The winners for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award for Egypt and Jordan for 2008 were announced at a plenary session of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East on 18th May 2008. Ashoka Fellow Sherif El Ghamrawy, the Founder of both Basata Ecolodge, a social business, and the complementary CBO, Hemaya, was recognised as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Egypt. For Jordan Zeinab Al Momani, the Founder and Chairwoman of the Sakrah Women’s Cooperative was awarded as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Jordan.
Ashoka Arab World Regional Director Dr. Iman Bibars and Ashoka Fellow Magda Iskander were finalists in the competition.
Sherif El Ghamrawy is a pioneer of eco-tourism in South Sinai and the gulf of Aqaba. He is the founder of
two complementary organizations- Basata is the first ecolodge in Egypt, while Hemaya deals with waste management on 150 kms of coastline with marine and reef protection patrols and empowering local communities to run these programs.
Zeinab Al Momani Sakrah Women’s Cooperative promotes the economic, social and cultural rights of women in the remote and rural areas of Jordan while operating as a successful for-profit cooperative. Its members are an integral part of the production process of the cooperative’s products and share in the profits. Their children also benefit from the cooperative’s child care program and school and university grants.
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was started by Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been searching for the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. There are currently 140 social entrepreneurs in more than 40 countries. Every year, the Schwab Foundation, in collaboration with the media identifies a Social Entrepreneurship of the Year in over 25 countries. For further information visit: http://www.schwabfound.org.