Putting Middle East Youth to Work

THU, DEC 9, 2010 (51:35)

Founder and CEO Ron Bruder and VP Jasmine Nahhas di Florio introduce Education for Employment Foundation, an NGO that creates employment opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa. Five programs are underway: Egypt, Jordan, West Bank/Gaza, Morocco, and Yemen.

+ BIO: Ronald Bruder

Ronald Bruder is the founder and CEO of the Education for Employment Foundation (EFE), a non-profit, non-governmental organization with the mission of creating employment opportunities for youth in Middle East and North African countries. After identifying critical skill gaps in the local economy, EFE develops and manages targeted training programs which ensure job placement through on-the-ground partnerships with local universities and employers. Five programs are underway: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

In 1977, Bruder founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the U.S. with a primary focus on creating investment partnerships to develop and/or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family homes.

Bruder is a contributing author to numerous publications, among them, The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, The American Banker, and The CPA Journal. In his capacity as Founder of the Education for Employment Foundation, Bruder's work has been showcased by both the Christian Science Monitor and the Financial Times.

Bruder is a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Association and an attendee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has served as a delegate of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Jeddah Economic Forum, and a contributor and attendee to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar.

+ BIO: Jasmine Nahhas di Florio

Jasmine Nahhas di Florio is vice president of strategic planning for the Education for Employment Foundation (EFE), a non-profit, non-governmental organization with the mission of creating employment opportunities for youth in Middle East and North African countries. After identifying critical skill gaps in the local economy, EFE develops and manages targeted training programs which ensure job placement through on-the-ground partnerships with local universities and employers. Five programs are underway: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

Prior to joining EFE, di Florio was an international corporate lawyer at David Polk & Wardwell and an attorney at the U.S. Treasury Department. She has experience implementing programs for private donors in Afghanistan and building public-private partnerships with the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP).

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