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Connecting the best minds of today with the brightest of tomorrow to achieve socio-economic prosperity and youth development.

Akef Aqrabawi

Who We Are

About Injaz Al-Arab

INJAZ Al-Arab partners with private sector leaders to provide business training and mentorship for young people in the Middle East and North Africa, empowering a generation of youth to drive the economies of the Arab world forward.
Letters

Letter from the Chairman

Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan

Letter from the CEO

Akef Aqrabawi
2016 in numbers
8,098
8,098

private sector volunteers

22,381
22,381

students reached through competitions and conferences

265,258
265,258

students empowered through INJAZ programs

2,242,239
2,242,239

Volunteering hours

1,455
1,455

partner schools

437
437

partner universities

7
163

Board members support the INJAZ mission

224.5
224.5

staff members working behind the scenes to make INJAZ happen 

9
Entrepreneurship 40.74%
Financial Literacy 15.33%
Work Readiness 43.93%
10
Elementary Students 26%
Middle Grade Students 32%
High School Students 26%
Graduate Students 15%
Injaz in the Classroom

Over the 2015-16 academic year, the Citi Foundation continued their ongoing partnership with INJAZ to implement the Youth Entrepreneurship Program as part of a global grant with JA Worldwide, a comprehensive suite of programs including Company Program and Innovation Camp. Citi volunteers joined INJAZ’s network to provide a mixture of high-impact, one-day sessions and long-term mentorship for student companies to 8,861 students in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar and UAE. Additionally, the Citi Foundation sponsored the Remarkable Customer Service Award at the 2015 Regional Company Competition in Oman, awarded to Bahraini school company 3DOTs.

The Ripples of Happiness program, implemented through the Coca-Cola Foundation, targeted students at universities in Palestine and Saudi Arabia with a six-week program designed to foster social responsibility, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. This academic year saw the conclusion of the 2015 grant that reached 2,665 students and the beginning of the 2016 grant for 351 students, mentoring them in the process creating a product designed to benefit their communities. The winning submission from the 2015 competition, Melody of Happiness from Birzeit University in Palestine, won seed funding to make their product a reality.

INJAZ Al-Arab and ExxonMobil completed a two year grant dedicated to the establishment of an updated high school curriculum for Company Program and for the first time, a unique university edition of the program. In addition, the grant enabled INJAZ to create a digital platform to supplement the program material and increase student engagement. The program was piloted in Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in 2015-16, benefitting 29 student teams and more than 325 young people to form student businesses and take them through the entire lifecycle of a company.

Be Entrepreneurial is a program that introduces students to the essential elements of developing a practical business plan and then challenges them to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school, supported by United Way Worldwide on behalf of the generosity of Bank of New York Mellon. The program covers important lessons on advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing and product development. Through this grant, INJAZ Lebanon and INJAZ Egypt impacted 1,300 youth during the course of the 2015-16 academic year.

JA More Than Money is a program supported by HSBC that teaches children about money basics – earning, spending, sharing and saving. It features six one-hour sessions each including interactive volunteer-led business and community games that are designed to help students learn the significance of money management. The program also provides take-home materials that allow students to share their new knowledge with family and friends. Volunteers are essential to the success of JA More Than Money, as they bring different perspectives and unique professional experiences to each and every session. This year saw the program implemented in 32 countries globally, with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, and UAE representing MENA, impacting 8,089 youth in the region.

In collaboration with Education for Employment and the International Youth Foundation, JP Morgan helped INJAZ Al-Arab teach workforce readiness skills to 1,000 students in Egypt and Saudi Arabia through the Steer Your Career program and conducted a Labor Market Assessment of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Via six weekly sessions each semester, students learned how to search for a job, as well as the soft skills needed to succeed in one.

This academic year, MasterCard and INJAZ completed the 2015 grant for the It’s My Business program in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. It’s My Business works with students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades to provide entrepreneurship curriculum to 17,793 youth during the year.

MetLife’s global partnership with JA Worldwide under the LifeChanger Grant continued in 2015-16 to support programs in Egypt, Lebanon and UAE. 7,930 students were impacted with a variety of financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs, including JA Personal Finance, JA Career Success and JA Be a Leader.

Injaz Entrepreneurship

INJAZ Al-Arab 9th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Competition

Our memorable 9th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Competition was hosted in Oman under the patronage of His Highness Mr. Faisal Bin Turki Al Said.
ripples of happiness

RIPPLES OF HAPPINESS

Ripples of Happiness, jointly developed with the Coca-Cola Foundation, is a youth empowerment program that emphasizes social responsibility and entrepreneurial skills.

Testimonials

"I always used to think that my life isn’t complete, I still have something missing. Ripples of Happiness filled that gap for me. Ripples of Happiness was a turning point in my life. I met people who are now my family." - Ala' Hussein, Palestine

Winners

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Our Brand

Our Media

At INJAZ Al-Arab, we know the importance of using traditional and social media as a medium for communicating with our global audience.

#WorldofINJAZ

World of INJAZ is a regional social media campaign involving all of INJAZ Al-Arab's 14 Member Nations.

#VoicesOFHope

Voices of Hope public talks, a partnership between MBC Hope and INJAZ Al-Arab, showcase employment opportunities and career choices for Arab Youth.

#MeetOurAlumni

Meet Our Alumni is an online campaign by INJAZ Al-Arab to highlight and grow our network of distinguished alumni.
Injaz Network

8TH ANNUAL MENA TRAINING

Our 8th Annual MENA Training gathered staff from all 15 offices to share best practices and develop regional strategy.

