Founder & Vice Chairman of Aramex. Co-Founder & Managing Partner of MENA Venture Investments, a seed capital investment company investing in early stage tech companies in the MENA region. A member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, and Chairman of WAMDA, an entrepreneurship support platform for the MENA region. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut. He is also a Member of the Board of Yemeksepeti a leading Turkish ecommerce company & Founding Investor in Maktoob.com sold to Yahoo in 2009. He is the Founder & Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, a regional private sector-led community empowerment initiative that helps disadvantaged communities overcome marginalization through youth activism, civic engagement, and education. He is also the founder and Chairman of Ruwwad Micro Venture Fund, an equity based fund that provides seed capital for microbusinesses in marginalized communities as well as training, business support services and mentorship.
Ever had a moment when you see how past choices connect with a powerful insight, and you face the future with kinetic excitement? In 1997, out of a malarial fever, I realized that what drives me - social justice & environmental sustainability – all links to water availability. Last year, contemplating dream life and career, I realized that my career is grounded by a motivation to integrate charity, aid, and impact investing into a sustainable, market-based system. And that has relevance in other verticals, too. RedThread Advisors was born, to work in the water sector, and branch out beyond. I’ve worked in non-profits (leadership&board), consulted, and was a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where I helped create the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program, and built and managed a US$70M portfolio that is transforming how WS&H services are conceived, financed, and sustained. I have an MPA from Columbia University, and a BA from University of Michigan (History/Anthro).
Engineers Without Borders
Megan is a portfolio manager with Engineers Without Borders Canada, making investments in social ventures in Canada and Africa that have the potential to transform development systems. She is passionate about changing the way innovation and improvement is incentivized in international development. With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Megan previously worked with EWB’s Water and Sanitation team in Malawi first as a staff member and then as Co-Director. Under Megan’s leadership, the team pioneered news ways of helping policy makers, funders, and local government work together on solutions to the fundamental problems surrounding sustainable services in Malawi. Megan now shares her experience creating change in complex systems as an Action Canada fellow, Trade School Toronto lecturer, and advisor to Admitting Failure.
Saïd Business School
I am a first year DPhil student at Said Business School researching innovation in social enterprises. I have a managerial and consulting background. I graduated in International Management at Bocconi University and I worked as a consultant for the automotive industry for around a year before going back to university. During my university career I have had the opportunity to study and work in different countries: Italy, Austria, U.S.A., The Netherlands, Singapore and now the U.K.. I have decided to start a DPhil program because, although lacking entrepreneurial skills, I would like to significantly contribute to the development of social enterprises, which I believe will increasingly become a key player of the economy of the 21st century both in developed and developing countries.
Field Programme Co-Ordinator
Riders For Health
Ngwarati Mashonga is field programme co-ordinator for Riders in Health. Ngwarati joined Riders in his native Zimbabwe in 1996, after qualifying as a motorcycle mechanic. He became programme director in 2001, overseeing a team of 41 staff and the management of nearly 600 vehicles. He also completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree (specialising in transport economics) by distance learning. In 2007, Ngwarati was appointed to the post of field programme co-ordinator, to oversee the replication of Riders’ programmes into new countries. Riders for Health trains mechanics to keep motorcycles in rural Africa running, providing the means for health workers and resources to reach the people who needed them. The organisation started out raising money by putting on events in the motorcycle community. This strategy is still the cornerstone of their fundraising, but they now also run auctions, take donations and work with a wide range of partners on developing transport infrastructure for Africa.
Research Fellow / Professor Emeritus
Saïd Business School / Aston University
Ray Loveridge Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, Professor Emeritus, Aston University, Visiting Professor at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, previously lectured at the London School of Economics, at London Business School and Head of Strategic Management and Technology Policy at Aston. Formerly on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Chief Editor of Human Relations and a trustee and council member of the Tavistock Institute. He is currently Editorial Advisor to Asian Business & Management. Recent publications include ‘Institutional Approaches to Business Strategy’ in D.O.Faulkner and A. Campbell (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Strategy, OUP, (2003, 2006); ‘Bridging internal and external networks in transitional institutional contexts’ in J.H. Dunning and Tsai-Mei Lin (eds) Multinational Enterprises and Emerging Challenges of the 21st Century, Edward Elgar (2007).