'I enjoy giving people advice'

I studied at a British curriculum school and then did a degree in marketing at the American University of Dubai. While I was studying I also worked full time. My mother encouraged me to work as well as study because the UAE is a very competitive place and there are lots of nationals who are very well educated.

First I worked in the National Bank of Dubai, as a customer service representative, then as a business development executive and then as an assistant product manager. After studying I used to return home at 11pm. I am a people person and I like to be out and about. When I had the interview for my present job, I said that if you put me behind a desk, I can't do anything. I am 22 and I just graduated this month. Now I am living in Abu Dhabi. I like to go out to peaceful places here. I have finally escaped the busy life in Dubai. I think I aged very quickly there.

People say I look and talk older than my age, but it's because all the development is happening so fast and you experience so much you get sick of it very quickly. I like to go out to cafes in hotels. I don't like to be around too many people when I'm relaxing. I like to go out with just one or two other people. I like to go to the cafe inside the lobby of the Emirates Palace or to the Shangri-La hotel. I like to go to Marina Mall when there are no people there.

My hobbies are jogging, football and volleyball. Obviously I listen to Arabic music, but I also listen to chill out music and I am a hard-core house music fan. I love house music: deep, funky, progressive and electro. I've been to Moscow, the UK, the Czech Republic and Greece. I definitely want to go to Italy and France. I love history. I love to see artefacts and I love learning languages. I speak French. If I've visited a country I usually try to go somewhere else but I definitely want to go back to Greece. I went to the different islands including Mykonos.

I don't just want to go to places where you have the whole modern civilization and everything that's set up. I want to go to places that are more stricken by political forces, war torn areas. I like to go there to see what happened. I love politics and I love reading about politics. Politics is basically what runs the world. My inspiration is the late Sheikh Zayed. He did a lot for the neighbours in this region. He invested in their infrastructure without expecting anything back.

What I want to do is to bring people together and form partnerships that might not have happened otherwise. As an Emirati in a private British curriculum school, many of my neighbours were from the UK and the US, so I got the best of both worlds. I understand both mentalities. People here expect the same respect as they would give to the people that they were dealing with. I enjoy giving people advice and I am open for whoever wants to speak to me.


Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

At a glance - Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020

Launched: 2008

Categories: Health, energy, water, food, global high schools

Prize: Dh2.2 million (Dh360,000 for global high schools category)

Winners’ announcement: Monday, January 13


Impact in numbers

335 million people positively impacted by projects

430,000 jobs created

10 million people given access to clean and affordable drinking water

50 million homes powered by renewable energy

6.5 billion litres of water saved

26 million school children given solar lighting

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