ABIE Award Winners, Change Agent

Zeinab Safar

2007 Winner of the Change Agent ABIE Award

Dr. Zeinab Safar established a website to serve SME’s all over Egypt (http://www.afkargadida.com/) to provide information to SME’s for the use of entrepreneurs.  In addition, she established a website to provide assistance to women entrepreneurs to market their products (http://www.cleostore.com/).  She was born in Cairo 1948; she obtained her B.S. from Cairo University 1968, M.S. and PhD fro University of Pittsburgh in 1969 and 1973 respectively.

Dr. Safar is a Professor and the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Cairo University and is a member of the Consultative Council (Upper House) since 1995.  She has had the opportunity to work in many universities; University of Pittsburgh, Cairo University, Florida Atlantic University and American University in Cairo and has joined research projects in University of California Berkeley, and Aachen University in Germany.  Dr. Safar is currently the technical advisor to the Secretary General of the National Council for women (NCW). Dr. Safar assisted in the establishment of the Management Information Center of the National Council for Women and in the design of the ICT training program of the staff also she established the GIS unit in the Council.  She also assisted in the establishment of the Women Business Development Center (WBDC) of the National Council for Women. WBDC was established to serve the needs of women entrepreneurs and fresh graduates throughout Egypt and enhance their skills to join the labor market.

One of Dr. Safar main interests is to encourage women to utilize the power of ICT to enhance their lives. Dr. Safar established a website to serve SME’s all over Egypt (http://www.afkargadida.com/) to provide information to SME’s for the use of entrepreneurs. Also Dr. Safar established a website to provide assistance to women entrepreneurs to market their products (http://www.cleostore.com/). Dr. Safar has published more than 70 papers in the areas of lubrication, energy, combustion and environment and sustainable development in international journals and conferences.