Forbes Middle East has released the sixth edition of its annual Under 30 list, which recognises and celebrates the region's brightest and most promising young achievers under the age of 30. There are 145 creatives represented this year, from 22 different countries.
Forty Egyptians made the cut, including celebrities like our beloved Wegz. However, we are here to recognise the inspiring women of Forbes 30 Under 30 of 2023!
1- Dalia Hassan
Dalia Hassan is one of the people responsible for inventing Bloom, a 3D-printed prosthetic limb produced from recycled bottle caps and other materials for survivors of war. She is presently engaged in clinical trials of the design in preparation for manufacturing.
Along with this, she founded Little Innovators, a new infrastructure at Egypt's Children's Cancer Hospital, 57357, that encourages young people to develop and launch novel approaches to healthcare delivery.
2- Bassant Hemida
The Egyptian sprinter broke the previous record by 0.09 seconds, running the women's 200 metres in 22.41 seconds to win gold at the 2023 FBK Athletics Championships in the Netherlands. In 2022, she became a full ambassador of the Egyptian version of the UN Global Initiative (Generation Unlimited), Shabab Balad.
3- Mayar Sherif
Mayar is a tennis player who ranked 31st in the WTA Singles World Rankings in June 2023, the best position attained by an Egyptian tennis player since the 1970s.
As the Hologic WTA Tour winner, Mayar made history by becoming the first Egyptian to compete in a Grand Slam event. She earned 16 singles and seven doubles trophies throughout her professional career, with her sixth WTA 125 crown coming in 2023.
4- Hana Gouda
Hana's first table tennis experience was at the tender age of four. In 2022, at 14, she won the women's singles competition at the African Table Tennis Cup, becoming the youngest player to ever win a continental championship.
By September 2023, she had already won the 2023 African Women's Singles Table Tennis Championships, ensuring her spot in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. In October of 2023, she was rated second in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) among women under 17, and 31st overall.
5- Sara Samir
As the first Arab athlete to earn an Olympic weightlifting medal, the Egyptian weightlifter made history by taking bronze at the 2016 Rio Games. In 2022 in Colombia and 2023 in Saudi Arabia, she took first place in the women's 76-kilogram division at the World Weightlifting Championships.
In May 2023, she won the African Weightlifting Championships, giving her a hat trick of continental titles. She is presently ranked third among 2023 seniors in the 81 kg IWF rankings.
6- Mennat Allah Zaghloul
Alongside Mohamed and Omar Zaghloul, Intelaq was founded by the trio with the intention of providing businesses with accelerator programmes and consultancy services. Programmes for pre-seed firms began in January 2023, and two cohorts graduate each year.
Additionally, the Egyptian business Rabbit, the Saudi firm Kaasim, and the Indian firm Ninjacart are just a few of the enterprises that have benefited from the firm's consultancy services.
7- Joud Ben Halim
At just 17 years old, Joud started her jewellery line in 2011 with her mom, Rana El Azm. It presently has three shops in Egypt and aims to establish another. The company's online store accepts orders from all around the globe. Stars including Kendall Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens, Chrissy Teigen, and Adriana Lima have worn her creations.
8- Hadeer Shalaby
Hadeer co-founded Freeziana, a marketplace for unique, handcrafted items sold online. Together with its 30 international and federal organisations and 150 local partners, including CARE Egypt, UN Women, UNDP, and Oxfam, it has trained over 200,000 women.
Investments and grants totalling $1.4 million were made to the platform as well. She established businesses such as Green Fashion, which repurposed 83,700 items of apparel and 600 tonnes of textile manufacturing waste, and Crafty, an online platform for training in the arts and creative professions.
9- Youmna Jaafar
Youmna works with governments and policymakers to better the lives of the poor and the disadvantaged via the use of digital technologies for economic development. She is now working on a database of VAT information that will be included in an IMF guidebook. It helps with studies that aim to find fiscal aid for the agriculture industry.
She also served as a sustainability executive at MBC Group, where she oversaw the development of the Feed Their Dreams campaign in support of the United Nations World Food Programme's Zero Hunger and Food for Children initiative.