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FATIM-ZAHRA BIAZ

Founder of New Work Lab

Morocco
http://www.newworklab.com/

Fatim-Zahra Biaz is an entrepreneur, startup advisor and the founder of the New Work Lab. She founded her organization in 2011 in Casablanca. It's a startup accelerator and an innovation lab that aims at developing, energizing and galvanizing the Moroccan startup scene. New Work Lab works with both innovative entrepreneurs and large companies aimin... Read More

MONA ITANI

Founder and CEO of Riyada for Social Innovation

Lebanon
http://riyadainnovation.com/about-us/

Mona Itani is a Lebanese social entrepreneur and social activist. She founded Riyada for Social Innovation in 2016 in Beirut. It's an organization that aims to provide youth with practice-based social entrepreneurship education to develop solutions for real problems with the use of technology. She says: "Young people today are not aware of society... Read More

LOULOU KHAZEN BAZ

Founder and CEO of Nabbesh

Lebanon-UAE
https://www.nabbesh.com/en/

Loulou Khazen is a young entrepreneur, startup consultant and investor who founded Nabbesh in 2011. Nabbesh is the Middle East & North Africa's first and largest online freelance marketplace connecting businesses across the world with experienced and high quality talent from the region. The purpose is empowering the region's talented, educate... Read More

NOUR AL HASSAN

Founder and CEO of Tarjama

Jordan-UAE
https://www.tarjama.com/certified-translation-agency-dubai/

Nour Al Hassan is the founder of Tarjama which is a company that runs a translation service employing 400 full-time and part-time workers across the Arab world. About 90% of them are women. Tarjama, works with a vast network of translators, editors, and linguists around the world, well-situated to meet all your translation and content needs. They ... Read More

LAMIA BAZIR

Founder and President of Empowering Women in the Atlas

Morocco
http://lamiabazir.com/

Lamia Bazir is a young social entrepreneur dedicated to women and youth in Morocco. She launched in 2012, Empowering Women in the Atlas, which is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the leadership of rural women as a catalyst for the fight against poverty and the territorial and sustainable development in the Middle Atlas mountains of M... Read More

ANGELA MARGARET SOLOMON

Chief Executive Officer and CEO of Jaleesa

Lebanon
https://www.jaleesa.co/

Angela Solomon co-founded Jaleesa in 2016, in Beirut. Jaleesa connects busy, working parents with experienced, reliable child care providers whom we have recruited, trained, and vetted. They have developed a four-step verification process for Jaleesa child carers, including an identity and criminal record check, references, assessment from a psyc... Read More

MAS WATAD

Founder and President of Dawsat

Palestine
https://dawsat.com/about-us/

Mas Watad is known in Palestine and the MENA region for having designed in 2003 her own numerical system of classifying foods, and she called it Dawsat. Dawsat started as a unique numerical system of classifying foods that has since evolved into a mobile application, website,... Read More

RASHA KASHKOUSH

Co-founder of Bilaal and Facebook Head of Communications for MENA and Turkey

Palestine
http://bilbaal.com/

Rasha Kashkoush co-founded Bilaal with Dana Salloum in 2013. It's an online platform for all things Palestine. They wanted to make it easier for people to find the information they need about Palestinian organizations, individuals, and programs. They are independent of any government, political ideology, or religion and are dedicated to helping s... Read More

RAWAN AND SUZAN AL SADI

Co-founders of Rozan Designs

Palestine-Jordan
https://www.facebook.com/RozanDesigns/

These Jordan twin sisters founded Rozan Designs in 2014, in Dubai. Rozan Designs is a high-end modest-fashion online store. The brand is special for it provides solutions to problems associated with living in the GCC. No need to worry about heat, long working hours and sandy/windy days while wearing Rozan, as light, non-transparent and somehow an... Read More

