In My Shoes Series
DateSep 9, 2021
We are proud to introduce our new project! In My Shoes is an original IGTV Series by Young Arab Leaders that will serve as a platform for YAL speakers to talk about their challenges, lessons, and experiences during uncertain times. In My Shoes will feature inspirational stories about remarkable startups in the UAE and how their positivity and determination brought them to succeed in their businesses and to lead fulfilling lives.
Session 1 - YAL Speaker Ehtesham Puthur, Co-Founder & CEO of Junkbot
CEO & Co-Founder of Junkbot Robotics. Ehtesham led a team to transform Junkbot from an idea to a community of 50,000 makers around the world. Junkbot kits are used by 500+ schools in MENA region. Ehtesham and Junkbot team have launched their B2C platform skillplay.co to help MENA region prepare for the future skills. Junkbot is a DIY robotic kit that transforms household objects into unique robots that can be programmed for a variety of functions. Ehtesham shared the story of Junkbot, the challenges faced during the pandemic and the lessons learned. Full interview
Session 2 - YAL Speaker Majed Halawi, Vice-President Pure Harvest Smart Farms
Majed Halawi is responsible for managing Pure Harvest’s expansion efforts including corporate development, technical design, and construction/program management. He began his career in engineering and then turned to management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group. Pure Harvest is a technology-enabled agribusiness focused on local, sustainable cultivation of premium quality. Majed talks about how Pure Harvest has grown and managed to adapt to the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Full interview