By Sustainability Hub Reporter Mostafa Shahat
Creating sustainable civil society requires empowering social entrepreneurs and change-makers who are capable of initiating sustainable solutions towards their communities’ challenges, and who are willing to work with other community partners towards having a positive social impact.
Ayman Shehata is a remarkable community leader and well known in the field of sustainable development, he worked as a practitioner, researcher, strategy and business development advisor for national and international development agencies and research and academic institutions in the socioeconomic development, sustainability, citizenship education and youth empowerment fields.
Ayman got his Bachelor degree in Economics and his post graduate study in Feasibility Studies and Project Evaluation from Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University. He continued his post graduate studies for a Masters in Economics in International Development at the American University in Cairo.
Ayman worked as consultant for many local and international NGOs to guide them how to use philanthropy for developmental impact, and he worked as teacher assistant to teach undergraduates Economic Development at AUC.
Ayman has Co-founded Namaa Sustainable Development school in 2005, Namaa is a social enterprise that aims to teach and cultivate skills needed to advance Egypt’s civil society through an interactive curriculum that depends on lectures, workshops, case studies, field visits and the knowledge and experiences that the entrepreneurs bring to the table.
The school is three weeks every year for 30 entrepreneurs who are coming from all over Egypt with a vision to make change in their communities and create sustainable solutions to the current challenges that their communities are facing. Namaa is incubated by Nahdet Elmahrousa which is an NGO that supports early stage social enterprises in the Middle East and the region through incubation and entrepreneurship programs.
Namaa is also academically supervised by the Faculty of Economics and Political Science represented by the prominent scholar Dr. Heba Raouf.
In 2008, Ayman has co-founded Sanad, which means support in English. It is a social enterprise that is hosted by Mesha, to provide high level assessment and direction for entrepreneurs who just started their social enterprises, as well as providing networking opportunities, and regular consultations in three main lines business development, strategy and theory of change.
Ayman has special interest in Educational Reform and accordingly he co-founded Afaq initiative in 2009 to search for alternative ways of envisioning and practicing education.
Ayman is currently working as CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) strategy Manager at PWC (PriceWaterHouseCoopers) Egypt where he tries to extend the principles of Strategic Philanthropy, Responsible Business and Social Intrapreneurship into the private sector.