Three Arab promising tech leaders make it to TheMarker 40/40 list

The 2019 edition of TheMarker 40 under 40 promising leaders was released this week. In this context, the list included six different categories: executives, public servants, scientists, lawyers, high-tech and creative professionals. Among the high-tech category, three were promising Arabs leaders:

Ismael Kharoub, 28:

Discovered his love for programming at age 12. As a child in Jaffa Ismael loved to play video games ,and so, decided to teach himself how to develop ones, firstly through books and then by watching YouTube videos. At the age of 16, Ismael decided to take his passion for programming to the next level, forgo of his bachelor's degree and established, alongside his friend Mohamad Arar, a competitive gaming initiative named GameVision. Today, Ismael is the co-founder and CEO of Avenews GT, a digital ecosystem where buyers and sellers can interact directly, without the need for unnecessary intermediaries. The blockchain-based platform empowers commercial sellers and buyers of agricultural produce and encourages them to participate in the global market and deliver unique and high-quality products to the world.

Hisham Abdulhalim, 30:

Hisham, a Senior Product Manager at PayPal, was born in the United States and raised in the United Kingdom and Scotland, and recently moved to Haifa. Thanks to his father, a professor of physics, he was exposed to technology at a very young age and started interacting with computers from the age of four. Hisham holds a bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from Shamoon College of Engineering (SCE) and a master's degree from both SCE and Ben-Gurion University (BGU), while also completing a second master degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from Tel Aviv University (TAU), and a doctorate degree in Ethics in Software Engineering from BGU and INSEAD in France. Hisham’s research revolves around the question of how ethical tools can improve the quality of software development projects, in a way that will enable technology to be perceived as a positive force, rather than a threat.

Shayma Sharif, 28:

Shayma was raised in Beit Hanina in Jerusalem and at the young age of 16 joined a program by the Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET), a non-profit organization that aims to develop Jewish and Palestinian leaders for entrepreneurship, startups and social involvement projects. Before joining NFX, Shayma gained tremendous experience during her time as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), being the first and only Muslim Arab woman to get accepted to the group. Today, Shayma serves as an Associate at NFX, where she attends all meetings related to investments, assists with marketing messages and content, and assists in finding and interviewing potential startups.

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