Our most recent alumnus, Marwan Refaat ’18 graduated early in December and is a name that we believe we'll be hearing about in the years to come. During his time at CAC, he was an active student in performing arts, music, and other activities at CAC. However, one of his most astonishing accomplishments during his last years at CAC was an entrepreneurial breakthrough with a worthy cause, VocalEyes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46z1mQbQ3rc
VocalEyes is a smart phone app that assists blind and visually impaired people. Using the phone’s camera a user can take a picture of things and the phone will then say what they are. Can you imagine that! At the age of 16!
Marwan has conducted TV and radio interviews which have been broadcast around the world for Vocal Eyes, worked with MIT visually impaired students, presented at Dubai’s AcessAbilities Expo and the Cairo ICT Exhibition, under the auspices of the President of Egypt.
Just this year, Marwan was nominated for the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list (chosen from thousands of nominees). Forbes 30 Under 30 is the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S. Now in its sixth year, the 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness, and boldness of youth. It brings 30 game changers in 20 industries all under 30 years old - 600 in total- who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators, and more. Their goal is nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world.
As we heard Marwan’s nomination news we discovered shortly after that another CAC alumnus, Nour Ahmadein’07 had also made Forbes’ Arab 30 Under 30 List!
Back in 2014 when ride-hailing app Uber was still on the rise in Egypt, Nour Ahmadein was Uber’s first employee in Cairo and was responsible for initially launching and setting up the office. Since then, he has been a direct part of the company’s growth in the market. Today, Uber Egypt serves millions of riders and has tens of thousands of partner drivers. Ahmadein was promoted and became head of marketing and business development in 2016, and according to Forbes, he has secured many strategic partnerships for the company, including a sponsorship contract for Al Ahly football club, in addition to signing Mohamed Salah as Uber Egypt’s sports brand ambassador for 2018.
Way to go!