MENA+SocialGood 2014



Youth: Creating & Shaping Our Future

An interactive virtual Global summit on the role of technology and social media in enabling Social Good and shaping the future of the Arab World.

The 2014 Summit will focus on how entrepreneurship is creating a space for innovation and problem-solving with youth at the forefront of driving change and development.

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About MENA+SocialGood

In partnership with the +SocialGood initiative headed by the UN Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Case Foundation & Mashable, we proudly announce the inaugural MENA+SocialGood Summit: An interactive global exploration on nexus between technology, Diasporas and social good in the Arab World.

Often when we hear about the Middle East and North Africa ('MENA'), news is dominated by talk of political and social turbulence which may push corporations, institutions and individuals away from considering investment and engagement.

The Arab world is home to more than 350 million people with a diaspora 14 million of which 5.8 million reside in Arab countries. According to World Bank, in 2009 Arab countries received a total of 35.1 billion USD in remittance in-flows. According to Christopher Schroeder in "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East": "While the Middle East lags other regions in Internet penetration, the number of Internet users in Arab countries has been growing faster (23% annually versus a global 14%), and the total is expected to exceed 140 million next year. Those who are online tell a remarkable story of change over the past five years, with clear ramifications for the future. Eighty-three percent use the Internet daily, and half of those for at least five hours a day. Notably, 78% said they prefer the Internet to television, and 44% say they spend less time meeting friends face-to-face than online or on their mobile devices."

Innovation and entrepreneurship has opened doors to partnerships and positive engagement in MENA in the past years. Social media is playing a large role in mobilizing people to aid in development in MENA in areas of crowd funding, volunteerism and social engagement.

MENA+SocialGood is dedicated to exploring this nexus and identifying how technology can enable engagement to catalyze positive impact in MENA. The inaugural Summit will be a gathering of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, technology developers, NGOs, Governments, thought leaders, and others vested in this space. This global conversation aims to spark collaborations, foster innovation, and promote partnerships and constructive conversations that develop far beyond the Summit itself.

+SocialGood unites a global community of innovators around a shared vision: The power of technology and new media to make the world a better place. This is a community of connectors, bringing together ideas and action in our social media era. The +SocialGood engagement platform provides a space for a truly global conversation to take shape—a place where connectors can collaborate, share best practices, influence local and global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into action. As such, Al-Mubadarah will be hosting an event in Washington, DC (Newseum - Knight Studio) that integrates diverse partners and global communities using web based technologies for conversations about social and economic development in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).

2013 summit shapshot

On November 7, 2013, thousands of people in over 53 countries engaged in an interactive conversation both on and offline about the role of technology in advancing social good in the Arab world.

Highlights: 2013 Summit hub- Knight Studio, Newseum, Washington DC. 17 global in-person independently organized livestream events happening simultaneously around the world. A twitter reach of over 27.53 million, trending 3rd globally on twitter. Over 6,000 comments and posts. 46 global event partners. 25 speakers participating from over 10 countries.

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About the host organization

Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative is a proud organizer of the MENA+SocialGood—being recognized as an organization who has a proven track record for bringing together big ideas and new opportunities, and creating impact in their community. Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative is an international NGO based in Washington DC that leads efforts to harness the professional expertise of Arab expatriates globally to aid in the social and economic development of the Arab world.

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MENA+SocialGood 2014 Sponsors

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The Team

Ms. Hazami Barmada MENA+SocialGood Founder & Organizer
Al-Mubadarah, Founder & CEO

Hazami Barmada is social entrepreneur and Principal of Barmada Consulting, LLC, a boutique firm that works with private and public institutions on developing culturally-competent strategies for management, business development, programming and public affairs. Since 2006, Barmada has built a diverse portfolio of clients that range across industries, sectors and size both nationally and internationally (

She plays an active role in citizen and public diplomacy initiatives, focusing on community and civil-society development, youth and women’s empowerment. She has is a frequent international public speaker, and has appeared as a guest on/in media outlets including CNN international, New York Times, BBC, BBC Arabic, and Al-Jazeera.

