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Arab America Foundation Announces 30 Under 30 Awardees--Class of 2024

posted on: Jun 12, 2024

Arab America Foundation Announces 30 Under 30 Awardees--Class of 2022

For Immediate Release

Washington DC (June 12, 2024): The Arab America Foundation announced today the awardees of their 30 Under 30 initiative–Class of 2024. Thirty outstanding Arab Americans were announced from a diverse group. A panel of judges from different Arab nationalities from around the country reviewed the applications.

The awardees are: Yahia Adla, Reem Al Shabeeb, Ali Algabri, Husni Almoubayyed, Ramah Awad, Mohammad Badawy, Zaina Yasmin Dana, Liliane Daou, Fred Essis, Bayan Fares, Nadir Fouani, Lena Freij, Sherine Haidar, Alia Hakim, Faris Halaseh, Tareq Hanna, Joey Nidal Hanna, Ahmad Hider, Lucine Jarrah, Imad Jobah, Natasha Latouf, Nebal Maysaud, Fatema Medhat, Simon Mourani, Ahlam Rahimee, Safa Salem, Leyth Swidan, Renee Yaseen, Lour Yasin, Ali Zreik.

30 Under 30 is a celebration of accomplished young Arab Americans. The program spotlights Arab American professionals in all fields including but not limited to education, law, public service/politics, non-profit, business leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, medical professionals, artists, entertainers, writers, and media representatives. These young professionals have great achievements both in the workplace and in their communities.

“A significant part of our mission is to support and celebrate Arab American emerging leaders who are driving meaningful change,” Warren David, co-founder of the Arab America Foundation and president of Arab America commented, “The individuals in the 30 Under 30 Class of 2024 have exemplified a deep dedication to both personal and community growth, all the while preserving and championing their cultural roots. Their exceptional achievements fill us with immense pride.”

All awardees are between the ages of 20 and 30, excel in their industry, and are engaged effectively in the world around them. The competition is open annually to all professionals who live and/or work in the United States and are of Arab descent. 

The Arab America Foundation and its board are grateful for the leadership of the initiative’s coordinators, Nabelah Kakish Ghareeb and Elias J. Khalil, as well as the prestigious panel of judges.

The 30 Under 30 awardees for the class of 2024 will be honored during the Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit on October 25-26, 2024 in Dearborn, Michigan.

About the Arab America Foundation

The Arab America Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit (501c3) educational and cultural organization. The mission of AAF is to promote the Arab heritage in the U.S., educate Americans about the Arab identity, and connect and empower Arab Americans, across the country.

The 30 Under 30 Awardees, Class of 2024

Yahia Adla

Yahia Adla was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. He obtained his high school education in Cairo, Egypt before he moved to the United States, where he received his B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Stetson University in 2023. Yahia aspires to be a physician-scientist and aims to bridge the gap between research and the clinical world in the Middle East. He is currently working as a research technician at Northeastern University and is actively involved in community service efforts aimed at supporting underserved communities in volunteer-based clinics. During his free time, Yahia enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, and traveling.

Reem Al Shabeeb

Reem Al Shabeeb, M.D. is an Iraqi-American who earned her B.S. in biology and chemistry, summa cum laude, with honors from George Washington University. She subsequently earned her M.D. from GW, where she was recognized for her exceptional leadership abilities. She was also elected into the Gold Humanism Honors Society in recognition of her compassionate care. She is finishing her internal medicine residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she has been recognized as an outstanding teacher and won numerous teaching awards. This July, Dr. Al Shabeeb will start her gastroenterology fellowship training at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic. Dr. Al Shabeeb has worked on many research projects and published multiple peer-reviewed abstracts and articles in medical and scientific journals. She showcased multiple poster presentations at local and national conferences. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, virtual reality, traveling, reading, chess, and meeting new people.