YASMINE EL BAGGARI

Founder and CEO of Voyaj

Morocco-USA
http://www.voyaj.com/

Yasmine is young Moroccan based in San Francisco who launched Voyaj. in 2015. Voyaj is a tech platform that matches people, worldwide, to provide them with meaningful experiences – opening hearts and minds. Their mission is to foster respect for our diversity through meaningful connections, person by person, to take part in the solution for a mo... Read More

JOUMANA HADDAD

Founder of Jasad Magazine

Lebanon

Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese writer, speaker and journalist but also an activist for the rights of women in the Arab world. She founded the Jasad Magazine, a controversial erotic magazine, Jasad ("body", in Arabic), which she created in 2008.  She is provocative, opinionated and is not afraid to speak about what's fundamentally wrong in Arabic c... Read More

AYAH BBDEIR

Founder and CEO of littleBits

Lebanon-Canada
https://littlebits.cc/

Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits since 2011. LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. They make technology kits that are fun, easy-to-use, and infinitely creative. The kits are composed of electronic building blocks that are color-coded, magnetic,... Read More

NIAMA EL BASSUNIE

Founder and CEO of WaystoCap

Morocco
https://www.waystocap.com/fr

Niama is the founder and CEO of WaystoCap, which is an online B2B marketplace for businesses in Africa to buy and sell goods. Beyond just product discovery, the online platform facilitates verification, logistics, financing and payments for African businesses. She started her company in 2015 and is currently based in Casablanca. Before establis... Read More

ISMAHANE EL OUAFI

Director General of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

Morocco
http://www.biosaline.org/

Ismahane El Ouafi is the General Director of ICBA (International Center for Biosaline Agriculture) which is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999. ICBA has evolved over the years into a world-class modern research facility with a team of international scientists conducting applied research and development t... Read More

NEZHA HAYAT

President of the AMMC

Morocco
http://www.ammc.ma/

Nezha Hayat is one of the most influential Moroccan business women. In 2016, she was named the President of the Morocco's Capital Market Authority (AMMC) which is a public institution whose mission is to ensure the protection of savers and ensure the smooth operation and transparency of capital markets (not just securities) in Morocco. What's more... Read More

MAHA LAZIRI

Founder and CEO of Teach4Morocco

Morocco
http://teach4morocco.ma/index.html

Maha Laziri is an inspiring young entrepreneur who founded Teach4Morocco in 2011. It's a Moroccan association (NGO) based in Meknes which focuses on the state of education in the country and aims at improving it by building or rebuilding schools in Atlas villages. Maha's primary goal is to bring awareness to the importance of a good education from ... Read More

ZAINAB FASIKI

Industrial Mechanics Engineer, cartoonist and digital installation artist Zainab Fasiki Art

Morocco
https://www.behance.net/zainabfasikiart

Zainab is a young woman breaking all the taboos and clichés about the Moroccan society and its gender inequalities. She is a self-taught cartoonist and with the help of her graphic tablet, she is drawing her observations on how women are treated or mistreated in her country. She recently graduated from the National School of Electricity and Me... Read More

HAYFA SDIRI

Founder of Entr@crush

Tunisia
http://entracrush.blogspot.be/

Hayfa is an inspiring young woman, an entrepreneur, social activist and blogger from Tunis. In 2016, she founded Entr@crush, which is an online platform for future entrepreneurs, that contributes to the economic empowerment through offering networking and funding services and that spreads business knowledge through offering translated E-learning s... Read More

ASMAA MORINE

President of the Association of Moroccan Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco (AFEM)

Morocco
http://www.afem.ma/

Asmaa Morine is the CEO of Cais-Consulting since 2007, which offers a comprehensive support service for residents and non-residents wishing to invest in Morocco at the junction point between Europe and Africa, relying on leading professionals in the global assistance segment, tax optimization and commercial development towards the African continen... Read More

AMIRA AZZOUZ

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Fustany.com

Egypt
https://fustany.com/en

Amira Azzouz is an inspiring young woman entrepreneur who founded Fustany.com, an online platform, in 2009. Fustany.com is a fashion and lifestyle portal by Arab women and for Arab women to inspire them to live a life full of creativity. Fustany.com is available in both Arabic and English, covering daily topics related to fashion... Read More

YASMINE MEDHAT

Founder and CEO of Bazarna Co.