Hazami is the co-Founder of Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative, an NGO headquartered in Washington DC, harnessing expertise of global Arab expatriates for economic and social development in the Arab World. Al-Mubadarah works with institutions and professional diaspora networks to develop strategies for professional technical assistance and knowledge transfer programs. Programs include a Arab Talent Bank™, youth and business mentorship programs and professional travel fellowships ( She is the Regional Director and Founder of Nexus Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy & Social Entrepreneurship for the Middle East (

A passionate philanthropist and humanitarian, Hazami serves as an advisor and board member of several international non-profit organizations including the steering committee for the Refugees International Young Humanitarian Circle and Peace x Peace.

Fluent in Arabic, Hazami has a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa, having both lived in and worked extensively across the region. Hazami studied Anthropology and Sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and Public and Social Policy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Alaa Odeh Event Curator, MENA+SocialGood

Ms. Alaa' Odeh is an international relations professional with 8+ years' experience focusing on global program development, strategic planning and communications with an emphasis on economic and social development. Her expertise is in program development in the developing world with a focus on topics such as public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, multi-stakeholder engagement, socio-cultural analysis, security issues, development and stability programming in conflict areas and other efforts regional audiences. Ms. Odeh provides services to various clients to meet their strategic objectives on a global level. Her work has reached across the private, public and government sectors, including non-government organizations and non-profits. Ms. Odeh's versatile skill set includes; project management, business planning, strategy building, market and industry analysis, grant/proposal writing, and strategic communications. Through her work, she has collaborated with businesses and government agencies in the USA and abroad reaching out to multinational audiences. She has worked with U.S. government clients, international organizations and foreign governments, as well as the private industry. Ms. Odeh is currently an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. She earned her Bachelors in Arts from Davidson College in Political Science and Religion and a Masters Certificate in Public Management from the University of South Florida. She is bilingual in English and Arabic with a proficient background in French. In-Country Experience: Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Niger, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United States.

Mr. Amine Zafri MENA+SocialGood Web Designer/Webmaster

Amine is a Moroccan designer and web developer, interested in user experience design. He has won three Mozilla Design Challenges and participated in Ozchi 2010.

He is also a former Google Student Ambassador at SUPINFO International University, where he is currently pursuing a MS in Computer Science. Amine has been recently chosen to take part of the Global Business Institute MENA in Indiana University, Bloomington.

Amine's goal is to be able to help people through design and technology.

Do you have any feedback about the website or the design? feel free to send me a message! :) - LinkedIn

Mr. Asif Khan MENA+SocialGood Partnerships

Asif Khan works at the United Nations Foundation (UNF) in New York in Global Partnerships and Communications where he focuses on the Foundation's women and girls portfolio, as well as technology and innovation partnerships. Previously, Asif was the Global Coordinator for the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), out of UNF's Washington office.

Prior to joining UNF, Asif worked in partnerships and operations at Earth Day Network where he helped plan and organize the Climate Action Gala, Earth Day 2012 and events at Rio+20. Prior to that he conducted business development efforts and research for the Washington based advising firm, Sidar Global Advisors. Before moving to Washington he spent 3+ years in New York City working in investor relations and financial writing at The Jordan Company and Alliance Bernstein.

He also has fieldwork experience working for the National Commission for Human Development in Northern Pakistan, and spent time studying and working in Istanbul, Barcelona, Granada and Buenos Aires. Asif wrote a socio-political column for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian from 2003-6. He is fluent in Urdu, Spanish and Turkish. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick.

Ms. Rawan Da'as MENA+SocialGood Armchair Advocat

A pro-active young leader focusing primarily on volunteering and community development, Rawan has and continues to deliver many workshops, looking for new avenues and opportunities to support the sustainability approach through socio-economic and community initiatives and projects. Rawan strongly believes in the need to possess critical leadership and communication skills that are required to achieve goals and realize objectives. She has an excellent knowledge and a wide-range of expertise in delivering Community Development initiatives and projects with various NGOs and organizations.

Mr. Omar Al-Chaar MENA+SocialGood Production Manager

Creative producer, editor, and director of a diverse array of music videos, commercials, political ads, TV shows, documentaries, and short films for a diverse array of public & private sector clients, including the White House, Pepsico, The Discovery Channel, and the Association of Performing Arts. Through production and film, Omar works to ensure the power and effectiveness of organizational messaging through narrative tools and cutting edge design. He seeks to harness the power of film and arts at large to support global causes to bring about peace. Omar is the Co-Founder Beats, Rhymes & Relief, an NGO utilizing the arts & celebrity performances to raise awareness & support for worldwide humanitarian relief efforts. Learn more at


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