I only heard of EdgeRyders a few days ago and have been drawn to the depth and warmth of this community. Thanks @bilal for letting me know about this!
My name is Islam. I am originally Palestinian and most recently I was based in San Francisco. I have a software/AI background and have worked at several tech companies in San Francisco over the past few years. Last June, however, I decided to quit my job and leave San Francisco. I didn't feel like I was connected with the work that I was doing, nor did I think the work I was doing was impactful enough.
I have been realizing as time goes by that I am very passionate about building out the tech ecosystem in MENA. I ended up spending most of this Summer in Lebanon where I was working with UNHCR to explore how software can help provide more efficient aid to refugees, and that was an eye opening experience in many ways.
At the moment, I am exploring business ideas that could be based in MENA and/or target the countries in MENA. I have a few ideas, but they're all still in an early stage. Looking forward to be brainstorming with all of you!
I'll try my best to make it to the gathering in Brussels if you'd have me