Ali Algabri

Ali Algabri is a 23-year-old Yemeni-American and a second-year Physician Assistant-PA, student at Eastern Michigan University, achieved admission with a remarkable 4.0 GPA, securing a prestigious nationwide full scholarship for PA school. Documenting his educational journey on Instagram as @paboundjourney, Ali provides invaluable guidance to aspiring students. He actively contributes to various community initiatives, serving as a youth committee member at myICD and holding a board position at Detroit Tea Talks. Additionally, Ali generously volunteers his time with esteemed Islamic organizations such as AlMaghrib Institute, Miftaah Institute, and UMMA. Utilizing his organizational skills and public speaking abilities, he plays a pivotal role in planning, coordinating, and emceeing Islamic events. Driven by a profound dedication to fostering community cohesion and promoting Islamic values, Ali passionately shares enriching events and experiences within his community, aiming to foster unity and strengthen communal ties.

Husni Almoubayyed

Husni Almoubayyed is an Artificial Intelligence leader in the field of education technology. He currently manages the AI team at Carnegie Learning’s Research department, using AI and data science to develop award-winning educational products and improve educational research and practices. Husni’s work spanning AI, education technology, and physics has been widely published in dozens of papers and international conferences. Husni was born and raised in Syria, before moving to Scotland to study physics at the University of Glasgow, and later moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2016, where he acquired a PhD in Physics at Carnegie Mellon University and where he continues to reside. Husni has traveled to over 25 countries and enjoys learning about and experiencing different cultures. Husni promotes celebrating Arab heritage and has been featured on TV and radio to raise awareness about Arab American and immigrant experiences.

Ramah Awad

Ramah Awad is a Palestinian-American community organizer and advocate based in San Diego, California. She graduated with honors from Stanford University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Anthropology. Her research on refugee rights and student activism for Palestine was recognized by a Stanford Award of Excellence. Since graduating, Ramah has published articles on a range of topics including Arab-American feminism, Palestinian statelessness, and youth organizing. Over the past decade, she has worked with various human rights organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee and the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees. Ramah currently serves as the Executive Director of Majdal, the Arab Community Center of San Diego. Since the beginning of her tenure, she has established the organization as a resource hub for Arab refugees and immigrants through social services, educational programming, and advocacy. Most recently, she has been selected as the Inaugural Palestinian Community Leader in Residence at UC San Diego. Beyond her leadership, she continues to find joy and rootedness in her heritage as a member of her local dabkeh dance troupe.

Mohammad Badawy

Mohammad Badawy is a proud Arab-Egyptian-American. At the age of 20 Mohammad graduated from New Mexico State University with a dual degree in Chemical Engineering & Microbiology, and was accepted into the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico, among the youngest in his class. Mohammad is very active in his Arab community, participating in his local mosques, and civic advocacy for Palestine, as well as in ensuring healthcare access to underserved populations of migrants and refugees. In his 3 years of undergraduate studies, Mohammad served as an officer in seven various extracurricular organizations. Mohammad has been recognized as a National Merit Finalist, a Mayor’s Top Teen for the City of Las Cruces, and graduated Salutatorian of his high school class. Mohammad visits Egypt regularly, where he has extended family and has completed his conscription exemption. Mohammad is an avid reader of history and politics and enjoys hiking and riding horses.

Zaina Yasmin Dana

Zaina Yasmin Dana is a Palestinian director and organizer based in North Philadelphia. Her passion for radical storytelling and empowerment of her people and their histories began at a very young age. She is a founder and the Resident Director of Eat Purple Theater Co., a new theater-making collective in the city. Her recent production of American Fast by Kareem Fahmy was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Original Production. Recently, she has been commissioned by the Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture Organization to create an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello for the 2024 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In the past, she had the pleasure of developing R3TURN: A Palestinian Pop-Punk Musical. She dedicates the rest of her time to uplifting the plight of Palestinian refugees through her work with UNRWA and UNRWA USA as the Project Manager for the Gaza 5K walk/run for mental health.

