Sonia Redjdal is a medical student and a young entrepreneur who started serving her community since the age of 18 ( after she came back from USA university of Nevada reno ) as a founder and a national coordinator of the ALGERIAN YOUTH CAMP (national exchange program), she was also a member in young algerians’s network with Frederic Ebert foundation and a member in the program of gender relay with CISP organization. Sonia is a leader who believes and works for change, she took part in many training about self-development, communication and leadership in different Countries: Romania, Serbia Nevada and Morocco and share it with algerians youth through her conferences (TEDx and Geekftour) and training her participants in the camps she organizes. at the age of 22 she opened her own private school to promote innovated educational approach by giving different training. and now her school has two intenational parteners freidrich ebert (german organization), us embassy and world learning
Rakibul is an author of Manocracy and a political commentator. He contributes Op-Eds to more than 20 regional newspapers, especially from Israel, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar on gender, counterterrorism and grassroot peacebuilding. He received recognition for his revolutionary project, Peacempire as one of 20 inspiring ideas in the world. Finally, Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II announced him a Queen's Young Leader, offering a leadership course called “Leading Change” at University of Cambridge. Bill and Melinda Gates Institute announced him one of 120 global leaders under 40 years of age at Johns Hopkins University, USA. Recently, European Union awarded him prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study master in four different European universities — (1) University of Glasgow, (2) Charles University, (3) Dublin City University, and (4) University of Regensburg with an internship in the UN.
A computer engineering student who enjoys programming and problem solving, Abdulrahman is a 2014 Georgetown MEPI alumnus. After 2011 he has strongly engaged in general civil activities at the time being relief and support of refugees, and soon later went to work on technology related NGOs and events. He is a co-founder of Hexa Connection a non government organisation focusing on spreading technological culture and integrating it with Libyan culture. With Hexa he has worked on projects related to media where he tries to introduce content that raises awareness and teaches Libyans how to use technology and computers in a productive secure manner.
Islam Iqbal is an Education activist and exchange facilitator who strives to promote peace, a culture of tolerance, coexistence amidst conflict through educational exchange. Iqbal believes in educational exchange as a potent force in eliminating social and political barriers. The educational exchange will help the youth explore a new culture, develop cultural competency, and creates an environment for a healthy dialogue, discussion, and collaboration for global issues. He runs numerous initiatives to provide high school and university students with exchange opportunities. Iqbal is the Director of KEAC where he facilitates access to the U.S. higher education opportunities. Iqbal pushes his mission further by volunteering with different organizations including but not limited to Pax Populi; The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Afghanistan; and TEDx Kabul.
SAIF ELESLAM TAREK SHAHATA ABDELRASOL
Saif's entrepreneurial spirit emerged when he was just 17 years old and launched my first enterprise, Teens Club. In 2012, he co-founded Teens Club, the first entity that focuses on teenagers in Egypt and provides them with early guidance and opportunities for personal and career development. As he envisioned from the beginning and with confidence in teenagers’ high potentials, the club is run by teenagers and is for teenagers, who all contribute to the development of Egypt, Africa, and the world. The club is now an alternative safe haven for thousands of teenagers to find mentors for their education and career, meet experts, and actively engage in solving their communities’ challenges.
BNAR SULAIMAN SHEKHO
Bnar is one of the most powerful female role models in Kurdistan. She was one of the top ten students in Erbil province and this made her way into Medical College. Aside from her studying, she has specialized in empowerment of the civil society by giving trainings on leadership and capacity building .She is a social activist, Global Shaper at WEF, peace activist at MESPO, as well as licensed international trainer on leadership and medical education at International Federation of Medical Students Association. At a very young age, she started volunteering in different projects. She has been involved in more than forty major projects and been an organizer of most of them. She has been an active member in many NGOs, both in national and international levels. Therefore, she was chosen among thousands of applicants to be enrolled in the SUSI exchange program in the US where she learned more in detail about leadership, diversity, management skills, public relations, and conflict resolution.
