Sofana Dahlan
CEO & Founder, Tashkeil | Kayanspace

Fellowship Programme

An accomplished lawyer, social entrepreneur, and a WEF Young Global Leader, Sofana Dahlan is an exemplary individual whose core competency lies in identifying gaps and developing programs as creative solutions that have a socio-economic impact. Currently, Dahlan is serving as the Vice Governor for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia, making her the first Saudi female senior economic policy-maker. She is the founder of many social enterprises and initiatives that focus on developing the creative industries in the Saudi Arabia such as Tashkeil, Kayanspace and the Saudi National Creative Initiative (SNCI).Dahlan is also passionate about improving the role of women participation in the national economic development in which she is a member of the board of directors of Khadija Bint Khuwailid Centre - a businesswomen and lobbying enter at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is considered an icon for female empowerment and has spoken at numerous international and regional platforms. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) and a postgraduate degree (LLM) in Islamic Law from Cairo University and holds an MBA degree from the American University of Technology. She has also obtained an Executive degree in Global Leadership & Public Policy from Harvard University.


UNAOC Pillar

  • youth
  • media

Areas of Focus

  • Arts, Culture and Entertainment
  • Diversity and Social Inclusion
  • Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment


  • Advocacy
  • Creative Services
  • Networking
  • Legal Advice
  • Team Building

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