A charity’s Palestinian fabric

Article published in The National
For three years Zeina Abou Chaaban, then a logistics planner for Procter & Gamble in Dubai, nurtured her idea for a social enterprise that would combine fashion and heritage. Finally in 2009 she visited Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, her first brush with refugee life, to pursue her goal of finding women who could embroider.
“100,000 people were…

Entrepreneurship and social impact in the Middle East – business as unusual?

Article published in All Things D (now WSJ D) by Heather Henyon and Christopher Schroeder

It is a striking feature of the growing startup ecosystems in the Middle East that the lines between “entrepreneurship” and “social entrepreneurship” — that is, entrepreneurship that makes a social impact — often blur. Where conventional wisdom wrings its hands that social and economic problems seem increasingly unsolvable by…

5 Takeaway Questions from Arabnet Beirut 2013

Article published in Wamda

Despite the conflict next door, Arabnet Beirut managed to rally a good crowd this year for new debates on the state of tech entrepreneurship in the Arab world. As it focused on new sectors- food & beverage, mobile music, offline companies going online, social impact- as well as some old favorites- gaming, social media, and social entrepreneurship, the conference came into its…

Booz&Co. sponsors Social Enterprise Week

Article published in Forbes Middle East

Booz&Co, a leading global management consulting firm, is the newest sponsor of Social Enterprise Week (SEW2013), the first campaign to promote social entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through its platform that will bring together thinkers, innovators, and leaders for a week of events starting on February 24, 2013.

“In addition to…