Egypt
https://www.facebook.com/Bazarna/

Yasmine Medhat is the founder and CEO of Bazarna and Co. an event planning company. Considering themselves the pioneers of the “modernized” bazaar concept in Egypt, they plan everything from shopping bazaars to family festivals and food markets. Bazarna is a friendly & interactive community that helps designers connect and inspir... Read More

SARA AZIZ

Founder and President of SAFE Foundation

Egypt
https://www.facebook.com/Safekidseg/

Sara Aziz founded the SAFE Foundation in 2012 to raise awareness about sexual abuse of children in Egypt. Having been herself victim of sexual abuse when she was young, it's not until she reached 21 that she realized she wanted to do something about sexual violence in her country. She studied at the Denmark University and specialized herself in T... Read More

MAY ABDEL ASIM

Founder and Managing director of Media & More

Egypt
http://mediaandmore-eg.com/

May Abdel Asim is an Egyptian entrepreneur who founded Media & More in 2007, in Cairo.  She brought together a team of young, creative and dynamic professionals to form a creative boutique. It's a full-service digital agency serving a wide array of reputable clients in Egypt and the Middle East. The idea of creating an agency came af... Read More

ROLA HUSSEIN & SHAHIRA FAHMY

Creator and Co-chief designer of MIX AND MATCH

Egypt
https://www.facebook.com/mixandmatcheg/

Shahira Fahmy founded MIX AND MATCH more than 35 years ago with the idea of providing young women separates where they could mix and match according to their size and height. Shahira said: "35 years ago, there was a big need for ready to wear women's fashion. There was a ban on importing foreign brands and there were hardly any factories in Egypt p... Read More

ROWAIDAH BIBERS

Managing Director at POD Egypt

Egypt
http://www.podegypt.com/

Rowaidah is the managing director at POD Egypt which is a full-service Advertising and Marketing Agency based in Cairo-Egypt, with a nationwide reach. They are specialized in Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Graphic Design, Digital Marketing and Social Media. Rowaidah is considered as a PR Guru in her profession and excels at her job that ... Read More

SALLY HAFEZ BAHGAT

Founder of Oasis Community Center

Egypt
https://www.facebook.com/pg/OasisCommunityCenter/about/?ref=page_internal

Sally Hafez Bahgat founded the Oasis Community Center in 2013 near Cairo in Egypt (Gizeh). The Center is an organization aiming to a more sustainable world based on renewable energy, recycling and environmental activities. They want to encourage the community, especially the young generation, to recycle and plant trees for CO2 emission reduction. ... Read More

AMY MOWAFI

Co-founder and CEO of MO4 Network

Egypt
http://www.mo4network.com/

Amy Mowafi co-founded MO4 Network in 2011 and it's now a leading digital media hub & digital marketing agency with offices in Cairo & Dubai. They developed two very famous platforms in Cairo, Cairo Scene and Cairo Zoom which are amongst the most popular digital p... Read More

NAYROUZ TALAAT

Founder of Direxiona Start-up

Egypt
http://direxiona.com/

Nayrouz Talaat founded Direxiona in 2016. It's Egypt's first online platform that designed for each Egyptian girl to help her find her match with the nearest female driving instructors, based on time and location. It's a platform that connects women to women and encourage them to help each other. All females who are driving on road for more than f... Read More

FATIMA BATOOK

Founder and CEO of Studio 55

Saudi Arabia
https://www.fitstudio55.com/

Fatima Batook founded Studio55 in 2015. It's a new concept, the first women-only Spinning and Fitness Studio in Saudi Arabia. Featuring a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. The opening of her center wasn't easy because of regulations in the country. Indeed, Saudi Arabia did have a number of women-only gyms but because the... Read More

