MENASourceNov 1, 2022
The startup industry is struggling. Here’s how founders can navigate the current funding environment.
By Mahmood Abdulla
Founders who can adapt to the current economic climate and survive long periods without their equivalent of food and water—VC funding—will be able to weather the current uncertainty.
Event RecapOct 3, 2022
New laws in Saudi Arabia support women in business, and society is catching up quickly
By Amira Attia
On September 28, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative held a discussion on regulations and laws that impact women in business in Saudi Arabia.
MENASourceSep 22, 2022
Egypt is hosting COP27. What are the expectations?
By Lama El Hatow
As the host country for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Egypt has a huge role to play during its presidency of the event, as all eyes will be geared towards how the country can lead by example.
Event RecapJul 7, 2022
From crypto winter to crypto spring: The challenges and opportunities of cryptocurrency in MENA
By Alexandra Kaiss
On June 28, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event on “Will the crypto winter cool the Middle East?” in partnership with ABANA.
Event RecapJun 14, 2022
Promoting more women in leadership is “a business imperative” and key to unlocking economic prosperity, say top executives
By Allison Holle
On June 7, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop on “Balance of power: Promoting more women in leadership.”
MENASourceMay 11, 2022
Emerging market investments are shrinking. How will MENA countries hit FDI targets?
By Amjad Ahmad
A US economic slowdown or a recession couldn’t come at a worse time for emerging markets, particularly those in MENA, where most are fighting chronic unemployment, slowing growth, and higher debt levels.
MENASourceMar 10, 2022
Fintech is opening new doors in MENA for inclusive finance
By Allison Holle
On March 1, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative, in partnership with ABANA, held a virtual event to discuss the opportunities for inclusive finance that the financial technology (Fintech) sector presents to the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) population.
MENASourceMar 7, 2022
Turkey and the UAE are getting close again. But why now?
By Amjad Ahmad, Defne Arslan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s February 14 visit to the UAE indicates that rapprochement is well underway. Strategic and economic factors are behind this shift and many benefits can come from closer ties.
Event RecapFeb 14, 2022
Moving the Arab population from ‘job seekers’ to ‘job creators’: How governments are promoting and supporting entrepreneurship
By Hezha Barzani
On February 7, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event on “Developing ecosystems: How Middle East governments drive entrepreneurship.”
empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is shaping solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and building coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.