EYAD MOHAMMAD AL-OLAIMAT
Eyad Al-Olaimat is a Jordanian youth activist and the founder & director of the Alwaset for Community Awareness and Development (ACAD), a nonprofit
organization that aims to provide awareness national programs, using new
communication technology to support and facilitate the participation of citizens in
political life. Alwaset’s projects include ENTIKHABATE in Jordan iElect in India. Both of these projects aim to raise the level of political awareness among citizens, enhance their involvement in politics, and facilitate communications between elected officials and their constituents. In recognition of Eyad’s work, he was selected as a 2017 recipient of the USAID-funded BADIR fellowship for young Jordanian social entrepreneurs, and as a 2018 delegate to the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford University (AMENDS). Prior to his work with Alwaset, Eyad worked as an Android developer program engineer at Telecommunications Company. He holds a Bachelor in Communications Engineering from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan, and a Master in Mobile and High-Speed Telecommunications Networks from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. He speaks Arabic and English.
Maya is an undergraduate Computer and Communications Engineering student at the American University of Beirut with a passion for technology and youth and women empowerment. In 2017, she co-founded "All Girls Code", an initiative that aims at providing young girls with hands-on STEM experience and empowering them to embark on careers in the technology field. Previously, she was selected by the U.S. Department of State as a participant in the Tech Girls program at the age of 17, an international scholarship exchange program that inspires girls in the MENA region to take on careers in technology. That pushed her to found her school’s first Technology club. Maya was also an organizer with Google Developer’s Group Coast Lebanon, and Women Tech-Makers Lebanon, and has given multiple talks and workshops about programming, public speaking and youth leadership. Her most recent work revolves about empowering refugees through the use and education of technology.
Myra is an electrical engineer from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan. As an engineer, she aims to use technology efficiently and wisely to save lives. Upon joining an engineering institution, she started her research in the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) . By the end of sophomore year, she started her research in biomedical field and developed a wearable sensor to assist color blind people. She along with her team, is working on a low cost and non invasive prototype that examines lungs health. This prototype will be able to detect some of the diseases associated with smoking that includes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This prototype is currently in development phase into device form and includes an Desktop application to evaluate patient’s health in real time.
MUSALLAM M. M. ABUKHALIL
Palestine, West Bank
Musallam, a Palestinian physician, is the founder and CEO of Kascade Medical. He founded and is managing the group that seeks to improve access to patient education and facilitate educational exchange and networking opportunities for Palestinian medical professionals with the world. Musallam has also been a recipient of the Fakhoora scholarship for the entire duration of his medical studies where he also took on different leadership, advocacy, negotiation, cross-cultural dialogue training to build up and gain the skillset to become an effective leader in the field of education and international cooperation. He was selected to become a student representative to bring student’s perspective on continuing and professional education’s work to senior management. For two years in a row, he also was a part of the Palestinian delegate to represent the organization in World Innovation Summit for Education; an international platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action.
