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Inspiring Youth

Fascinating people share their passion for science with youths

Hayat Sindi

Meet Hayat, a Saudi woman like few others. She was the first woman from the Arabian Gulf to earn a PhD in Biotechnology and hopes that many will follow. She is a co-founder of Diagnostics For All, a not-for-profit that aims to save lives and improve health in the developing world through low-cost, innovative, practical diagnostic devices. She is also the founder and president of i2institute, which aims to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and social innovation for scientists, technologists and engineers in the Middle East and beyond.

Hayat Sindi shared her motivations with us, and explained what she hopes to inspire through her actions.

Anousheh Ansari

Born in Iran and raised in the United States, Anousheh Ansari grew to become the first female private space explorer. She initially obtained her Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, but pursued her initial passion —space— while simultaneously earning patents and co-founding successful companies.

Anousheh Ansari sat down with us to answer a few questions regarding her motivations and what she hopes to inspire through her actions.

Francisca Nneka Okeke

Meet Francisca Okeke, Professor of Physics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She recently received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award for her significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change.

Professor Okeke spoke with us about her background and inspiration, the cultural challenges she overcame in achieving success and how she uses her position to encourage and inspire young women scientists in Nigeria.

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