GTF Dubai Women & Entrepreneurship


April 14, 2014 4pm


Maha Abouelenein
Head of Communications – MENA
Global Communications & Public Affairs

Global Thinkers Forum in partnership with Google UAE and Oasis500 are delighted to announce their upcoming Oasis500 Angel Event featuring 6 companies founded by women: ‘ Women, Entrepreneurship & Innovation‘ focusing on young women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and hosted by Google UAE at Dubai Media City. The event will bring together the most promising women entrepreneurs and experienced investors in a joint collaboration and networking effort.

Women’s entrepreneurship is regarded as a key factor for the financial progress and development in the Middle East and in the wider MENA region. Innovation and entrepreneurship open new pathways for brand-new careers for both women and men, in economies that suffer from high rates of unemployment. It is critical that entrepreneurship among young women is nurtured, supported and encouraged.

At GTF we are committed to helping young or/and aspiring entrepreneurs realise their dream by providing them with knowledge on how to transform their idea from a vague concept to a real venture. And how they can grow it and prosper.

1. We encourage the triangle of collaboration between the public sector, the private sector and civil society
2. We create results-driven projects that will attract investment which will benefit all stakeholders
3. We partner with organizations that actively support entrepreneurs
4. We create opportunities and networking events for young entrepreneurs
5. We nurture social entrepreneurship

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Maha Abouelenein

Maha Abouelenein is the Head of Global Communications & Public Affairs for Google in the Middle East & North Africa. With more than 20 years experience in corporate communications, PR strategy and campaign management, Maha oversees the company’s communications efforts across 18 countries in MENA. As Head of Communications for Google in the Middle East and North Africa, she demonstrates how the internet is a net contributor to society and shares the magic and momentum of Google in MENA. Maha is an American Egyptian and has been a communications expert in the Middle East for the past 15 years. Before joining Google, Maha was Founder and Managing Director of OC, her own communications firm and Regional Director for Weber Shandwick in the Middle East overseeing 19 offices. Before moving to the region, she worked for General Mills, managing corporate promotions for leading brands such as Betty Crocker and Yoplait. She holds a Masters Degree in Communications from Minnesota State University – Mankato, USA and an undergraduate degree in International Business & Marketing with a minor in French.



Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder & CEO Global Thinkers Forum

Elizabeth Filippouli


Elizabeth Filippouli is an entrepreneur and communications & business strategist with particular focus on social entrepreneurship, innovation, future trends and visionary leadership. She is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers, a UK-based and internationally operating Strategic Communications & Business Development consulting firm and of Global Thinkers Forum a non-profit think tank bringing together incumbent and future leaders and promoting excellence in leadership and governance.
Elizabeth has studied Strategy and Innovation at Said Business School Oxford University, Transnational Media and Globalisation at London City University and taken the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program on “Shaping Change in the Information Age”. Born in Athens, Greece Elizabeth’s background is in media having worked as a journalist with Greek press and TV and international organizations such as Al Jazeera English and CNN.

Google UAE


Oasis500 is the leading early stage and seed investment company, the first of its kind in Jordan and the MENA region. Our program at Oasis500 includes entrepreneurship training, mentorship guidance, business incubation and additional follow-up investment and funding if required, turning new business ideas into startupsand helping existing entrepreneurs grow their companies with our angel investor and mentor networks. We nurture creative ideas in Information Technology (IT), Mobile and Digital Media, transforming them into startup companies.


Oasis500, Amman

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