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Young Entrepreneur – 2022
Dr. Nibal Idlebi is the chief of Innovation at the United Nation-Economic Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). She is a senior policy expert in ICT, information society, knowledge economy and Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for inclusive sustainable development. She has extensive expertise as well in digital transformation policy including e-government, digital Arabic Content, and cyber legislation. Ms. Idlebi leads regional projects and activities on Innovation policy, Entrepreneurship ecosystem, technology for development and digital government. She is a member of several UN Working Groups and steering committees, and she is a Jury Member of several Awards such as L’OREAL-UNESCO Award “For Women in Science” and the World Summit Award. In the last years, she was focusing on Innovation Policy and its impact on social and economic development. In 2019, she led the preparation of the ESCWA study on “Arab Horizon 2030: Innovation Perspectives for achieving SDGs in the Arab Region”, and the report “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities for Arab Youth and Women” and the meetings on “Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Arab region” and on “Intellectual Property Systems in the Arab Region”. These activities showed the importance of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for job creation in the Arab region and for boosting economic and social development. Dr. Idlebi is an active member of several UN working groups working and steering committees related to Innovation and Technology for sustainable development. She was also a member of several Arab working groups related to the development of information society, and a jury member in regional and national awards on e-government in the Gulf countries. She is currently a jury member in several innovations, entrepreneurship, and digital content awards. Before joining ESCWA, from 2002 to 2004, she was Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Communications and Technology (MCT) in Syria. During this period, she supervised Information and Communication Technology and International Cooperation activities. She also participated in the formulation of the National ICT Strategy for Social and Economic Development and coordinated the activities of the Strategic ICT Programme for Social and Economic Development implemented in cooperation between UNDP and the Ministry.