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Hashem Al Musawi, Curator

Turnkey Tendering Manager, GE

Hashem is a turnkey tendering manager at General Electric – Power Business where he is responsible for all aspects of Power Plants turnkey proposals including its scope development, improvement of value for customer, technical risk management and mitigations, specification compliance, customer communication and issue resolution. Prior to this role, Hashem worked as Regional Application Engineer at GE where he worked on providing upgrades and modifications to power plants to enhance their reliability and availability, increase their output, save fuels or reduce emissions. Hashem hold Masters in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, USA and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University, UK. Hashem is interested in providing affordable and clean energy to citizens of the world, reduce climate change impact, waste management and readiness for jobs of the future.

Mohammed Alkhalifa

Mohammed Al Khalifa, Vice Curator

Urban Planner, Bahrain Urban Planning Authority

Mohammed AlKhalifa is an Urban and Transportation Planner by training. After completing his bachelors and masters degrees in New York City, Mohammed currently works for Bahrain Urban Planning and Development Authority, and works towards implementing sustainable development in the Kingdom.

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Esraa Al Sabah, Outgoing Curator

Junior Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

Esraa graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s in international Affairs and Economics and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Her education and early work experience at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center developed her passion and interest in building sustainable solutions at the intersection of economics and environment. Some of the social initiatives she has been involved with include the social cohesion of refugees in new countries, recycling and divesting from fossil fuels on campus and helping entrepreneurs shift their businesses to create social impact. Esraa currently works at Bahrain Economic Development Board, with the Business Development team in areas of manufacturing and industrial services focusing on consumer goods manufacturing, renewable energy and waste management. Outside of work, Esraa loves meeting new people, traveling and exploring new flavors of tea.

Dr Ali Adnan Ibrahim

Dr. Ali Adnan Ibrahim, Founding Curator

First Vice President - Al Baraka Banking Group, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Ali Adnan Ibrahim is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and First Vice President of the Al Baraka Banking Group in Bahrain, the world’s largest Islamic banking network, where he specializes in market-based strategies for economic development, Islamic micro-and-SME finance, corporate sustainability, M & A and Shari’ah structuring. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Previously, he was a Counsel at Baker & McKenzie. Ibrahim has extensive experience in structuring large Islamic finance transactions and has worked on multi-billion dollar transactions involving international project development and finance, M & A, FDI, capital markets, etc. A Fulbright Scholar, he received his Doctorate in Juridical Sciences with distinction in international financial regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center, an LLM from the Washington University School of Law and an LLB (Honours) from the International Islamic University, Islamabad. He has twice served as Co-Chair of the Islamic Finance Committee of the American Bar Association and serves as its Senior Adviser. A member of the Bar in Pakistan and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Ibrahim has published internationally on Islamic microfinance, Islamic finance and its regulation, comparative corporate governance and capital markets in the developing countries.

Tariq Al-Olaimy

Tariq Al-Olaimy

Managing Director, 3BL Associates

Co-Chair, Global Shapers Community Advisory Council. Co-Founder and Managing Director, 3BL Associates, a people + planet strategy think-do-tank that was established to accelerate global sustainable and regenerative development through collaboration. Through 3BL, Tariq has co-founded various initiatives, including Diversity on Board, a platform that brings greater parity of gender and youth to board positions in the MENA region; Recipes for Wellbeing, an organization that works to shift the culture of changemakers to include a focus on holistic well-being; and Public-Planet Partnerships, a framework that facilitates mutually beneficial collaborations between humans and nature.

Shaheen S Shaheen

Shaheen S. Shaheen

Investment Manager, Osool Asset Management

Shaheen works at Osool Asset Management as an Investment Manager in the Public Investments team, covering multi-asset classes, such as global equities, fixed income, money markets, and hedge funds. Prior to his current role, he was at Central Bank of Bahrain’s (CBB) Reserve Management Directorate, where he was responsible in developing and implementing the CBB’s investment guidelines by ensuring liquidity, preserving capital, and maximizing returns relative to risk. He also worked at Ernst & Young (EY) as an Associate providing financial services to investment banking clients. Shaheen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a focus in Macroeconomics, Global Private Banking, and Investment Management. He has a particular interest in renewable energy, sustainable finance, and financial technology (fintech).

Ali Almajthoob

Ali Almajthoob

Associate Director, MEVP

Ali is an Associate Director at Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP), a regional VC firm investing in early stage companies. Ali also worked at Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) in the Business Development Unit and the Development Services Division. Prior to that, Ali was an Analyst for Dun & Bradstreet, Bahrain Office. Ali has bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. During his time at university, Ali worked for 2 startups in addition to working for the university’s own business incubator, the Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ).

