Jordan 30 Under 30 Impact

By Unikorn Staff

As the world endures one of the worst global health crises in history, one silver lining is a growing consensus about the importance of working toward a shared-value economy. As our planet becomes more and more interconnected and interdependent, shared value and impact enterprises are emerging as one of the hottest global megatrends in every region of the world. The Middle East is no exception: a recent McKinsey report on digital connectivity highlights the Levant as one of the market’s best-positioned for disruptive innovation. With war, economic crises, and youth unemployment pervasive across the region, we look to Jordan and its stability, as a nation that can become a recognized leader in tech, innovation, and impact. 

At Unikorn, we pride ourselves on telling the stories of impact that are being created by youth all around the world, through the help of thousands of university student writers and editors from over a hundred countries.  To celebrate the launch of our new offices in Jordan, we have assembled the world’s first “Jordan 30 Under 30” list, dedicated exclusively to impact. Our selection criteria weighed resourcefulness, resilience, and creative capacity along with track record and footprint in impact.

Our 2021 list features talented young women and men, from students to self made entrepreneurs–in science, tech, travel, arts, and more–to the emerging leaders of Jordan’s top impact companies, NGOs, startups and government sponsored initiatives. It is important to note that this list is not a compilation of the wealthiest or most famous under the age of 30 in Jordan. We chose individuals who we believe are centered around impact and are on a trajectory for long lasting influence and change in Jordan and the region at large. We definitely missed some or simply didn’t have room for others, but that is where you come in! We are already accepting nominations for next year’s list and would love to hear from you here!

We are honored to introduce you to this year’s Unikorn Impact 30 Under 30 – Jordan. Be sure to like and share #jordan30 so you too can help share the stories of impact.

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Asma’a Al-Kayalli

Co-Founder, Startovia

Asma is the Co-founder of Startovia: a digital platform that provides support and guidance to early-stage entrepreneurs, enabling them to build, validate and launch their company. As one of Jordan’s leading entrepreneurship trainers under the age of 30, Asma inspires some of the region’s top companies across Jordan, Turkey, Dubai and Tunisia to think and act differently about business.

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Saddam Sayyaleh

Co-Founder, iLearn

Saddam believes in the power of education to change the world, turning that belief into one of Jordan’s fastest-growing social enterprises dedicated to disenfranchised youth. iLearn is a non-profit organization that mobilizes young volunteers to teach disenfranchised children in a creative, sustainable, and non-traditional way. iLearn’s core belief is that communities must create change themselves in order to thrive.

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Mohammad Aref Sammour

Co-Founder MedeArts | Senior Program Manager – Peace First

Mohammad is the co-founder of MedeArts: an award-winning social venture focused on leveraging culture and art to achieve social inclusion. He is dedicated to youth and impact and also serves as the Senior Program Manager at Peace First and was previously a manager at the Hult Prize Foundation.

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Raana Al Junidi

JCI Amman President 2021

Raana is one of Jordan’s leading female youth voices for impact. She is currently the Local President for JCI Amman 2021. She works as a communication specialist at the Crown Prince Foundation. Raana is an active member of the youth entrepreneurship community in Jordan.  She specializes in business acceleration and growth and is a renowned published researcher in the Jordanian business community.

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Abbas Al Asmar

Founder, Qaleb Studio

Abbas is the founder of Qaleb Studio, an online platform where users can efficiently customize and download in-house created and pre-designed templates with authentic Arabic and Islamic art. He is a true creative with ten years of international experience and an impressive international portfolio that spans multiple countries. It’s hard to believe that Abbas is still not yet 30. Among his many awards, he was recognized as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Saed Khawaldeh

Technical Consultant

Saed is a gifted engineer and dreamer, and one of the region’s leading AI experts. He focuses on artificial intelligence, neurotechnology, and medical applications, specializing in computational neuroscience and biomedical engineering. From MIT to NASA, Khawaldeh has international experience interning, researching, and teaching at the world’s top institutions and companies.

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Mahmoud Darawsheh

CEO & Founder, Mind Rockets Inc.

Mahmoud is the founder and CEO of Mind Rockets, an enterprise that develops assistive technological solutions for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing worldwide. Using award-winning AI technology, his 3D avatars deliver instant translation from text & speech, increasing the engagement and independence of the deaf community. Through empathy and innovation, Darawshesh has helped revolutionize accessibility in the Arab world.

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Ahmad Jadallah

Founder and CEO, Phi Science Institute

Ahmad is the  founder and CEO of Phi Science Institute (Phi), a digital platform which connects science enthusiasts and professionals. His company is leading the charge in the development of job readiness training in the sciences and offers real-time and on-demand workshops on science research, AI and the latest disruptive technology. Jadallah is also well known for founding the first AI lab in Jordan under Phi’s umbrella.

