Mohamed joined the Lazord Fellowship in 2015, right after graduating from college. He was placed at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). During his year at UNIDO, he worked on two different projects in Upper Egypt in Minya and Luxor. Through the different interventions on the two projects, he was able to learn a lot about human security, green entrepreneurship, technical education, vocational training, agribusiness, and rural development. Shortly after the end of the fellowship, he joined UNIDO as a full-time employee with a focus on green entrepreneurship in Upper Egypt.
Mohamed is passionate about empowering Upper Egypt residents through providing access to knowledge and opportunities for youth, and enhancing the technical education and vocational training for students and graduates. He was able to live out his passion through his social initiative, “Upper Egypt opportunities hub platform,” which is the first non-profit virtual community hub in Egypt for Upper Egypt residents. The hub supports neglected and marginalized communities in the following Egyptian Governorates: Beni Swaif, Fayoum, Luxor, Qena, Aswan, Assiut, Sohag, Red Sea, and New Valley.
His theory of change began when he was a volunteer leader at Masr Ta3mal, an initiative that helps students in career advising and planning; this initiative is supported by Microsoft CSR and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mohamed is currently an entrepreneurship coordinator at Chemonics Egypt in the eco-industrial department, which specializes in supporting entrepreneurship programs that work with local and international agencies on renewable energy, waste management, agribusiness, and food production. Mohamed received his bachelor’s degree in industrial education from Sohag University, and is currently planning to pursue a master’s degree in green entrepreneurship and livelihood.