Mohammed Aqra is an American entrepreneur of Jordanian origins, born and raised in New York. He graduated from Wright State University with double degrees in International Business and International Business Law. His connection to his Arabic roots and the Middle East made him move to Dubai to fulfill his dream and help shape the fashion scene in the Arab region by developing the creative economy sector in the 22 Arabic countries. He sits on the board of various companies and specializes in investment, fintech, and business consultancy. In 2018 he joined the Arab Fashion Council as Head of Strategic Partnerships, where he demonstrated excellent skills to be appointed the Chief Strategy Officer in 2019 at 25, making him one of the youngest to occupy such an important role for an international authority. His Role at the Arab Fashion Council includes drawing with the board the short-term and long-term strategies to meet the execution of the Council's mission. His department also supports fostering the growth of the regional designers by setting up international collaborations with global companies such as Microsoft and Mattel.
In addition, Aqra oversees all the partnerships of the Arab Fashion Week, which has become one of the world's five most important fashion weeks.
In 2020, Mohammed Aqra launched "A Thread 4 Cause," an emergency network of fashion designers, in partnership with the Dubai Health Authority to support the healthcare sector during the surge of the Covid19 pandemic, by supplying locally produced PPE, to later be honored with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts and contribution from the Dubai Health Authority.
In January 2021, Aqra became one of the founding members of the First Men's Arab Fashion Week, which made a significant hit globally as soon as it was launched for the first time in the history of the Arab World.
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