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Mon, Jul 19, 2021

Women in Venture Capital: “We don’t need to fix women—we need to fix the system,” says Middle East investment executive

On July 14, 2021 the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop featuring a keynote fireside chat with Lazard Gulf Limited CEO Farah Foustok. Read the key takeaways.

MENASource by Stefanie H. Ali

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Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Princess Reema tells Saudi women entrepreneurs to dream big

On June 23, 2021 the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop featuring a keynote fireside chat with Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, which was moderated by US Embassy Riyadh Chargé D’Affaires Martina Strong, and a panel discussion with Endeavor Saudi Arabia Managing Director Lateefa Alwaalan, 500 Startups MENA Partner Amal Dokhan, S&P Global Chief Public & Government Affairs Officer Courtney Geduldig, and UPS Vice President for Community Relations Esther Ndichu, which was moderated by empowerME Director and Resident Senior Fellow Amjad Ahmad.

MENASource by Stefanie H. Ali

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Wed, Mar 31, 2021

Arab News covered the Atlantic Council’s event on empowerME’s new IGNITE program

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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.