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40 Women to Watch 2019: Rama Chakaki is innovating systems to support higher education costs for youth impacted by conflict


Rama Chakaki

Rama Chakaki is part of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch 2019, which spotlights extraordinary women and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice.

Rama Chakaki is founder and CEO of edSeed. An engineer turned entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience, Rama chose social justice over personal gain when she left a prosperous career in the Gulf to open the door to Arab youth displaced and impacted by the crises in the Middle East.

Launched in 2016, edSeed, is a crowdfunding platform that shares the stories of youth impacted by conflict to encourage donors to fund their educations. Rana is on a mission to raise funds for 6,000 refugee youth through edSeed, and in the process, bring their stories to mainstream US media.

Rana is a strong advocate of arab youth and women; she is a founding member of Arab in Computing, the first regional Women Angel investment Network (WAIN) and has served on the board of multiple companies including, TechWadi, PCRF, PACES, The Impact HUB – UAE , Challenge to Change and Nakhweh.