On Tuesday, February 20 in New York City, Education For Employment (EFE) President and CEO Jamie McAuliffe, participated as a speaker at the 2015 Winter Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The breakout discussion session in which McAuliffe presented, “Help Wanted: Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today” focused on successful short- and long-term strategies that are being used to identify, address and close the gap that currently exists between the skills employers are seeking in their workers and the skills job applicants actually possess.

Presenting strategies alongside McAuliffe were Mary de Wysocki, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for Cisco Systems; Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Peter Malinowski, Billion Oyster Project Director of the New York Harbor Foundation. McAuliffe spoke on the ways the job skills gap is being narrowed through education and workforce development, as well as partnerships between private sector businesses and schools or training institutions in order to decrease youth unemployment rates around the world and empower the future leaders of the work world.

The CGI brings together leaders from all various sectors of the business and political world “including private sector CEOs, heads of state, philanthropists, Nobel laureates, NGO leaders and prominent members of the media,” to discuss solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world.

More information on the CGI and the 2015 Winter Meeting can be found here.

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EFE’s Communications and Partnerships Manager Mariel Davis, participated as a panelist speaking on youth unemployment at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (YA@UN) on February 12 in New York City. At the breakout session “MENA Movements from Development to Peace,” Davis along with Amani Al-Khatahtbeli, Founding Editor-in-Chief of MuslimGirl.net; Mohamed Malouche, Board Chairman of Tunisian American Young Professionals; and moderator, Akhatar Badshah, PhD, Chief Catalyst with the Catalytic Innovators Group, gathered to speak in front of global youth leader delegates, UN high officials and leaders in the private sector as well as those in the civil society.

The YA@UN is a gathering of exceptional youth from around the world to create partnerships and begin communication between the young leaders of the world and the UN. Davis and her co-panelists addressed hundreds of young women and men in discussions that encouraged youth participants to assume leadership roles in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

You can watch a video of the panel here. Read more about the Youth Assembly at the United Nations and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals here.


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During a visit to EFE’s affiliate in Egypt on Saturday, January 31st, DubaiTV featured an insider look at the EFE initiative in Egypt. The coverage drew attention to EFE’s unique strategy in dealing with youth unemployment through tackling the private sector’s needs and working on developing necessary skills to entering the job market. It also highlighted important numbers showing EFE’s constant progress and large impact on the future of the unemployed youth and the overall economy in the region.

Watch the video in Arabic HERE

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Jamie McAuliffe, Education For Employment (EFE) President and CEO participated in a special breakout session at the North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (NAPEO) and American Chamber of Commerce in Tunisia (AmCham Tunisia) Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunis on March 5.

In the session “Bridging the Skills Gap in Maghreb,” McAuliffe and co-panelists Jeffrey Avina, Director of Corporate Citizenship in the Middle East and Africa for Microsoft; Kamel Jedidi, John A. Howard Professor of Business at Columbia Business School in New York; and, M’hammed Abbad Andaloussi, Chairman and CEO of Injaz Al Maghrib in Morocco discussed with audience members the job skills gap in North Africa.

Addressing the glaring problem of the job skills gap affecting employers and unemployed job applicants in the MENA region, McAuliffe spoke with attendees about EFE’s initiatives to bridge this gap by creating partnerships linking private sector businesses - both international and local- with training programs to help unemployed recent graduates learn the skills needed to succeed and advance in the workforce. He also talked of EFE’s advancement in entrepreneurship training throughout the MENA region.

The conference, which gathered North African, Sub-Saharan African and American leaders in business, the civil society and the public sector, allowed for networking and partnership-building across the entrepreneurship and business lines.

Learn more about the NAPEO and AmCham and the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference here.


EFE Founder & Chair Ron Bruder appeared on DubaiTV’s MoneyMap in an interview aimed at familiarizing the public with the man behind EFE. He was invited to discuss the motives behind the founding of EFE and his personal attachment to youth unemployment in the MENA region. The interview focused on Bruder’s experience translating his background as a private sector entrepreneur into social entrepreneurship, and his future hopes for the issue in the region.

Watch the Video in Arabic/English HERE

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