/ About Me

I’m an Arab social entrepreneur, with more than 7 years of experience in youth engagement and impact communications.
Founder of Nakhweh, the Arab World’s Volunteerism & Development Network, and Wamda’s Head of Communications & Community Engagement. Previously founded Ideation Box, the leading impact communication solutions provider for organizations & corporates in the Arab World.
I’m one of Forbes’ 2014 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and an Ashoka Fellow in the class of 2012.

/ #KeepTheNakhweh

Founded in 2009, Nakhweh is the first volunteerism and development network for the Arab world; the platform works to expand opportunities, exchange ideas, share knowledge and to promote and share a culture of civic engagement. Nakhweh supports NGOs and initiatives with volunteer matching service, while giving social entrepreneurs exposure and enabling sustainable ventures to find funding opportunities. Nakhweh is also making it simpler for everyone to find out more about development stakeholders, projects and initiatives through a comprehensive social work directory for the Arab world.
The hashtag #KeepTheNakhweh was first used by one of Nakhweh’s friends and early supporters, Sana Tawile.

/ Employment

WamdaHead of Communications
& Community Engagement
2014 - Present
Nakhweh
Founder
2009 - Present
Ideation BoxFounder
Impact Communication Strategist
2009-2016
Akhtaboot
Open Source Developer
2007 - 2009

/ My Thoughts

Social Entrepreneurshipروان بركات وتعريف التأثير

روان بركات، رائدة اجتماعية أردنية أسست مؤسسة رنين التي تُعنى بإيجاد منظومة تعليمية متكاملة تركز بشكلٍ أساسي على تنمية مهارة الاستماع لدى الأطفال في ظل هيمنة وسائل الاتصال المرئية التي قد تضعف مهارات التواصل لديهم. شهادتي بروان مجروحة كأحد أصدقائها، ولست بصدد الحديث عن عملها...

12 March 2017 / Posted by kamelasmar
Social EntrepreneurshipWhy social entrepreneurship is critical for MENA [Wamda]

Activists in the Middle East and North Africa who identify challenges in their communities must...

31 March 2015 / Posted by kamelasmar
Social EntrepreneurshipBetween a rock and a hard place: the trend towards for-profit social enterprises [Wamda]

Reducing the focus of my work as a social entrepreneur to become a social intrapreneur wasn’t an easy decision. I started working with Wamda two...

01 December 2016 / Posted by kamelasmar
EntrepreneurshipWhy should fresh graduates choose to work for a startup? [Wamda]

Most of the region’s fresh graduates start their careers chasing jobs with big corporations, because...

08 January 2015 / Posted by kamelasmar
Social EntrepreneurshipYou need more than a website to save the world [Wamda]

Aspiring social entrepreneurs need to understand that the tech component of solving a social problem is only a very small part of it. They need to realise they might be...

13 October 2016 / Posted by kamelasmar
EntrepreneurshipA Forbes 30 under 30 shares some home truths about entrepreneurship [Wamda]

They call me a “social entrepreneur,” but I always prefer to call myself an “entrepreneur...

01 September 2014 / Posted by kamelasmar

/ Volunteering

Abdul Hameed Shoman FoundationEstablished & managed the foundation's social media presence. Supported their offline communication with ideas and implementation.2013 - 2014
Ruwwad JordanEstablished the organization's social media presence. Supported various events for youth & community engagement in different capacities.2010 - 2016
Various volunteering Supporting and mentoring social entrepreneurs in levant. Helping fresh graduates through one on one career guidance & job hunting sessions.Ongoing

/ Boards & Memberships

Raneen MediaAdvisory Board Member2016 - Present
Takreem AwardSelection Committee Member2015 - Present
Badir InitiativeSocial Innovation Fund Jury2015 - 2016

/ Talks & Panels

Opening remarks and panel discussion with outstanding social entrepreneurs from the Arab World at the Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit 2016

Panel discussion at the Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit 2015. One of the most interesting conversations I had; addressing youth issues, how they look at sustainability in the region, and whether they (we) are born leaders and “green” or not.

/ Awards & Recognitions

TakreemTakreem Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2014
KAAYIAFinalist of the King Abdullah Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement - 2012
Forbes 30 under 30Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur - Class of 2014
QRNECFinalist of the Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition - 2006
Ashoka FellowshipReceived the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship in the year 2012

/ Music I Like