Unlock Her Future Prize 2023

The Results

850 applications

From 19 countries

Addressing all 17 United Nations Sustainability Goals

Meet our winners

Noor Jaber

A public health researcher and practitioner, Noor founded NAWAT Health to enhance women’s sexual and reproductive health in the MENA region by providing a safe and secure digital space to access shame-free, expert information in Arabic.

Sara Llalla

Devoted to creating a sustainable future for her kids and the planet, Sara founded the online marketplace, Ecocentric, which eliminates the need for single-use materials by using a practical circular economy system, to allow consumers to shop with a conscience.

Fella Bouti

Fella’s PhD in Agricultural Sciences formed the basis of her start-up, EcoTashira, which creates organic green slabs designed to create green spaces on terraces and buildings – all to encourage improved air quality and urban temperature in large cities.

Nuhayr Zein

Nuhayr founded Leukeather as an alternative to the unethical production of exotic leathers and their synthetic counterparts. By using technology that revives the flexibility of discarded pod or plant fibres, the result is a leather-like product that’s completely plastic-free.

Thank you to our finalists

Safaa Ayyad

An experienced youth worker, Safaa founded Foras as a one-stop shop for young, ambitious individuals looking to jumpstart their careers by empowering them with helpful industry insights, job hunting tools and advice.

Yasmin Jamal

Based in Egypt, Yasmin founded the website Dammg – filled with specialist knowledge and home to a community of experts – to help the parents of children aged 14-18 with disabilities to connect with teachers and special education specialists.

Reem Hamed

Based in Palestine, Reem founded Gifted to help other female business owners overcome a lack of visibility, marketing resources and networking opportunities. The online marketplace lets customers curate gift boxes using products from female-founded businesses.

Muna Alamer

Muna developed Lesser Sustainability Solutions to introduce the culture of recycling in Saudi Arabia. Her educational programme highlights the benefits of recycling – all aligned with the country’s vision in reducing the waste going to landfills by 85%.

Highlights from the awards ceremony

We spent International Women’s Day celebrating our incredible winners of the Unlock Her Future Prize 2023 MENA Edition

Unlock Her Future Awards Ceremony

Watch the full Unlock Her Future film here.

Our Presenting Partners

The Bicester Collection is proud to partner with world leading authorities and voices to champion tomorrow’s disruptors and game-changers. Together we invest in their social impact start-ups, and drive sustainable positive social, environmental and economic impact for generations to come.

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective program with majors in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts, and humanities with a world center for advanced research.


Ashoka Arab World is the regional hub for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest platform for social entrepreneurs. Ashoka was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization based on the idea that the most powerful force for good in the world is a social entrepreneur: a person driven by an innovative idea that can help correct an entrenched global problem.



Press Release – Unlock Her Future 2023 Winners Announced


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