Above: Social Innovator Rami Khader’s organization Diyar Dance Theatre uses performing arts training to empower Palestinian youth.

Synergos Welcomes Third Class of Arab Social World Innovators

Twelve outstanding Social Innovators have been named the third class of the Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) program. These extraordinary men and women work with local organizations, leaders, and associations to develop innovations that improve conditions and the quality of life for people in their communities and beyond. These individuals come from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan and represent many different sectors including arts and culture, health, women and youth, and recycling. This new class joins our alumni and the social entrepreneurs in Egypt from the Pioneers of Egypt program to form a network of close to 100 social entrepreneurs in the Middle East/North Africa.

Social Innovators are pioneers of change in their communities and offer original approaches, methods, and solutions to address social and economic problems. Their entrepreneurial ventures represent a diverse array of fields ranging from education to microenterprise, which impact the lives of tens of thousands of women, children, youth, and people with special needs.

  • photoAmal Dweib (Palestine) — Revolutionizing the nature of holistic care in Palestine
  • photoEhab Shanti (Jordan) — Connecting Arab artists to the international market
  • photoFatma Azmy (Egypt) — Teaching tolerance to children by making eco-friendly toys
  • photoHussam Bahou (Jordan) — Mobilizing communities through interactive theater
  • photoJoumana Al Jabri (Lebanon) — Using graphic design to promote social justice
  • photoLoryne Atoui (Lebanon) — Supporting women as they battle and overcome cancer
  • photoMaged El Said (Egypt) — Pioneering sustainable farming and agritourism in the Sinai
  • photoRami Khader (Palestine) — Integrating Palestine's past into contemporary theater
  • photoSaeed Abu Al Hassan (Jordan) — Creating a volunteer network of impassioned youth in Irbid
  • photoSameh Seif Ghaly (Egypt) — Promoting health and hygiene with cleaner sewage systems
  • photoSherif Hosny (Egypt) — Overcoming economic and environment challenges through rooftop farming
  • photoZeina Daccache (Lebanon) — Improving lives and changing policies with drama therapy
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