Success Stories

Egyptian:

Aya El Arif

  • Bookra for publishing and distribution.
  • Ayat al-Arif, "a 29-year-old girl who specialized in the graphic department of the Faculty of Fine Arts, became one of the first graduates of the college in 2008. Her first step in practical life was to establish “Bookra” in 2009.
  • The company is interested in children's affairs worldwide, specializing in the conversion of written texts and educational curricula to interactive content that is easy for the child to understand.
  • "Zaatar" is one of the models for the applications issued by the company to develop aspects of the personality of the child and improve the Arabic language among primary school students by integrating learning by playing to improve the child's academic level and deepen his Arab identity.

Marwa Samih

  • Al-Searag for Content and innovation services
  • The company has developed the "Try Engineering" content in Arabic. Also, the development of the robotics curriculum and the Internet of Things, and the training of more than 10,000 students from different sectors to prepare young people to be capable of dealing and developing robot technology and artificial intelligence and developing their own applications.
  • The company currently has five branches. The students enrolled in each branch work on developing applications and platforms technology, robotics, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

Inas Osama

  • Purple Digital Marketing
  • Purple Bureau is a communication & HR SaaS platform. it helps the employees to enjoy an exceptional new experience that ensures effective communication and engagement and reduce a lot of wasted time from HR team.
  • Purple Bureau includes a lot of interesting and easy to use features like: Salary (Payroll self-service), Attendance recording (time logging), Notifications and Alerts, Employees profile management, Vacations requests and Management, Dashboard for monitoring and management, etc...

Mai Emam

  • Hommect
  • Hommect is an e-platform designed to bridge the gap between homeowners, designers and contractors, and be the first destination to establish your home from design to furniture.
  • Homeowners start answering a simple questionnaire to explore their demands, design personality and budget. We offer them the finest designers and contractors who offer their specialty. All they have to do is to choose their favorite. Not only that, homeowners can also manage and track the progress of the project through their mobile phones from anywhere.

Gehad Abdullah

  • Mermaid
  • MerMaid is a platform connecting homeowners with professional background checked cleaners. MerMaid has a purpose of helping our society, where we create jobs for a wide range of women, men and refugees, allowing them to work under flexible working conditions and helping them make an extra living in this tough economy, creating economically independent individuals.
  • We are also filling a huge in the market, where this vertical of domestic services, lies under the informal economy.

Mai Medhat

  • Mai is a proof that Egypt has young and talented entrepreneurs who are eager to etch their names in the history. Mai is passionate about technology, startups, building products.
  • She started Eventtus back in 2011 with Nihal Fares, Chief Product Officer, Co-Founder at Eventtus to develop an instant social network platform for events, aiming to mobilizing events and maximizing networking opportunities for attendees. By providing a single app for all the events, that will keep attendees informed with agenda, speakers and live announcements as well as increasing interactions and social buzz around events.
  • In Silicon Valley, Mai Medhat, CEO of Eventtus joined a panel discussion on stage at the Global Entreprenership Summit. The panel is moderated by Barack Obama, and the panelists are Mai, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, and two entrepreneurs from Tanzania and Peru.
  • “It turns out that starting your own business is not that easy. That it can be especially difficult for women and young people and minorities,” Obama said. “You deserve the same chance to succeed as everybody else.”

Nihal Fares

  • Nihal Fares was already an entrepreneur in Egypt before participating in the 2013 TechWomen program, she said her TechWomen experience taught her to become a better leader for her company and changemaker in her community by giving her a “great opportunity to connect with successful women and learn about entrepreneurship in the biggest startup hub in the world.”
  • Recognizing the immense talent in Egypt, Nihal helped launch Eventtus, a social platform which enables users to identify events and opportunities to network with like-minded people who can help them achieve their goals.
  • Eventtus was met with great enthusiasm in Egypt and had begun to establish a strong presence in the region, but Nihal wanted the platform to reach even more people. She sought to gain a deeper understanding of the ins and outs of not only starting and managing a company, but expanding it on a global scale. Her TechWomen mentorship helped her to do just that. Placed at the headquarters of Google, Inc. in Mountain View, CA, Nihal had the opportunity to explore various aspects of one of the largest—and what she called the most innovative—technology companies in the world from the inside out.

