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From NY to North Africa: Columbia University to Host Entrepreneurship & VC Panel

The NYC-based university's MENA and entrepreneurship clubs have teamed up and recruited key players in and from the Middle East and North Africa.

Bringing to an end the kind of inferiority complex that has arguably held back MENA in many, if not all, aspects of modern life, the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is entering a fruitful and critical time. As the rest of the world comes to realise the sheer depth of talent and innovation currently possessed in the Arab world, we’re starting to see local and regional entrepreneurship and innovation find a space on the international stage.

It’s this very idea that Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization and The Middle East and North Africa Club at Columbia University are honing in on with a special online panel that will put four stakeholders in and from MENA in the spotlight. Moderated by Marco Viola - Professor at the New York-based university's business school - the panel will welcome Ayman Ismail, Entrepreneurship Professor at the American University in Cairo; Amel Enan, Managing Director of the Cairo-based Global Ventures; Omar Darwaza, General Partner and CFO at AAF Management Ltd. in New York; and Onsi Sawiris, Co-founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, also based out of New York.  

‘Investor Perspectives from NY to North Africa’ will take a deep dive into the often complex investor-entrepreneur relationship, a subject made even more key by MENA’s emergence as one of the most eclectic regions for entrepreneurship and innovation, as investors from across the world look for the next big thing.

The free-to-attend panel will take place over Zoom on Wednesday 17th of February at 1.30PM EST (GMT-5). To register, click here.


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