NEXUS MIDDLE EAST NORTH AFRICA (MENA)
2018 NEXUS Arab Future Summit
December 14-16, Cairo, Egypt.
History of NEXUS in MENA
NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas is a safe haven for a collaborative community of next gen impact investors, philanthropists, change innovators, and social entrepreneurs, with the ultimate goal of making MENA better together.
NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas hosted its first annual regional Summit at Villa Linda Sursock in Beirut, Lebanon with the purpose of catalyzing positive social change and support for its members as they take on key leadership roles in social transformative initiatives in the region. The Summit gathered a very select guest list of over seventy global and regional NEXUS members. The list had a careful balance of next-generation leaders championing change in business and philanthropy, young rising stars in governments and royal families, as well as global next-generation thought leaders and innovators in social impact. Many important themes were discussed including: the refugee crisis, impact investing in the MENA region and creating a new Arab narrative aimed at bridging the existent social gaps in the region.
Goals and Actions
NEXUS MENA and Arab Diaspora’s goals are to:
- Raise awareness on Impact Investment, Philanthropy and Social entrepreneurship
- Develop a knowledge bank on Impact Investment, Philanthropy and Social entrepreneurship in the region for its people
- Build and cultivate a network of next generation enthusiasts, emerging leaders, and social change makers of the MENA region and its diasporas
- Empower NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas members in their social innovation endeavours
- Leverage global and regional networks to build a strong peer-to-peer community of wealth holders & social entrepreneurs
- Build partnerships with other networks that have a social impact mandate
- Attract and secure impact investment from Diasporas into the MENA region
- Establish a NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas certification of assurance on impactful social enterprises in the MENA region.
- Create a concrete policy brief apparatus to be used as an advocacy tool for social and economic impact in the MENA region.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Lynn ZOVIGHIANDirector Emeritus of NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas
Mutassem DAABOULDirector of NEXUS MENA
Ali AmhazSystems Development Manager of NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas
A believer in the potential of social entrepreneurship to shift mindsets and capabilities of both entrepreneurs and communities, Ali has dedicated his early career to strategy, research, and supporting youth-led ventures. He is an active member of NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas, working on the region’s leadership team to expand their strategic mandate across the Middle East and North Africa.
An Analyst at The Zovighian Partnership, Ali focuses on the social and organizational elements that shape the capacities and performances of impact enterprises, as well as the experiences of community and governmental stakeholders.
He has also served thirteen socially-conscious organizations in a consultative and leadership capacity. Ali founded the Beirut Art Salon, a social enterprise that offers a creative space for emerging artists to display, teach, and speak through art, inviting them to cross-pollinate and forge partnerships together. He is also currently establishing a youth-led institute in the American University of Beirut to push a curriculum of leadership and organizational development for students.
Ali has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the American University of Beirut. During his time as a student, Ali led over 650 students by serving on seven club cabinets and was elected into the highest house of student government. Upon graduation, Ali was awarded the Penrose Award, the most prestigious of awards on campus.
Ali will begin pursuing his MSc in Organizational and Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Studies in September, where he will be focusing on the intersection of emerging impact-oriented organizations, trends in impact investing, disruptive technologies, and the psychological set-ups necessary for new kinds of organizations to thrive and engage with their communities.
Dayna BahigEgyptian Country Ambassador
What We’re Up To
In December 2018, NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas will reconvene in Cairo to build on the important conversations at its second Summit.
We host regular Salons through the MENA region and the Americas that are meant to bring together business leaders and social entrepreneurs and inspire learning and collaboration between this uniquely powerful network of peers.
Strengthening the Bonds of Connection
Delegations to NEXUS Global
NEXUS MENA & Arab Diasporas is proud to send yearly Delegations to our NEXUS Global Summit in New York to participate in NEXUS Global’s flagship event and network with NEXUS members from around the world.
Interested in joining or sponsoring the NEXUS MENA network? Are you an exceptional young social entrepreneur, philanthropist or impact investor? Interested in the refugee crisis, impact investing in the region or creating a new narrative for the Middle East? We’d love to hear from you. Please send us a message and we’ll be in touch shortly.