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Wafa Ebenberi

UChicago Obama Scholars 2019-2020

Role

Former Head of Government Policy, The Economic Development Authority for Minorities in the Ministry for Social Equality

Location

ISRAEL

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Biography

Wafa Ebenberi is a social activist and the former head of government policy in the Economic Development Authority for Minorities in the Ministry for Social Equality in Israel. Wafa’s work has affected the lives of millions of people throughout Israel: through her organizational counseling programs on minority integration and workforce training programs attended by hundreds of women from welfare backgrounds, her goal is to achieve a 42% employment rate of Arab women by 2020. In her prior role, as the first and youngest woman to run the Bedouin volunteer tent at AJEEC- the Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment, and Cooperation - Wafa managed a team of 70 program coordinators and over 1,300 volunteers to create shared spaces for Arab and Jewish-Israeli students to inhabit while preserving their respective identities and cultures.