We have a vision: when youth have the hope and dignity of employment, they can reshape their future.

We have a mission: to empower youth in the Middle East & North Africa with demand-driven skills that lead to employment, dignity, and hope.

We also have a job: to provide youth in the Middle East & North Africa with world-class professional and technical training that leads to career-building opportunities.

EFE-UAE Board of Advisors

The Late H.E. Ameera BinKaram

Vice-Chairperson, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment

The late H.E. BinKaram led the way for economic, social and professional empowerment of Arab women in the region. She was an avid advocate for women’s inclusion in the workforce and leadership. She was the Vice-Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, the Chairperson of the Sharjah Business Women’s Council, President of the Steering Committee and founding member of Friends of Cancer Patients. HE Ameera BinKaram was also recognized for her activism on environmental and animal issues. She was the recipient of the “Humanitarian of the Year” award and The International Alliance for Women, World of Difference award.

Mariam Farag

Head of CSR, MBC Group

Mariam Farag leads the CSR program at the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC Group) and has over 17 years of experience working in social development, humanitarian relief, and corporate and social responsibility in the MENA region. Prior to joining MBC Group, Farag developed strategic partnerships and community outreach programs at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and managed Partnerships and CSR for the Community Development Authority, Dubai Government. Farag started her career with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Farag serves on the Regional Board of Injaz Al Arab representing MBC Group.

Raza Jafar

Founder, GSN (SDG Goal 8)

Raza Jafar is a founder and shareholder of Emirates Investments Group (EIG), a leading group of companies based in the United Arab Emirates which have built up over $2 billion in value for their portfolio of companies in under 10 years, with a focus is on investments with a fervent pursuit of economic, environmental and social sustainability. He also served in the public sector as an advisor to the Government of UAE - Sharjah Ports and Customs and Sharjah Free Zone Authority. He was also appointed as the Honorary Investment Counsellor to the UAE by the Government of Pakistan.

Yogesh “Yogi” Mehta

CEO, Petrochem Middle East

Yogesh “Yogi” Mehta is the Managing Director of Petrochem Middle East, which has since become the largest independent chemical distributor in the Middle East and 14th largest in the world. Yogesh began his career at his father’s chemical manufacturing factory in western India and went on to open his own chemical trading business, which enjoyed fair success. He relocated to Dubai in 1990, and within five years opened a state-of-the-art storage terminal for bulk and drum chemicals. Petrochem Middle East has since become one of the largest independent petrochemical distributors in the Gulf with offices all over the world and a turnover in excess of a billion dollars.

Najla Al-Midfa

Founder, Khayarat

An Emirati National, Najla Al-Midfa was elected to the Board of Directors of United Arab Bank at the 2012 Annual General Meeting and was thereafter appointed as Member of the Board Executive Committee. She is also a Founding Member of the Women Corporate Directors (GCC chapter), and a member of the Board of Sharjah Businesswomen Council. She was also Senior Manager of Entrepreneurship Development at the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development in Abu Dhabi. Najla left the Khalifa Fund to start Khayarat, a social enterprise to support youth entering consulting jobs in UAE.

Karim Seifeddine

Corporate Communications Head, Middle East & Africa, Citi

Karim Seifeddine is Citi’s Corporate Communications Head for the Middle East and Africa Division. For the past 9 years, he’s been responsible for Citi’s media and community relations across the Middle East, as well as Internal Communications. Between 2001 and 2002, he served as Public Relations and Communications Head at Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he managed the bank’s media relationships and organized community participations on behalf of the bank. From 1994 to 2000, he held various editing positions in the Gulf with Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Magazine.

Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout

Senior Partner, Meysan Partners

Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout is a Senior Partner with Meysan Partners, and is one of the region’s most prominent lawyers, having advised some of the most successful businesses and public sector organizations operating in the region. Mr. Al-Yaqout has established a leading capital markets practice in Kuwait, which advises on all types of capital markets transactions including initial public offerings (IPOs) and public take-overs as well as capital markets compliance matters. He has advised on a number of capital markets and corporate regulations, including co-authoring the Kuwait Companies Law.



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