and Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World explains, “innovative ideas, demonstrated creativity, entrepreneurial qualities, clear social impact, and ethical fiber”.

You can help us to identify additional social entrepreneurs for the Ashoka Fellowship, by emailing us at venture-assist@ashoka-arab.org

Ashoka is an established community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – men and women with system-changing solutions to global social ills. Since 1981, Ashoka has sourced the best social innovations, supporting over 3,000 entrepreneurs through the provision of technical assistance, financial stipends, and professional support, mobilized thousands of people to create change, and enabled businesses, the media, policy makers and “Changemakers” to work together to help contribute to the eradication of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

Ashoka Arab World (AAW) is a regional branch of Ashoka. Established in 2003, AAW has, to date, elected 105 leading social entrepreneurs in 11 Arab countries into the global Fellowship program. These social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) work in various sectors, including environmental conservation, urban planning, health service accessibility, child and youth empowerment, civic engagement, women’s empowerment, education, income generation and plenty more. Using our highly collaborative approach, designed to unite and pool the resources of key stakeholders from different sectors, our Fellows are able to professionalize their initiatives, maximize their impact, and scale and replicate their models, all with the support of partners from the public, private, and government sectors.

Ashoka Arab World Elects Five New Social Entrepreneurs – Ashoka Fellows

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March 2, 2014

Cairo, Egypt– Ashoka Arab World, the platform for social entrepreneurship and innovation in the Arab world, is proud to announce the election offive new social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows. The new Fellows are Elie Abousaab from Lebanon, Asma Mansour from Tunisia, Ahmad Edilbi from United Arab Emirates, Rawan Barakat and Sami Hourani from Jordan.

Ashoka Arab World new Fellows are pioneering social entrepreneurs in their fields of focus:

Elie Abousaab is engaging citizens in the local decision making process. Through his platform Jowar, citizens voice their complaints and hold the government accountable for their actions and decisions. Elie also actively involves the media to ensure governments are pressured into being responsive.
Organization: Jouwar

Asma Mansour has launched the first movement across the Arab Maghreb sub-region to create an enabling environment for social enterprises and develop its ecosystem in a uniquely holistic manner.
Organization: Tunisian Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Ahmad Edilbi is empowering refugees and reversing their situation from helplessness to dignity and empowerment. Ahmed is creating a complex network of refugees and diaspora, connected to regional hubs and to each other, allowing them to recognize their own social capital.
Organization: Dubara

Rawan Barakat is shifting the educational emphasis in a predominantly visual society to incorporate listening skills in schools, from her own experience as a blind person. Through Raneen, Rawan is increasing classroom-based interactivity, imagination, creativity, critical thinking, and empathy. Organization: Raneen

Sami Horani is creating a shift in norms by introducing a new way for young people to counter elitism and nepotism in accessibility to education, skills development, and civic engagement opportunities. Through Leaders of Tomorrow, Sami is enabling youth in the Levant to be active problem-solvers in their communities and become changemaking citizens.

Organization: Leaders of Tomorrow

For more information, contact:
Mariam Serag
Media and Marketing Assistant, Ashoka Arab World,
Tel: 0225328586/ 23655336 – Fax: +2 0223654404
Email: media@ashoka-arab.org

Ashoka Arab World announce the election of six new Arab social entrepreneurs

Cairo, Egypt – Ashoka Arab World, the platform for social entrepreneurship and innovation in the Arab world, is proud to announce the election of six new Arab social entrepreneurs into its Fellowship program: Ahmed El Hawary, Daniel Louis and Mostafa Farahat from Egypt, Abdallah Absi from Lebanon, Nada Dheif from Bahrain and Hossam Al Tarawneh from Jordan

With a strong belief in our Fellows’ system-changing ideas, and confidence in the positive impact they have, and will continue to have, on society, Ashoka will be providing  its Fellows with a range of tailored services, supporting him/her in hislher efforts to scale up the impact of his/her work, and helping him/her develop his idea further.

