Sep 20,2012
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The accomplishment of our TechWadi100 Mentors is well documented, but the TechWadi network goes much further.  TechWadi showcased some of its most engaged leaders and entrepreneurs at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco this summer.

Dr. Dina Ibrahim, Associate Professor at San Francisco State University, and Dr. Ossama Hassanein, Chairman of TechWadi, led a sweeping discussion with the passionate volunteers at the heart of TechWadi initiatives transforming both Silicon Valley and the MENA region.  The diversity of leaders was on full display.  Entrepreneurs Tamer Hassanein, part of international expansion success story Zong, and Belal Hummadi, CEO and Founder of ExciteM, shared their accounts of how the TechWadi network helped them navigate the unpredictable waters of startup growth.  Alternatively, accomplished Silicon Valley professionals-turned-mentors Ahmed Badawi and Roham Gharegozlou, described the rewards of mentorship relationships and the successes they have reached – most notably the growth of Books.com.eg.

TechWadi’s reach within the academic world was evident as well.  Dr. Taghrid Samak, Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory delved into the limitless big data implications her cutting edge computer science research has for all scientists. Michel Habib, undergraduate at USC and intern at TechWadi offices testified to the educational benefit of having the opportunity to contribute to real, high-potential projects.   The leaders on display in San Francisco were a testament to the capacity for connection to inspire growth.  Relive the full event by downloading the full audio at the link below.

Download full audio here: [Audio]TechWadi at the Commonwealth Club.

The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. Their mission is to be the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation. They bring over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy to 15,000 members.

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