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Ashoka's Arab World Social Innovation Forum Is Kicking Off On March 15th

Taking place in the American University in Cairo, Fifth Settlement.

Leveraging Ashoka’s position as the world’s largest platform for social entrepreneurs, the NGO has partnered with the AUC's Centre for Entrepreneurship, under the umbrella of the School of Business, to assemble over 400 like-minded change-makers in the Arab World Social Innovation Forum (AWSIF) on March 15th

Ashoka's CEO and Founder Bill Drayton will be kickstarting the forum, and will be passing the mic to his VP and Ashoka Arab World's Regional Director Iman Bibars, followed by AUC's Dean of School of Business Sherif Kamel, Egypt's Ministers of Planning and Tourism Hala El-Said and Rania Al-Mashat, as well as Liechtenstein's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Culture Amelia Frick.

"AWSIF 2019, the Arab World Social Innovation Forum, will gather more than 100 Ashoka Fellows, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, and policymakers from around the globe to meet with 400 of their peers and rising leaders across sectors in Egypt and the Arab region," Bibars tells Startup Scene. "For this year, we are celebrating Local to Global and Global to Local; we want the Global North and the Global South to understand that they need each other, and that we all need to collaborate together to change the world."

AWSIF is the region’s premier platform for gathering an international community of social entrepreneurs and accelerating the local-to-global and global-to-local movement for social change.  Distinguished social entrepreneurs, leaders in the business and corporate sector, and policymakers will attend three main panel discussions on scaling innovation across boundaries, mainstreaming and measuring impact investment, and women's initiative for social entrepreneurship along with several parallel breakout sessions. 

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