United States & Iran
Soraya Fouladi is the Founder and CEO of Jara, an organization scaling quality education to refugee camps and low-resource/disaster-affected communities through their technology. She has designed these past 7 years so that she could gain the skills to make Jara a reality. After attending the United Nations school to gain a global education, she went to university for electrical engineering to understand how to build what is now the Jara Unit, where she also designed and manufactured products from prosthetics to wearables. She gained experience in designing and implementing systems and programs through writing curriculum for K-12 robotics, directing the largest technology-education camp of 500 campers and 60 staff members at Stanford, creating a fundraiser for disaster relief called Jamming-for-Relief, and designing and implementing effective systems as Supervisor for an electrical engineering innovation laboratory. Soraya also was a business management consultant for a government technology commercialization organization that had 72 portfolio companies. Her technical capabilities, along with her leadership and management experience, paired with her commitment to Jara’s mission, ensures that Soraya and her team will see Jara to its maximum impact. Soraya can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
MONEERA HUSSIEN ELTAYIB YASSIEN
Between being an economics student, a women’s rights activist and a social entrepreneur,Moneera spends her time contributing to solving the hardships our world is experiencing nowadays She explored different fields before she co-founded IEC(Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community) to support entrepreneurs in Sudan. She represented Sudan at many summits including the Knowledge Summit Dubai and Africa Summit Morocco. Moneera embarked on the Study of the U.S Institutes for student leaders program, focusing on social entrepreneurship and spent five weeks in California State University- Chico. She is also an Alumnus of UNDP’s Youth Leadership Program. Moneera is a mentor with the YLP network in the Arab region. She also worked with United Nations Association Germany to establish the UN youth delegate programme in Sudan. She has found a social enterprise, working on raising awareness on VAW (Violence Against Women) in Sudan. Moneera is a well-rounded multicultural individual who strives to live with passion, dedication, and grace
AL AMJAD TAWFIQ ISSTAIF
A software engineer, social entrepreneur and passionate problem solver from Syria. During and after his undergraduate studies, he got involved in several projects and initiatives aiming at economically empowering engineering students inside Syria. In 2011, he co-founded, Wikilogia, a programme empowering undergraduate IT and computer engineering students during their college years. In 2017, Wikilogia received a $20,000 grant from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to design and implement an extracurricular technical education programme. Most lately, he had successfully launched Munity, an online knowledge exchange platform for young professionals in Arabic. He is currently a teaching assistant at Damascus University, pursuing an MSc. in Big Data Systems.
Racha Haffar is the Founder & President of ‘Not 4 Trade,’ the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is also a Fulbright Alumna at the University of Kentucky, a journalist and a women's rights activist. She received her double masters’ degrees in International Relations and International Development and Cooperation from the Universities of Tunis and Palermo. During her stay in the U.S., Racha was involved with the United Nations Association, where She became the vice-president of the Bluegrass chapter in Kentucky and the chair of the anti-human trafficking committee. She was able to present her research on “The Developments of Trafficking in Women in Post-Revolution Tunisia” to engage the public in the fight against trafficking.
Racha is extremely passionate about fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery. She was honored twice and received the Women's Rights Award from the UNA and the Leadership Award from the University of Kentucky. She also gave a TEDx talk on the importance of facing fears under the title, “The Art of Befriending your Fears.” Recently, Racha met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in an exchange for young leaders working on peacebuilding in their post-conflict zones with the United States Institute of Peace. She is also a Global Freedom Fellow and a part of a global network of more than 100 women leaders fighting against human trafficking.
MOHAMED AMINE SOUFAIH
Mohamed Amine Soufaih is a Moroccan second-year student at the prestigious high school “African Leadership Academy” (ALA). He is an academically accomplished individual who has received ALA’s “Excellence Award". Amine is highly passionate about technology and entrepreneurship. He is the founder and CEO of X-Agriculture, a start-up that aims to revolutionize irrigation in farming by using scientific and technological solutions. Through his work at X-Agriculture and several other entrepreneurial projects, Amine has been named a Global Trailblazers by Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative, as well as a Global Teen Leader by the “We are a Family Foundation”. Next year, Mohamed Amine will join the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2022 on a full scholarship. He will study both business and engineering as part of the Jerome Fisher dual-degree Program. In the future, Amine aims to become a successful serial entrepreneur in the Technology field.
SAYED ZIAFATULLAH SAEEDI
Sayed was born under The Taliban in Afghanistan. Coming from an all illiterate family, he was the first child of my family who entered university: Law and Political Science in Kabul University. As someone who was nearly deprived of education under The Taliban, he is now advocating for education through holding the position of global youth ambassador of A World at School in Afghanistan and volunteering in Education Team of The Afghan Peace Volunteers (TAPV), an organization volunteering for peace and education of street kids. In 2015 he started a campaign to narrate the prejudice in Afghanistan which was a failure. In 2017 Sayed co-founded the very first summer program for school students in the history of Afghanistan: Rainbow Cultural Diversity Summer Program to promote tolerance and cultural diversity. In the meantime, he has also written for local and international media outlets including Global Voices, Etilaat-e-Roz, The Student’s Mail and Free Queens Press with others.