Through his venture “Bashkatib”, Ahmed El Hawary trains and empowers youth from marginalized areas in Egypt to launch their own media ventures which express the views of their communities and he prepared them to be the spokespersons and future leaders of their communities.

By creating the online Platform “Nafham”, Moustafa Farahat enables educators and parents to create educational videos that facilitate the content of the educational curriculums for different Arab countries: Egypt, Syria, Algeria and Kuwait.

By establishing the first Arab crowdfunding platform, Abdallah Absi is shifting the focus of the traditional donor organizations to invest in innovative projects instead of charity projects.

Nada Dheif established “BRAVO” the first Bahraini organization that works on the rehabilitation of the victims of torture and violence and their families, and re-integrating them back in the society after offering them the support that they need.

By creating the Creative Club in Al Kark in Jordan, Hossam Al Tarawneh is identifying and nurturing children’s latent talents in fields of science, technology and arts and allows them to employ these talents for the benefit of the community

Daniel Louis Amoun started Egy Hospitals which is an online platform that helps its users to identify hospitals in Egypt and the services they provide and the hospitals’ efficiencies according to certain scientific measurements.

Ashoka’s global community includes more than 3000 social entrepreneurs, similar to the abovementioned Fellows from all over the world.

 

Fellows are chosen based on five main criteria” Dr. Iman Bibars, Vice President of Ashoka Global and Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World explains, “innovative ideas, demonstrated creativity, entrepreneurial qualities, clear social impact, and ethical fiber”.

 

You can help us to identify additional social entrepreneurs for the Ashoka Fellowship, by emailing us at venture-assist@ashoka-arab.org

 

Ashoka is an established community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – men and women with system-changing solutions to global social ills. Since 1981, Ashoka has sourced the best social innovations, supporting over 3,000 entrepreneurs through the provision of technical assistance, financial stipends, and professional support, mobilized thousands of people to create change, and enabled businesses, the media, policy makers and “Changemakers” to work together to help contribute to the eradication of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

 

Ashoka Arab World (AAW) is a regional branch of Ashoka. Established in 2003, AAW has, to date, elected 90 leading social entrepreneurs in 11 Arab countries into the global Fellowship program. These social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) work in various sectors, including environmental conservation, urban planning, health service accessibility, child and youth empowerment, civic engagement, women’s empowerment, education, income generation and plenty more. Using our highly collaborative approach, designed to unite and pool the resources of key stakeholders from different sectors, our Fellows are able to professionalize their initiatives, maximize their impact, and scale and replicate their models, all with the support of partners from the public, private, and government sectors.

Ashoka Arab World announce the election of four new Arab social entrepreneurs

Cairo, Egypt – Ashoka Arab World, the platform for social entrepreneurship and innovation in the Arab world, is proud to announce the election of four new Arab social entrepreneurs into its Fellowship program: Radwa Rostom from Egypt, Moustafa Jazar from Lebanon, Leila Ben Gacem from Tunisia and Mohammed Al-Bakri from Saudi Arabia.

With a strong belief in our Fellows’ system-changing ideas, and confidence in the positive impact they have, and will continue to have, on society, Ashoka will be providing  its Fellows with a range of tailored services, supporting him/her in his/her efforts to scale up the impact of his/her work, and helping him/her develop their idea further.

– Radwa Rostom Radwa is revolutionizing access to low-cost housing. Her approach combines innovation in design, construction, financing and community involvement to reduce residential construction costs by 50% or more. She is also changing mindsets towards building environmentally friendly houses by using local materials.

– Through LASeR Moustafa Jazar is creating a process that recruits the best talents from societies where institutions cannot do it themselves, and focuses these talents on addressing their societies’ biggest issues and opportunities.

