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Baria Daye  

Consultant/Analyst,The World Bank

I am a passionate civil society activist with an entrepreneurial twist.

Particularly interested in youth empowerment and gender issues, I have founded the Tripoli Youth Forum NGO while still at college, worked as Policy Advocate for Women’s Issues in Lebanon at Vital Voices Global Partnership US-based NGO, and occupied a Board Membership at the Fadila Wassef Fattal Cultural Salon.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut, I have pursued a graduate academic degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the Lebanese American University. As a result of a diverse background and activism record, I have developed a specific interest in tackling social problems from a business perspective through sustainable entrepreneurship, which led to my involvement as Board Member at the Maurice Fadel Prize for the best business plan competition in North Lebanon. (www.mauricefadelprize.com)

I have completed a wide range of international training programmes including: International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on NGO Management in the U.S., by the U.S. Department of State and thus became member of the Lebanese State Alumni Community (LSAC); Human Rights towards Gender Equality in Sweden, by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU), and Uppsala University; Women Entrepreneurship Promotion Executive Program in the Netherlands, by the Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

With great enthusiasm, I have also joined the team working on the World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2012 (www.thewsie.org) organized by the Design-Innovation Company “Tranzishen”; and I have gladly accepted a Board Membership (designation as a Director) of the Akira Foundation Japan (AFJ - www.akira-foundation.org).

Currently, I have joined The World Bank's Doing Business team to work on the Starting a Business indicator in economies around the world.

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