Rasha Manna2019-06-02T23:48:42+00:00

Rasha Manna

  • Chief Growth Officer, Luminus Foundation

  • Amman, Amman Governorate

Rasha was Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan, selecting, supporting and accelerating the growth of high impact, best-in-class entrepreneurs. Endeavor’s Jordan portfolio comprised of 18 companies who achieved a CAGR of 25% to reach a combined revenue of USD148 million and that created over 2,800 jobs. In her role, Rasha reported to a high-profile local board consisting of Jordan’s most influential and prominent business personalities and policy makers. She also sat on several advisory boards for the entrepreneurs Endeavor supported providing her expertise on thinking bigger and scaling their business.Previously, Rasha founded and led Amwal Invest’s Equity Research department, covering Jordan’s blue-chip companies. Then at JordInvest, after establishing its Equity Research department, she assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance. In this capacity, she represented the bank on several boards of public shareholding companies.Rasha began her career in audit with Arthur Andersen
 before joining Hikma Pharma’s corporate finance department focused on Mergers & Acquisitions at the exciting time of preparing for the Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange. She led the transition phase for one of the successfully completed acquisitions in Milan, Italy.  At Hikma, Rasha worked directly with the region’s godfather of entrepreneurship, the late Samih Darwazah.

Board Experience

  • Served on the board of several public shareholding companies in Jordan including Jordan Wood Industries Co. (JWICO), a manufacturer of office and home furniture exporting its products across MENA; and Darat Holdings (DARAT) a company in the real estate investment, development and management space.
  • Served on the board of Vantage Capital, a private company in Jordan investing and managing Food and Beverage concepts.
  • Sat on the Board Audit Committee of First Education holding, investing and managing K12 schools and nurseries in Dubai and Egypt.
  • Participated in the Board Audit Committee of Bahrain-based First Education Holding.
  • Organized and facilitated advisory boards for several entrepreneurs in her capacity as the Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan, including Alissar Flowers, ASK for Human Capacity Building, Altibbi, Akhtaboot, Arab Pharmaceutical Industries, and EAT Holding.

Education and Qualifications

  • BSc Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1998
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1999
  • Certified Internal Auditor, 2001
  • Executive MBA, American University of Beirut, 2012
  • Stanford School of Business, Organizational Leadership program, 2013
  • THNK School of Creative Leadership, Executive Education, 2017

Notable Speaking Engagements

  • New York Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange to promote investing in Jordan.
  • Several local and regional events on entrepreneurship including the EuroMoney Conference, The Global Entrepreneurship Congress, and the Harvard Arab World Conference
  • World Bank Fragility Forum in Washington DC on ways to support the refugee community in Jordan.

Notable Speaking Engagements

  • New York Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange to promote investing in Jordan
  • Several local and regional events on entrepreneurship including the EuroMoney Conference, The Global Entrepreneurship Congress, and the Harvard Arab World Conference
  • World Bank Fragility Forum in Washington DC on ways to support the refugee community in Jordan

Community Involvement

    • Volunteered and supported a special needs center in Jordan, the Orient Spirit. Work involved developing a fundraising strategy as well as supporting the management of the youth activities
    • Volunteered at the International Committee of the Red Cross during the war on Iraq for 6 months in 2003, stationed at the Jordanian Iraqi boarder. Focus was on managing inventory and logistics for the refugee supplies
    • Volunteered at various organizations including the Palestinian Cultural Centre and the Animal Welfare Centre
    • Volunteered at Endeavor South Africa for 4 months after completing her role at Endeavor Jordan to help them establish a program focused on black economic empowerment and to help developing new funding models