Ms. 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 B Street 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,
advises regional government and large enterprises on social investments in youth and women-led social enterprises, and incubates sustainable social ventures and web technologies. In 2013, Rama co-founded
BarakaBits, a new media venture delivering Good News from The Middle East. Rama holds a Master’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Engineering Management from George Washington University.