Liliane Daou

Liliane Daou is a Lebanese-American management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, currently based in New York. Throughout her career, she advised Arab organizations in KSA and UAE on strategic direction in areas including national transformations, culture, and technology. She earned her engineering bachelor’s degree at the American University of Beirut. Recently, she completed her dual master’s degree in Business and International Studies at the Wharton School. There, she served as President of the MENA Club, actively representing the Arab community and fostering cross-cultural exchange. She also participated in a unique study abroad program, where she sailed to 11 countries over 4 months, as one of the few Arab students. Inspired by her experiences, she authored a book You’ve Changed, now available in Lebanon, the UAE, and online, sharing her insights and discoveries. Today, she continues to actively mentor individuals to join high-stakes organizations, leveraging her leadership experience in renown public speaking clubs, and contributing to the growth and development of her community.”

Fred Essis

Fred Essis is a third-generation Palestinian-American from Ramallah. He is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in political campaigns and healthcare advocacy. Essis holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Villanova University and an MBA from American University. He has effectively lobbied Congress for the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology, achieving significant legislative successes that ensure access to high-quality care for patients. At the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he helped lead a record-breaking political action committee that was recognized with the 2019 Outstanding Association PAC Award by the Public Affairs Council. As a student, he co-founded NOVAdance, a charity that has raised over $1.5 million for pediatric cancer. His ability to foster strong bipartisan relationships, manage extensive legislative portfolios, and influence key policy initiatives underscores his commitment to impactful and innovative policy solutions in healthcare and beyond. Essis grew up in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Virginia with his wife, Rebecca.

Bayan Fares

Bayan Fares is a Palestinian writer, published poet, Licensed Social Worker, Tatreez Instructor, and founder of Badan Collective–a creative design house and educational space for Palestinian embroidery–tatreez. She has a Master’s in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and resides in the Chicagoland area. She founded Badan on the premise of keeping the tradition of tatreez thriving in the diaspora, which has allowed her to teach over 1,500 students across the nation and design multiple collections with artisans based in occupied Palestine.

Nadir Fouani

Nadir Hani Fouani is a first-generation Lebanese-American born in Detroit and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. Nadir graduated with his Bachelor’s from Wayne State University in Psychology, minoring in Sociology and Public Health. Nadir obtained his Master of Arts and Graduate Teaching Certificate in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education–HALE, Student Affairs Administration–SAA, Master’s Degree Program at Michigan State University. His passion for Higher Education has allowed him to serve his Arab and Muslim community as he has been focused on student advocacy, mental health advocacy, and interfaith work. Fouani has supported several Arab and Muslim student and professional organizations in his current role as a Resident Director at UCLA. He oversees residential buildings of 1200 plus students and focuses on their support and development, working with the Transfer Experience Living Learning Community. Finally, he helps incoming transfer students navigate UCLA, and focuses on community programming, crisis management, and supervision of student leaders.

Lena Freij

Lena Freij is a Palestinian American environmental attorney fighting for a safer, cleaner planet. As the daughter of a Palestinian immigrant, she understands the sacred relationship between people and their land, resources, and culture. This is what brought her to work at the Natural Resources Defense Council –NRDC, where she advocates for restrictions on harmful pesticides. Lena’s proudest accomplishment is her published legal scholarship, Climate Change and the Vulnerable Occupied Palestinian Territories, where she analyzed the Israeli occupation as an environmental injustice and advocated for community autonomy in Palestine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from California State University, Long Beach and earned her JD from UCLA Law School, where she received the Chancellor’s Service Award and the David J. Hayes Environmental Law Scholarship. While in law school, she was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.

Sherine Haidar

Sherine Haidar was born and raised amidst the vibrant culture of Lebanon, She embarked on a journey of self-discovery and exploration from a young age. Growing up in Lebanon instilled in her a deep appreciation for community, resilience, and diversity. As an advocate for fostering connections and empowering communities, Sherine is deeply committed to serving as a bridge-builder within the Arab American community through her role as the Engagement Director for North America on the Arabs@Amazon board.

Alia Hakim

Alia Hakim is a Lebanese American with a passion for the arts and with a focus on risk management. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with an honors degree in economics and a minor in political science. She swiftly entered the fintech sector, joining Rocket Mortgage in Detroit as a credit analyst. In her role, she emerged as a key player in purchasing Mortgage Servicing Rights bonds in the US market and now oversees the company’s portfolio risk and performance. Hakim’s Lebanese heritage fuels her commitment to community engagement, notably through initiatives like the Arab American Museum. With an interest in fashion and the arts, she harbors a strong desire to cultivate a platform for Arab artists to collaborate and express themselves freely, reflecting her passion for creativity and cultural exchange.

