World Economic Forum Honors Social Entrepreneurs and Calls For Fast Reform

world-economic-forum-social-entrepreneurs.jpgThe World Economic Forum, held this weekend in Egypt, featured speeches by luminaries like President Bush of the USA; President Mubarack of Egypt and King Abdullah of Jordan but, eco entrepreneurs shared the spotlight.

Young leaders from the Middle East have called on their business and government leaders to implement reforms immediately and transparently if they are to fulfill their potential by 2025. “We need faster change to keep pace with what’s happening in the rest of the world,” said Amira Abdel-Aziz, a masters student at Cairo University.

Some of those facilitating change in the region were the winners of Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Jordan and Egypt announced at the forum. In Jordan, the winner uses a for-profit model familiar to many female entrepreneurs – take care of business while taking care of the family.

Zeinab Al Momani’s Sakrah Women’s Cooperative promotes the economic, social and cultural rights of women in the remote and rural areas of Jordan while operating as a successful for-profit cooperative.Its women members cultivate, manufacture, package and market the cooperative’s products and share in the profits, while their children are enrolled in the child care programme or benefit from school and university grants given by the group.

In Egypt, the winner used eco tourism projects to jobs in diversified industries beyond tourism, employing many local Egyptians in South Sinai, while preserving the beauty and natural heritage of (the) nation

Sherif El Ghamrawy …is the founder of two complementary organizations. He pioneered Basata as the first ecolodge in Egypt establishing South Sinai and the Gulf of Aqaba as an eco-tourism destination.

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  • Ms. Milker,

    It’s so wonderful to see entrepreneurs around the world getting recognized and commended for their efforts, and advancing opportunities for all entrepreneurs! We truly are in a time of great progress in the working world, and it’s incredible to see these events happening outside the US as well.

    I’m an official Microsoft ambassador and right now we’re really trying to scale up our connections with influential bloggers like yourself. I’d love to share with you some of the stuff we’ve been doing in the last couple months to help women entrepreneurs; we’re really committed to providing all the necessary resources to help women start, grow and expand their business.

    We just wrapped up a women’s entrepreneurial tour across the US; the response and turn-out was great!

    I’d really love your take on these offerings we have right now; I would have contacted you via email but I didn’t know which was the best way to reach you.

    Thank you so much, I hope I didn’t overstep my bounds by directly contacting you. Definitely get back to me if I’ve piqued your interest– I’d love to share more info with you.

    Official Microsoft Ambassador

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