Judges at the Social Enterprise Festival Weekend

Clare Woodcraft-Scott

Clare Woodcraft-Scott

CEO at Emirates Foundation

Clare Woodcraft-Scott is passionate about effective philanthropy and speaks and writes regularly on catalytic and venture philanthropy. She is a firm believer that the rapid global growth of philanthropic capital requires a fundamental transition away from short-term grant making to a much longer-term, strategic approach to creating social value. This would logically comprise a further professionalisation of the sector, more focused investment, measuring of aggregate output rather than only input and a greater willingness to acknowledge failure and learn from it. She was responsible for the successful transition at Emirates Foundation, the national foundation of the UAE established by the UAE Crown Prince, from a traditional grant-making institution to one pioneering venture philanthropy in the region and creating sustainable and scalable social enterprises with measureable output. She actively works with others in the region and beyond to promote effective philanthropy and to support up and coming philanthropists in developing high impact models that can deliver real systemic social change. She is an active founding member of the OECD global foundation network, NetFWD and is currently the Chair of the Arab Foundations Forum, a regional network of philanthropic organizations.


Habiba Al Marashi

CEO of Arabian CSR Network

Habiba Al Marashi is the co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a pioneering organization based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Under Mrs. Al Marashi’s guidance, EEG became the first environmental NGO in the world to receive an ISO 14001 certification in 2001. EEG is also the only organization of its kind in the GCC, with accreditation with two highly esteemed UN bodies, namely the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) Governing Council. EEG is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008. These accreditations ensure the Group’s involvement and participation in international environmental discussions, programs and campaigns.

Through her leadership, she initiated the first corporate social responsibility (CSR) network in the country in 2004 as the only multi-stakeholder forum with local and multinational entities. The network has grown & evolved into an independent body known as the Arabia CSR Network.

Mrs. Al Marashi is involved in many leading initiatives on environment, women and development at the national, regional and international levels. She is a recognized representative and spokesperson for West Asian Arab nations at high ranking international summits. She is a recipient of several awards for her contribution and achievements in Environmental & Social work.

Saeed Matar Al Marri

Saeed Matar Al Marri

Deputy CEO at Dubai SME

Mr. Al Marri is currently holding the position of Deputy CEO of Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development (Dubai SME), an Agency of Dubai Economic Development Department - Government of Dubai. And a member of the Supervisory Committee of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Fund for SMEs.

Prior to his appointment at Dubai SME, Saeed held several senior managerial positions in Dubai, UAE. He was the Deputy CEO of Business Registration & Licensing Sector in the Department of Economic Development in Dubai. Headed the Branch Banking network at Noor Islamic Bank & worked for Priority Banking at Emirates Islamic Bank.

Mr. Al Marri is a holder of Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking & Insurance from the Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance in London UK. And a Business Graduate from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai, UAE.

He has a 17 years’ extensive work experience in both Government entities & Islamic Banking sector.

Ramzy Ismail

Ramzy Ismail

Program Manager at Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi

Prior to relocating to the UAE, Ramzy worked for EnterBridge Mobility, a SaaS product company based out of Richmond Virginia as the Director of Business Development. Concurrently, Ramzy served as the Co-founder and CEO of Venuable.com, a mobile and web-based unique venues marketplace that was accelerated through Lighthouse Lab RVA (GAN accelerator) in 2013. Before becoming a founder Ramzy was an Associate in Genworth Financial’s Leadership Development Program where he rotated through M&A and expense analytics roles. His experience also includes corporate strategy, equity research, and product development internships with VeriSign, Capital One, and the CFO of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He graduated from VCU in 2012 with dual degrees Finance and Entrepreneurship. Representing flat6labs, Abu Dhabi Ramzy will be awarding the best social tech start-up mentoring and business development with flat6labs.

Speakers at ‘Young GCC Social Entrepreneurs Speak Out’

Khalid Alkhudair

Khalid Alkhudair - CEO at Glowork

1st Place Winner on EAAGY 2015

Khalid's current role is the Founder and CEO of Glowork a women empowerment organization that has created thousands of jobs for women. This led Glowork to be awarded the Best innovation globally for job creation by the UN, ILO & World Bank. He is a proud Ashoka Fellow, & a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum. In March 2014 Khalid was elected to become a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum for his work in social entrepreneurship. Previously he held the role of COO- Markets at KPMG in Saudi, Kuwait and Jordan. Khalid managed to lead the firms he worked with to over 30 key awards which were aligned to the firm's overall corporate goals and strategy. Khalid is also known for being a Judge on reality TV show "Israr" which airs on MBC1.