DOHA ABDELKHALEQ

Co-founder and executive partner of Eskadenia

Jordan
http://www.eskadenia.com/doha-abdelkhaleq

Doha Abdelkhaleq is the co-founder, owner and executive partner of Eskadenia, which is one of Jordan’s biggest software companies. She founded the company with her husband in 2000, after having worked together for Ericsson in Shanghai, Stockholm, Beirut, and Beijing. Her company exports products in the Gulf region but also across Europe. From th... Read More

IMAN MUTLAQ

CEO and Owner of Sigma Investments

Jordan
https://www.sigmaltd.org/

Iman Mutlaq started her company, Sigma Investments, in 2006. It's a multinational financial company, and director of Australian firm Ingot Brokers, which enable clients to operate on foreign exchange markets and trade with world currencies, stock indices, and precious metals.  She is currently managing Jordan based Sigma Investments as its Chie... Read More

MARY NAZZAL BATAYNEH

Chair of the Board of the Trustees of Palestine Legal Aid Fund

Jordan
https://twitter.com/marynazzal?lang=fr

Mary Nazzal Batayneh is a human rights lawyer at the Palestine Legal Aid Fund which is an organization that supports Palestinian individuals or organization who choose to take legal actions against Israelis. She joined the organization in 2009 but has been a political activist since high school. She says : "I've been involved in political activism ... Read More

ZAINA ERHAIM

Journalist and Senior Media Specialist at Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

Syria-United Kingdom
https://iwpr.net/

Zaina Erhaim is an inspiring and devoted woman with a unique journey. In 2013, she decided to leave the United Kingdom to return to her home country, Syria, to cover and report the conflict considering the risks that it involved. At the time she was working as a broadcast journalist for the BBC in the UK but took the radical decision to report from... Read More

AMAL SHANTY

Program Consultant, Monitoring and Evaluation at HEKS EPER

Palestine
https://en.heks.ch/

Amal Shanty is a young woman who stands out by her incredible journey out of the Gaza Strip and how she returned stronger. In 2013, she obtained a scholarship by the Hani Qaddumi Foundation to carry out a Master’s in Business administration at the University of Glasgow but she had to leave her husband and her son behind. Right before she left, sh... Read More

MONA SHIBEL

Business Mentor, Consultant and Trainer

Dubai
https://twitter.com/monashibel?lang=fr

Mona Shibel is a self-employed mentor, consultant and trainer that helps women and men entrepreneurs to develop and thrive in their businesses. She has more than 22 years of experience and delivers training for major banks and corporate clients through training and consulting companies like Mentor Global Consultants, Fullbridge and 6 Sigma Group. I... Read More

HIND HOBEIKA

Founder of Instabeat

Lebanon-USA
http://www.instabeat.me/

Hind Hobeika is the founder of Instabeat. Hind and her team are a group of dedicated swimmers, triathletes, wearable experts, engineers, and designers from all corners of the world based in Beirut and San Francisco. They build a connected accessory for swimming goggles that captures real-time heart rate, stroke type, and laps. They created a real j... Read More

YASMINE EL-MEHAIRY

Founder of Coushies

Egypt
https://www.coushies.com/

Yasmine founded Coushies in 2016. It’s a Cairo-based startup with a social and artistic agenda that capitalizes on the talent of local artists whom hand paints the designs on canvas, then designs are digitized and printed on different materials. The goal of this start-up is to expand and to contract more and more local artists, artisans and NGOs.... Read More

LAYANE MAKAREM and SABINE KASSOUF

Owners and Co-founders of New Earth Organic & Eco-living Store

Lebanon
https://www.facebook.com/ANEWEARTHSTORE

The two women founded their company A New Earth in 2009. It’s the first fully certified organic store in the Middle-East. Their motivation to open such store was that they: “have become convinced of the benefits of eating organic food and using chemical-free beauty products”. They want to share their lifestyle and passion with as many people ... Read More

