Iman Bibars serves as a vice president at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global organization that accelerates social change by identifying and investing in leading social entrepreneurs. A pioneer entrepreneur in her own right, she works on behalf of women living in slum communities throughout Egypt. She is co-founder and current chairperson of the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women, a citizen sector organization that provides credit and legal aid for impoverished female heads of household.
Iman Bibars holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, United Kingdom. Her thesis was published in 2001 in the book Heroines and Victims: Women, Welfare, and the Egyptian State. She has written commentaries for the Huffington Post and one of the first books written in Arabic on U.S. President Barack Obama, Dreams of a Good Fellow.
As Egypt prepares for a referendum on Constitutional amendments—one that was scheduled for Saturday but may be delayed in the face of significant opposition from young organizers among others—the author, an expert on Egyptian women and development, reflects on the youthful leaders of the revolution. More »