– Leila Ben Gacem is creating and growing a grassroots movement led by students and heritage entrepreneurs to restore the vibrancy of the Medina throughout Tunisia. She is doing this through creating an economic dynamic that speaks true to its heritage and increasing the cultural confidence of the people in their own country.

– Muhammad Al-Bakri aims to prevent the re-production of poverty in the Saudi Arabian society by shifting the mindset of Saudi philanthropy from charity to social entrepreneurship. He is promoting the philosophy of sustainable development that not only ends the near total reliance on charity but also incentivizes social entrepreneurship and the teaching of empathy, teamwork, leadership and change making to the country’s youth.

Ashoka’s global community includes more than 3000 social entrepreneurs, similar to the above mentioned Fellows from all over the world.

 

Fellows are chosen based on five main criteria” Dr. Iman Bibars, Vice President of Ashoka Global and Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World explains, “innovative ideas, demonstrated creativity, entrepreneurial qualities, clear social impact, and ethical fiber”.

 

You can help us to identify additional social entrepreneurs for the Ashoka Fellowship, by emailing us at venture-assist@ashoka-arab.org

 

Ashoka is an established community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – men and women with system-changing solutions to global social ills. Since 1981, Ashoka has sourced the best social innovations, supporting over 3,000 entrepreneurs through the provision of technical assistance, financial stipends, and professional support, mobilized thousands of people to create change, and enabled businesses, the media, policy makers and “Changemakers” to work together to help contribute to the eradication of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

 

Ashoka Arab World (AAW) is a regional branch of Ashoka. Established in 2003, AAW has, to date, elected 90 leading social entrepreneurs in 11 Arab countries into the global Fellowship program. These social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) work in various sectors, including environmental conservation, urban planning, health service accessibility, child and youth empowerment, civic engagement, women’s empowerment, education, income generation and plenty more. Using our highly collaborative approach, designed to unite and pool the resources of key stakeholders from different sectors, our Fellows are able to professionalize their initiatives, maximize their impact, and scale and replicate their models, all with the support of partners from the public, private, and government sectors.

Women in Social Entrepreneurship

Women in Social Entrepreneurship

March 30, 2014

Cairo, Egypt– Ashoka Arab World, in collaboration with ‘Aspire Women’ initiative, organized Women in Social Entrepreneurship: Connect, Inspire and Change on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Microsoft Corporation Premises, Smart Village.

The event featured three parallel working sessions, a panel discussion and a short documentary screening with the aim of showcasing female social entrepreneurs and providing them with opportunities to expand their existing networks and inspire young female business and social entrepreneurs to be the next generation of Changemakers.

The three working sessions discussed; ways of portraying female entrepreneurs in the Arab media and reaching out to media to maximize their outreach and have a greater impact in their communities, financial sustainability for organizations and initiatives working to tackle social problems, and different techniques and approaches to fundraising for social entrepreneurs.

The panel discussion “Female Entrepreneurs in Egypt: The added value of changemakers” addressed the accomplishments and achievements of female entrepreneurs as they continue to prove their importance in pioneering change in their respective fields. The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Hala Hattab, and hosted Dr. Amany Asour, Heba Gamal and Ashoka Fellow Marwa El-Daly

ASHOKA is the largest platform for social entrepreneurs in the world. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, Ashoka has supported nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs – elected as Ashoka Fellows – in 70 countries. Ashoka is the professional home for entrepreneurial individuals from both the business and social sectors; a platform for the growing global network of people dedicated to creating systemic change.

Ashoka Arab World (AAW), launched in 2003, is the regional branch of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Since its inception, AAW has identified and elected more than 80 of the region’s leading social entrepreneurs in 9 Arab countries. The social entrepreneurs Ashoka elects become Ashoka Fellows for life.

For more information, contact:
Mariam Serag
Media and Marketing Assistant, Ashoka Arab World,
Tel: 0225328586/ 23655336 – Fax: +2 0223654404
Email: media@ashoka-arab.org