36 Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in the Arab World
Recent decades have seen greatly expanded opportunities for women throughout the Arab world, leveling the playing field as never before.
In Arab Women Rising, Knowledge@Wharton contributors Nafeesa Syeed and Rahilla Zafar share the entrepreneurial journeys of 36 women, from a flower farmer tending her fields in the Tunisian countryside to a Saudi royal advocating for expanded women’s rights throughout the kingdom.
This Knowledge@Wharton collection tells the stories of:
- Pioneers who are establishing exciting technology companies in a region where mobile usage is on the upswing
- Small and midsize business owners who started enterprises specializing in everything from public relations to the arts
- Innovators who have rolled out new products, revamped fashions, and integrated new services into their industries
- Visionaries tapping the big-picture potential the region holds in such growing fields as entertainment and science
- Women effectively spearheading change in their communities by starting social enterprises
- Inspiring and powerful, Arab Women Rising is a guide to understanding the modern business environment created and led by a new generation of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa.
About the Contributors
Nafeesa Syeed is an award-winning multimedia journalist who has reported from the United States, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Based in Washington, she is currently producing documentary films with Fault Lines and working on her next book about Arab women in politics. Follow her on Twitter @NafeesaSyeed.
Rahilla Zafar is currently based in New York City working on a book project about women in Saudi Arabia. She began contributing to Knowledge@Wharton in 2007 while based in Afghanistan, covering the growth of the country’s microfinance and telecom sectors. Follow her on Twitter @rahilla.
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