Faris Halaseh

Faris Halaseh is a Jordanian American and a third-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He was born and raised in Orange County, California, and graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Biological Sciences at the age of nineteen. Faris is passionate about innovation and his research interests include medical device creation, new treatments/therapies, and incorporating artificial intelligence into healthcare. While in medical school, he developed a 3D-printed chamber apparatus for wound healing research and a funnel system to better control irrigation splatter in the hospital. He is also passionate about advocating for his patients and strives to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. Through his endeavors, he hopes to bridge the gap between cutting-edge medical research and practical, patient-centered care. In his free time, Faris enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and traveling.

Tareq Hanna

Tareq Hanna is a dedicated medical student, motivated researcher, and proud Arab American currently conducting surgical research in Boston at Harvard Medical School. Through his work in Middle Eastern organizations such as CAMSA and NAAMA, Tareq has contributed to improving his community as well as mentoring aspiring medical students and future physicians. Hanna lived in Iraq and Jordan, prior to moving to North America, a background that inspired him to pursue the career path he has taken and made him passionate about addressing barriers to health care in his community. He works hard to one day make a difference in the lives of his patients and to continue to represent the Arab community. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Joey Nidal Hanna

Joey Nidal Hanna, a 28-year-old Palestinian American educator, is known for his exceptional dedication to learners with autism, earning him Educator of the Year in 2018. Beyond teaching, Joey is a driving force in the Palestinian American community. He leads initiatives like Leadership Ramallah, and Day of Action, empowering young adults, connecting them to their heritage, and advocating for justice. Being Palestinian is the greatest honor of Joey’s life, fueling his passion for social change and community engagement. His commitment extends to founding the Youth Outreach Committee and engaging teenagers in community activism. Despite his busy schedule, family remains his anchor, cherishing moments with his parents, four sisters, and nieces. His dedication to education, advocacy, and community empowerment embodies resilience and hope, leaving a lasting impact on those he serves.

Ahmad Hider

Ahmad M. Hider, MD, MPhil, from Dearborn, Michigan, is a general surgery resident at the University of Colorado Anschutz and an aspiring transplant surgeon. He received his B.S. in Biomolecular Science from the University of Michigan and his MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research from the University of Cambridge as a Trinity Hall Bateman and Mann Scholar. He graduated with distinction in research, medical education, and service from the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating from Alpha Omega Alpha and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He served as a Clinton Global Initiative University Scholar for his work on creating a global cystic fibrosis patient registry in low-middle income countries, used to identify best sites for treatment allocation and identifying eligible surgical lung transplant candidates. He was a former White House Intern within the Office of Science and Technology Policy. His work is included in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, American Journal of Surgery, and Nature Cell Biology. He aspires to become a leader in academic surgery.

Lucine Jarrah

Lucine Jarrah holds both a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and has dedicated her career to empowering marginalized communities and driving social change. During her collegiate years, she organized actions to advance student advocacy efforts. Building on her passion for grassroots organizing, Jarrah founded Cinema’s Finest, an organization that intersects the arts and activism. This initiative combined her academic interests with social activism, preparing her for future leadership roles. As the Executive Director of the Arab American Heritage Council, she has significantly expanded the organization’s scope and impact. Under her stewardship, the organization saw the launch of its Advocacy and Civic Engagement program and the highest annual revenue since its founding. She successfully championed initiatives like the inclusion of Middle Eastern and North African –MENA, communities in federal data collection and revived the council’s storytelling efforts, further amplifying Arab American voices.

