Ashoka’s Middle East/North Africa program (MENA) opened its Cairo office in March 2003. Egypt was selected as a strategic location for the new full-time Ashoka MENA regional office due to its high population and its geographic and political centrality.
Ashoka Egypt is actively engaging North African and Middle Eastern leading social entrepreneurs in all major fields of social concern — education, health, women's empowerment, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, democracy, environment, economic development, agriculture, water, disability, early child development and children's rights. To date, we have elected 20 Fellows from the region.
Ashoka MENA is expanding its reach, having recently elected Fellows in Lebanon.