About BizWorld Middle East

We ignite this entrepreneurial spirit, developing students’ aptitude for teamwork, leadership and critical and creative thinking and strengthening this with real world knowledge about entrepreneurship, business and financial responsibility; all the tools needed to flourish in the 21st Century.


Fuelled by a forward thinking education that engaged their entrepreneurial spirit early in life, they think in self-sufficient terms and have the confidence to transform their world.

This is our vision for the kids who will shape the future of our region. To achieve it, BizWorld Middle East has a dual focus:



The present day

As it stands, education systems across the world produce knowledgeable young adults who seek stable employment. Yet school leavers and graduates are largely unaware of another viable career path: running their own business.

A report by the World Bank concluded that the expansion of the work force in the Middle East and North Africa means the the region will need to create some 80 million new jobs to sustain its economies over the next two decades.

How do you create jobs? One way is to start new businesses... and that requires entrepreneurs.

Luckily, there is now a shared acknowledgment among respective governments in the Middle East that giving kids a rounded education is the primary means through which our region must now progress. These governments are invested in cultivating the best education systems in the world.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai and Vice president of the UAE confirmed the government's stance on empowering the region’s next generation in an open letter published earlier this year, saying

"Failure to respond effectively to the aspirations of young people, who represent more than half of the population in Arab countries, is like swimming against the tide. When governments spurn their youth and block their path to a better life, they slam the door in the face of the entire society."

And Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan recently stated that "What the Arab world needs today is an educational revolution."


Social entrepreneur Helen Al Uzaizi recognised the impact the BizWorld program could have on kids across this region, having seen its success in other parts of the world. By combining education and entrepreneurship, it offers exactly what our children, our schools and our region needs to thrive in the current economic climate and far into the future.

The original BizWorld program began as a grassroots movement in California’s Silicon Valley to teach kids the important business skills that many were not exposed to at home or in school. Today, BizWorld.org is the largest teacher-led entrepreneurial program in the world, having taught and inspired over 600,000 children.

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Team members

Hiba Kandalaft
Operations Director

Hiba Kandalaft earned her MA in Women, Gender and development with a minor in Child and Youth Studies in
2008 at The Institute of Social Studies – The Hague.

Her work experience focused on empowering youth in the region; through her work with INJAZ Jordan and UAE – a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide. More recently, she was a member of the team piloting SkillUp Start Program with BizWorld UAE. Hiba was the Executive Director for the International  Women’s Forum – Jordan Chapter, working on curating training programs to help women in middle management shatter glass ceilings in their respective fields.

Hiba’s passion for empowering youth and young girls has led her to create a series of digital children’s stories aimed to empower young girls in the region. This pilot was acquired by Roya Kids; an Arabic Application providing high quality content for children.

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Team members

Luay Jahshan
Marketing Director

Luay Jahshan is a marketing consultant with over 15 years of  experience specializing in startups, entrepreneurship
organizations, investment funds, and financial services.

He has worked with clients all over the world across a diverse range of industries, helping them build their brands and
grow their businesses.

Luay began his career leading Arab Bank’s international media relations, then went on to co-found J. Brothers PR, a
full-service public relations, digital marketing, and social media agency.

After his company was acquired in 2019, Luay expanded his consulting work to provide strategic support to various
marketing agencies in UAE, KSA, and Jordan. Luay has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Oakland University
(Michigan, USA) and is completing his MBA from the University of Illinois in September of 2023.

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The universal impact of the international BizWorld program promises great things for the kids who take part in our programs.

Since BizWorld.org was first established 19 years ago as a grassroots movement in California’s Silicon Valley, the program has reached over 600,000 children and 8,000 educators in more than 100 countries around the globe.

Data gathered from over 3,000 BizWorld students showed that 96% of classes demonstrated a positive increase in pre and post-assessment scores and, on average, classes increased their scores by 63% after participating in the program. It also showed that low-income students made the biggest improvements after participating in the program, with an average percentage change of 76%.

What’s more, 98% of teachers surveyed for BizWorld.org’s latest Annual Report agreed that the programs develop students’ leadership skills and a further 98% that said they help students learn to work together to solve problems. You can read the Annual Report in full here

There’s been much interest in the impact the BizWorld program has had on individuals across the globe since it began. In 2014, research by the University of Amsterdam into BizWorld’s impact on students in The Netherlands was documented in a World Bank report (see page 37). It concluded that “students who completed BizWorld showed much more developed non-cognitive skills than the control group – in particular, they showed greater self-efficacy, need for achievement, risk-taking, propensity, and analytical skills.”

BizWorld programs expand not only a child’s knowledge base, but their capability to interact successfully with themselves and others.

Our partners

BizWorld Middle East is supported by a network of organisations who have joined our mission to open a new world of learning to our region’s next generation of leaders, so they have the tools to pioneer a better tomorrow.

Discover more about each of our partners below. We always welcome new opportunities to collaborate. If you are interested in partnering with us, please get in touch

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