What we know about 10 youths honored by Sisi at WYF



Wed, 07 Nov 2018 - 04:44 GMT


Wed, 07 Nov 2018 - 04:44 GMT

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivering a speech in the closing ceremony of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) - WYF Facebook Page

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivering a speech in the closing ceremony of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) - WYF Facebook Page

CAIRO - 7 November 2018: In the closing ceremony of the 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF), President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi honored ten youths for remarkable achievements. The following is the biography of each of them.

Farida Bedwei


In 2011, Bedwei co-founded and became the chief technology officer of Logiciel, a Ghanaian software company that develops technology solutions to promote financial inclusion for the unbanked.

Bedwei developed the gKudi Microfinance Platform, a clouded banking system for the microfinance industry, currently being used by over 60 MFI's across Ghana. According to her Linkedin profile, she started her career in 1998 as a programmer in Soft Company. Three years later, she became senior software architect for Rancard Solutions .

In 2010, she headed the IT department at G-Life Financial Services, and turned into an IT consultant for the company the following year till 2013. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a board member of the National Communications Authority in Ghana.

Bedwei was diagnosed of cerebral palsy at a young age so she became a disability-rights advocate as an adult. She received many local and international awards and was featured in CNN African Voices in 2015.

Takunda Chingozo


In 2013, Chingozo founded in Bulawayo a tech start-up called SaiSai which feeds the companies’ extra bandwidth to the network securing hotspots for free in public areas, including public transportation, according to Venture Burn.

SaiSai won the SWELL Innovation Award a year later at DEMO Africa. In 2015, Chingozo became a public figure in Zimbabwe since he interviewed former U.S. President Barack Obama on stage in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. At the time, he was part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and an intern at Microsoft in the United States.

In 2016, Chingonzo founded TechVillage which is a co-working space for young entrepreneurs in the information technology sector. It has two locations. One is in Bulawayo stretching over 1,300 square meters and offering co-working space, board rooms and meeting rooms, event spaces, maker workshop, production studio, mobile lab and design center, according to Pindula.

The other is in on campus of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). It is designed for students interested to learn coding and create products in between their classes.

In 2017, TechVillage launched TechFest which is a multi-day and multi-venue event aiming at introducing and exploring “new local technologies and innovations that will change the status quo and shape industries in the future,” according to Pindula.

Harbeen Arora


Arora, PhD, is the founder and global chairwoman of the ALL Ladies League (ALL) and Women Economic Forum (WEF) having a network of 100,000 women and more than 800 chapters worldwide. WEF is held annually in India, and other countries on a regional scale, according to her website.

Arora is the Chancellor of Rai University in Ahmedabad, Rai Technology University in Bangalore, and Jharkhand Rai University in Ranchi in India. Those provide education for youth from underdeveloped communities in the sectors of agriculture, and capacity building.

Arora authored three books on higher education, human values, and creative living. She founded an organic health and wellness enterprise called BIOAYURVEDA, and other ventures in hi-tech agriculture, organic farming, and sustainable living, according to her website.

Guillermo Martinez


In an interview with Marca Espana earlier this year, Martinez said that he founded in 2017 a startup called Ayudame3D to produce artificial limbs for people with little financial means. The devices “are based on a thread and string mechanism whereby the fingers move into a grip when you move your shoulder, elbow or wrist (depending on the prosthesis),” Martinez told the publication.

The idea came to his mind when he bought a 3D printer two years ago while he was finishing his engineering degree, and used it to print artificial limbs designed to be suitable for a large number of people. He gave those to an orphanage in Kenya run by a charity called Bamba Project that he joined.

Wadi Ben-Hirki


Wadi Bin-Hirki established a foundation carrying her name in Northern Nigeria when she was 20 years old in 2015. The foundation has launched six projects. The objectives of the foundation are indicated below as written on the foundation’s website.

“- To harness and focus on the potentials of the less-privileged children towards skills acquisition for the social and economic growth and development of Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.
- To raise funds for charity homes, schools and colleges to enable children attend at reduced/no cost.
- To support less-privileged children in schools with scholarships and donations of food, shelter, clothing and stationary.
- To give charitable aid to any child or institution, which the Foundation may deem fit.”

Charif Hamidi


Hamidi holds a bachelor degree in finance. He took up jobs pertinent to investment banking and strategy consulting. He designed change programs, socio-economic reforms, investment strategies, future studies, and search-and-matching models for private equity firms to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution, according to his Linkedin profile.

Hamidi is on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for the year 2018, a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, and an Enterprise for Peace scholar at the One Young World. In 2016, Hamidi founded Education 4.0 which is a social enterprise that enables youth to be part of the fourth industrial revolution.

Islam Abu Ali


Egypt Today has interviewed the paralympic champion earlier this year. The following is his biography.

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Radwa Hassan


Hassan is the first visually impaired radio and TV presenter in Egypt. She presents a weekly show every Sunday on Radio 9090, and a segment in a TV show called Al Safira Aziza on DMC channel.

Mahmoud Saad Khaled


Khaled founded in 2016 a data backup company called WiRE Microsystems. He is the designer and coder of the company’s' XMACHINE which is the world's fastest integrated system disaster recovery solution, according to his Linkedin profile.

The Ayoub Sisters


Sarah and Laura who are Egyptian - Scottish started their career in 2016. Their album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart. They performed in many countries and won multiple awards.



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