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International advocacy work through the World Economic Forum

In 2016, Yasmina Filali, president and founder of the Fondation Orient-Occident, received the prize for “Social Entrepreneurship of the year” by the prestigious Foundation Schwab in partnership with the World Economic Forum of Davos; this award, recognizes social entrepreneurs who contribute to improving the socio-economic state of the world. Yasmina Filali was noticed among 11 social entrepreneurs selected during the year around the world, mostly as a response to her work in favor of migrants and refugees in the African and MENA regions as well as for her engagement in the promotion of human rights.

For more than 20 years, the Foundation she has chaired, has been working tirelessly for the benefit of young people and disadvantaged Moroccans in a first moment, and for migrants and refugees secondly. It is in fact after the Royal decision to regularize refugees in the country, that she then oriented the work of the Foundation to promote their integration into Moroccan society.

This award distinguishes the most deserving global leaders from social entrepreneurship, personalities who implement innovative and pragmatic solutions. The “Social Entrepreneur” prize is a consecration for Yasmina Filali, the culmination of her commitment to human, social and economic development. The prize was awarded in Tianjin, China in June 2016, at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions of the World Economic Forum. Few months after, Yasmina Filali was also appointed member of the Global Future Council on Migration in Dubai, for the years 2016-2018.

Thanks to this award, Yasmina Filali has ever since been given the exceptional opportunity to meet with economic, political and media leaders as well as with members and leaders of associations, NGOs and social actors from around the world, and to establish with them potential strategic partnerships to improve and better the work of the Foundation Orient-Occident. The social entrepreneurs selected by the Schwab Foundation do in fact have the opportunity to participate to the World Economic Forum meetings in Africa, the MENA region, South America, Asia and Davos. In addition to her participation to the meetings of the World Economic Forum, Yasmina Filali has been taking part to several international conferences and summits ever since 2016, and has been invited as guest speaker and expert in the field of migration and refugees integration.

Since 2016, Yasmina Filali is doing an oustanding advocacy and policy impact work, by representing the Fondation Orient-Occident at the international level, and by being able to share with other actors her expertise as well as the Foundation’s succesful models for migrants and refugees’ integration. The Fondation Orient-Occident ultimately aims to bring this expertise to other countries and primarily in Europe, where it already recently (2017) established a new center in the city of Lecce, Italy.

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Yasmina Filali representing the Fondation Orient-Occident at the International level

  • Yasmina Filali during the session “Race against Racism” at the WEF on Africa in Durban, 2017

  • Yasmina Filali at the Global Future Council on Migration – Dubai 2017

  • Yasmina Filali attends the “Leadership for System Change” module at the Harvard Kennedy School, USA

  • Legal versus Illegal Immigration – WEF in Durban, South Africa 2017

  • Yasmina in China, at the AMNC – Annual Meeting of the New Champions, in 2016

  • Yasmina Filali and the other Social Entrepreneurs at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, 2016

  • Yasmina and the 11 Social Entrepreneurs winner of the Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the year 2016, in Kigali Rwanda

  • Yasmina at Kigali, Rwanda 2016

  • The Annual Meeting in Davos, 2017

  • Yasmina at the Global Future Council on Migration in Dubai 2016

  • Yasmina Filali and the other Social Entrepreneurs at the Award Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda in 2016

  • Yasmina Filali at the Global Future Council on Migration in Dubai – November 2016

  • The Global Future Council on Migration – Dubai 2017

  • Empowering Women Session, Yasmina in Jordan 2017

  • Yasmina Filali, Speaker at the session – Legal versus Illegal Immirgration – Durban South Africa 2017

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  • Social Entrepreneurs at the Solutions Summit in Durban, 2017

  • Yasmina Filali at the Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York, 2017

  • Yasmina Filali at the Annual Meeting in Davos

  • Yasmina Filali and the Foundation’s work with migration

  • Yasmina Filali goes to Davos 2017

  • Fondation Orient-Occident represented by Yasmina Filali at the Global Future Council on Migration – Dubai 2017

  • Yasmina Filali meets at the Impact Summit in New York the Moroccan Global Shaper of Rabat, Mehdi Nassih

  • Yasmina Filali at the WEF in Durban, South Africa 2017

  • Award Ceremony, Kigali Rwanda, 2016

  • Yasmina Filali, speaker at the session “The Race against Racism”, Davos Annual Meeting 2017

  • The Global Future Council on Migration – Dubai 2017

  • Yasmina Filali at the Opening Plenary of the UNHCR’s 10th High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges (12-13 December 2017)

  • The Opening Plenary of the UNHCR’s 10th High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges (12-13 December 2017)

  • Yasmina Filali speaking during the session: “Global Migration: Managing Flows, Not Crises“ – Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum – Davos 2019

  • Yasmina Filali represented the Fondation Orient-Occident at the WEF of Davos 2019

  • Yasmina Filali meets in Davos (2019) the Queen Mathilde of Belgium to discuss and exchange views on good migration practices based on the Moroccan experience

  • Yasmina Filali at the session “Global Migration: Managing Flows, Not Crises“ – Davos 2019

  • The social entrepreneurs meet her Majesty the Queen of Belgium at the WEF 2019 in Davos

  • Yasmina Filali representing the Foundation at the Palais des Nations in Geneva – 22 March 2016

  • Yasmina Filali speaking about the Foundation’s work in the field of migration during one of the sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva – 22 March 2016

  • Yasmina Filali at the Global Future Council in Dubai 2016

About the Schwab Foundation

Founded in 2000 by Klaus Schwab, President and Founder of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and his wife Hilde, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship identifies and selects world leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship in more than 40 countries around the world; the Schwab Foundation is also responsible for the selection and appointing of awards for “Social entrepreneurship” to actors and leaders that contribute to “improving the socio-economic state of the world”.

Yasmina Filali at the Social Entrepreneurship Award Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda 2016

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