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Mohamed Ashraf Abdel Samad

Social entrepreneur
Mohamed Ashraf Abdel Samad is a social entrepreneur who is trying to promote the concept of responsible, proactive capitalism. This is when firms avoid activities that negatively affect the community, striving to create shared value where the firm and community both profit. Mohamed acquired his bachelors’ and masters’ degree in business in Belgium. His master thesis dealt with Islamic finance and the financial crisis. His PhD dissertation is concerned with using Islamic Sukuk to promote social entrepreneurship. Abdel Samad started his first venture in Brussels in 2009, to promote sustainable agriculture. In 2011, he started Shagara, an organization that uses design and trees to mitigate climate change and poverty. He has secured seed funding for his new startup, Nutrients Recycling, a company using innovative techniques to maximize the value of organic waste. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community.