Given the projected demographic change in the Arab world and Africa and the resulting “youth bulge”, these regions are expected to experience a 100 million youth unemployment challenge in the next ten years.
The 100 Million Stars initiative, was initiated by GDL Member Nihel Chabrak, CEO of the UAEU Science and Innovation Park. It is aimed at transforming the 100 million unemployed young people in the Arab world, Africa and the South Asia region (AWASAR) into 100 million shining stars, thus mitigating the risk of youth radicalisation in these regions. The 100 Million Stars Labs are supported, among others, by the Federal Foreign Office.
Building on the GDL approach, the 100 Million Stars Labs are aimed at:
The targeted role of the team of experts, consisting of GDL members, is to design and lead the labs.
Prof. Chabrak from United Arab Emirates University is UAE team leader for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor programme and CEO of the UAEU Science & Innovation Park. She is in charge of the university pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020 and was coordinator of the Dubai Decleration for sustainable finance, an initiative of UNEP FI. She is passionate about creating values-driven start-ups and ecosystem conditions for a new quality of growth to eradicate poverty and promote inclusiveness as conditions for fighting radicalisation.
She has created several success stories and youth role models, many of which have won prizes including the Mohamed Bin Rashid Award for the best university promoting entrepreneurship (2018), the Global Pitch@Palace People Award (2017), a special mention from the jury of the Falling Walls Venture (2017), and the Singularity University MENA Global Impact Challenge (2017).
Her research focuses on governance for sustainability and quality of life. She is currently coordinating research projects on the design of sustainable financial systems and on the wellbeing of visually impaired students. She teaches accounting, corporate governance, CSR, entrepreneurship and innovation.