“Sustainable Development is the Solution!”
5 March 2012
Baria Daye | Lebanon

“What is most admirable about Akira Foundation is its focus on the sustainability element. Pursuing microfinance projects is one of the best solutions to tackle major developmental challenges.

Having had the pleasure of knowing the founder of this successful and promising institution Mr. Hirofumi Yokoi for a couple of years now, I am certainly assured that the Akira foundation will continue to flourish with such a wise leadership. Equipped with a rich experience in micro-finance and development, Hirofumi also brings to the foundation an important emphasis on the human capital and the significance of connecting cultures in an increasingly globalized world.

As a Lebanese activist involved in many civil society initiatives, advocacy campaigns, developmental projects and socially-driven businesses, I truly believe that the foundations upon which Akira Foundation is built are solidly engineered for an efficient and effective impact. I am also truly grateful to be part of the human chain building bridges between the great nation of Japan that I had always been intrigued in, the Middle East in general, and my beloved Lebanon in particular. “

Baria Daye is a consultant analyst on the Starting a Business indicator at the Doing Business Unit, part of the Financial and Private Sector Development Vice-Presidency at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), The World Bank Group. (http://www.doingbusiness.org/)

she is Founder at Tripoli Youth Forum, Policy Advocate for Women's Issues in Lebanon at Vital Voices Global Partnership US-based NGO, Board Member at Fadila Wassef Fattal Cultural Salon, Board Member at Maurice Fadel Prize for the best business plan entrepreneurship competition in North Lebanon, and Member at Lebanese State Alumni Community (LSAC).