A visionary for social entrepreneurship and a pioneer of women-led and gender-focused development initiatives for over 30 years, Iman Bibars is the Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and the Founder and Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World. Dr. Bibars is also the Co-founder and current Chairperson of Egypt’s very first microfinance organization, the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW): a citizen sector organization that provides credit and legal aid for impoverished female heads of household. She is currently leading Ashoka in launching its revolutionary Women's Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship (WISE) - a movement aiming to redefine success and elevate women social innovators around the world.
Dr. Bibars holds a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University and a BA and MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo.
She Can is a project that aims to affirm that women innovators can and do make a unique impact as leaders and innovators in their field. This booklet highlights female Fellows around the world who are leading systems change across Ashoka's diamonds and sectors, showcasing the unique ways women lead and make impact and how they are catalyzing a narrative shift around the power of female changemakers.
She Can is part of the Women's Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship (WISE), a global framework for elevating the number, knowledge, and power of female innovators. WISE aims to serve as a platform for women leaders to come to the fore, creating opportunities for these innovators to source ideas from each other on overcoming gendered challenges and harnessing their collective expertise to brainstorm ways of advancing women in social entrepreneurship.
Positioned within the global South, WISE is led by Ashoka Arab World.