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CANCELLED - A conversation with the World Bank: innovative, inclusive financing for impact

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Cancelled - apologies for any inconvenience caused

CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule at a later date The Humanitarian Centre invites you to join senior World Bank representatives Randa Akeel and Simon Bell for a short presentation and conversation on encouraging:
  • entrepreneurship, especially for young people and women
  • access to finance for companies and individuals
  • and investment in infrastructure projects with long-term impact for sustainable social and economic development. Their presentation will focus on the World Bank’s work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This event is an informal opportunity to learn more about the World Bank’s activity in these areas and to share your own experience – the challenges and opportunities you’ve encountered –in supporting entrepreneurship and innovative financing for sustainable development.

The conversation will be facilitated by Hanadi Jabado, Director of Accelerate Cambridge, at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Hanadi will draw on the audience’s experiences and ideas for a lively and thought-provoking conversation with our presenters!

As always, there will be ample time for networking over drinks and nibbles after the event!

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About the presenters and their work

Randa Akeel and Simon Bell are senior members of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Finance and Private Sector Group. Although the countries in the MENA region are generally of middle income, they share many characteristics of low-income countries. There are many unemployed graduates, while the private sector seems to generate mostly low-skilled jobs such as in textile and garment manufacturing. This creates a disconnect between people’s expectations and the available work. There is a need to generate more jobs for young skilled workers and for women, and creating an innovative private sector is a key part of this. Randa and Simon are exploring various aspects of these challenges.

About the facilitator

Hanadi Jabado is Director of Accelerate Cambridge and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Hanadi has founded businesses in several industries, including education, online retail and property. Having learnt about the challenges that start-ups face, she co-founded Glymon, a consultancy serving new ventures. Its ethos is growth through partnership. Hanadi used her multicultural background and experience with new technologies to co-found Ecamb, a business accelerator aiming at helping entrepreneurs to succeed globally.

This talk is part of the Centre for Global Equality series.

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