A conversation with Ron Bruder, Founder of Education for Employment, an organization that provides vocational training for young Arabs to become entrepreneurs.

Ron Bruder is the founder and chair of the Education for Employment Foundation (EFE), a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to creating employment opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa.  A network of local affiliates, EFE identifies critical skill gaps in the local economy, then develops and manages targeted training programs which ensure job placement through on-the-ground partnerships with employers and civic and educational organizations.  After graduating its first class in 2006 EFE expanded rapidly, and currently operates in West Bank/Gaza, Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan and soon Tunisia.

Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit work with EFE, Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur.  In 1977, Mr. Bruder founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the US with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop and/or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family homes.

Mr. Bruder holds a Bachelors degree from Adelphi University in Economics, a Master's degree in Business Administration / Finance from New York University, and a Post Master's degree in Accounting & Taxation from Iona College.