Hidjabek

  • One of the most inspiring stories that is supported by the ICT Trust Fund that shows the great impact in making paradigm shift to girls’s lives is “Manar, Sara and Marwa” from Cairo governorate. These three girls started their project for style accessories and fashion wears. However, they were searching for an outlet to show off their products and Facebook appeared as their best choice at that time.
  • When the girls took the course, they discovered that they needed further information about commercial and analytical skills of the market’s needs. As a result, they were acknowledged of the fully-equipped portal which allowed them to access to e-business world.
    The ICT4SMEs was a window of opportunity to the girls by which they focused on e-marketing for the ‘Hidjab’ or headscarf. Today, Manar, Sara and Marwa are selling their product across Egypt and the rest of the Arab countries. ....For more information

Asmaa

  • A talented illiteracy eradication teacher.
  • This is a story that revolves around a girl called Asmaa Mohamed Youssif who lives in Abu Shrouf village; 30 kilometers away from Siwa. This village is very small and poor. Around 850 people live there. Most children especially girls, from the age of 16, are prevented from going to schools as vocational, commercial and general high schools are located in Siwa and traditions prohibits girls from going to places outside the village. In the morning, Abu Shrouf’s people are isolated from the outside world; they don’t watch T.V or listen to radios, not because they are working, but because electricity only works at night.
    Surrounded by these unfortunate circumstances, Asmaa strived towards changing her future. Despite the fact that she grew up in a large family (24 members) that is very strict towards traditions, she insisted on completing her education in Siwa. In the beginning, her parents were against that but the strength of her deliberation eventually made them give in. In Siwa, she joined the commercial high school. She used to travel around 60 kilometers every day until she graduated and had her diploma. But that was not enough to satisfy her ambition, she wanted to gain more skills and knowledge, so, she took computer classes at Siwa Association for Community Development and Environmental Protection. There she learnt everything about computers and was offered a job supported by the ICT Trust fund as illiteracy eradication teacher to educate others in her village. By this, she was able to meet her needs as well as that of her family.
    However, she looked at her job not as source of money but as a way to better women’s status. In her attempt to do so, she raised women’s awareness on the importance of education. As a result, large number of the village female inhabitants joined the illiteracy eradication classes. After teaching many classes, she found that teaching women how to read and write is not enough if there are no employment opportunities available for them. After thorough thinking, she came up with ideas on how to empower those women and enrich her poor village; one of these ideas was to establish a center for traditional handicrafts. She communicated this idea to her managers who adapted her initiative and helped seek funds for such center. Right now, most women in her village work at this center, and consequently, the village became richer. ....For more information:

Mai Abdel Asim

  • Founder of What Women Want magazine.
  • After shuffling different positions across the marketing and telecommunications world, Abdel Asim embarked on an entrepreneurial journey in 2006, when she founded What Women Want… magazine and her boutique creative agency Media & More. Bold, irreverent and profoundly powerful, the magazine breaks gender stereotypes and addresses issues that cut across all aspects of the female life, from fashion to sexual harassment, to the trials and tribulations of the differently abled. With reputable clients in different business, her agency masters online marketing, content creation and viral video production since 2009. In 2010, she launch Egypt’s first travel magazine, The Travel Mag.

Sara Hegazy

  • Fashion designer.
  • You wouldn’t see her across fancy runways and the Middle East’s leading fashion shows; Hegazy was an established engineer designing gowns for her friends in her free time, until a competition for Maybelline New York proved her she had a talent unmatched. A self-taught designer who studied through online courses and designed her own business plan, Hegazy specialised in custom fitted couture designed, engineered and embroidered styles which she went on to study at London College of Fashion. A TEDx speaker and the creative director behind her international brand, she was the first Egyptian couture brand to showcase at the London Fashion Week catwalk in 2013. Her Cleopatra collection, featuring crystals from Asfour, was featured at the Tiffany Fashion Show which ran in parallel to Paris Fashion Week 2014.

Yasmine El-Mehairy

  • Founder of Supermama.
  • Yasmine is not a mother, yet she masters the parenting business on her online platform Supermama.me, a company that ranks as the 5th most successful startup in Egypt. A passionate entrepreneur with several international startup competitions under her belt, El-Mehairy turned an idea –providing reliable Arabic-language content for mothers and women across the Middle East— into a business valued US 3.5 million. Today, her portal is followed by 2.2 million women across the Arab world, has its own YouTube channel, and is planning to launch its own app in the near future. “There were days where we just wanted to hide into a corner and cry, but we never gave up. It was working until we made something great or died trying,” she said last week in an interview with CairoScene.

