All Content

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Qatar Development Bank CEO: The “blockade didn’t stop us from growing” and “prepared us for other shocks” like COVID-19

On October 26, 2020, empowerME hosted Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa for a conversation about Qatar’s efforts to boost entrepreneurship, diversify its economy, increase women’s economic participation, and prepare youth for the jobs of the future.

MENASource by Stefanie H. Ali

Coronavirus Economy & Business
Demographic Dividends - Img

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Atlantic Council launches empowerME

New effort from Rafik Hariri Center will be driving force for economic and human prosperity in the Middle East

Press Release

Economy & Business Middle East

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Liberalizing capital, trade, and labor markets are keys to accelerating post-pandemic recovery in Middle East

At a private CEO Dialogue on post-pandemic challenges and opportunities in the Middle East, there was agreement among participants that the region presents appealing demographics for economic growth and that the pandemic has underscored the need to accelerate economic diversification.

MENASource by Stefanie H. Ali

Coronavirus Entrepreneurship

Stefanie Hausheer Ali is the Deputy Director of empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. EmpowerME focuses on shaping innovative investments to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth in the Middle East. EmpowerME also develops strategies and policies to drive sustainable prosperity through the creation of dynamic entrepreneurial economies, the economic participation of women, the integration of regional economies, and educational transformation.

Stefanie joined the Atlantic Council in 2013. Her past work at the Council includes serving as project manager for: the Iraq Initiative; the Middle East Strategy Task Force co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley; and the Task Force on the Future of Iraq chaired by Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

Stefanie was formerly a research fellow with the King Salman Center for Local Governance in Riyadh where she studied the impact of Saudi Arabia’s recent higher education initiatives and was a graduate research assistant at George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies. She holds a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Italian studies from Saint Louis University. She is proficient in Arabic and Italian.