Khalid is an active writer & contributor international publications such as the Huffington Post, as well as publishing a book entitled "Communicating effectively in the work place". All this led him to being awarded the Excellence in Entrepreneurship award at the Global Thinkers Forum, The King Salman Award for Entrepreneurship, Saint Mary’s University Young Alumni of the year, selected as a Amends Fellow at Stanford universities, Ranked #3 in the 30 under 30 Gulf Business Magazine powerlist & ranked in the top 500 most powerful Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine. Khalid also sits on a number of Advisory boards throughout the Globe such as the  L'Oreal Global Board as well as the CMO Council Advisory Board, the Country Officer for Women Campaign International, Steering committee member at the Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia, Global Agenda Council Member on Middle East and North Africa at World Economic Forum, Employment Committee Member at the Saudi Chamber of Commerce, Board Member at Saudi Bugshan Subsidiaries, & a mentor at the Founders Institute at Silicon Valley.

Mishal AlMarzouqi

Mishal AlMarzouqi - Co-Founder at Dreams Factory

1st Place Winner on EAAGY 2014

Mishal AlMarzouqi is a Technical Project Associate at Taweelah Asia Power Company. Earlier he worked as an Associate of Asset Management at Abu Dhabi National Energy Company “TAQA”.

AlMarzouqi holds a Bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Higher Colleges of Technology. He is also a graduate scholar from the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Scholars Program in New York University, a unique international leadership program. Currently, he is studying Master of Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Hamdan bin Mohamed Smart University.

Mishal is a Board Member of the Alumni Board Committee in Dubai Men’s College and an active member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers since 2012. He is also an active member of Society of Engineers in UAE since 2013 and even contributes actively to the development of the institute of Engineering and Technology in UK. Mishal was a Vice President of Dubai Men`s College Student Council for two years as well as HCT Student Council, representing 17 colleges throughout the country.

AlMarzouqi got the first place in Emirates Award for the Arabian Gulf Youth for his social project “Dreams Factory” and a third place in Drones for Good Award for his invention “Drones in HealthCare Sector. He was also awarded with Mubadala Youth Award for his contribution to the community, Abu Dhabi Industry Award from Higher Colleges of Technology, Directors Award from Dubai Men`s College and many other awards from different entities.

AlMarzouqi has participated as a volunteer in more than 40 conferences and events inside and outside the country. He has 300 recorded hours volunteering with TAKATOF and with many other entities.


Faisal Al Hammadi and Hamad Al Shurafa - Co-founders at Slices

2nd Place Winners on EAAGY 2014

Slices is a home grown food and beverage company based in Abu Dhabi, aimed at transforming eating habits across the UAE through providing wholesome, nutritious meals. At Slices we believe food can change our lives for the better — and we’re not just talking about the wholesome goodness of our food, we’re talking about the bigger picture too. We’re proud to be supported by Khalifa Fund.

Alia Galadari

Alia Galadari - CEO of Shefaa Healthcare Network

3rd Place Winner on EAAGY 2014

Dr. Alia Galadari is the CEO of Shefaa Healthcare Network the U.A.E.’s online destination for the spectrum of healthcare professionals, i.e.: physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, healthcare executives and anyone with an interest in improving health system performance through innovative and collaborative means.

Shefaa Healthcare Network is the U.A.E.’s online destination for the spectrum of healthcare professionals, i.e.: physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, healthcare executives and anyone with an interest in improving health system performance through innovative and collaborative means.

Since winning 3rd place at EAAGY 2015 Alia has launched 'health.in.spire' event where they invited 12 healthcare pioneers give 15 minute talks about the challenges and hurdles they have faced, as well as, their passion and determination to overcome such obstacles.

Moderator at ‘Young GCC Social Entrepreneurs Speak Out’

Abdulmuttalib (Talib) Hashim

Abdulmuttalib (Talib) Hashim

Founder of TBH Consultancy

Abdul Muttalib (Talib) Al Hashimi is an Emirati entrepreneur and an expert on Emiratisation. He is the founder of TBH Consultancy, which is considered the first specialised consultancy firm that offers complete solutions in the area of Localisation and Emiratisation. He is also the founder of 9 year old recruitment firm Next Level through which he managed to enable Emirati jobseekers in obtaining suitable jobs. Talib was recently one of the winners in the Emirati Launchpad program conducted by Impact Hub with the sponsorship of Dubai SME for Emirati entrepreneurs. Talib speaks and chairs many local conferences and is a trainer in the fields of Career Life and workplace culture. He is also a columnist with a number of local publications and a blogger. He mainly addresses topics concerning the human capital in the region as well as other societal issues. Talib holds a master's degree in Strategic Project Planning from Heriot Watt University. His Master Degree’s thesis was on the subject of "Emirati Entrepreneurship, its challenges and it’s impact on Emirati Social Capital",