Rady School of Management, UC San Diego

Middle East Entrepreneur Training (MEET)

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MEET Overview and Outcomes

MEET Alumni: 365

Participating Countries and Territories:
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen

Jobs created by MEET Alumni since completing the training:
3,537

Businesses created or expanded by MEET Alumni since completing the program:
765, several of which involve partnerships among alumni

Through the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative, the Entrepreneur Development Program at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management is implementing an innovative training program designed to identify, develop and sustain a new corps of business and civil society leaders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Now in its fifth year, the MEET program has trained over 365 of the most promising and talented leaders in the region. Today, these individuals are forming partnerships, starting new ventures, and seeking peer support through offerings such as the MEET Alumni Network website and alumni reunion events held in the MENA region.

The Participants

MEET participants are talented and high-potential entrepreneurs, executives and managers from growth-oriented companies and leaders of civil society organizations who have demonstrated leadership ability in their organizations and communities. They are selected through a competitive application and interview process.

The Training

About 20 to 30 participants are selected to participate in each intensive multi-week MEET training program. Customized programs are offered for CEOs and executives; the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector; the business services sector and for civil society and non-governmental organizations.

Training is led by university faculty as well as entrepreneurs and leaders of successful companies and organizations. MEET graduates form strong bonds with fellow alumni during the training programs, and these relationships grow into supportive peer networks. Additional MEET offerings such as the MEET Alumni Network website and alumni events allow graduates to expand their networks to include alumni in a variety of fields from throughout the region.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a unique program designed to engage directly with and invest in the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). MEPI works to create vibrant partnerships with citizens to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies throughout the MENA region. MEPI partners with local, regional and international non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and governments.