Service Areas

Strategy and Planning
Program Development and Implementation
Organizational Effectiveness
Performance Management and Evaluation
Partnership Services
Business Process Outsourcing


Education and National Skills Systems
Cultural Development
Corporate Responsibility

Our Thinking

How Skills Surveys Can More Effectively Identify Workforce Skills Gaps
Through a multicountry review of skills surveys, we propose an alternative approach to establishment skills surveys that can play a more effective role in determining how workforce skills influence achievement of firm business objectives in the Arab World.
Using Social Networking for Change
We see IT as an important enabler for regional development, and we have worked with global technology leaders such as Intel and Microsoft to deepen the impact of regional development programs leveraging technology.
A Regional Institution for Improving the Quality of Education
There are many opportunities for synergies through cooperation between regional education quality programs as well as clear areas of overlap which can benefit from consolidation.
Using Awards Effectively for Social Change
Many award programs in the region focus on large monetary sums to award best practices. We argue that money is not enough, and award programs should reinforce social change through knowledge diffusion, network building initiatives, and follow on training to maximize social impact.
Increasing Female Labor Market Participation With Scholarships
In several countries in the Arab World, women face significant obstacles to obtaining higher education and entering the workforce. We propose an e-Scholarships for Women Initiative to mitigate access, equality, and labor participation challenges.


Walid Aradi
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai, UAE

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  • We work with governments, social sector institutions, and corporations to improve the enabling environment for entrepreneurship. We have designed and implemented several of the region’s most ambitious, multi-country programs to build and strengthen business incubators.

    Our Capabilities

    Strategic Planning to Enable Entrepreneurship
    • Developing targeted sector strategies and programs to reduce barriers for entrepreneurship and invest in infrastructure such as business incubators
    Program Development to Enable Entrepreneurship
    • Building regional partnerships between business incubators to realize synergies in service provision

    • Increasing online tools which accelerate the successful development of companies by providing targeted resources and services

    • Administering challenge funds to promote innovation and entrepreneurship around targeted regional development challenges
  • Below are a few examples of our recent work:

    • With input from senior government officials and leveraging multicountry strategic partnerships with regional organizations, developed extensive situational analyses which formed the organizational and program strategy for a portfolio of 3 projects with an annual budget of $20 million
    • Developed and managed the establishment of the Arab Incubation Network with eight partners in Morocco, Bahrain, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and UAE
    • Conceptualized an online community for regional business incubators to accelerate the successful development of companies and provide targeted entrepreneurship resources and services
    • Partnering with a leading technology company, established a regional innovation program open to all Arab university students to develop and provide support for firm business concepts supported by advanced technology innovations