Deema Bibi (M.B.A. ’06) began her career as an information technology expert. In 2000, she joined the United Nations Development Fund for Women, a move that redefined her career.
“When I joined the United Nations, I started shifting my focus from implementing and managing information technology projects to how to empower women and young people through technology and education,” she says.
Bibi attended NYIT-Jordan to take her career to the next level. “Although I had practical experience in management, my master’s degree from NYIT helped in understanding and applying business concepts like good government, transparency, and marketing.”
Today, she is CEO of INJAZ, a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate and inspire young people in Jordan to succeed in business. In partnership with businesses and the country’s Ministries of Education and Higher Education, and through the support of volunteers, corporations, and the United States Agency for International Development, INJAZ helps to foster students’ potential and open their minds to various career opportunities.
The NYIT alumnae also finds time to sit on the boards of the Greater Amman Municipality, National Council for Family Affairs, Synergos MENA Region, National Council for Family Affairs, and U.S.-Arab Business Women Leaders. In addition, she is vice chair of the Arab Foundations Forum and was awarded the Mosaic Social Leadership Award, the ASPEN Institute Fellowship, and the Eisenhower Fellowship.
With Bibi at the helm, INJAZ works with 120,000 students annually via its network of 2,000 volunteers. The organization, which is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, offers 17 curricula and 12 programs, and in conjunction with volunteers from the private sector, matches professionals in a variety of industries with public school children. For example, it offers entrepreneurship programs in which students establish real companies offering products and services. They register the goods, sell stocks, build a board of directors, and then market, brand, and sell their goods and services. At the end of the six-month course, students liquidate their companies.
“These are not regular classes,” says Bibi. “They focus on building personality, communication, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, and work readiness.”
Today, INJAZ is flourishing under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania, INJAZ’s regional ambassador, who has led several student debates and taught leadership classes. In fact, similar programs have sprouted in 12 other Arab countries, including Egypt, Morocco, and Kuwait.
“All of the programs we implement are targeting and focusing on inspiring and preparing young people to be productive members of society and succeed in the global economy,” says Bibi, who is also a mother of two. “The future of Jordan depends on how well prepared these young people are.”