Yousef Hesham

Yousef is a change leader with over seven years of experience working at the intersection of youth engagement, economic empowerment, and inclusiveness. His social development adventure began at the age of 18 when he cofounded the VIA Club, with the goal of bridging the gap between student competencies and labour market demand supporting 4,500+ university students. He wore multiple hats, working in business development, project management, and research for a variety of INGOs and consultancies. He currently works at Ashoka as a Regional Fellowship Assistant, empowering civic organizations in the Arab region. Additionally, he is the founder of ZShapers, an initiative to empower young leaders in the civic sector. Yousef was selected in 2020 to represent Egypt in SWY under the auspices of the Japanese Cabinet Office, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s community “Global Shapers”, and is the curator of the GIZA hub for the year 22/23.

Yousef has a BSc in Business Administration from Cairo University.