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Mumzworld Founder and CEO Mona Ataya

Mona Ataya leads the Middle East’s largest e-commerce platform and community focused on mothers and their needs. Learn more about her path to success and her company’s impact on women’s economic empowerment.

empowerME Conversations

Listen to the latest episode of empowerME Conversations, a podcast featuring inspiring stories of entrepreneurs from the MENA region.

Events

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

A conversation with US Acting Assistant Secretary Joey Hood on economic priorities in the Middle East

Online Event A conversation about US economic development priorities in the Middle East with US Acting Assistant Secretary Joey Hood

11:00am Middle East

Tue, Feb 9, 2021

Building a viable Middle East venture capital industry

Online Event A conversation about boosting the venture capital industry in the Middle East to drive sustainable funding for startups.

8:00am Economy & Business Middle East

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

A conversation with Careem Co-Founder and CEO Mudassir Sheikha

Online Event A conversation with Careem Co-Founder and CEO Mudassir Sheikha about entrepreneurship in the Middle East.

7:30am Economy & Business Entrepreneurship Middle East Technology & Innovation

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

A conversation with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa

Public Event A discussion with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, who is spearheading many of Qatar’s efforts to promote entrepreneurship and drive economic diversification and growth.

8:30am Economy & Business Middle East

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

A conversation with H.E. Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy

Public Event ONLINE EVENT – H.E. Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy, discusses plans for economic cooperation between the UAE and Israel.

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT Economy & Business Israel Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

The final report of Middle East Strategy Task Force Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley proposes nothing short of a paradigm shift in how the international community and the Middle East interact. Not only does the report suggest ways forward for the region’s most immediate crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. It also puts forward a pragmatic and actionable long-term strategy that emphasizes the talent and aspirations of the people of the Middle East themselves, with an eye toward harnessing the region’s enormous human potential.

Four years after the Saudi reform program was unveiled, this study seeks to take a comprehensive look at the state of the Vision 2030 effort: What were the objectives of its creators, what has happened so far, to what extent are reforms advancing these initial objectives that the Saudi government set for itself, and what changes need to be enacted for reforms to succeed?

Atlantic Council Nonresident Fellow Jonathan Fulton’s report on Sino-Saudi relations begins with a brief historical overview, discusses how the partnership has developed, and ends with an analysis of the bi-lateral relationship within the context of the US-Sino Saudi triangle.

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Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

The Atlantic Council’s work on social, economic and human development issues in the Middle East honors the legacy of Rafik Hariri and his life’s mission to unlock the human and economic potential of the Arab world.

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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Senior State Department official says US is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East

The Joe Biden Administration is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East and deepening economic cooperation between the United States and the region

MENASource by Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

What it takes for MENA to be the next leading venture capital opportunity

Investing in venture capital in the Middle East is not merely an opportunity to gain financial dividends, but also to impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people by adding value and creating local wealth that can then address manifold social challenges. This will allow talent to rise and strengthen the ecosystem further.

MENASource by Amjad Ahmad, Christopher Schroeder, and Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Tue, Feb 9, 2021

Transforming homz

In episode 5 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host Amjad Ahmad interviews Homzmart Co-Founder and CEO Mahmoud Ibrahim about his multiple entrepreneurial ventures, the growth in e-commerce in the Middle East, proactive changes governments are making to laws and regulations (and changes that are still needed), the importance of developing talent through mentoring, women’s economic inclusion in his businesses, and the need for the region to go beyond digitization and create change through innovation.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Middle East

Tue, Feb 2, 2021

From Fashion to Fintech

In Season 1, Episode 4 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host Amjad Ahmad interviews Tabby Co-Founder and CEO Hosam Arab about why he became an entrepreneur and what it takes to succeed, the customer needs his companies have met, how he scaled his businesses across regional borders, the changes in e-commerce and payment options in recent years in the Middle East, and changes to laws and regulations that would boost business.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Iran

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Double Vision

In Season 1, Episode 3 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host Amjad Ahmad interviews eyewa Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Anass Boumediene and Mehdi Oudghiri about the mindset that will create more entrepreneurs in the Middle East, policy changes that will lead to more unicorns, the acceleration of online payments and e-commerce, and new technologies that will soon replace in-person fitting rooms and eye tests.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Middle East

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Region’s economies will benefit from Gulf-Qatar deal

The embargo had a significant negative impact on Qatar’s economy first and foremost, but it also had indirect consequences across the Gulf, and these were ultimately in part responsible for the decision to bring the dispute to a close.

MENASource by Tim Fox

Middle East The Gulf

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

It’s a mumz world

In Season 1, Episode 2 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host Amjad Ahmad interviews Mumzworld Founder and CEO Mona Ataya about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how the Middle East’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is radically changing, her company’s biggest policy pain points, and the future of customer personalization to the power of one.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Middle East

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Translating Business

In Season 1, Episode 1, Tarjama Founder and CEO Nour Al Hassan discusses what drove her to become an entrepreneur, her company’s prescient flexible work model that has promoted women’s economic inclusion as well as resilience, and her policy wish list to help more endeavors like hers succeed in the Middle East.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Middle East

Wed, Jan 6, 2021

MENA’s post-COVID resilience depends on using the talent pool of women

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where gender-based inequalities are many and deep-rooted, the concern for women’s setbacks could be more serious due to the pandemic.

MENASource by Nadereh Chamlou

Economy & Business Middle East

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Is Jordan’s workforce ready for emerging opportunities in digital entrepreneurship?

By tapping into its large, tech-savvy youth population, which makes up more than half of its citizens, and its markedly underutilized female labor force, Jordan can position itself for dynamic post-COVID economic expansion.

MENASource by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy