• Publication date: January 28, 2014

Soraya Al Salty

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As President and CEO of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab, Soraya has spent the decade mobilizing the private sector and ministries of education in the Arab world to join forces in creating a new generation of business-minded youth who will become entrepreneurs and employees of choice for corporations. Her efforts have led to the expansion of INJAZ to 15 countries, in the most successful private public sector partnership in education reaching more than one million youth, in the region with the world’s highest youth unemployment.

As President and CEO of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab, Soraya has spent the decade mobilizing the private sector and ministries of education in the Arab world to join forces in creating a new generation of business-minded youth who will become entrepreneurs and employees of choice for corporations.  Her efforts have led to the expansion of INJAZ to 15 countries, in the most successful private public sector partnership in education reaching more than one million youth, in the region with the world’s highest youth unemployment.

Prior to Junior Achievement, Soraya worked on a Dutch-funded initiative applying Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s model for economic development to the Levant.  She received an executive MBA from Northwestern University’s international program and has BSs in Economics and Accounting.  She won the 2006 Schwab Social Entrepreneur award for Jordan, became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and was the first Arab woman to win both the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award and the Henry Kravis Award for leadership in the non-profit world.

She is a founding board member of the Queen Rania Awards for Excellence in Education and Chairs the Partners for New Beginning’s Jordan Chapter. As chair of the 2011 MENA WEF Entrepreneurship Education Action Group, Salti will take the lead in advancing the 21st Century skills in education reform across the Arab World.  INJAZ entrepreneurship program feature on PBS. 

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