SHAYMA N. FAWWAZ

Founder and CEO of GOSSIP GOSSIP Café&Desserts (GOSSIP the Brand)

United Arab Emirates
http://www.gossipthebrand.com/index.php

Shayma Fawwaz founded her company in Sharjah in 2013. GOSSIP the Brand is a multi-concept Emirati company that personifies a bespoke and fashion forward lifestyle through the variety of Food & Beverage, Event and Fashion services we offer. It’s about offering an array of designer brand experiences, from food to fashion, as well as events mana... Read More

GENNY GHANIMEH

Founder and CEO of Pi Slice and Founder of Mind Could Academy

Dubai

Genny Ghanimeh is an active and inspiring woman who founded Pi Slice in 2013 and Mind Cloud Academy in 2016. Passionate by the micro finance and the online industries, Genny negotiated a partnership agreement with MicroWorld from the Group PlanetFinance to build and administer the first microlending online platform in the MENA region. That’s how ... Read More

SAANA AZZAM

Founder and Managing director of MENA Speakers

Dubai
http://mena-speakers.com/

Saana Azzam founded MENA Speakers in 2016. It’s is a leading speaker and MC Bureau in the Middle East. They provide world-class speakers and trainers for a variety of events and training across the Middle East. Her organization facilitate that interaction between speaker and different forums to make sure that the right voice is matched to the rig... Read More

NAJLA AL ANSARI

Founder and CEO of Polished Spa

Dubai
https://www.facebook.com/Polishedspa.ae/

Najla Al Ansari founded the Polished Spa in 2011.  It is a luxury day spa located behind University City Road in Sharjah where every woman can come to relax. The Spa is specialized in body and nail care. She built her own business because she believes that: “entrepreneurship is a powerful tool to empower young Emirati women to dream big”. Star... Read More

SAHAR WAHBEH

Founder and creative director of Dumyé: Dolls with Purpose

United Arab Emirates
https://www.dumye.com/

Sahar founded Dumyé, a social enterprise dedicated to children, in 2013. Indeed, the principle of Dumyé is that for every purchased doll, they gift a doll to an orphan or vulnerable child in need and allow them to make it their own through an art workshop. Sahar was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC by a Lebanese father and a Palest... Read More

HALAH AL HAMRANI

Founder of Flagboxing

Saudi Arabia
https://flagboxing.com/

Halah is the Founder of Flagboxing Fitness which is a center where women from Saudi Arabia can train and learn different martial arts and fighting techniques. Her goal is simple, to empower women and to break the “male dominant” stereotype in the country. Halah, herself, has been doing martial arts since she was twelve. After graduating in Envi... Read More

RANA EL CHEMAITELLY

Founder of The Little Engineer

Lebanon
http://www.thelittleengineer.com/

Rana El Chemaitelly founded The Little Engineer in July 2009, in Beirut. She is an instructor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut, teaching in the Mechanical and Engineering Management Department. The Little Engineer is an after-school edutainment center which introduces kids and teens [age 4-16+] to ... Read More

LINA KHALIFEH

Founder of SheFighter

Jordan
https://www.shefighter.com/

Lina Khalifeh founded SheFighter in 2012 and it is the first Self-Defense studio for women only in the Middle East designed to empower women both physically and physiologically through Self-Defense training. Lina had the idea in 2010 and already started training women at the basement of her parent’s house until she had the fund and legal registr... Read More

LAMA YOUNIS

Founder of Hissah Enrichment Center & The Lama Campaign

Dubai
http://hissahec.com/

Lama Younis is the founder the Hissah Enrichment Center but is also a criminologist, forensic psychologist and traumatologist. She founded the Center in 2013 to enrich interpersonal skills, to develop personal empowerment, and to improve social relationships on personal and professional levels for adults, youth and children across the GCC. In 2016... Read More

