Esra’a Al Shafei - Founder and Director

‘I first came across Monique in 2009 through a mutual contact. When we had our first lengthy discussion on Skype about our organization, Mideast Youth, Monique was highly alert and knowledgeable about the role of ICT in the MENA region. She is extremely well traveled, and I was very impressed with her insights. We deal with funders and partners all the time, but our relationship with Monique was always refreshing because she respects our independence.

She also uniquely understood the impact of our projects, and encouraged us to be more creative and innovative in our approach. When I finally had the opportunity to meet her in person for the first time during TEDx Amsterdam years after we've already been in close contact,

Monique's commitment and dedication shined through. She has not only been a staunch ally and supporter, but also a mentor. Through her previous role at Hivos, she is the first person to have ever agreed to fund our work on Mideast Youth, which is now an internationally recognized organization that has received numerous awards in the previous years, including the 2014 Human Rights Tulip, the Monaco Media Prize, and the 2015 ``Most Courageous Media`` Prize from Free Press Unlimited. This wouldn't have been possible if Monique didn't agree to make the initial investment and to take the first step in enabling us to actualize our goals, and to see our potential when no one else did. My team and I are eternally grateful to her for that, and it only goes to show that Monique is always years ahead of her time when it comes to supporting innovative projects with long term impact.’

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Mideast Youth seeks to amplify diverse voices advocating for change by using digital media
to enable dialogue on issues affecting marginalized people throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
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Monique was highly alert and knowledgable about the role of ICT in the MENA region. She is extremely well traveled, and I was very impressed with her insights.
Monique always encouraged us to be more creative and innovative in our approach.
Monique has not only been a staunch ally and supporter, but also a mentor.
Mideast Youth, which is now an internationally recognized organization that has received numerous awards in the previous years, including the 2014 Human Rights Tulip, the Monaco Media Prize, and the 2015 ``Most Courageous Media`` Prize from Free Press Unlimited. This wouldn't have been possible if Monique didn't agree to make the initial investment and to take the first step in enabling us to actualize our goals, and to see our potential when no one else did.

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