A recent celebration of INJAZ Al-Arab’s efforts to stimulate entrepreneurial growth among Arab youth featured Jordan’s Queen Rania, who has long been a key supporter of this organization, which was awarded a Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership in 2012.
The Queen chaired a discussion earlier this month in Qatar that brought together several of the organization’s leaders, including Soraya Salti — who was honored three years ago with the Kravis Prize for raising Amman-based INJAZ Al-Arab’s impact from a local to a regional force affecting the lives of millions of students in surrounding countries.
According to the Reuters news site Zawya, job creation and employment opportunities are the two biggest challenges facing Arab youths today — they have also been Salti’s twin priorities for her organization over the past ten years. The successful expansion of INJAZ Al-Arab, Salti noted during the discussion, has been possible because of government supporters, especially advocates like Jordan’s Queen.
“We would not be here today without the support of Her Majesty,” Salti told an audience of listeners, who also heard inspiring success stories about 14 young entrepreneurs based in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine, and elsewhere in the Arab world.
What has been instrumental to the non-profit’s success, Salti added, is the Queen’s “belief in our mission to plant the seeds of entrepreneurship and promote it among our youth to encourage self-employment and the creation of more jobs.”