10 Jan 2024
Investcorp, a leading alternative investment firm, celebrated its 10-year strategic partnership with INJAZ Al-Arab, the region’s largest non-profit business education organization, reinforcing their commitment to guiding youth in the MENA region to realize their potential and excel in a global economy.
Investcorp and INJAZ Al-Arab first joined hands in 2013 with a shared vision to invest in the future of youth in the Middle East and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. Since then, the two entities’ transformative partnership has grown to become a cornerstone of youth empowerment across 13 countries.
Investcorp’s Executive Chairman Mohammed Alardhi, commented on the milestone: “Since inception, Investcorp has been committed to promoting higher and continuing education in the region. We share INJAZ Al-Arab’s belief in the potential of Arab youth, and through our long-standing collaboration, we have made a profound, lasting difference within the communities we serve. By giving young, bright individuals across the region the tools and the opportunities to excel, we are building the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and creative minds.”
Akef Aqrabawi, President & CEO, INJAZ Al-Arab/JA MENA, added: “Our 10-year-long partnership with Investcorp has been instrumental in facilitating our mission to empower youth across the MENA region and harness their immense collective power. Our union has enabled us to transform the lives of countless young people, inspiring them to dream big and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in a challenging global economy. As we celebrate this remarkable journey, we look forward to a future filled with even greater achievements.”
In addition to the Firm’s strategic partnership, Investcorp will have representation on the Board of INJAZ Al-Arab, highlighting Investcorp’s commitment to the organization and belief in the values it represents. Head of HR Gulf & Asia and Global Head of DEI Jordana Semaan will be Investcorp’s representative on the board of directors of INJAZ Al-Arab.
She said, “Our youth are the leaders, innovators, and changemakers of the future. This is why we are committed to their growth, and why we work so closely with organizations like INJAZ Al-Arab to ensure that they can showcase their potential and actively learn through experiences and opportunities. I am looking forward to playing an active role in the organization going forward and hope to see this partnership continue to strengthen in the coming years”.
Investcorp’s support to INJAZ Al-Arab’s mission is exemplified through various collaborative efforts across the past decade. Investcorp serves as the Entrepreneurship Pillar champion for INJAZ Al-Arab and with Investcorp’s support, INJAZ acts as the regional hub for Junior Achievement Worldwide. The partnership supports in providing education and training in workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship to hundreds of young people each year.