We are excited to welcome 109 Young Global Leaders to the Class of 2022. From scientists leading on efforts to address COVID, to activists tackling gender-based violence, artists keeping history and culture alive through music and leaders from business, civil society, academia and government, meet the new class of YGLs:
16 YGLs in Middle East & North Africa
Sahar Albazar is an Egyptian Parliament Member and Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She is also President of the Young Parliamentarians, part of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Prior, Albazar was an Impact Assessment Consultant at the World Bank for Youth Employment Project in Egypt and Social Investment Adviser at British Petroleum Egypt. She is also the Founder of Helwa Ya Balady, an NGO that focuses on developing slum areas and countering poverty in developing countries. Albazar has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Mohammed H. Al Ghanim is Chief Executive Officer of Hamad S. Al-Ghanim & Sons Group, a family-owned business, where he leads a group of companies to develop the best practices in the engineering field required to solve imminent and longstanding infrastructure problems. Coming from a background of youth leadership and activism having served on several international youth advisory councils, including the UN Population Fund, Al Ghanim actively seeks to re-examine the business proposition from being purely a profit-generating institution to one that addresses society’s problem as a whole. Al-Ghanim holds a BA from Tufts University in Massachusetts and an MA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in Political Science.
Safiya Al-Jabry is experienced in private sector development, livelihoods and humanitarian work, specifically in conflict and fragile settings. She is Executive Director of SMEPS (Small and Micro Enterprises Promotion Service), where she leads a team of more than 100 staff who are engaged in developmental and poverty alleviation projects across Yemen. Prior, she was the Deputy Executive Director in a leading national NGO in Yemen working to respond to the humanitarian crisis. She also worked with the technical teams in charge of Yemen's accession to the World Trade Organization in 2013. Through a Chevening scholarship, Al-Jabry studied at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, earning an MSc in Finance.
The youngest Undersecretary in Bahrain's government, Hamad's work leading Bahrain's COVID response has garnered international recognition for Bahrain. Hamad led the COVID command and control center which included all COVID-related operations, from medical to infrastructural to logistics. Among the key achievements have been record numbers of free testing, treatment, and vaccination for all residents, which was recognized by the WHO as being an example for other countries. He also implemented one of the first drive-through testing facilities in the world. In line with his passion for social and economic development, he was the founder and first curator of the Global Shapers community in Bahrain through which he spearheaded the first mentorship portal for the Kingdom. At the age of 22, he was also selected to be part of the team that worked on the ground-breaking BICI report, the independent commission which looked into the 2011 political unrest. A keen sportsman, Hamad is a former member of the Bahrain National Sailing Team.
Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai
Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Milaha Group (Qatar Navigation) since 2015. He sits on the Board of Directors of Nakilat and QTerminals, a joint venture between Mawani and Milaha. Prior, Al-Mannai held various leadership positions at Qatargas, the world's largest LNG company where he oversaw the largest LNG supply chain, Europe's largest regasification terminal and the South Hook LNG Terminal. Throughout his career, Al-Mannai has developed extensive experience in multiple fields, including shipping, energy and commercial activities. He has a degree in aeronautical engineering.
Noor Boodai is the Founder and CEO of TenX, a corporation with the mission of building start-ups for the $100m ARR club. Her vision is to transform the MENA economy by identifying growth and investment opportunities fueled by technological innovation.
As a tech enthusiast with a passion for education, Noor launched her entrepreneurship dreams in 2016 by disrupting the regional Edtech industry with online learning solutions Dars, Darisni, DClips and Edmate. Her latest venture Bounce is a SaaS platform which is revolutionizing the early learning sector through collaborative solutions for management and communication.
Noor has made history as one of the first Kuwaiti women to be listed in Forbes ME’s 30-Under-30 in 2021 and has also received the Arab Woman of the Year award for social entrepreneurship for her impact on the MENA education industry. She also serves as President of NEST (Nurture and Educate Students Today), a foundation for facilitating the sponsorship of education for underprivileged children around the world.
Fares Bugshan is the Chief Executive Officer of Bugshan Investments. He is also a Board Member at MenaBev, one of the largest PepsiCo bottlers in the Middle East, and of Endeavor Saudi Arabia, a non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurs. Prior, Bugshan was a social and economic research analyst and General Manger (Saudi Arabia) at the Gallup Organization. He holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from McMaster University, Canada, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the London Business School.
Soraya Djermoun is geopolitical expert and analyst of MENA region, entrepreneur and committed to women empowerment. She currently advises multinational and governmental leaders in communication and influence, business diplomacy, economical attractiveness and strategic development. Soraya is a successful author, published by the famous French editor L’Harmattan. Her first book “Qatarisme” was a best-selling book in 2013. She published in 2015 with Dr. Nurdin a strategic book about the emerging multinationals, the real 21st century game changers. Her last book “Dubai 5.0 The New Model”, prefaced by the Chairman of the Cercle des Economistes, is an amazing study of Dubai through its History, its macroeconomy, its Government and all the strategies used and applied to reach such power nowadays. A graduate from University of Paris, Soraya Djermoun holds a master degree in Communication and public relations and a MBA in international affairs. She obtained her baccalaureat in economics in Germany. She has lived in 7 countries and speaks fluently French, Arabic, English and German. Soraya held various corporate positions: serving as the Group Communication Director of the first private group in Algeria and in the top 5 in African private sector, and analyst at the French Institute of International Relations. Soraya Djermoun has received international distinctions and recognitions: she is rising talent 2016 of the Women’s Forum, an initiative that aims at distinguishing highly talented young women who are on their way to becoming influential figures in our economies and societies, and a laureate of Choiseul 100 Africa, an independent study that identifies and ranks the young African leaders of 40-year old and below who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future. Her long-term goal is to contribute to the economic emergence and modernization of Algeria, helping to promote its diplomacy and image.
