Presidential Summit Wrap-Up: Middle East Youth Initiative Research Featured at Summit and Brookings Launch Event
The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship was held in Washington, D.C. on April 26 and 27. President Obama addressed delegates at the conference. In her closing remarks, Secretary Clinton highlighted the new Middle East Youth Initiative-Silatech report: "Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East: Toward Sustainable Development for the Next Generation."
President Obama spoke on the first day of the Summit, following his speech in Cairo last year in which he called for a “new beginning” in U.S.-Muslim world relations. He explained why the administration had chosen to focus on entrepreneurship and, in particular, social entrepreneurship, noting: “as I learned as a community organizer in Chicago, real change comes from the bottom up, from the grassroots, starting with the dreams and passions of single individuals serving their communities.”
James D. Wolfensohn introduced Secretary Hillary Clinton during the summit on April 27. In her remarks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned the new Middle East Youth Initiative-Silatech report, noting “apparently this is an issue whose time has come.”
Tarik Yousef, dean of the Dubai School of Government and nonresident senior fellow at the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings, participated in a panel on April 26, “Catalyzing Youth Entrepreneurship,” with Shahid Ansari (provost of Babson College), Secretary Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education), Goris Mustaqim (founder of the Asgar Muda Foundation), and Soraya Salti (regional director of INJAZ Al-Arab). Kemal Derviş, vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings, took part in a panel on “Promoting Entrepreneurship and Enabling Business” on April 27 with Administrator Karen Mills, (administrator of the Small Business Association), Mohamed Ibrahim (founder of Celtel), Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani (founder and chairperson of Amwal), and Obiageli Ezekwesili (vice president of the World Bank’s Africa Division). Samantha Constant, associate director of the Middle East Youth Initiative, and Ehaab Abdou, advisor and lead author of Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East, were also present at the Summit.
Brookings Report Launch Event
On April 28, the new Middle East Youth Initiative-Silatech report was launched at a public event hosted by the Brookings Institution featuring Kemal Derviş, Tarik Yousef, Sonal Shah, director of the White House Office on Social Innovation, and an expert panel. Read more about the event and access the transcript and audio.