Ibrahim Abouleish

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Ibrahim Abouleish
Ibrahim Anouleish, 2007 (cropped).jpg
Abouleish in 2007
Born(1937-03-23)23 March 1937
Died15 June 2017(2017-06-15) (aged 80)
Known forSEKEM

Ibrahim Abouleish (23 March 1937 – 15 June 2017)[1] began his chemistry and medicine studies at the age of 19 in Austria. He did his doctorate in 1969 in the field of pharmacology and then worked in leading positions within pharmaceutical research. During this time he was granted patents for a number of new medicines,[2] especially for osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis.

In 1977 he returned to Egypt and founded the comprehensive development initiative SEKEM. The organization began using biodynamic farming methods in Egypt, successfully demonstrating a model for sustainable agriculture on arid desert lands without requiring irrigation. Abouleish later expanded SEKEM to include a Waldorf school, a medical center, various businesses, and adult education initiatives ranging from vocational training to the establishment of Heliopolis University.

In 2003, Ibrahim Abouleish and SEKEM received the Right Livelihood Award for integrating the commercial success with promotion of the social and cultural development of society. He was selected as an "Outstanding Social Entrepreneur" by the Schwab Foundation in 2004.[3] In 2006 he was appointed as a councillor at the World Future Council.[4] In 2012, Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish was appointed an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree, receiving his award at Oslo City Hall, from The Business for Peace Foundation. In 2013 he received the Global Thinkers Forum 2013 Award for Excellence in Positive Change.


  1. ^ "وفاة الدكتور إبراهيم أبو العيش الحاصل على جائزة نوبل البديلة للتنمية". elyomnew.com (in Arabic). 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  2. ^ Clemens Mader, Gerald Steiner, Friedrich M. Zimmermann, and Heiko Spitzeck, "SEKEM - Humanistic Management in the Egyptian Desert", p. 206. in Ernst Von Kimakowitz, M. Pirson, H. Spitzeck, C. Dierksmeier, W. Amann (eds.), Humanistic Management in Practice (pp. 204-214)
  3. ^ CSR Europe Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ World Future Council Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine

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