Ashoka-Shelter Event on Social Innovation – Dubai 24th of April


Are you an aspiring or established social entrepreneur? Are you a business entrepreneur with a social vision? Interested in learning how social innovation can benefit you, your work, organization, or business? Interested in the growing social entrepreneurship in the UAE and GCC? 

Join us for the 1st of a series of events aimed at developing social entrepreneurship in the UAE and GCC.

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012
  • Doors will open at 7 PM
  • The event is free and open to the public
  • Please RSVP to:

Social entrepreneurship is about unleashing positive change at the local level; improving the way people live by creating innovative local solutions. It is also about scaling those ideas to create global impact by sharing what is learned locally around the globe.  The role of Ashoka is to identify and grow the impact of social entrepreneurs and Changemakers and at the same time connect them into a global network.

Now is the time for social entrepreneurs here in the GCC to build, develop, and scale their work for the world. 

This series of events is brought to you by Ashoka and Shelter. We’re bringing together local social entrepreneurs, business leaders, global social entrepreneurship champions, youth, and everyone interested in learning how to change the world.  The Ashoka Shelter Series provides practical, experiential workshops on how social innovation can develop and benefit individuals and organizations across all industries and sectors.

This first workshop will focus on:

  • Social entrepreneurship in practice
  • Existing examples, practices, and habits of successful social entrepreneurs
  • Opportunities for social entrepreneurship in the GCC
  • Exploration of the Ashoka model for driving social entrepreneurship
  • The added value of social entrepreneurship for society, business and public sectors
  • Networking and community building 

Keynote Speakers include:

Olivier Kayser – Founder of Hystra, a global consulting firm that works with business and social sector pioneers to implement hybrid strategies and profitable innovative business approaches. These models are designed to eradicate social and environmental problems by combining insights and resources from the business and citizen sectors. Prior to this, Olivier was Vice-President of Ashoka – Europe, launching its Paris and London offices. He build the Ashoka Support Network, which is a growing global association of over 400 business people who support social entrepreneurs with their expertise and financially. Olivier spent 18 years with McKinsey & Company as a Partner in 1991 and as a Senior Partner in 1998. Olivier is currently a Non-Executive Board Member for two multi-billion Euros corporations (GeoPost and Belron) and three non-profits: the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Center for Digital Inclusion-Europe and Ashoka France.

Dr. Iman Bibars – Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World and Vice-President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public – the world’s leading association of social entrepreneurs. In 2003, Iman successfully launched Ashoka operations in the Middle East by establishing its program in 7 countries, and identifying and supporting 61 social entrepreneurs in Mashreq, Al-Maghreb, the Levant and Gulf. Aiming to cultivating their impact, Iman has built over 35 strategic partnerships, mobilized resources, and attracted international attention. Her efforts have continued to impact over 7 million people across the region. A social entrepreneur herself, Iman co-founded and currently chairs the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), a leading citizen sector organization that reaches over 2 million people and provides credit and legal aid for impoverished female heads of household. Im an has offered her expertise in development issues to the World Bank, UNDP, European Commission, and the International Development and Research Center. She is also the author of 3 development-related books that focus on development issues in Egypt.

Guest Facilitator: 

Rama Chakaki – Co-Founder & CEO of Baraka Ventures. Baraka Ventures works with people and organizations that share a passion for wanting to be agents of positive change. Baraka builds and supports social ventures and sustainable businesses with a triple bottom line. Rama is passionate about place-based learning, nature, systems theory and the use of technology for sustainable development. She loves running workshops for new entrepreneurs, using social media for cause awareness and mobilizing youth. She’s also an avid scuba diver. 

Save the Date:


  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012
  • Doors will open at 7 PM
  • The event is free and open to the public
  • Please RSVP on Facebook or at



One comment on “Ashoka-Shelter Event on Social Innovation – Dubai 24th of April

  1. Too bad I’ve missed it due to my schedule. Heard some positive feedbacks from my friends who attended the event. Please email me if there’s any upcoming event!

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