Social entrepreneurs could solve global cultural tensions

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan is calling on social entrepreneurs to find innovative solutions to the tension between the West and the Arab world.

Speaking on Tuesday at the opening ceremony for the Skoll World Foum on social entrepreneurship at Oxford’s Sheldonian theatre, Queen Rania said that as “a Muslim, an Arab and a mother”, she had been shocked by the enmity between the world’s cultures.

Queen Rania praised the ability of entrepreneurs to take risks and explore new frontiers. “Companies now realise that NGOs can provide access to new markets and NGOs can benefit from the strategies and competencies of the business world,” she said. “In the coming months I will be championing a campaign of respect between Islam and the West, and I need your help.”

Queen Rania is on the board of a number of international organisations including the Foundation for International Community Assistance and the GAVI Fund, a programme to provide vaccinations to children in developing countries.

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