Meet the Speakers
Abeer Al Fouti
Executive Manager of Global Initiatives, Alwaleed Philanthropies
Abeer Al Fouti joined Alwaleed Philanthropies in 2018 with over 25 years of experience in the field of human development, quality management and public relations across government, private and non-governmental organizations.
In her current role, Abeer spearheads the global initiatives for Alwaleed Philanthropies. Some of her notable achievements since joining include coordinating the allocation of the $30 million Covid-19 emergency response support the most vulnerable countries across the Middle East and Africa, and facilitating the internationally recognized first nationwide study of female participation in Saudi Arabia’s economy and society.
Prior to joining Alwaleed Philanthropies, Abeer was the Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO of Alf Khair for three years. Alf Khair is a social enterprise founded by HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud to empower the professional development of human capital in Saudi Arabia. Abeer developed Alf Khair’s operations, achieving successful and meaningful results; ultimately impacting Saudi society. Abeer led the Alf Darb initiative which focused on shaping the mindset of participants to explore their individual potential and reassess their values, passion and purpose. Under her leadership, Alf Khair’s 2015 initiative 10KSA broke the world record for creating the world’s largest pink ribbon for breast cancer.
Abeer’s career trajectory includes working with some of Saudi Arabia’s largest national medical institutions, as well as foundations and charities; where she organized a series of educational and awareness events attended by high-level government officials. She led the department of education at Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City to win the Arab Health Initiative Award for education.
Abeer is also an active Board Member of the Women in Sports Committee (WSC) since 2019, which aims to improve women’s participation and performance in sports and develop their administrative and technical capacities in this respect. In addition, the committee focuses on creating awareness of the importance of sports for women and promoting equal opportunities in sports in the Kingdom.
She is also the Co-Founder of Smile Entertainment, an entertainment platform dedicated to encouraging cultural dialogue through live comedy, theatre and cultural events.
Abeer holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Health and Hospital Administration from King Saud University.
Anne Miltenburg is a brand developer who has dedicated her career to leveraging the power of brand for social and environmental justice. She is specialised in developing brands for tech-for-good companies. She is the author of Brand The Change, the guidebook, and the founder of BrandTheChange.org, a school that trains changemakers in brand thinking skills. Notable projects include training young community leaders in East-Africa to build movements, women entering the job market in Saudi Arabia to build their personal brand, and the Dutch ministry of Defense to re-imagine themselves as the Ministry of Peace. Anne was born in the Netherlands, has lived and worked in 11 different countries, and has called Kenya home since 2015.
Ashoka Fellow and Southeast Asia Diamond Leader
Nani was born in Pontianak, Kalimantan as the second of ten siblings. She first learned about gender imbalance within her family. Her father was a paternalistic figure upon whom her mother was financially dependent. Her mother could not say no to her husband, who compelled her to continue having children. This situation prompted Nani to become independent at an unusually young age. She arranged her own junior high school education and earned several scholarships. She attended the Agriculture Institute of Bogor, even though she wanted to become a doctor.
In the early 1980s, when she was at the university, Nani became a student activist. She and other students taught in poor communities and mosques. In her second year of university, she decided to marry one of her activist friends to avoid her family’s concern over her involvement in off-campus activities. The marriage was a sham, undertaken to serve Islamic law while Nani continued her social activism. In 1982, she joined a student’s movement that promoted wearing veils in public schools and offices during a time when it was not allowed. After finishing her studies in 1985, she looked for a job and encountered discrimination, so she began work in the garment business of her friend and as a high school teacher to earn a living. She credits her mother with teaching her perseverance.
In 1987, she found a job with a citizen organization, The Centre for Women’s Resource Development. As a field worker, she organized poor rural women and promoted income generating activities. Later, she learned that through small microfinance projects she could raise and discuss the issues that had marginalized poor women. She started a literacy program after learning that men often deceived their illiterate wives, for example by asking the women to sign agreements allowing them to take a second wife. Eventually, Nani took two years off from her job when she received a scholarship to study sociology, gender, and development in the U.S. When she returned to Indonesia in 1993 she transformed her organization, changing its strategic direction from community development to community organizing, which she believes is less restrictive and leads to long-term solutions.
In 1998 Nani and her husband separated and officially divorced in 2000. As a divorcee she often faced discrimination and stereotyping. She was moved by the struggle of divorced women living in a society that discriminates based on marital status. That is why, in 2000, when asked by the National Commission on Violence Against Women to run a single married women’s project, she shifted the focus of the project to empower poor women heads of households. Two years later she began directing the program; now a separate organization, PEKKA.
Co-Founder and CEO, Whyise
Reem Khouri is passionate about impact. She is the co-founder and CEO of Whyise, an impact analytics software solution that enables organizations to aggregate their data in real time, analyze it, align with international standards and benchmarks for evidence-based decision making. They leverage technology to enable higher transparency on disbursement of funds, compliance with governance standards, streamlining of reporting and data analytics for insights and higher financial, economic, social and environmental return on investment. Whyise was selected in 2019 by the World Economic Form as one of 100 startups contributing to the 4th industrial revolution. She is also the founding partner of Kaamen, an impact design company that has worked in the Middle East, Asia and Africa with governments, companies and NGOs to design models for exponential economic and social returns.
Reem serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Human Rights 2020-2022. She is also a board member of Ruwwad for Development, a non-profit community development organization that works with disenfranchised communities through education, youth volunteerism and grassroots organizing. She is member of the board of trustees of the Welfare Association - Taawon, a non-profit civil society organization that supports vulnerable Palestinians to live in dignity through sustainable development initiatives.
She previously worked with Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation solutions providers and served on its sustainability council and working with the company's founder and CEO Fadi Ghandour on sustainability, strategic initiatives, research and support for entrepreneurs.
She was recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and was selected in 2018 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.