100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Wafa Makhlouf Sayadi
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Wafa Makhlouf Sayadi

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Environmental entrepreneur

Country: Tunisia

Age: 37

Mother-of-two Wafa Makhlouf Sayadi is the founder and CEO of Proclean, an environmental company focused on household refuse collection and mechanised beach cleaning.

With a loan from the Tunisian Solidarity Bank and assistance from her father, she managed to hire five employees and start the company in 2003. She now employs about 50 staffers, but the number can double depending on the needs of the project. Sayadi also has been active in encouraging other budding entrepreneurs. In 2013, she became the director of CEED Tunisia, an organisation launched to help train entrepreneurs and give them access to funding and new markets.

She joined the Young CEO Center (CJD) in Tunisia as treasurer in 2005, and became president in 2011. During her CJD presidency she has initiated the first Tunisian women entrepreneur incubator, helping to boost women’s potential in opportunity-deprived parts of the country. With CJD, she has also started the Wajjahni programme which highlights young entrepreneurial success stories to inspire youth to take risks and invest in their passions. Sayadi has also acted as the chairwoman of the non-profit Enactus Tunisia.

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