Rama Chakaki has 22 years of experience in management, strategic planning and communications. Her passion is to promote a collaborative approach, invest in social enterprises, use technology for social development and nurture a generation of social entrepreneurs among youth and women in the Arab world.
In 2007 Rama setup Baraka Ventures investing in social enterprise. The company spun off three businesses successfully. In addition to a grassroots community engagement approach, Rama worked with regional institutions in the public, private, non-profit and education sectors to deliver the Baraka Ventures vision of being a positive change agent to build and support social ventures and sustainable businesses with a triple bottom line.
In 2012, Rama established Dubai-based Baraka Advisors, a digital communications agency rooted in the region’s culture and values and aiming to socialize business. The agency supports NGOs, the private sector and Social Entrepreneurs in engaging stakeholders. Among her other activities, Rama runs women and youth leadership, entrepreneurship and civic engagement workshops. She has advised regional government and large enterprise on social investments in youth and women led social enterprise, and incubated sustainable social ventures and web technologies.
In 2013, Rama established BarakaBits, a new media venture delivering Good News from The Middle East. The site covers a wide spectrum of social and cultural topics, raging from music education to gaming development.
Rama sits on the board of TechWadi and PACES Charity. She was featured in Forbes and is one of 35 women featured in Arab Women Rising, a Wharton School Publication. Rama holds a Master’s in Multi-Media Systems and Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
LANGUAGES: English and Arabic
BASED IN: Dubai, UAE
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