Omar Kutayba Alghanim co-founded INJAZ Al-Arab back in 2005. Since then, the organization has reached massive heights and helped over 3 million students in 14 countries to pursue the dream they never would come out real. In the 2017-18 academic year INJAZ Al-Arab served a record number of 360,000+ young talents.
INJAZ helps students with basically three principle areas: employability, financial education and entrepreneurship. They incorporate local business pioneers as mentors of the students on a voluntary basis. INJAZ aims to bypass the drawbacks of theoretical knowledge students receive in their classes, by introducing them with the real world implications of their learning. Its signature program features a 6-month long business competition that encourages participants to pitch their unique business ideas to a judge panel who are successful individuals in the private sector.
Omar currently chairs INJAZ Kuwait, the Kuwaiti chapter of his organization. Under his strong leadership, INJAZ Kuwait has produced brilliant talents and helped to grow up to their full potential. Agrivage, a startup founded by the Kuwaiti high school students that turns food waste into soil, won the ‘Best Company of the Year’ award. Also Kuwaiti university students won the ‘Best Social Impact’ award with Youth Creations, a startup that designs and develops socially-aware entertainment goods. INJAZ Kuwait had a significant role in developing these students.
It’s no surprise that finally JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide has decided to recognize Omar for his relentless efforts to help the future generation of Middle East to develop their business skills, creativity and critical thinking abilities.
JA Worldwide is one of the world’s biggest non-profit organizations that aim to help the youth. Their 100th anniversary gala took place on May 2nd, in Boston, Massachusetts. Omar Kutayaba Alghanim was crowned the honor on this grand event.
“The Middle East is brimming with talented young people. They’re full of ideas for solving major problems – and they can’t wait to get started,” Omar K Alghanim said while receiving his award. “This award is deeply meaningful to me after nearly 15 years of work with INJAZ. But every bit of effort I have put into INJAZ has been repaid many times over in inspiration. The young people in our programs inspire me, the INJAZ team and all our volunteers. We owe them our thanks, and our ongoing support.”
The gala event featured figures like Jim Yong Kim, the former World Bank President; Kai-Fu Lee, the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures; and the Chairperson of INJAZ Al-Arab Regional Board, Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khaled Al-Thani, who is also the Founder and Chairperson of Amwal. Representatives from Citigroup, Oliver Wyman, Sun Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers were also present.
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