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Rawya Mansour

Founder & Chairperson of RAMSCO Foundation

A woman of many talents, Rawya Mansour is a globally acclaimed Environmental Activist, Humanitarian restlessly fighting for the uplifting of all stratifications of society.
In 2007, she founded RAMSCO for Trade and Distribution. There she developed and tested a groundbreaking approach to organic agro-business within Egypt, through the invention of fertilizers and agro-technology. This approach looked to developing novel techniques that focused on enhancing national food security by saving water while increasing yields.
Upon the success the pilot project in her research center, Mansour founded the RAMSCO Foundation for Sustainable Agricultural Development in 2009. 
The foundation is an NGO operating to oversee Mansour’s zero-waste agro-technologies and fore plan the creation of self-sustainable zero-waste eco-villages.
Mansour’s work proved to be an incredible tool for climate change adaptation, as she has developed and patented machines that recycles rice straw and other agri-waste (the burning of which leads to the “black smog” that pollutes cities like Cairo, leading to growing rates of asthma in its residents) and turns it into biochar. Biochar has been proven to be the only way of reversing climate change, as it is capable of reclaiming desertification and decreasing green house gas from agri-waste.
Hand-in-hand with combating environmental degradation Mansour works towards poverty elevation and emancipation of rural women. Currently employing young women in organic farming and training on quality packaging to ensure gender equality, women autonomy & financial independence. RAMSCO works with women from the Ismalia and Behera region where women otherwise have low daily wages and social rights as daily workers. By employing these marginalized women they have grown a sense of empowerment and economic autonomy, which has been proven to give them bargaining power in their homes.
Moreover, RAMSCO has introduced for the first time in this region equal salaries for men and women farmers, as well as health insurance benefits. As per tradition women farmers in this region receive half the income of a male farmer for the same amount of work. By breaking this tradition and introducing equal pay, Mansour has shattered the status qua by giving women equal rights and status as a man in the workplace.
All of this work has been building to the achievement of Mrs. Mansours larger dream of worldwide holistic eco villages in the Mediterranean. These eco villages will continue to carry out the use of Mansours green technology building towards food security and environmental adaptation. Mansour’s innovative vision is to invest on sustainable projects able to reduce poverty and contribute to “save the planet”. She is the engine and co-founder of the project We Are The People.
“It costs nothing to dream, but everything not to” is the motto Mansour lives by.
In 2012, Mansour established Organic Agriculture for Social International Solidarity (OASIS) in the Principality of Monaco. The possibility of creating agricultural villages in arid land is realized through OASIS’s patented organic fertilizers and biochar machines that allow for fruit and vegetables not only grow, but thrive in a desert environment with low water usage. The machines take agricultural waste and turn it into bio-char, one of the few components with the ability to reverse climate change due to its capacity to sequestrate carbon dioxide from the air. These fertilizers and machines, patented in Egypt, Northern Africa, AOPI and, France, Monaco Australia are the first of their kind and if employed on the large scale will bring great feats in terms of reversing environmental damage, climate adaptation and food security in the area while fighting poverty through new social agroeconomic job creation and eco-tourism.
Furthermore, Mansours’s most recent endeavor has been the creation of the foundation “We Are The People” (WATP) along with Egyptian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris in partnership with the Basilicata region of Southern Italy.
WATP is the pinnacle of Mansour’s life work, it plans to take an area in the barren and impoverished region of Basilicata and transform it into a holistic and sustainable Entrepreneurial Zero-waste Eco-village (EZE). This microcosm will be complete with schools, youth centers, health care, and job opportunity through Mansour’s agro-technology for both locals and incoming refugees that are otherwise crippling the Southern regions of the Mediterranean. If this project is created throughout North Africa as well as the Mediterranean it can greatly reduce migration from under developed countries. Creating a means for the Southern European countries to deal with the influx of refugees in a new socially and economically sustainable manner.
We Are The People has been presented to the Italian government as a member of the G7 together with UNIDO.  Mansour’s work has proclaimed her an Honorary Member of the Egyptian National Women’s Committee for Foreign Affairs, Arab Business Women’s Council, 100 Women Who Rose Above Change in the Muslim World, A Hero of the Green Era, The Earth Institute at Columbia University. She is also a Member of UNDP’s IDSC, and a Role Model for African Women.