Founding Partner, Ibtikar Fund
Ambar Amleh is a Founding Partner at Palestine’s early-stage start-up investment fund, Ibtikar, which she championed and helped design, structure and fundraise for.
Ibtikar fills a critical funding gap faced by Palestinian entrepreneurs between seed and venture capital (VC), and is currently the only active VC in Palestine.
For the past several years, Amleh has been directly involved in supporting Palestinian entrepreneurs. As the program manager of Palestine for a New Beginning (PNB), a Palestinian non-profit company focused on entrepreneurial development, Amleh grew PNB from an idea and small board leadership, to an established Palestinian institution. Through PNB, Amleh organised the yearly Celebration of Innovation, a Palestine-wide competition of entrepreneurs, and the follow-up support to these entrepreneurs; as well as Global Entrepreneurship Week in Palestine.
Amleh is a member of the 23rd class of Kauffman Fellows, and was named one of the ‘50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World’ by CEO Middle East Magazine and ‘20 Women VCs of MENA’ by MENAbytes. She has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a marketing degree from Arizona State University.