Ola Doudin is the co-founder & CEO of BitOasis, the first and largest regional digital asset platform in the Middle East. She has an engineering background and has worked in tech and security advisory in Ernst & Young in London and engineering research prior to her move back to the region where she got involved in tech entrepreneurship and later started BitOasis. Most recently, Forbes Middle East featured Ola among the ‘Top 10 Women Behind Middle Eastern Tech Brands 2021’.
Amal Enan is Chief Investment Officer at the American University in Cairo and a Managing Director at Global Ventures. She places her investment expertise where it can alter outcomes for the Middle East and Africa. Being a woman investing in the Middle East with a commitment to equity and justice, Enan applies herself as a catalyst for channelling inclusive capital to invest in the growth and dignity of MENA's youth with confidence.
Sharam Gulzad is the Chief Executive Officer of the Gulzad Group, a family-owned Afghan conglomerate with interests in agriculture, construction and industrial services. Gulzad is on the Board of Directors at Harakat, a non-profit organization with the aim of making business easier in Afghanistan, a Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan, with a mission of promoting investments in Afghanistan, and on the Board of Directors of the Kabul Institute for Peace, which was established to promote peace through his network and reputation in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. He is also Founder and Chairman of the Afghanistan Youth TV, which is designed to provide a platform for positive and constructive discussion of issues concerning youth in Afghanistan.
Wissam Joubran was born in Nazareth, Galilea, in 1983 to a family with a rich artistic heritage. Joubran encountered early on the music and craftsmanship of the Luth (‘oud). At six, he made his first instrument. This particular relationship with the oud continued to deepen and to grow richer. Joubran was driven early on by a belief that his work helped foster pathways for a synergy between the East and the West, and he tries to make both experiences converge towards a single musical universe. He was the first Arab student to attend the prestigious Antonio Stradivari conservatory, renowned for the fabrication of string instruments (violins in particular). In 2003, he received the award of best artisan luthier. He has performed at more than 1,200 concerts as part of the “Trio Joubran,” including at Carnegie Hall and Olympia. Joubran is also the founder of the International Oud Association.
Anne-Laure Malauzat is a Partner with Bain & Company in the Middle East. Based in Dubai, she is the firm’s regional Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) officer, and leads Bain’s Middle East Social Impact efforts. Anne joined the firm in 2011 and, in 2020, became the youngest female Bain partner globally.
Anne advises governments, philanthropists, and international organizations (such as UNHCR and Endeavor), focusing on education, economic development, and innovation. She has led the launch of multiple successful youth employment programmes in 5 MENA countries, and the design of the national Early Childhood Development strategy for a GCC country. She also works with private sector leaders in the retail space, supporting them in their growth, digitalization, and customer strategies. In addition, for the last decade she has served as mentor to start-ups and is a frequent speaker on topics related to gender equity, social impact, human capital development, retail, and innovation.
Anne holds an MA from Georgetown University and a dual Bachelor from Mount Holyoke College. She is an inducted member of the Phi Beta Kappa society, and a member of Georgetown’s MENA Board of Advisors.
Naif Sheshah, serves as the Assistant Deputy Governor for Planning and Development & Chief Digital Officer at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), In addition to his role as the Chief Transformational Office at the Saudi Space Commission. He also has a wealth of corporate strategy experience and a reputation for developing and implementing complex technology business process solutions in demanding environments. Prior to his current role, Naif was the General Manager of Planning and Development & Acting General Manager of Postal and Logistics Services. Particular highlights of his time at the CITC include spearheading the formulation of the organizational strategy for the year 2019-2023, playing a prominent role to develop the Saudi ICT sector strategy, and leading a team that was twice awarded the EFQM’s certificate of Institutional Commitment to Excellence. A strategic thinker who combines extensive corporate experience, an entrepreneurial spirit, and unique academic insight, Naif’s career has crosscuts with multiple sectors such as healthcare, education, aviation, telecommunications, and petrochemicals industries, where in due time he has demonstrated a strong track record helping to steer forward-thinking businesses through periods of significant growth, change, and improvement. Naif Sheshah is a graduate of INSEAD’s Management Acceleration Program and holds a master’s degree in Business Process Management from the Queensland University of Technology, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. He sits on the board at the National Information Technology Academy, and for several years acted as ambassador for ADAA, the Kingdom’s center of excellence for performance measurement.
Mayank Singhal is a career investor focused on technology and growth. Since the inception of ADG in mid 2021, Singhal has already invested over $8 billion across global markets including Asia, Europe and the United States. His recent investments include SpaceX, Chime, Uber Freight, Flipkart, Byju’s, Dream11, Getir and Aleph Farms, amongst others. Singhal’s prior experiences include roles at Temasek, TPG and McKinsey in India. He is also a former advisor to Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, and helped set up RNT Capital, a $250m venture fund backed by Ratan Tat, to invest in global technology start-ups including CureFit, Ola, Xiaomi, PayTM and AirBnB.
Omar Sultan Al Olama
Omar bin Sultan Al Olama was appointed Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work of the United Arab Emirates in 2020. He joined the government in 2017 as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, where he was responsible for enhancing government performance by investing the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors. Al Olama is also the Managing Director of the World Government Summit in the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Future Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, where he contributed to the preparation of the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy and the UAE 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy. Al Olama has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the American University of Dubai, and a Diploma in Project Management and Excellence from the American University of Sharjah.