ALUMNI

Our alumni represent the strength of Arab youth coming together to own their economic growth.
Partners and Sponsors

Sponsors

Knowledge Partners

Member Nations’ Digest

INJAZ Algeria

INJAZ Bahrain

INJAZ Egypt

INJAZ Kuwait

INJAZ Lebanon

INJAZ Morocco

INJAZ Oman

INJAZ Pakistan

INJAZ Palestine

INJAZ Qatar

INJAZ Saudi Arabia

INJAZ Tunisia

INJAZ United Arab Emirates

INJAZ yemen

Board of Directors

Abdul Malek Al Jaber

President & Managing Partner, Peppers & Rogers Group

Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout

Senior Partner, Meysan Partners 

AbdulKareem Abu Alnasr

Founder & Chairman of the Board, INJAZ Saudi Arabia 

Asheesh Advani

President and CEO, JA Worldwide 

Bernard J. Dunn

President, Boeing Middle East
Vice President, Boeing International 

Bashar-AlKadhi

Chief Executive Officer, Hill+Knowlton Middle East, North Africa & Turkey

Carmen Haddad

Chief Executive Officer, Citibank, N.A. - Qatar Branch 

David Leman

Chief Human Resources Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Inc. 

Fadi Ghandour

Founder & Vice Chairman, Aramex
Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital

Frederic Sicre

Executive Director, Abraaj Capital 

Mazen Hayek

Official Spokesman and Group Director of Commercial, PR & CSR, MBC Group

Mazin Manna

Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & North Africa, Credit Agricole

Nabil Habayeb

President & CEO, General Electric Middle East, North Africa & Turkey  

Omar Al Ghanim

CEO, Alghanim Industries

Omar El Hamamsy

Director, McKinsey & Company Middle East 

Omar Fahoum

Chairman of the Board & CEO, Deloitte & Touche M.E

Paul Theys

President, ExxonMobil Al Khalij Inc

Ramzi Abdeljaber

Managing Director, InvestCorp Bank B.S.C.

Raghuvir Malhotra

President, Middle East & North Africa, MasterCard 

Robin Jones

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani

Founder & Chairperson, Amwal

Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan

Chairman & Founder, Bin Zayed Group

Sheikh Soud Bin Nasser Al Thani

Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo 

Sjoerd Leenart

Senior Country Officer for Middle East, Africa & Turkey, J.P. Morgan

Taha Khalifa

Regional Director, Intel Corporation Middle East and North Africa

Tarek Sherlala

Managing Director & Head of Asset Servicing, Bank of New York Mellon MEA

Injaz Team

Akef Aqrabawi

President and CEO, JA Middle East/ North Africa, INJAZ Al-Arab

Christian Neumeister

Regional Business Development Officer

Dalia Al-Ashhab

Operations Officer

Dima Masri

PR & Communications Manager

Nickolas Neibauer

Chief Development Officer

Nicola Dihmes

Regional Operations Manager

Rawan Naber

Finance & Administrative Manager

Shahad Haswa

Marketing & Branding Officer

Tamer Zumot

Grants & Projects Manager

Tina Burtamekh

Finance and Administrative Officer

Contact

INJAZ Yemen

Sana’a, Republic of Yemen
Majid Khalid Al-Shammiri
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+967 1 411459
Fax
+967 1 411459
E-mail
majid.k.ye@gmail.com

INJAZ UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sulaf Al-Zu'bi
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+971 4429 8763
Fax
+971 4429 8762
E-mail
info@injazuae.org

INJAZ Al Maghrib

Casablanca, Morocco
M’hammed Abbad Andaloussi
Chairman
Tel
+212 5290 11515/14
Fax
+212 5290 11516
E-mail
injaz@injaz-morocco.org

INJAZ Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia
Abdallah Ben Abdallah
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+216 71192 230
Fax
+216 71192 230
E-mail
aba7495@yahoo.fr

INJAZ Lebanon

Metn, Lebanon
Fayza Saad Mehanna
Executive Director
Tel
info@injaz-lebanon.org
E-mail
info@injaz-lebanon.org

INJAZ Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Nagib Ibrahim
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+966 1223 42694
Fax
+966 1223 42693
E-mail
info@injaz-saudi.org

INJAZ Kuwait

Shuwaikh, Kuwait
Rana Al Nibari
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+965 2496 2195
Fax
+965 2496 9081
E-mail
info@injaz-kuwait.org

INJAZ Qatar

Doha, Qatar
Emad Al Khaja
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+974 4491 8301
Fax
+974 4491 8331
E-mail
info@injaz-qatar.org

INJAZ Egypt

Cairo, Egypt
Dina El Mofty
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+202 2528 4205/06/19
E-mail
injaz@injaz-egypt.org

INJAZ Palestine

Ramallah, Palestine
Randa Ramahi Salameh
General Manager
Tel
+970 2 2984 217/8
Fax
+970 2 2984 219
E-mail
info@injaz-pal.org

INJAZ Bahrain

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Sheikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Al Khalifa
Executive Director
Tel
+973 1722 5050
Fax
+973 1722 5052
E-mail
injaz@batelco.com.bh

INJAZ Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan
Uzma Khan
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+92 21 111 111 823
Fax
+92 21 351 23697
E-mail
Uzma.khan@amanfoundation.org

INJAZ El Djazair

Alger, Algeria
Leen Abdel Jaber
Executive Director
Fax
+2139 82 40 13 05
E-mail
leen@injaz-arabia.org

INJAZ Oman

Muscat, Oman
Khaula Al Harthy
Executive Director
Tel
+968 2415 5373
Fax
+968 2415 5372
E-mail
Khaula@injaz-oman.org

INJAZ Al-Arab

Amman, Jordan
Akef Aqrabawi
Chief Executive Officer
Tel
+962 6568 1147/63
Fax
+962 6568 1194
E-mail
info@injaz-arabia.org