Rebuilding Futures: Empowering youth and entrepreneurs in fragile states – SPARK Ignite Conference 2017

One can further point to the key difficulties of transferring money in order to support refugee entrepreneurship. However, blockchain technology emerged as a solution to this problem. Essentially, Blockchain is an open, or decentralized database containing records which are linked and secured through cryptography.

Blockchains are also seen as a means of creating a digital form of identification and eliminating the need for a traditional financial institution to “mediate transactions.”

What happened in the Jordan setup, they distributed Blockchain vouchers for the community of refugees in order to let those people buy groceries and they were able to track the groceries and limit it to exclude alcohol or cigarettes out of this, so Blockchain can help the refugees and offers government and businesses the opportunity to better understand the refugees, provide a solution that better fits everyone and start-ups can take this role to make sure this is happening.


Tech Entrepreneurship for Refugees & displaced – Techfugees Summit 2017

Technological innovations are reshaping the lives of everyone around the world, including refugee communities. Entrepreneurship can lead to resolving many of the refugees’ problems and opening the doors for new opportunities. So far, very few people are taking the initiative to infuse a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within the refugees’ crisis. All of this made it a real pleasure to host the “Techfugees Summit – Tech Entrepreneurship for Refugees & displaced” dialogue, and hear the stories of those who are innovating and leading the way to see things from their perspective and work to inspire those with great potentials.


Keynote – Startup Week Lagos, Nigeria!

StartupWeek Lagos was super exciting and full of learnings on the African ecosystem in general and Nigerian in particular. I was so happy to get to spend time with +1000 Nigerian entrepreneurs during SWLagos those people rock!

The Nigerian stratup ecosystem is a very promising one thanks to the hardworking entrepreneurs who are turning the city of Lagos to an entrepreneurial hub


Building A Strong Community – Techstars Europe Summit at Google HQ Dublin 2017

The summit brought together the top startup community leaders from Europe to build ideas, discuss future visions, share experiences, and strengthen the startup community builders network across the continent. During the Techstars Europe Summit, attendees explored the local startup ecosystem, learning from leaders immersed in what the local community is doing.


Future of Arab Woman Founder – New Arab Woman Forum (NAWF) 2017

During my time in Beirut, I was happy to be a part of the New Arab Woman Forum (NAWF) panel to talk about our work at Techstars to impress diversity among our programs.

The New Arab Woman Forum works towards empowering a new generation of Arab women entrepreneurs while bringing women status to light in the region.

Last year, we announced our diversity commitment and we’re working hard to increase the number of women in our applicant pool and across our mentor network. We are also taking steps towards increasing the number of underrepresented minorities across all of our programs. We have added women to our selection committees and are publishing our diversity data annually.

Our female participation at Startup Weekend increased​ from 19% to 22% last year, and we’re working to increase it to +25% this year


Keynote: Global Entrepreneurship Week Sudan 2016

Had an astonishing time helping my friends at IEC -Innovation & Entrepreneurship Community to kick off the biggest entrepreneurial conference in Sudan. More than 2,000 attendees – 40% are women & 100 great community leaders.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

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