Abeer D. Ghaith
Founder and CEO
Abeer had an early vision and the ability to find doors in places where others only saw walls. Born in a refugee camp where she lived until she was 12, Abeer and her family ultimately moved to Hebron. Abeer graduated from university with honors, but afterward, she found herself without many options to apply her talents. When she sought to teach roles at the university, many male students refused to be educated by a female instructor. When she looked for other work, she came up against a lack of economic opportunity in the occupied West Bank.
So Abeer found another way. She taught herself how to build her own business and support herself through remote work. As Abeer’s success grew, she expanded her approach to helping others in the same situation. In 2013, Abeer founded her first company, StayLinked, which connected talented Palestinian freelancers with businesses around the world. Through StayLinked, Abeer used Skype to teach tech skills to talented young people in Gaza. At a time when Gaza’s unemployment rate hovered near 43%, Abeer’s company provided jobs for more than 370 men and women, mostly from Gaza and the West Bank. And that was just the beginning.
“As a woman, I believe I can help and change the world in my own way, even if society wants to confine us in the kitchen,” says Abeer. “I have changed the world from the house.” She believes that when you connect people–especially young people and women–with jobs, and opportunities, you are opening the door to freedom for them.
In 2015, Abeer founded MENA Alliances to expand her work to include talent outside Palestine in the greater MENA region and has worked with some global companies. Companies spanning the USA, Western Europe, and the Gulf have a voracious need for the technical skills that drive their innovation. MENA Alliances has connected diligent, enthusiastic, qualified talent from the MENA region to these companies.
She earned a master’s degree in Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship from the University of London in 2018, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Palestine Polytechnic University in 2007.
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