Programme details

GGateway: Transforming lives through Tech

Friday 11:55am - 12:35pm, (Auckland 1 Room)

As Time Magazine Next Generation Leader in 2018 and the Co-founder of GGateway social enterprise, Rasha Abu-Safieh has seen a lot.

In her talk, she will speak about the challenges of setting up an IT-Outsourcing social enterprise model in one of the most complex contexts in the world.

She will walk you through a journey full of challenges, resilience, and success. A journey that started in Palestine and continues to create impact from Aotearoa as Edmund Hillary's Fellow currently mapping the Entrepreneurial Eco-system in Dunedin.


Rasha Abu-Safieh

Founder, GGateway

Rasha Abu Safieh is Edmund Hillary Fellow, focusing on creating global impact from Aotearoa New Zealand, she is Time Magazine Next Generation Leader 2018, Co-founder of the first IT impact-sourcing social enterprise in Palestine, a successful business model that continues to create hundreds of jobs and supports young people to transform their lives.

Rasha has a 15y+ of experience in the IT and management fields. Throughout her career, Rasha held several leadership positions in Private, Higher education, and International Organizations.

Rasha has a high diploma in Strategic Business Management from Harvard Business Publishing and a degree in Information Systems Management, a certificate in Emergent strategy and facilitation for System Change, in addition to multiple businesses, management, IT, and programming certificates.

Rasha is a trustee and board member in multiple local NZ and international organizations.

Rasha moved to New Zealand at the end of 2019 and currently works as a manager for multiple IT projects at The University of Otago. Rasha is focusing her work on the areas of ICT and remote work, social entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, and systems change.