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Dr. Ehab Hamarneh

Founder, Highest Possible Expression

Ehab is the founder of Highest Possible Expression – the company behind the movement revolutionizing mindfulness in the Middle East.  Hamarneh believes in self-knowledge as the path to greater authenticity and empowerment and his latest program, the HPE Academy has already attracted over one million followers on social media and is teaching leadership, consciousness, and soul evolution at scale.

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Ala Hamdan

Founder, At Films

Ala is a storyteller, film director, and co-founder of At Films production company. She is a pioneer in the entertainment industry as one of the few Arab women operating in the sector across the region. In case you were not already impressed, Ala is also a best-selling author thanks to her book Muslims of the World.

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Kasem Hatou

Traveler and Content Creator

Kasem is an award winning and game-changing content creator. A leading Jordanian-Palestinian digital voice, he has inspired millions across the world through his creative content which can be found across multiple social media platforms. Known for his extensive travels to more than 50 countries, he has earned the nickname “Ibn Hattuta” and is responsible for the popular travelers’ Facebook community group “Musafiroon Bila Hudood” which he also founded.

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Mohammad Atoum

Founder, Yotta Solutions

Mohammad is one of the youngest founders on this year’s list and has been an entrepreneur since he was 15. He is the founder of an internationally acclaimed social enterprise: Yotta Solutions, a technology company he founded to enable impact around the world. Yotta specializes in web, tech, and database development and offers startup founders impact aggressive pricing in order to help democratize the startup experience.

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Anas Hayajneh

CEO & Co-Founder, Amtea

Anas is the CEO & Co-Founder of Amtea, a disruptive logistics company which harnesses the power of the crowd to complete point to point deliveries to and from Jordan. Utilizing unused luggage space in airline traveler baggage, Amtea is able to reduce shipping costs for its customers by up to 70%. In his final year of university, Anas is completing his degree in industrial engineering and leading his team as one of the top Hult Prize startups in the world.

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Salahaldeen Alazaizeh

Capacity Development and Training, iMMAP

Salahaldeen is an emerging leader at iMMAP, currently responsible for capacity development and training. As one of the leading youth innovation designers and trainers in Jordan, Salah leverages a deep understanding of innovation to implement seminars, workshops and in-depth programming to help leaders and businesses discover how to become the future version of themselves in order to have 10x the impact and growth.

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Ali Makahleh

Founder, 3DU

Since 2008, Ali has been working to mobilize social and economic change in youth. After multiple successful deployments in environmental and educational projects, Ali founded 3DU in Jordan. 3DU develops and implements customized educational services and programs, with a focus on building 21st-century skills and preparing students for active roles in the future of work.

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Yara Marei

Founder,  Z-Enviroil

Yara is the founder of Z-Enviroil, an environmental startup that is helping to alleviate oil spills using Jordanian Zeolitic Tuff. Her groundbreaking work and research is globally renowned and has been implemented worldwide from Jordan to Abu Dhabi to Arizona.Yara is also the presenter and co-producer of a TV show called Science Dioxide.

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Hamza Arsbi

Founder, Mind Lab

Hamza Arsbi is the founder, director and project manager of the Mind Lab, a youth hub that focuses on advancing education through scientific experiential learning. Over the past six years, the Mind Lab has developed ten curricula and reached over 8,000 students in seven cities around Jordan. Hamza oversees the design and implementation of educational projects that engage children of refugees and underserved communities. He also works closely with local and international government agencies on sociopolitical policy and methods for integrating design-thinking into operations.

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Anas Al-Chalabi

MENA Region Entrepreneurship Manager, Jusoor Startup Roadshow

Anas, or better known as, “That Entrepreneurship Guy,” as he’s known in the streets of Amman, has enabled hundreds of Jordanians and Arab business people to create tech startups across the kingdom. Originally from Iraq, Anas has spent the last thirteen years of his life in Jordan and is now the MENA Region Entrepreneurship Manager at Jusoor, a non-profit SME Accelerator, Anas looks after a business that has funded and created over 300 businesses in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey.

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Nada Manna

Head of the Jordan Office, Hult Prize Foundation

Nada is the Head of Office for the Hult Prize Foundation in Jordan. In her role, she manages the organization’s partnership with the Crown Prince Foundation. Nada has worked for the Hult Prize for more than five years and done everything from leading business accelerators, conferences, events, regional summits to creating content programming world wide. She was the first ever Jordan national to be recognized as a Hult Prize Top 20 Campus Director and is a recognized Jordanian Young Achiever at the World Science Forum.

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Yousef Amoura

Founder and CEO, Sager Drone

Yousef is an entrepreneur, engineer, and founder of Sager Drone – an emerging leader in the unmanned aerial vehicle sector.  With a decade of experience in UAV, business development and a burning desire to always create bigger and better things, Yousef leads the Sager team as not only it’s founder but as the CEO. “I know one thing that I know nothing,” is his first principle in life to remain curious. He is part of and influencing the community setting the rules and framework of the future regulatory environment of drones in Jordan and across the region.