Nehmedo Mansour

  • One of the participants in the training “Freelanceme” for the rehabilitation of young people in the field of entrepreneurship and specifically for the collection of information and market research. Training was carried out in Banha - Qena - Sohag .
  • After attending the training, she decided to start her company for marketing research (MRC - Market Research Company)...This was part of the activities of “ Masr Ta3mal Youth Clubs Closing 2016”.

International:

Susan Wojcicki

  • 47, CEO of YouTube
  • Harvard grad Susan Wojcicki was Google's first marketing manager in the 90s, before handling two of their largest acquisitions — YouTube and DoubleClick.
  • She has been called 'The Most Important Googler You've Never Heard of" and is regularly featured on Fortune and Forbe's "Most Powerful Women" lists.

Angela Ahrendts

  • 55, senior vice president, retail and online stores at Apple
  • The Indiana native left her position as CEO of Burberry in 2014, where she tripled the luxury fashion company's revenue during her tenure, according to Forbes. Ahrendts was hired by Apple, where she remains the company's sole female senior executive. Among many other honors, she has been named to Fortune's '50 Most Powerful Women in Business' six times.

Marissa Mayer

  • President and CEO of Yahoo
  • The current President and CEO of Yahoo started out as a pre-med student at Stanford, but before she graduated she would switch to symbolic systems and specialize in artificial intelligence. Mayer received 14 job offers when she graduated from Stanford, and took a job at Google as the company's first female engineer. She remained there until she moved to Yahoo in 2012, where she has overseen the $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, and Polyvore

Bonnie Rhee

  • Bonnie Rhee had a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Architecture from Yale University.
  • Then she became a “Young Scholars Program Coordinator” at Yale Center for Analytical Sciences. Then, became a Communication and Consent Educator (CCE) at Yale College Dean's Office.
  • Bonnie worked as a Software Engineering Intern at Flatiron Health then as a Head Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at Yale Computer Science.

Yuxin(Sophia) Wang

  • Sophia Wang holds Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Field of Study: Computer Science, Psychology; Minor in Cognitive Science.
  • She is the Co-Founder & VP - Computer Science Club, President/Treasurer - Student Organization for University Programming.
  • She is a Co-organizer of “Women who Code”. Women Who Code prepares this generation of women in tech to be tomorrow’s role models. This global nonprofit was founded as a community group in 2011 and has since grown to 137,000 members spanning 20 countries.
  • At present, Sophia is a software engineer at Spoke (askspoke.com). Spoke gives teams a simpler, smarter way to manage workplace requests & knowledge.

Erin Grau

  • VP of Transformation at The New York Times and co-chair, NYT Women's Network.
  • Erin Grau has graduated from the school of Journalism, Columbia University.
  • She works as Vice President for transformation at The New York Times.
  • Their aim is building and optimizing systems, processes, interaction model and culture to increase their output of high quality experiences. She is co-chair of NYT's Women's Network
  • The Women’s Network is committed to bringing women of The Times together. The core theme is “Women Supporting Women,” and they are focused on: 1. connecting women in the company, 2. assisting in career development, and 3. influencing workplace policies that allow women at The Times to thrive.

Ruzwana Bashir

  • co-founder and CEO of Peek.com
  • Originally from England, Bashir is of Pakistani descent and on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology list.
  • After graduating from Oxford and Harvard Business School, she started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and private equity at Blackstone Group.
  • In 2012, she founded Peek, which functions like Open Table but for vacation activities.

Julia Hartz

  • co-founder and president of Eventbrite
  • Eventbrite, a company which sells "live experiences," has generated $3 billion in ticket sales, and has sold more than 200 million tickets.
  • Hartz built the 500 employee company from the ground up after leaving the television industry where she was an executive. Eventbrite, which has secured $200 million in funding, now employs over 500 people.

