About us


Why Mowgli was created or what was the inspiration behind Mowgli’s creation

Established in 2008 to support the Middle East and North Africa region in reaching its ’80-100m jobs by 2020’ goal, Mowgli was founded by Tony Bury, a serial entrepreneur who had spent over 40 years in the MENA region, to catalyze the support and development of successful and sustainable entrepreneurship in the region. Mowgli also focuses on the development of leadership and supporting entrepreneurship ecosystems as a critical solution to the region’s unemployment, poverty and economic challenges.

Upon reflection of his own multiple entrepreneurial journeys, Tony realised that one of the main factors behind his success was the continuous development of his human capacity and the role that his mentors played in shaping him as an entrepreneur, father, husband, friend and mentor.

It was upon this realisation that Mowgli’s mission was formed, which is for every entrepreneur to be matched and supported by at least one trained and capable mentor and for a long term trust based relationship to be developed. From that point, once someone has experienced the true benefits and joy of mentoring, we believe that they will go on to mentor others, changing societies and leadership development models with the ‘to Serve is to Lead’ principle at its core.

Why we called ourselves Mowgli

Given Tony’s personal experience, the origin of Mowgli’s name was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s story, The Jungle Book. In the story, a boy called Mowgli, who was lost by his parents in the Indian jungle, was brought up in the jungle by a number of different mentors:

  • A wolf called Akela embraced him into the wolf pack and defended him in a number of battles
  • A bear called Baloo taught him the law of the jungle and gave him a few hard truths
  • A black panther called Bagheera accompanied Mowgli on many adventures and acted as his protector
  • An elephant called Hathi represented order, dignity and obedience within the law of the jungle
  • A rock python called Kaa would often search his long memory and wisdom for a strategy to help Mowgli defeat the enemy

After surviving a number of battles, protecting his wolf family from an immense threat and dealing with the challenges associated with growing up in the jungle, Mowgli had to make a tough decision; whether to join his fellow humans, including his mother, or remain in the jungle with his mentors.

Wonder what would have happened to him if he didn’t have his mentors around him?

What we do

Mowgli provides holistic mentoring programs that inspire, connect and guide entrepreneurs and leaders to overcome life's personal and business challenges to achieve their potential through the:

  • Training and nurturing of mentors
  • Strengthening of entrepreneurs and their businesses by matching them with a trained mentor in facilitated and supervised long term relationships
  • Building of a global community of trained mentors and entrepreneurs that are able to access networking, learning and growth opportunities

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Where we are today

Our vision remains focused on supporting the sustainable development of societies through the mentoring and evolution of entrepreneurs and leaders.

Although a globally focused organisation, Mowgli’s core focus has to date been the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and UK. Our alumni network is 1770+ mentors and entrepreneurs and we have matched over 790 entrepreneurs with trained mentors in 14 countries; Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and the UK.

Following the success of the 90+ mentoring programs run by Q3 2016, Mowgli is taking its program global by expanding to new regions including sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to achieve greater scale and sustainable impact as well as exploring how we can franchise Mowgli’s programs and empower others to embed mentoring within their entrepreneurial ecosystems and societies.

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How we’ve been recognized

Since 2008, Mowgli has achieved a number of awards and milestones:

  • 2016 – The Employment Generation Award by Ta’atheer Social Impact Awards for its employment generation impact
  • 2016 - The European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) awarded the European Quality Award (EQA) to Mowgli for its Mowgli Mentoring Experience (MME) program syllabus and structure
  • 2015 – UK DFID gave Mowgli and its project partners an A rating for the 2-year “Forsa” project which was funded by the G8 Deauville Partnership Fund, under the UK Presidency
  • 2012 - Mowgli received the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders Award for the 'Best Mentor Network in the Arab Region’

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