SANDRA SAMEH SABRY KHALIL
Due to her involvement in the entrepreneurial eco system, Sandra, a 20 years old entrepreneur worked as an innovation manager for Enactus, an international NGO set to achieve the 17 UNSDGs by establishing sustainable projects. This year, 2017, her team won the national cup competition among 47 teams, for the best impact. They were nominated to compete at the world cup competition hosted in London. Sandra was chosen as the youngest participant in many international events as a representative for the entrepreneurial world in Egypt. Among which was SWY program that gathered the best 12 youth leaders from 12 different countries. Over the past year, she has travelled to 7 countries giving workshops on entrepreneurship and project management. She was also chosen to give the closing speech in WFYS2017, the biggest youth event gathering over 20,000 people from 188 countries.
Sandra is an aspiring youth leader, who aims at inspiring young girls to travel, and seek their passion.
Gilad Sevitt is an activist and an entrepreneur. He has a B.A in Sociology, Anthropology, Arabic and Buddhism from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At the age of 22, Gilad started giving free Arabic lessons at home. When realizing that this has the potential to expose many Israelis to Palestinian Arabic, he established, along with a group of friends, the first and only website that teaches Palestinian Arabic for free – Madrasa. From the get-go, Madrasa became a huge success, teaching tens of thousands of Israelis Arabic. Gilad then established an NGO from the foundation of Madrasa that aims to raise awareness to the importance of communication between the communities in Israel, and provides accessibility to anyone who wishes to learn spoken Arabic. While being connected to a significant network of activists and organizations in the field, and in Jerusalem in Particular, Gilad participates in programs against racism and facilitates meeting between Jews and Palestinians.
MUNTADHER KAREEM DHAHIR
Iraqi Medical student, musician (pianist) , social entrepreneur and IYLEP alumni , Muntadar has a deep and prolonged interest in social business, marketing, active citizenship and civic engagement.
In the recent years he has enormously decreased the morbidity and mortality rate within his communities by extending the international federation of medical students association (IFMSA) and its different local committees, such as the standing committee of public health and the standing committee of refugees human rights and peace within his country to maintain a good sexual and reproductive health through SCORA committee or what is known as the standing committee of sexual and reproductive health, also maintaining a good medical education through the standing committee of medical education or what is known as SCOME in addition to the active role of SCOPH and SCORP.
Aimane Idhajji is a 22 years old English Literature student. He is an aspiring cultural activist and writer who strongly believes in the power of words, art, and beauty. Aimane is a 2016 Swedish Institute’s Young Leaders Visitors Program Alumni. His belief in the value of sharing drove him to found an artistic gathering called “Apollo Salon of Arts”, in which, artists and art enthusiasts gather to share their talents, and artistic products and philosophies. The salon is founded on human values. It is a chance for everyone to have a voice. It is a date, in which, labels lose meaning. Within this same philosophy, he co-founded "L’blend" Creative Space, being a more inclusive project that involves technology and entrepreneurship, in addition to art, creating a stronger platform that drives social change. Through these platforms, he tries to expose his marginalized region's youth to new skills (soft and hard), helping them paint a clearer, more accepting, and open image of the world.
Abeera Akhtar is a BSc. Honors’ graduate from the Lahore University of Management Sciences with a major in Sociology/Anthropology and minor in English. She has been involved with various community service projects over the years while working on conducting research on low cost private schools in Pakistan. She is the Co-founder of FATE –From Apathy to Empathy, a peace-building campaign, which won the best Global Peace Project award at the Peer2Peer competition sponsored by the US State Department. She has received a medal of honor from the US Special Officers Command (USSOCUM) and has represented FATE globally at forums organized by the United Nations and Facebook. Abeera is currently working on using gamification for empathy building, and serving as an Action Corps Leader for Global Zero while, pursuing a full-time job as a Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Reckitt Benckiser.
