EFE’s UAE hub office engages leading partners to create a tangible impact in regional youth employment. The UAE hub office serves as a regional base for creating partnerships and visibility that will help the EFE Network to place 20,000 youth in jobs by 2020, and support young Emiratis through employment and entrepreneurship initiatives.

EFE in the UAE is under the royal patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE.

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, UAE, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Chairperson of NAMA serves as EFE’s Honorary Patron of Global Women’s Inclusion.



  • The Late H.E. Ameera BinKaram

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      UAE Advisory Board Member, United Arab Emirates
      Chairperson, Sharjah Business Women Council

       

    The late H.E. BinKaram led the way for economic, social and professional empowerment of Arab women in the region. She was an avid advocate for women’s inclusion in the workforce and leadership. She was the Vice-Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, the Chairperson of the Sharjah Business Women’s Council, President of the Steering Committee and founding member of Friends of Cancer Patients. She was a member of Olave Baden-Powell Society that supports the mission of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and headed the Women Chapter for The CEO Clubs, the world’s oldest and largest international non-profit business association for CEOs.

    In addition to being an advocate for Arab women’s empowerment, HE Ameera BinKaram was also recognized for her activism on environmental and animal issues. She was the recipient of the “Humanitarian of the Year” award and The International Alliance for Women, World of Difference award. She had recently become the first Arab woman to graduate from Buscerius Summer School Program, and was a graduate of the International Visitor Leadership Program as a guest of the US Embassy.

  • Raza Jafar

    • Founder GSN (SDG Goal 8)

       

       

       

       

    Raza Jafar is a serial entrepreneur and a philanthropist with over 28 years of diversified international work experience. His focus is on investments with a fervent pursuit of economic, environmental and social sustainability. He is a strong advocate of the need for corporations’ success to be measured based on the triple bottom line concept and to establish criteria to measure their social impact. Raza is a founder and shareholder of Emirates Investments Group (EIG), a leading group of companies based in the United Arab Emirates which have built up over $2 billion in value for their portfolio of companies in under 10 years.

    EIG’s track record includes the establishment of Emirates Global Islamic Bank (merged with Al Baraka Bank in 2010), Empire Aviation Group (managing the largest fleet of private business jets in the MENA region), ENSHAA PSC (a private joint stock company developing premium-quality commercial, residential and hospitality projects including Palazzo Versace Hotels and Condominiums with a total asset value of over $1.2 billion). Prior to his accomplishments with EIG, Raza served in the public sector as an advisor to the Government of UAE - Sharjah Ports and Customs and Sharjah Freezone Authority. He was also appointed as the Honorary Investment Counsellor to the UAE by the Government of Pakistan.

  • Najla Al-Midfa

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      UAE Advisory Board Member, United Arab Emirates
      Founder, Khayarat

       

    An Emirati National, Najla Al-Midfa was elected to the Board of Directors of United Arab Bank at the 2012 Annual General Meeting and was thereafter appointed as Member of the Board Executive Committee. She is one of the major shareholders of the Bank. Najla is an Aspen Institute Fellow and is the first woman ever to serve as member on the Board of a bank in the United Arab Emirates. She is also a Founding Member of the Women Corporate Directors (GCC chapter), and a member of the Board of Sharjah Businesswomen Council. Holder of an MBA from Stanford University, she was Senior Manager of Entrepreneurship Development at the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development in Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Khalifa Fund, Najla was a Senior Associate at McKinsey and Company's New York office, where she worked on a range of strategy-related projects, pri4marily serving clients across the financial institutions sector. Najla left the Khalifa Fund to start Khayarat, a social enterprise to support youth entering consulting jobs in UAE.

  • Karim Seifeddine

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      UAE Advisory Board Member, United Arab Emirates
      Corporate Communications Head, Middle East & Africa, Citi

       

    Karim Seifeddine is Citi’s Corporate Communications Head for the Middle East and Africa Division. For the past 9 years, he’s been responsible for Citi’s media and community relations across the Middle East, as well as Internal Communications. Between 2001 and 2002, he served as Public Relations and Communications Head at Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he managed the bank’s media relationships and organized community participations on behalf of the bank. From 1994 to 2000, he held various editing positions in the Gulf with Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Magazine. Karim holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in Economics from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout

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      UAE Advisory Board Member, United Arab Emirates
      Senior Partner, Meysan Partners

       

    Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout is a Senior Partner with Meysan Partners, and is one of the region’s most prominent lawyers, having advised some of the most successful businesses and public sector organizations operating in the region. Mr. Al-Yaqout has established a leading capital markets practice in Kuwait, which advises on all types of capital markets transactions including initial public offerings (IPOs) and public take-overs as well as capital markets compliance matters. He has advised on a number of capital markets and corporate regulations, including co-authoring the Kuwait Companies Law. Mr. Al-Yaqout 's practice also focuses on mergers and acquisitions and the representation of corporate clients and financial investors in acquisitions, divestures and joint venture projects as well as pre- and post-merger restructurings. He also has deep experience in restructuring matters, including out-of-court workouts and reorganizations, and regularly represents insolvency administrators, distressed companies, lending institutions, private equity funds, purchasers of distressed equity and debt, and secured and unsecured creditors.

  • Mariam Farag

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      UAE Advisory Board Member, United Arab Emirates
      Head of CSR, MBC Group

       

    Mariam Farag leads the CSR program at the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC Group), one of the leading broadcasting companies in the Arab World. She has over 17 years of experience working in social development, humanitarian relief, and corporate and social responsibility in the MENA region. Prior to joining MBC Group, Farag developed strategic partnerships and community outreach programs at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and managed Partnerships and CSR for the Community Development Authority, Dubai Government. Farag started her career with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where she managed a nationwide campaign focusing on the social and economic empowerment of female heads of households in Egypt. After the campaign achieved nationwide success, Farag joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as an International Consultant & Protection Officer – MENA region.

    Farag serves on the Advisory Board of EFE-UAE and on the Regional Board of Injaz Al Arab representing MBC Group, and is an active volunteer in the entrepreneurial and youth development field. She received her B.A in Political Science specialized in International Relations from The American University in Cairo (AUC) and completed her M.A in International Relations and Political Theory from University of Westminster in London, UK.

  • Yogesh “Yogi” Mehta

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      UAE Advisory Board Member, United Arab Emirates
      CEO, Petrochem Middle East

       

    Yogesh “Yogi” Mehta is the Managing Director of Petrochem Middle East. Established in 1995 with friend and business partner David Lubbock, Petrochem Middle East , driven by passion and a need to succeed, has since become the largest independent chemical distributor in the Middle East and 14th largest in the world. Yogesh began his career at his father’s chemical manufacturing factory in western India and went on to open his own chemical trading business, which enjoyed fair success. He relocated to Dubai in 1990, initiating a business world success story that has been widely documented in the media. Within five years, he opened a state-of-the-art storage terminal for bulk and drum chemicals. Petrochem Middle East has since become one of the largest independent petrochemical distributors in the Gulf with offices all over the world and a turnover in excess of a billion dollars.

    Yogesh graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from National College Bandra in Mumbai, India, and obtained his Executive MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2010, he was ranked seventh in the Arabian Business Indian Power List.


partners uae

 

In addition to raising visibility around the positive potential and importance of youth employment to inspire collective action, EFE’s UAE Hub contributes to local initiatives that benefit Emirati youth.

 

In 2015, EFE and the Sharjah Business Women Council launch the JEEL Initiative as a catalyst for entrepreneurship in Sharjah.  Focusing on youth and women with limited economic opportunities in rural regions of the Northern Emirates, the initiative provides participants with innovation workshops, training, mentoring, coaching and incubation to support aspiring entrepreneurs to become self-employed or launch microbusinesses. 

In 2016, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, UAE, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Chairperson of NAMA, was named as EFE’s Honorary Patron of Global Women’s Inclusion.  Under her patronage and building on the success of the initial JEEL program, NAMA and EFE aim to expand the JEEL Initiative across Sharjah.  

 

In 2015, EFE and the Sharjah Business Women Council launch the JEEL Initiative as a catalyst for entrepreneurship in Sharjah.  Focusing on youth and women with limited economic opportunities in rural regions of the Northern Emirates, the initiative provides participants with innovation workshops, training, mentoring, coaching and incubation to support aspiring entrepreneurs to become self-employed or launch microbusinesses.

In 2016, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, UAE, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Chairperson of NAMA, was named as EFE’s Honorary Patron of Global Women’s Inclusion.  Under her patronage and building on the success of the initial JEEL program, NAMA and EFE aim to expand the JEEL Initiative across Sharjah.  

 

Jasmine Nahhas di Florio
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships, EFE-Global
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