Ron Bruder is the founder and chair of Education for Employment (EFE), a network of nonprofits committed to creating employment opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A social franchise of independent, locally-run affiliates, EFE identifies critical skill gaps in the local economy, then develops and delivers targeted training programs for youth with limited opportunity. Graduates are linked to jobs through partnerships with employers, civic and educational organizations. After graduating its first class in 2006, EFE expanded rapidly, with independent affiliates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen, and sister support organizations in the US and Spain.
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, he founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the US with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family homes.
Bruder was an attendee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has served as a delegate of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Jeddah Economic Forum, and a contributor to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University, a MBA from New York University, and a post master’s degree in accounting and taxation from Iona College.