HANAN NAGI

Founder and CEO of HNI Training & Coaching

United Arab Emirates
https://www.hni.ae/

Hanan Nagi is the founder of HNI Training & Coaching which is a Dubai based training organization, is an innovator and leader in human capital development, providing world-class corporate training solutions and services in English and Arabic to organizations in the MENA region. Hanan is an international trainer, executive coach, personal develo... Read More

IMAN BEN CHAIBAH

Founder and CEO of Sail publishing

United Arab Emirates
http://sailpublishing.com/

Iman Ben Chaibah is the founder of Sail Publishing, which is an Emirati publishing house specialized in producing content, and in publishing digital books and magazines started in 2014. It all started in 2010, when she developed the Sail Magazine for which she is editor in chief. The Sail Magazine has for purpose to focus on cultural and community ... Read More

NAYLA AL KHAJA

CEO of Nayla Al Khaja Films and founder of The Scene Club

United Arab Emirates
http://thesceneclub.com/intro/

Nayla Al Khaja is the first female film director and producer in the United Arab Emirates.  She founded in 2007 The Scene Club, Dubai’s first film club, which now counts over 22,000 registered members. The Scene Club is a monthly film club that highlights the best of international independent cinema and provides a platform from which to celebrat... Read More

FARAH NAZ

Team Leader-Associate Sustainability Consultant at BuroHappold Engineering

Dubai
https://www.burohappold.com/

Farah Naz is a team leader and associate sustainability consultant and her role is to act as a client adviser to provide robust solutions for building optimization and bespoke framework assessment. She also advices on sustainability assessments such as LEED, WELL, Estidama, GSAS and BREEAM. However, that not all that Farah Naz does, she is fully in... Read More

HIND AL-AWADI

Co-founder and creative director PantryBee

Kuwait
https://www.pantrybee.com/

Hind Al-Awadi co-founded in 2015, PantryBee which is Koweït first recipe box business. The food company delivers fresh ingredients straight to customer’s door for them to realize new unique recipes. The principle is simple, you choose your meals, you get the ingredients and you only have to follow the recipes provided by PantryBee. What pushed H... Read More

WIEM ASKRI

Freelance Project Manager Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES)

Tunisia
https://www.facebook.com/ftdes/

Wiem Askri is a project manager and coordinator at the FTDES where she is in charge of ensuring communication and visibility to the organization.  She works at the implementation of all administrative tasks related to project activities, organize the logistics activities and follow up activities. Her role is to lead and coordinate all project acti... Read More

SERENE ABBAS and NARINA NAJM

Founders of Raghunter

Lebanon
http://beirut.raghunter.com/articles/

Serene and Narina met in 2012 at the ad agency JWT before deciding to create their own start-up. With their associate Jad Sarout they launched Raghunter which is an online search tool that provides shoppers with fashion items located in over 70 of Lebanon’s trendiest stores. They say: “We wanted to provide an online service to the Lebanese fash... Read More

ABEER ABU GHAITH

Head of MENA Alliances Group Inc

Palestine
http://menaalliances.com

Abeer is a technology entrepreneur from Palestine. She has been branded Palestine’s first female high-tech entrepreneur. Abeer was the recipient of “Best Technology Enabler and Facilitator” Award given by MEA Women in Technology Awards 2014. Following this award, Abu Ghaith has been selected as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab... Read More

AMEERA AMIR

Founder and managing director Weyakum

Palestine
http://www.weyakum.org/

Ameera Amir is the founder of Weyakum, meaning ‘with you’ in Arabic. It is a social enterprise with a mission to lead positive change and deliver value to the UAE society by equipping UAE youth and young professionals (18-32) with the skills necessary for a successful professional journey. Ameera says that the vision of her company is to contri... Read More