BASEL O.M. ALMADHOUN
Basel is a young entrepreneur from Gaza, he just finished his BA in Business Administration at the Al-Azhar University in Gaza. He got recognized as a top 10 youth peacemakers in the world by Peace news, in addition to being awarded the Emerging Young Leaders Award by the department of states about his passionate work in Debates in Gaza. Debate has been his passion ever since he got back from an exchange student year in the states. He believes that debate can help combine research, critical thinking skills and ultimate joy of competition in one form. In addition of co-founding a debate club and running the first English Debate Program in Gaza, he has helped to organize first TED Talk in Gaza, under the name of TedxShujaiya, he has participated as an organizer which held the roles of MC, Coach Speaker, and Social Media coordinator. Basel Recently became a Global Village Alumni, after completing a summer internship at Lehigh University under the tutoring of Business and Industry experts.
Palestine, West Bank
Ruba has been an activist since 2008 when she began her B.A. degree in English Literature at An-Najah National University in Palestine. As a co-founder of the Witness Center for Civil Rights in Palestine, Ruba empowers youth, particularly young journalists, to address transparency, government accountability and citizenship issues. Ruba has eight years of professional experience with international organizations on media, youth development and rule of law. She has worked with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization as a Youth Coordinator; acted as a reporter for UNRWA in Jerusalem; and worked as a Training Coordinator for USAID Rule of Law Project. In 2014, Ruba was selected to represent Palestine in Arab Youth Summit with the Arab League, and recently as a fellow of the US Department of State researching "open data in a non-sovereign state of Palestine” in DC. She is primarily interested in youth policy and the media’s role in Palestine to increase government transparency and development.
MALIK ANAS JELAIDAN
A 24 year old 6th year medical student/intern from Medina, Saudi Arabia. A mental health advocate and a future psychiatrist. Founder of Haseef, a mental health awareness campaign focusing on raising awareness through scientific information and sharing personal stories of individuals struggling with mental illness. Interested in everything humane, from women’s rights to tackling racism and an overall social justice activist. Involved in university many clubs and worked on multiple campaigns promoting awareness about physical and mental health for many years in his community. A 2016 MEPI: Middle East Program Initiative alum. An occasional Youtuber who's passionate about film making and capturing memories and sharing personal stories from speaking about body image issues to experiences with depression and mental illness and different topics through film and picture. A keen reader and an amateur writer. A hard worker, an adaptable individual and a team player.
DUHA HUSSEIN AWAD ALI
Duha Ali is a Sudanese medical student at University of Khartoum; she’s a human rights activist, precisely in women rights. Living in a conservative society where women’s rights are gravely violated, Duha dared to challenge the status quo and dedicated her efforts to advocating for this vulnerable group. She founded the Women March Campaign and Girl Child Campaign, which are youth-led initiatives that target women and girls in under-served communities to promote their health and rights and end the various forms of discrimination facing them. In addition to being the Women and Development Officer in the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, she’s a Young African Leadership Initiative Alumnus and a Women Deliver Young Leader. By holding leadership positions on a local and national level in the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace and being an IFMSA trainer, she mobilizes youth by delivering soft skills and human rights training to raise awareness and promote women rights in Sudan.
Sami Al-Ahmad is a Syrian entrepreneur helping Syrian youth with an organization called Khatwa. Khatwa’s aim is to help Syrian students who want to register at Egyptian universities. Khatwa’s team consists of experienced students who went through the process of registration before. In addition to helping with registration, they have created a good relationship with university administrations and even with the Ministry of Education. Khatwa played an important role in raising awareness about the situation of Syrians in Egypt and pushed for lowered tuition fees for Syrian students, which were implemented in 2013. Since then, Syrian students pay lower tuition fees. Between 2013 and 2014, more than 300 students registered at universities with the help of Khatwa. By 2015, the number increased to 900. For the academic year of 2015/2016 more than 1,500 registrations are supported by Khatwa. Khatwa is looking forward to help Syrians around the world not only in Egypt .
Mohamed DHAOUAFI is a 26-year-old Tunisian entrepreneur who empower amputees via his startup CURE that develops affordable 3D printed prosthetics. CURE aims to establish its own center to empower physically disabled persons with tech products, social assistance and professional trainings.