Hussain Shafei

Husain Shafei

Higher Education Professional, MSEd Candidate

Passionate about youth development and education. Husain explores beyond the standard methods of teaching and learning. Having worked with several nonprofit organizations in New York City, Bahrain, and the Middle East, Husain helps organizations build and develop sustainable programs and policies that offer young people the fundamental skills and experience to face an increasingly complex and competitive world. Husain is a Marxe International Scholar, studying MSEd in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College – The City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, Husain was the Students Coordinator for the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME), where he oversees all student activities: program and events with 130+ member schools (100,000+ students) across the Middle East.

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Huda Al Salah

Senior Analyst, Tamkeen

Huda is currently leading the talent management and recruitment activities of Manama Hub. Professionally, she works for Tamkeen (Labour Fund) at the Monitoring and Impact Unit. Huda has a passion for human development, training, education, and humanitarian causes.

Ayesha Abduljalil

Ayesha Abduljalil

Machine Learning and Data Science Postgraduate Candidate

Ayesha is an experienced Interaction Designer, having worked as a Frontend Developer and as an Instructional Designer. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Bahrain and is currently enrolled with the University of London, working on a postgraduate degree in Data Science. She is a Climate Reality leader, trained with the former US Vice President, Al Gore, in 2020. She is always on the lookout for projects at the sweet spot of her passions for the environment, data and social good.

Masooma Kadhem

Masooma Kadhem

Associate Account Manager, BCW Global

Masooma Kadhem is currently serving as an Associate Account Manager in Asda’a BCW, a global PR agency. She is seconded at Dussur, or the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company, as their in-house communications consultant, tasked with content creation, media relations, and brand management. Passionate about community engagement and outreach, Masooma is also a board member in Rotaract Bahrain and community relations coordinator in Omneyat Foundation.

Mahmood Zeyad

Mahmood Zeyad

Co-Founder - Majra

Mahmood is the co-founder and CEO of Majra, he started working on Majra after several years of working on youth development and entrepreneurial projects in Bahrain and Oman, from positions like the Country Manager of AIESEC in Oman and the Managing Director of Startup Oman. Currently, Mahmood is actively working on expanding Majra and its impact across the Middle East to reach more young people.

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Haya Khalifa

Entrepreneur

Haya is a fashion designer and entrepreneur. She studied fashion design in Royal University for Women while working on her brand Naseem AlAndalos where she gained recognition and achievements including fashion shows in Dubai, London, Paris and Marrakech. She recently received the award for best Arab fashion designer in Arab Sat Festival in Egypt. Haya is interested in environmentalism and sustainability, she launched a sustainable fashion brand, Nesma Studio and uses her platform to raise awareness about climate and social issues. She also conducts educational workshops related to fashion and sustainability.

Shivani Sathasivam

Shivani Sathasivam

Founder & Lead Consultant, New Normal Consultancy

Shivani got her Bachelor’s in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and has since worked in advertising and marketing. She created a social awareness campaign to educate the local community about health and climate change, and founded New Normal consultancy to enable local businesses to adopt more sustainable products, services and practices, with research driven models.

Ghufran Alhubail

Ghufran Alhubail

Youth Programme Coordinator

Ghufran is a degree holder in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol. She is passionate about the creation and implementation of sustainable practices that have the joint effect of mitigating environmental damage, alongside boosting quality of life through economic and environmental justice. Her experience as a Youth Programme Coordinator has allowed her the opportunity to develop and deliver interactive programmes for students of various age groups, inspiring them to continue responsible societal practices. She seeks to apply her skills and drive toward advancing progressive goals such as, social and environmental justice and halting the climate crisis.

Reem Almuraikhi

Reem Almuraikhi

Youth Activities Specialist, Bahrain Science Center for the SDGs

With an educational background in German and English for Business and Communication, Reem has participated in different youth international programs like the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program, Ship for World Youth and the United Nations Development Youth Leadership Program, she has recently completed her Climate Reality Training and is now one of the few Bahraini Climate Reality Leaders. Reem is currently working as a Youth Activities Specialist in the Bahrain Science Center for the SDGs, where she is hoping to educate youth on different social, economic and environmental issues as well as empower them to be positive change agents.

Hejer Krichene

Hejer Krichene

Customer Success Manager, Insomea Computer Solutions

Hejer is a Customer Success Manager at Insomea Computer Solutions focusing on Cloud Computing, Office 365 and Azure DevOps. She helps companies and startups get the best experience possible when building their apps and moving them to the cloud. Other than consulting and writing code for a living, Hejer advocates for bringing more women and minorities into tech, thus her involvement with Women Who Code and different tech communities. Hejer participated in serval international competitions and programs where she had the chance to mentor people on how they can transform their ideas to real solutions and how they can start an IT Project. Hejer trained diverse communities from different age groups and using different languages in IT and Soft Skills.

