I’ve lived most of my life in the heart of the Middle East that I’m considered a third-culture child (passport of one country by ethnic identity but born and raised in a different geographic location with the cultural quirks). I grew up from the time when 56kbps dial-up was the fastest then ISDN followed by DSL and WAP/GPRS started to engulf our lives on possibilities.
Completed my Undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar (the official branch campus of the very same Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and it’s the same degree that’s conferred upon graduates) and spent almost a year unemployed with the challenges for non-citizens: most companies saying they want experienced talent (how did those same people get their first job fresh out of college?) and a bigger preference for the citizens (who still don’t fill up the vacuum for the talent pool, and sometimes you only find out about it when).
All the major events I’ve attended where I got to see the latest in mobile/tech/gadgetry and more:
- TEDGlobal 2011, which allowed me to organize TEDxEducationCity (2012 and 2016) and TEDxYouth@Doha (2011 and 2012)
- SXSW 2014
- Mobile World Congress 2016
- CES 2017 (the 50th edition, which is quite a big deal) and CES 2019
I believe in the power of community and using social media for good, which is why I decided to also try something that very few would ever do – organize diplomatic tweetups with ambassadors in Qatar. It started off with one tweet to the UK Ambassador in 2013 and the rest followed.
Which is why I look to take risks where I can to level the playing field, and working my way above my current stature.
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