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Nadine Tuhaimer

FabLab Manager, Maker & Digital Fabrication Enthusiast

Nadine is the manager of Jordan’s first fabrication laboratory, FabLab Irbid. As a passionate creator, she was first inspired to enter the, “learn by doing” space after attending MIT’s Fab Academy in 2018. She has been an advocate and leader of the fab lab methodology in the Jordan ecosystem since.

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Laith Abu-Taleb

Founder & CEO, WARAGAMI

Laith, an entrepreneur and activist, is the founder of WARAGAMI, the first company in the Middle East specializing in paper art. Laith is a certified educator and has held workshops coaching paper art in Jordan, Malta, Kosovo, the USA and Mexico. He is also the founder of the Arabic HeForShe Movement in the Middle East – the UN Women’s solidarity effort for gender equality.

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Qusai Abu Shanab

Co-Founder & CEO, Sdeq Co.

Qusai is the co-founder and CEO of Sdeq Co., an emerging Jordanian company, determined to create and nurture lifelong learners by helping parents and educators alike participate in enrichment activities through their mobile device. Powered by the desire to have impact, the company is leading R&D on new and dynamic ways to thoughtfully engage and empower youth through tech.

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Shahd Douglas.

Founder, TechTeb

Shahd is the founder of, “TechTeb” –  an Uber-esque mobile application designed to provide in-house medical services to end users. Specialized as a public health worker and content creator, she was inspired to create her business because of the lack of available on-demand health care services in Jordan. She is also the creator of Healthology – a video series promoting healthy lifestyles by showcasing the latest medical studies in a cool and informative way.

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Hamid AlQwaysim

Co-Founder, TheH2Academy

Hamid is a business developer, marketing expert and startup junkie that is addicted to entrepreneurship. By the age of 25, Hamid had already launched four companies and run as many at the same time. His most recent startup, MobEasy, developed the first mobile application to allow users to create their own apps without coding. In 2018, he started TheH2Academy.com to teach anyone how to become an entrepreneur. He is also the owner of the marketing agency TamsJo and entertainment company Tasheh. A long time supporter, coach and volunteer at the Hult Prize Foundation, Hamid AlQwaysim is a name that you should lookout for in impact. 

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Eyad Al-Olaimat

Founder & Director, ALWASET for Community Awareness and Development (ACAD)

Eyad Al-Olaimat is a Jordanian youth activist and the founder and director of the ALWASET for Community Awareness and Development (ACAD), a nonprofit organization that aims to provide awareness national projects using new communication technology to support and facilitate the participation of citizens in political life.

ALWASET’s projects include, iElect in India and ENTIKHABATE in Jordan. ENTIKHABATE  is a Jordan based platform which aims to raise the level of political awareness among citizens, enhance their involvement in politics, and facilitate communications between elected officials and their constituents using mobile applications, websites, and social media. 

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Ahmad Fareed Al Saif

Founder and CEO, Alefredo Books


Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Alefredo Books, an online education startup offering to buy and sell used books and uniforms across Jordan and the middle east. We all remember how Amazon started right? As of today, Ahmad has already created new economic opportunities for 5,000 families who have benefited from the ability to buy used books. In case you weren’t already impressed, Ahmad is also the founder of Jo Drive, a free carpooling application that connects neighbors who are headed to the same final destination.

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Humam Dweik

Founder, PROTECHME

Humam is a creative business consultant, project manager, activist, and self-described serial entrepreneur. He works for and advises multiple SMEs, NGOs, and startups as an independent consultant and most recently has joined the Hult Prize Foundation team as a Regional Director. Additionally, he is the founder of PROTECHME, a startup that created the region’s first heart attack detection device using AI to predict heart attacks and monitor high-risk patients in real-time.  

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Marwan Abdelhamid.

Founder, GrowHome

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. Marwan Abdelhamid is one of Jordan’s fastest-growing stars. He is a 20-year-old performing artist, content creator, and entrepreneur. His most recent startup is GrowHome – a network company that connects diaspora communities to entrepreneurs in their home countries. During GrowHome’s first year of operations, which is still in the pre-launch stage, Marwan and his team connected multiple Jordanian, Palestinian, and Lebanese startups to mentors, experts, and investors in the diaspora – mobilizing untapped human capital at scale. He is also one of the fastest-growing singers/songwriters in the Arab world having released his first song this year, “Jerusalem Freestyle,” garnering more than 100,000 streams on its debut.

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Yaman Aryan

Co-founder, Khousal

Yaman is heading projects coordination at Tulua, a startup disrupting the agritech field by creating microfranchise opportunities for individuals and families by leveraging state of the art technology in aquaponics. While his expertise in agritech, his compassion for those in need is what sets Yaman apart from his peers as one of the founders of Khousal – a non-profit which supports cancer warriors in Jordan. Yaman is also a certified national Taekwondo referee and coach for children.

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