Mohamed is an electronics engineer who graduated from the National Engineering School of Sousse and who is currently pursuing a master degree in Management of Nonprofit Organizations, which is the first of its kind in the MENA region, at Tunis Business School.He also studied Leadership and project management training in Montana State University (MSU) in USA, during his participation in the MEPI STUDENT LEADERS of the US embassy that featured him in its official website after 2 years for his achievements
Mohamed is also working on empowering youth by organizing workshops/trainings and by speaking in events to share and inspire them to end up by co-founding the first private student incubator and capacity-building center “ZETA HUB” in his city.
During the last 3 years, Mohamed was part of more than 15 national and international program and networks such as Connecting Cultures, Yalla Journalism citizenship, Anna Lindh Foundation, Tony Elumelu Foundation, MCW Global in more than 10 countries.Mohamed is currently focusing on both empowering physically disabled persons and empowering youth via entrepreneurship and innovation.
Ariel Koren is a social entrepreneur and speaker of 8 languages. She currently works as the Latin America Marketing Lead at Google for Education. Previously, she worked at Google Translate. Ariel is passionate about intercultural dialogue. She is a student of Hebrew and Arabic; has studied at the Palestine Excellence Center in Hebron; has a YouTube channel where she translates US pop songs in Chinese; and is the founder of ACTION, a nonprofit organization that brings multilingual education to K-12 schools. Currently she is working on an initiative to foster solidarity amongst Jews and Muslims in Tech in order to engage the tech industry in the fight against Islamophobia and Antisemitism.
Ariel has served as a delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, a China ambassador to the State Deparment, and as an LGBT Pride delegate at Google China. A Truman scholar, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Pennsylvania, where she served as Class of 2015 president.
MAKISA XIAOLI BRONSON
As a social entrepreneur and activist, Makisa studies Human Centered Design and Engineering and Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. She first developed an interest in the Middle East and youth-driven social change in 2015, when she participated in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP), a cultural exchange between Iraqi and American students. There, she familiarized herself with the tenets of youth empowerment, social justice, and cross-cultural dialogue. Makisa later started the Washington Youth Summit for Equality, a nonprofit and conference where students gather to discuss tangible ways to solve gender inequality, racism, and religious discrimination. She also co-founded Make Art, Not War, an art activism exhibit aiming to dispel stereotypes about Iraq. In the next year, Makisa plans to expand the Make Art, Not War exhibit to include more Middle Eastern countries, cultures, and perspectives so as to provide a more comprehensive view of lived experiences there.
Amal Aun is a Palestinian Citizen of Israel. She is a human rights and social justice activist and holds an MPA from Cornell University. Amal has founded and now co-directs the first public speaking and critical thinking institute conducted in Arabic in Israel. Amal believes that the power of the word surpasses all else, and strives to teach young people the skills to master that power.
Manel Bergaoui is a Tunisian teacher of English. She holds her master degree in linguistics from the University of Human and Social Sciences in Tunis. Manel is a PFP (Professional Fellow Program) alumna spring 2017, a project manager, and a social entrepreneur. Manel Bergaoui is the first and only Tunisian teacher who teaches English with Tunisian Sign Language in the MENA region. She delivers English lessons to deaf and hard of hearing persons in her country. She is the writer of Let's Handspeak English. It is the first and only English student book designed for the deaf and hard of hearing community in Tunisia.
Manel Bergaoui is a startup app project manager. She is the creator of LET’S application (LET’S stands for Learning English Through Signs) which is the first educational mobile application for the deaf and hard of hearing in Tunisia. It is the first and only app where the deaf and hard of hearing people can learn English for free through sign language in Tunisia.
Manel is very passionate about deaf community. The Tunisian deaf community faces numerous difficulties as it is considered an invisible minority group in Tunisia. Especially education is not accessible for them. Manel works on improving education system for deaf people as well as advocate their rights in the society.
Her fields of interest are Sign Languages, Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, and TEFL. She built up a strong sense of devotion for nonprofit sector. Manel seeks to ameliorate the quality of life for her region. She enjoys travelling, reading, and practicing sport.