Forbes Middle East has released its fifth annual 30 Under 30 list, featuring an inspiring young cohort of entrepreneurs, pioneers, creatives, and athletes, spanning six categories: sport, commerce, science & technology, finance, creativity, and social impact.
The 2022 list features 35 individuals from 13 nationalities. Egyptians reign the list with 12 entries, followed by six Lebanese entries, and three each from Oman and Saudi. They are based across eight countries in the Middle East: 12 in Egypt, 10 in the U.A.E., five in Lebanon, and three in Saudi Arabia. The average age of listees is around 27 years old.
5 of the 12 Egyptian entries were female business founders, scientists, and athletes, namely:
Maryam Haytham Esmat, Astrophysicist
Business Founders/ Co-Founders
Hadia Ghaleb, Founder of GPH and Hadia Ghaleb Brand
Fatma Shenawy, Khan Tech Co-founder
Dina Musharaf, Table Tennis Champion
Noran Gohar, World’s Top-ranked Squash Player
Astrophysicist Maryam Haytham Esmat has worked on the James Webb Space Telescope and is one of the five gen-z high achievers.
The influencer and founder of GPH, Hadia Ghaleb, gained publicity with 2.4 million followers on Instagram. In April 2022, she launched her own eponymous modest swimwear line. In September 2022, her U.A.E- based company had 240,000 followers on Instagram.
Fatma Shenawy, Co-founder of Khan Tech, a Fintech startup, contributes to improving the financial well-being of underserved Egyptians. In March 2022, Khazna raised $38 million in equity and debt, taking its total funding to $47 million.
Egyptian table tennis player, Dina Musharraf, also advanced 21 places in the world rankings of the game, as she occupied the 29th place after she was in the 50th place, thus becoming the first Egyptian, African and Arab player to reach this advanced position in the world rankings. Nouran Gohar is making history as the world’s 1st female squash player.
The five entrees achieved impactful success at both national and international levels. Hence, they have been internationally recognized as the most promising young talents.
On behalf of the National Council For Women, Maya Morsy acclaimed the iconic success stories of the five Egyptian women listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, wishing them more success.