Imad Jobah

Imad Jobah, a first-generation Yemeni-American born and raised in California, is a visionary healthcare leader committed to empowering underserved communities through mentorship and leadership. Imad received his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and a minor in Arabic at the University of California, Riverside. He furthered his education earning a Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington, complemented with an 18-month executive fellowship with CommonSpirit Health in Sacramento. Jobah is dedicated to improving patient access with the Dignity Health Medical Foundation, supporting various diverse communities. Imad’s multifaceted background and passion for healthcare innovation drive impactful change in healthcare equity. As the Founder of FIRST–Fostering Inclusive Resources for Student Transformation, a new nonprofit organization, he leads initiatives to bridge the educational and career gap for first-generation high school students. Beyond his professional role, he remains active as a former competitive tennis athlete, enjoys culinary exploration, and pursues digital videography.

Natasha Latouf

Natasha Latouf was born in Millersburg, Ohio, and is a Syrian-American astrophysicist, mentorship advocate, speaker, doctoral candidate, and science communicator whose work has been featured in Astronomy on Tap, the Astronomical Journal, Better Posters, and elsewhere. Latouf has published four academic papers in the Astronomical Journal, and the Bulletins of the American Astronomical Society across a range of astrophysical and mentorship sciences. She focuses on improving field standards by advocating for Arabs and Arab Americans in Astrophysics, as well as subverting the misogynistic expectations of women in STEM by naming her work BARBIE: Bayesian Analysis for Remote Biosignature Identification of exoEarths, complete with custom pink color scheme. She founded and has since led an organization called Spectrum, dedicated to empowering equitable excellence in physics and astronomy. She lives in the DMV, with her spouse and her corgi, Olive.

Nebal Maysaud

Nebal Maysaud is a composer, poet, and scholar who creates music that bridges an interest in spirituality, philosophy, and cross-cultural dialogue as evidenced by his collaborations in dance, art, and poetry. He is inspired by his Lebanese heritage and the deep connection between his home country and the diaspora. A musical diplomat, his work has been performed internationally at venues such as the US Embassy of Finland, Sibelius Academy, Cambridge Minerva Festival, Vancouver Art Song Lab, and across the US. he also pioneered a contrapuntal system for Arabic Maqam called musiqa tabaqat, creating modern works built on the works of Sufi and Neo-Platonic philosophers. He is a recipient of the Kim Allen Kluge Award for Young Composers, the Nathan M. Pusey Alumni Award, the James Ming Prize in Composition, and the Fromm Fellow Scholarship. His career enjoys support from the Arab American community and supporters on Patreon.

Fatema Medhat

Fatema Medhat is an Iraqi-American who was born in Iraq and raised in Saint Louis, MO. Fatema currently leads the USCRI Missouri field office where she serves as the Missouri State Refugee Health Coordinator– a position that is designated to one person in each state throughout the US. In her current position, she serves as the key point of contact for the network of refugee and refugee health stakeholders across the state and is the liaison between the federal government, local resettlement agencies, and federally qualified health centers. In her position, she ensures a statewide holistic approach to refugee health. Through the three federally funded programs she oversees, she serves over 5000 refugees in Missouri, the majority of whom are of Arab, African, and Hispanic descent. She has dedicated her career and efforts to improving health and living conditions for people of color in Missouri. Throughout her professional life, she has consistently focused on systems change initiatives and collaborations that benefit the Saint Louis community. Medhat earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. Additionally, she holds a Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in Saint Louis, where she was honored with the Edward F. Lawlor Activism Award in recognition of her leadership and unwavering efforts to challenge oppression and fight for social justice.

Simon Mourani

Simon Mourani graduated from Wayne State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Marketing and minoring in Computer Science. He continued his education at WSU’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, earning a Master’s in Business Administration in 2021 with a double concentration in Global Supply Chain Management and Information Systems Management. Throughout his time at WSU, Simon served numerous leadership roles across a variety of organizations including the Lebanese Student Association, Engineering Student Senate, Alpha Kappa Psi, Mike Ilitch Marketing Association, Pre-Professional Medical Society, and Circle K International. Now, he works as an Associate Program Manager in Public Affairs at DTE Energy, representing the backbone of DTE’s community engagement efforts. Simon is a proud Lebanese American from Detroit, MI, and also serves as President of the Lebanese Collegiate Network, a 501(c)3 non-religious, non-political, and non-discriminatory organization, where he is committed to fostering a well-connected community of University Lebanese Clubs across the U.S.

