EVENT RECAP: RAMADAN COMMUNITY IFTAR

Co-organized by the American Egyptian Youth Network and the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-national, multi-faith organization dedicated to improving Muslim-West relations, the Ramadan Community Iftar took place at New York University in the Grand Hall on June 20th, 2015. The event celebrated interfaith community and cross-cultural exchange by bringing together a diverse group of prominent individuals and passionate youth leaders for an evening of engaging dialogue and cultural immersion. There were approximately 150 people in attendance, including VIP guests, families, ...

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Harvard Arab Weekend with Bassem Youssef

The 8th annual Harvard Arab Weekend kicked off with keynote speaker Dr. Bassem Youssef; an Egyptian heart surgeon turned political satirist. After watching a video compiled by Bassem’s team, he walked into a standing ovation of 300+ people. Then in typical Bassem fashion, he asked the clapping crowd, “Any medical doctors here? Go home you should be studying!” A couple seconds of being on stage and he had already gotten people laughing. Keeping in mind that the theme for this years Arab weekend is, “Inspiring Solutions,” Bassem began his speech. His first sentence ...

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Organization Spotlight: RISE Egypt

About a year ago, an innovative organization dedicated to the support of social entrepreneurship in Egypt was established. RISE Egypt is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered in Massachusetts, U.S. As the future of Egypt, entrepreneurs at RISE are dedicated to address challenging issues like energy, waste, health, education and cultural preservation to help strengthen communities worldwide and create a better future for Egypt. Like AEYN, RISE Egypt is also committed to building a community of people who love Egypt and want to support the efforts of ...

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Boston Launch Event Recap

Jointly sponsored with the Harvard Society of Arab Students, the AEYN Boston Launch Event took place at Harvard’s Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall on October 16th, 2014. There were approximately 35 people in attendance, mostly undergraduate or graduate students, and with a mix of nationalities present. In addition to the three organizations attending, Souq.com, Nahdet el Mahrousa, and Townhouse Gallery, representatives from Arabs for Altruism, the Arab American Association for Women, and an American-Arab magazine published in Boston called Zahrah, also turned out for the ...

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Washington, DC Launch Event Recap

The American Egyptian Youth Network launched its official DC chapter on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. The founders, chapter leaders, and members of the AEYN team were present. The featured guest speakers were Omar El-Sahy, General Manager of Souq.com, Sinead Stewart, Assistant Director of Townhouse and Noha El Sebaie, Program Manager at Nahdet El-Mahrousa.  Members of several organizations made an appearance during the event, including Freedom House, Egypt Daily News, Chamber of Engineering Industries Federation of Egyptian Industries, and NEOXIA IT Company. Other ...

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NYC Launch Event Recap

Last Tuesday, October 14th, we hosted our launch tour event in New York City at the Kimmel Center at New York University. Sticking with AEYN’s strategy for improving the lives of Egyptian youth through entrepreneurship programs, our panel included representatives from three organizations operating from Egypt: Souq.com,Townhouse and Nahdet el Mahrousa. The diversity of the attendees’ backgrounds enriched the dialogue. We had guests from various professions including students, young professionals and representatives from organizations such as KarmSolar, a well-known ...

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Townhouse : a nonprofit platform for creativity

Townhouse was established in 1998 as the first independent art space in Egypt, to make contemporary arts accessible to all without compromising creative practice. A nonprofit platform for creative inquiry, the gallery supports artistic work and a wide range of media through exhibitions, residencies for artists and curators, educational initiatives, and outreach programs. By establishing strong local and international relationships, as well as diversifying both the practitioners and audiences of contemporary art, Townhouse aims to support and expand the knowledge, appreci...

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Nahdet El Mahrousa: One of Egypt’s Most Prominent NGOs.

Nahdet El Mahrousa in Brief: Nahdet el Mahrousa (NM) is an innovative and globally acknowledged social enterprise that seeks to have a positive and lasting impact on Egypt’s cultural, economic, and social development by mobilizing and engaging the Egyptian youth. Nahdet el Mahrousa is the first social enterprise incubator in the Middle East, and one of the few in the world that incubates young social entrepreneurs at the conception or “idea” stage. We harness the powerful ideas of social innovators in the Egyptian community with a view to solving some of ...

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How Souq.com is Developing Egypt’s E-Commerce Ecosystem

  Souq.com is the largest online megastore and ecommerce site in the Arab world. Souq.com offers a convenient and safe online shopping experience to customers across the Middle East and North Africa. Every month, Souq.com attracts more than 30 million visits and 10 million unique visitors to browse its catalogue of more than 500,000 unique products in 20 different categories, including consumer electronics, household goods, watches, perfumes, toys, and baby products. Established in 2005, Souq.com today operates both as an award-winning retail site and an ...

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Welcome to the American Egyptian Youth Network Blog

Welcome to the American Egyptian Youth Network Blog! The AEYN Blog will provide updates and information on AEYN events and programs and highlight the inspirational work of American and Egyptian change-makers who are enriching the lives of youth through art, entrepreneurship, education, and more. At the same time, our hope is that the blog will serve as a platform for constructive dialogue and knowledge sharing, so we encourage you to participate actively and often!   With our Launch Tour right around the corner, this week we will be offering a preview ...

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