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

  • Sheila Lirio Marcelo is a Filipino-American entrepreneur.
  • Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 and today, the public Company is the largest online care destination in the world with more than 17.8 million members in 16 countries. Sheila's inspiration to found Care.com came from her own life experiences. A mother sandwiched at an early age between care for two small children and ailing parents, Sheila was challenged to find care and knew technology was the answer.
  • A frequent speaker on women in technology and female entrepreneurship and leadership, Sheila has spoken alongside President Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families, with global political and business leaders at The World Economic Forum, to emerging female leaders at Harvard University, and CEOs at Northeastern University.

Lucy Quist

  • She is the CEO of Airtel Ghana.
  • Since taking over the helm of affairs at Airtel Ghana in 2014, as the first Ghanaian woman to lead a multinational telecom company, Lucy has successfully repositioned the company into the fastest growing telecom brand, growing customer market share for both voice and data.
  • She has a clear strategic focus on driving data and digital services as the communication platform of the future and was recently featured on BBC’s Power Women series as one of the top business women driving transformational change in Africa.
  • Lucy is an international business leader and a technology professional who advocates for greater participation of young people in STEM for development.
  • She personally leads Airtel Ghana’s initiative to encourage young people to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Alongside her outstanding commercial achievements, she has also led Airtel Ghana to win more than 20 prestigious awards.

Kristi Ross

  • Kristi Ross is an entrepreneur in Chicago.
  • She is co-CEO and President of dough, Inc., a financial media and education company.
  • Ross has held her position since 2011, and was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's Chicago's Tech 50 list in 2014.

Roya Mahboob

  • the Founder and Executive Director of Digital Citizen Fund.
  • She was recognized in 2013 by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for her work in Afghanistan. Since then, she has received broad recognition and growing support for the Digital Citizens Fund. In 2014 she was honored by the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards as a Civic Innovator. In 2015, she was named as a young leader by the World Economics forum.
  • Roya is also sits on the advisory board of the Global Thinkers Forum.

Anne Bouverot

  • Anne Bouverot is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board.
  • Anne brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. With a deep understanding of the opportunities and the challenges facing mobile operators today, she leads the GSMA as the essential industry partner for its operator members around the world, enabling their continued success through driving innovation, providing thought leadership and advocating for the industry.
  • Before joining the GSMA, Anne was Executive Vice President for Mobile Services for France Telecom Orange, where she defined the strategic transformation programmes for a business serving more than 120 million customers and revenues of more than 14 billion euros at the time.
  • Prior to France Telecom Orange, Anne led a 600-person business unit of Equant and was responsible for developing IT services for Equant’s multinational business customers. She began her career in telecommunications as project manager for Telmex in Mexico in 1991.
  • Anne holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics and computer science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and an M.S. degree from Telecom Paris. Anne was appointed as a member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development in 2013. She also serves as a non-executive director of Capgemini, a leading global provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, and as a non-executive director of Edenred, the world leader of prepaid corporate services.

Asmaa Abo Telkh

  • Web developer in “WebCom” Company– Palestine.
  • She graduated from the software development department of the faculty of Information Technology at the Islamic University, 2010.
  • Founded and now operates the website “I am an Arab” who provides pictorial and readable stories to children in the Arab world both online and on mobile.
  • Now works as a developer and systems analyst in WebCom company.
  • She has many writings of short stories and scenarios.
  • She has got many awards.

Mariam Hassan Abo Eteiwy

  • Founder and Executive Director – Wasalny Company – Palestine.
  • She got a bachelor's degree from the software development department in the faculty of Information Technology at the Islamic University in 2012.
  • Worked in “Golden Tech.” company, also she worked as a Freelancer Programmer. Now she is the founder and executive director – Wasalny Company.
  • Considered one of the 100 most powerful Arab woman.
  • One of the 100 most influential Arab personalities under the age of forty as classified by Urban Business Magazine for 2015.

Maria Teresa Camba

  • Director for Operations
    Telecentre.org Foundation- Philippines
    http://www.telecentre.org
  • MARIA TERESA M. CAMBA is Director for Operations of telecentre.org Foundation. She also leads the global Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign, a joint initiative of the Foundation and the International Telecommunication Union.
  • She played a major role in the organization of the Philippine Community eCenter Network and in the development, management and implementation of the Philippine CeC program.
  • She also led the Philippine team in the successful transition of telecentre.org, as a program of the International Development Research Center in Canada to its current host country- the Philippines.