Ahlam Rahimee

Ahlam Rahimee is an incoming medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Ahlam graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. During these years, Ahlam served as president of the Yemeni Student Association. In addition, Ahlam founded Breaking the Cycle with Books, an organization dedicated to improving access to books for underserved students. Ahlam is passionate about helping improve access to education and resources for first-generation and underserved students. Currently, she is mentoring students through Keys to Navigating our World.

Safa Salem

Safa Salem is a Palestinian MD Candidate at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in History and Science, and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Her honors senior thesis focused on US healthcare policy as it pertains to poverty, which she was invited to share at a White House Listening Session. In medical school, she serves as Class President and was awarded the Albert-Schweitzer Fellowship for her community service with underserved youth in Columbus. She is involved in a multitude of research projects which she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. She co-founded the American Foundation for Improving Arab Health as part of advocating for a Middle Eastern and North African category on the 2030 US Census. She was awarded a grant and presented her work at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Leyth Swidan

Leyth Swidan is a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. He currently serves as a staff assistant in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, helping strengthen U.S. engagement in the Middle East. He most recently completed his second tour at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen where he served as the Human Rights Officer and Visa Unit Chief. He previously served as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. Before joining the Foreign Service, he served at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore and on the Syria Desk at the Department of State as a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies from Pomona College and an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Swidan is a proud Jordanian American and an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace.

Renee Yaseen

Renee Yaseen is a Syrian-American writer and entrepreneur from Indiana. In 2023, she became The Washington Post’s first-ever “Post Grad” columnist, covering topics about early careers, finances, relationships, and personal growth. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame cum laude in 2022, where she founded an award-winning tech startup and attained her B.A. in Economics, with minors in Theology and Philosophy, Politics & Economics. Post-graduation, she was a Senior Research Associate in Economics at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Currently studying to enter law school, she now coordinates youth outreach part-time for The Evolved Nest, an interdisciplinary research nonprofit, and serves on the board of PBS Newshour’s Student Reporting Labs, which connects young people with real-life journalism experience and education. She is also a member of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council.

Lour Yasin

Lour Yasin is a trailblazing Palestinian actress, singer, and creative force in the arts. Hailing from Jerusalem, Lour’s journey is marked by a passion for storytelling and a commitment to promoting Arab American culture. She has performed alongside Tony-Winning actors, including KO from Moulin Rouge, and graced stages worldwide. Lour’s groundbreaking work includes writing, composing, and starring in AREA D, the first Palestinian Pop/Punk Broadway musical, where she puts marginalized voices and Palestinian stories at the forefront. Her achievements include winning accolades such as the William W. Kleinhandler Prize and the Ruth Scott Sanford Memorial Prize. Lour is also the historic recipient of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Fellowship, becoming the first Palestinian selected by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Currently, she is preparing for her NYC tour promoting her EP, titled Maladaptive, and the debut of AREA D at the historic Joe’s Pub. With unwavering dedication to uplifting marginalized narratives and celebrating her cultural heritage, she continues to redefine artistic expression, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Ali Zreik

Ali Zreik is a visionary entrepreneur and business leader whose ventures in the healthcare, technology, and real estate sectors have earned him widespread recognition for business innovation and entrepreneurial success. His career began with a significant impact in the pharmaceutical industry, where he co-founded groundbreaking software that revolutionized pharmaceutical purchasing and distribution. Following this achievement, he developed and expanded a chain of medical practices, serving as the managing partner and chief operating officer. In this role, he led significant nationwide expansions and integrated technology-driven healthcare solutions. Additionally, he co-founded a company where he introduced AI technology to medical billing, setting new industry standards for efficiency. In real estate, he founded a company that is developing groundbreaking software to revolutionize the way properties are viewed and experienced. Ali also serves as the president of Zreik Venture Group, overseeing a diverse portfolio of companies. Beyond his business accomplishments, Ali is deeply committed to community service, making contributions through leadership roles in various organizations and initiatives, and extending his dedication to mentoring the next generation.

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