Faisal Khalifeh

Faisal Khalifeh

Founder, Solar One Bahrain

Renewably energy entrepreneur working in the solar energy field. Always looking to combine business with activism.

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Jawaher Kawhary

IT intern, Oxford Healthspan; Computer Science student

Jawaher is a university student with a passion for activism. Outside of her academic life, she educates the public about their rights and advocates against all forms of harassment on social media. Having founded the Instagram account @catcallsofbahrain, her main goal is to encourage victims to report the harassment they face to the local authorities, which helps make Bahrain a safer place.

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Noor Al Wari

Legal Associate

Noor has attained a bachelors degree in International Relations from the American University of Sharjah, and further she completed a graduate law degree and an MSc in Law and Business Management in the UK. She is currently employed as a legal associate in the corporate practice area. Noor has developed a keen interest in equity and inclusion through various volunteer experiences and aims to continue her contribution further with the Manama Shapers Hub.

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Sarah Al Sayed

Senior Youth Development Consultant

Hybrid Saudi-American, Russian speaking – Bahraini at Heart. Criminologist by Degree, and Leadership Development by Profession. Part-time Musician. Passionate about the Environment and Justice.

Narjes Bukkanan

Narjes Bukannan

Food and Sustainability Entrepreneur

Narjes is an entrepreneur and project manager who has worked in FMCG, F&B, and retail industries. Among her projects are Higher Grounds and Marketplace, which are centered in organic food, sustainability, and wellness. Narjes’ background is in economics and the environment, with special focus on regenerative agriculture, energy, and development in the Gulf.

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Huda Al Qabbat

Huda has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with Management studies and a master’s degree in Comparative Education. She is passionate about education reform in Bahrain and is keen on being part of a team that drives positive change to our education. Huda is also particularly invested in women’s rights and hopes to see more women in leadership positions. She has been a volunteer teacher throughout her life abroad and would love to continue teaching in a professional capacity.

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Jumana Al Rabia

Analyst

Jumana Alrabia is studying Banking and Finance in Bahrain Polytechnic. She has keen interest in enhancing the economy and protecting the environment.
Jumana is the co founder of Bahrain_Ecohub, a society that spreads environmental awareness through interactive media and events. She was also the President of Junior Toastmasters club back in 2018, Alumna of YES program 2017, and first place winner of Bahrain Bourse Tradequest competition in 2019.

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Zainab Abdulrahman

Proposal Engineer, Fives Services Gulf

Zainab is a proposal engineer in Fives Services Gulf. She graduated from Bahrain Polytechninc with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her final year graduation research project was about Conceptual Mechanical Design for Sociable Human Robot that was built in a teamwork for the School of Engineeering in Bahrain Polytechnic. She also hold a Fab Academy Diploma from Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; in-which she had a fast paced, hands on learning experience where students learn rapid-prototyping by planning and executing a new project each week, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments. Previously, Zainab worked as Youth activities specialist in the Ministry of Youth and Sports where she planned and created practical courses and workshops related to science and technology for young people in Bahrain. She participated in various youth activities and robotics championships such as : Ship for World Youth Batch 32, First Global Challenge Dubai, VEX WORLDS, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Bahrain Youth Capital, and 7th International Invention Fair in the Middle East.

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Jumana Khorrami

Civil Engineer, Dadabhai Construction

Jumana is a Civil Engineer graduate from the University of Bahrain, a safety officer and a youth activist. She currently works as a site engineer and a safety officer at Dadabhai Construction. After her graduation research, which was focused on environmental and sustainable solutions in Bahrain, her passion and interest in environmental issues and sustainable living began. She started participating individually and locally in beach cleanups and recycling. In a global level, she recently participated in the 32nd Ship for World Youth Program. She took part in the Global Environmental and Climate Change discourse. As a result, she adopted some foreign based projects and solutions in Bahrain to encourage the sustainable lifestyle. Outside of work, Jumana teaches Japanese courses as a part time job. She enjoys creative outlets such as art, music and all kinds of tea.

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Sarah Al Zeera

Senior Associate, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Sarah Alzeera is a Senior Associate at the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution with a mandate to contribute to the development of the Arab energy sector. Sarah is part of the Corporate Banking team where she works on providing loan funding and financial advisory services to top tier regional champions in the broader energy space in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her current role, she was an Associate with Citi in London where she was part of the Global Capital Management Group and the Leveraged Finance Portfolio Group, and prior to that, she was with Citi in Bahrain where she covered corporates, financial institutions, and government-related entities via her role in the Corporate Banking team. She holds a BSc in Business from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, with a double major in Economics and Finance and a double minor in Public Policy and Management. She is particularly interested in sustainable finance, sustainable development, and financial literacy and inclusion.

