Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) is an alliance of public-private partnerships designed to deepen engagement between the United States and Muslim communities abroad. PNB formed in response to President Obama's 2009 speech at Cairo University in Egypt, which addressed a vision for a “new beginning” between the United States and Muslim communities. The initiative formally launched in April 2010 during the White House Summit on Entrepreneurship—a platform that explored the role of the private sector in creating economic growth and fostering entrepreneurship both in the United States and abroad.
Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, and Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aspen Institute, serve as PNB Vice Chairs. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright chairs the initiative, and a 17-member Steering Committee composed of public and private sector leaders based in the United States provides strategic guidance.
PNB has established local chapters in Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Turkey. Through the operating model of locally owned and locally driven partnership, local chapters assess community needs and priorities, creating an action plan of key initiatives to launch or to expand. Regional and international partners collaborate based on the priorities identified. PNB and its partners have launched, expanded, or pledged support for more than 180 new projects in the areas of education, exchange, economic opportunity, science and technology.
We support PNB's local chapters and projects in a variety of ways. In 2012, the Company partnered with the U.S. State Department to sponsor a month-long summer entrepreneurship program at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business for college students from the Middle East and North Africa. The program expanded in 2013 to include 100 scholars selected from more than 7,000 Afghan, Algerian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Moroccan, Pakistani, Palestinian and Tunisian applicants. During the intensive four-week course at Indiana University, scholarship winners received training and coaching to develop business plans that implement their own community improvement ideas. Additional details are available at Coca-Cola Journey.
We are also supporting a number of additional PNB projects including vocational training in Indonesia, reforestation and date commercialization efforts in Morocco and a women's economic empowerment initiative with the local chapter in Turkey.
To learn more, please visit the PNB website.