@ "Undertake in exile: learnings on social entrepreneurship of Syrian refugees"
Ahmad is a social entrepreneur, startup, and collaborative economy activist. He works as the Middle East and Africa Regional Manager at Techstars, where he supports hundreds of community leaders around the region with the primary aim of fostering entrepreneurship and building thriving startup ecosystems while creating solid grassroots leadership.
Since 2012, he has been helping many Syrians to gain access to entrepreneurship opportunities and build a supportive environment as the Startup Roadshow entrepreneurship program director, an adviser in the Techfugees Board, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Aliqtsadi, and mentor for several startups, non-profits, and international organizations.
He has written two books, “Entrepreneurship In Conflict Zones” and “Entrepreneurship in Exile,” to shed some light on the status quo of Syrian founders, in conflict zones, and as refugees in host countries.
His work has appeared in top-tier tech publications such as the World Economic Forum, Forbes, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and many others. Also, presented in top stages including EU Parliament, World Bank, Wilton Park, Goethe Institut, Google, SPARK Ignite, Techfugees summit, Startup Istanbul, and many more. Ahmad received the 2019 Arab Social Entrepreneurs Award by Mentor Arabia and her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden president of Mentor Organization.