Niche Arabia Founder Marriam Mossalli
Marriam Mossalli is the founder of Niche Arabia, a luxury communications and marketing agency. Niche Arabia has earned international recognition for elevating the Saudi fashion industry by working with local and international clients to execute community engagement events.
Listen to the latest episode of empowerME Conversations, a podcast featuring conversations with business and government leaders shaping the Middle East.
MENASource Jan 18, 2022
Is the GCC ready to embrace sustainable finance?
By Dominik Treeck, Mustafa Domanic, and Hendrik Wittrock
To avoid falling behind on their grand economic growth ambitions, Gulf Cooperation Council countries should act decisively by putting sustainable finance policies at the top of their agendas.
Event Recap Dec 20, 2021
Fintech innovation is critical for business and women in MENA
By Hezha Barzani
On December 14, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event on “MENA’s Fintech innovators: Digitizing financial services” in partnership with ABANA.
MENASource Nov 29, 2021
Startups aren’t just hip. They’re also the key to unlocking youth unemployment in MENA.
By Mahmood Abdulla
The MENA region has a pressing unemployment challenge. While many attempts are underway to address this problem, the solution could lie in its growing startup scene.
Event Recap Nov 8, 2021
Top women execs on leading “deliberate” organizational change, fostering diversity and inclusion, and coping with challenges
By Stefanie H. Ali
On November 2, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop on “Women in senior management: Masterclass in leadership.”
MENASource Aug 2, 2021
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are economic frenemies. And that’s a good thing.
By Amjad Ahmad
Both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have wisely made the economy the focal point of their strategies for the future, as evidenced by national policy changes and a reduction in foreign adventures. Ending the Qatar blockade, and opening a dialogue with adversarial neighbors like Iran and Turkey is linked to long-term economic ambitions.
GeoTech Cues Jun 11, 2021
Can AgriTech entrepreneurs save the Middle East’s food supply?
By Hezha Barzani and Matthew Goodman
On June 9, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and empowerME Initiative hosted a private, on-the-record roundtable. Read the key takeaways.
A unique collaboration between the Atlantic Council and Georgetown University to support Saudi women entrepreneurs to build leadership and executive capacity to scale their startups to new heights.
A joint project of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative, the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, the American Chamber of Commerce Saudi Arabia, and Quantum Leaps for US and Saudi entrepreneurs and business leaders.
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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