Ehaab Abdou

Ashoka Fellow
Egypt,
Fellow Since 2004
Nahdet el mahrousa

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ehaab Abdou was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
As a student, Ehaab Abdou kept starting things, and he saw very directly the enormous potential of young Egyptians. Today, when so many talented youth leave the country and/or feel there is no hope for positive change, the country loses exactly what it most needs for the struggle against poverty and disease. To stem this loss, Ehaab established Nahdet Masr, a network helping young social entrepreneurs generate and implement ideas for economic and social development.
Ehaab’s network, which now has members in eight countries, is a haven where young entrepreneurs can freely discuss even the most sensitive issues, creating and testing policy ideas without fear of censorship or recrimination. It connects young social leaders to its national and global networks of experts, as well as with funding opportunities to get new initiatives off the ground. Nahdet Masr also supports applied research on development areas, targeted specifically at issues affecting young people. Ehaab pushes his organization to mobilize Egyptians around the world, providing them with the professional training, mentorship, and resources they need to contribute to their country.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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