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Asmaa – A Transformative Leader

TechGirls 2017: “My name is Asmaa Hadir and I am from Beni Mellal, Morocco where I graduated from Jill Al Mostakbl high school with excellent distinction in 2018.

I am a computer science sophomore at the American University of Beirut (AUB) after being selected among four Moroccan students to receive the The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Tomorrow’s Leaders’ full scholarship in 2018. Parallel to my studies, I serve as the volunteer coordinator for Help Syria’s Kids organization which provides academic and emotional assistance to more than 100 young Syrian refugees in Beirut. I have managed the Building Mindsets Ketermaya camp clean-up day in which AUB students collaborated with our students in Ketermaya to collect the garbage in the camp land to emphasize the importance of keeping our planet clean. And I have been one of the Jafet University Library’s student ambassadors which enabled me throughout the semester to assist library staff and students to benefit the maximum from the library’s resources and space.

Prior to university, I received Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education مؤسسة عبد الله الغرير للتعليم STEM Scholars academic award for science students in the MENA region in 2018. In 2017, I was selected to be one of the four girls representing Morocco in the TechGirls exchange program which is designated for rising female leaders who excel in the STEM field. In early 2018, I served as a women empowerment speaker in the empower rural girls project funded by the US Embassy Rabat and contributed to organizing leadership workshops for more than 30 girls.

In January 2019, I started a campaign to assist Moroccan youth with their academic and professional growth through a series of workshops collaborating with Jill Al Mostakbal and Hassan Deux high schools. In these workshops more than 50 female and male students learned about how to secure international scholarships, and how to use LinkedIn to find employment and international internship programs.

In summer 2019 I will be collaborating with some of Morocco’s brightest female scholars to organize the “Girls for Change” leadership camp for 35 girls in Essaouira after being granted the Association Anoual US Embassy exchange programs alumna grant for the year 2019. The participants will be taught different skills including time management, public speaking and presentation skills, building a dynamic mindset and overcoming fear.

I am hoping to combine my technical background and passion for social initiatives to start a social enterprise designed to improve the health care structure in my country through the use of artificial intelligence, after completing my master’s degree in management science and engineering in Stanford University.“

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