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Sarah Awachi

Senior HR & Admin Officer

Sarah is a Senior Human Resources and Administration Officer at Al Amthal Group. She holds a BA in History and International Relations and a Postgraduate degree in Diplomacy from the University of Reading. Passionate about bringing on social change, Sarah took part in a wide range of volunteering activities, from organising cancer awareness marches, sheltering the homeless in the frigid Oregon winter and renovating a California church cafe to providing safe outdoor play spaces for kids living in urban UK neighbourhoods and teaching English at the Bahrain orphanages summer camp. Duly, Sarah co-founded Al-Jasser Youth, a youth lead volunteering group, as part of her Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme Alumni project. Al-Jasser’s efforts include the Eid giveaway at the paediatric ward of Salmaniya Medical Complex and gathering youth volunteers for the Bahrain Special Olympics.

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Seham Mohamed Yateem

Community Development Manager & HR Director

Seham Yateem is a dynamic community specialist with a flourishing passion towards the arts and its relevance towards societal development. After completing her Fulbright scholarship master degree in Community Development & Leadership Action, she has progressed with building on communal art spaces within Bahrain and the region to capitalize on talents and artists to sustain societal progression through creative methods. Seham also works as the Director of HR for a national tourism entity to address her interested of building cultural relations and competence within the nation.

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Shahnaz Farooqi

LLM Graduate

Shahnaz recently completed her Masters in Finance Law and Financial Regulations from the London School of Economics. She is currently volunteering as a research project manager for a Canadian NGO dedicated to raising awareness and catalysing political dialogue surrounding Afghan refugees. Given the impact the pandemic has had on everyone’s mental well-being, shes been very vocal on the importance of increasing accessibility to mental health services and wishes to one day normalise such services in the region.

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Eman Al Bahrani

Instructor

Eman Bahrani holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health-Health Management from Qatar University. She works as an instructor, improving English and leadership skills of promising Bahraini youth. Interested in enhancing quality of life, she is habitually engaged in community education and mobilization programs. This led her to study for the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Eman is eager to investigate, build, and develop tools and initiatives that promote public health in the region. She volunteered to work with the Ministry of Health and Shamsaha locally, as well as internationally with Kulluna and Orbis International. Eman also edits and writes for an online creative space called Banat Collective, and creates art herself.

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Maryam Waleed Al Noaimi

Maryam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Bahrain and a Master’s degree in urban planning from Newcastle University. These two disciplines allowed her to gain a better understanding of different social, environmental and economic issues that need creative, collaborative and multidisciplinary solutions. She believes in the power of youth in making positive change in the community and was involved in several youth initiatives over the past 5 years, like the American Institute for Architecture Students (AIAS).

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Luna Hansen

Volunteer Co-ordinator, Bahrain Animal Rescue Centre

Luna is currently working as a Vet Technician and is studying for a biochemistry higher education diploma. Luna is passionate about animal welfare and is a full time volunteer at Bahrain Animal Rescue Centre. Through joining Global Shapers, she is hoping to create a safe environment for all animals on the island by educating and creating a society that is not only tolerant of strays but shows them compassion and care. Outside of animal welfare, Luna is an advocate for women’s rights and equality. Focusing on the harassment people face in Bahrain and how to overcome it.

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Mohamed Al Sawad

University Student

Mohammed Alsawad is a University Student with passion for spreading awareness regards the disabled community. Getting blind 5 years ago made him realise the challenges the blind community face and he takes every opportunity to change that narrative. Mohammed is also interested in women empowerment and defending the rights of the divorced and changing the community’s view towards them.

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Reem Yateem

Educator

Reem Yateem is a graduate from UC Davis where she has acquired her Bachelor’s of Science Degree, Teaching Credential, and a Masters in Inquiry with an emphasis on Restorative Practices in a classroom setting. Reem has worked in the education field for 10+ years. For the past three years Reem has been an elementary school teacher.
Reem is a strong believer that education provides independence and power to individuals and builds the foundation of a country’s success.Reem is passionate about teaching students to connect with and take care of our planet, as well as focusing on learning about empathy, kindness and respect. Reem is also interested in agriculture, specifically shifting to environmentally sustainable methods. She is currently studying the principles of permaculture design. Reem is an outdoor enthusiast who loves backpacking, hiking, bike riding, and immersing herself in nature.