Queen Rania Meets with TechWomen 2017 Winning Jordanian Team

November 13, 2017

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Amman) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with five Jordanian entrepreneurs and businesswomen on Monday to congratulate them on their success at TechWomen 2017, which was held in Silicon Valley in October.

The Queen commended them on their winning project, titled ‘Orphans in Jordan’, which consists of a digital platform aimed at increasing orphan’s low enrollment rates in institutes of higher education. Her Majesty also expressed her pride in their achievements, and discussed with them the important impact their project will have on their community, paving the way for other Jordanians to similarly excel.

Hailing from across the kingdom, the Jordanian team consisted of Aseel Al Musa, Nour Al Tobasi, Ala'a Agha Karss, Hiba Shabrouq, and Dhelal Shorman, who were among 100 participants chosen from a total of 4,000 applicants from 20 countries. The team was awarded one of five socioeconomic seed grants, with the remaining four awarded to teams from Cameroon, Kenya, Pakistan, and South Africa.

Inspired by the women’s time spent volunteering at local orphanages, their project will encompass a series of intensive personality and capacity-building workshops, as well as a mentorship program to provide positive role models toward which orphans can aspire.

As part of TechWomen’s exchange program, the five women received three-week project-based internship placements at leading companies Twitter, Fitbit, Unity, and LinkedIn in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The women told Her Majesty that the internship experiences had a tremendous personal impact on their confidence and entrepreneurial skills, encouraging them to develop new business ideas and partnerships after returning to Jordan. They also described to Her Majesty how their experiences in the United States had emboldened them to fight stereotypes about Arabs and correct misconceptions about Islam.

Aiming to empower, connect, and support emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), TechWomen is a mentorship and exchange program based in the United States. During TechWomen 2017, participants from around the world engaged in development workshops and  mentorships.