We put the spotlight on six Arabs, who are game changers in Europe under the age of 30, plucked from a ranking of 300 nominees. President Donald Trump’s ban on people traveling to the U.S. from predominantly Muslim countries could affect activists Nadia Murad and Rouba Mhaissen, who are helping refugees fleeing atrocities in Iraq and Syria. Murad was a victim herself of the Islamic State.

NADIA MURAD, 21
Founder,
Nadia’s Initiative
Category:
Law & Policy
Origin:
Iraq
Residence:
Stuttgart, Germany

Nadia Murad is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations. A Yazidi Iraqi, she was captured in 2014 and enslaved by the Islamic State. After escaping her capturers, she settled in Germany and founded Nadia’s Initiative, which is dedicated to helping women and children victims of genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking heal and re-build their lives and communities.

ABBAS KAZMI, 24
Cofounder, Collegiate Capital
Category: Finance
Origin: U.A.E.
Residence: London, U.K.

Kazmi is raising $100 million to seed Collegiate Capital, a venture firm that focuses on fintech, cybersecurity, energy and gaming; he’s Europe’s youngest founder and managing partner of a VC fund of that size. He started his first business, a game called U-Design, at age 16; he also now serves as CEO of the Oxford Accelerator, a business incubator hosted by the university.

GHADA WALI, 27
Designer
Category: Arts
Origin: Egypt
Residence: Florence, Italy

Ghada Wali’s work most recently won the Granshan competition in Munich, as well as two Adobe Design Achievement awards. The Society of Typographic Arts Chicago considers her among the best 100 graphic designers in the world. Wali’s design experience includes MI7 Cairo, Fortune Promoseven, and J. Walter Thompson.

MINA BEKHEET, 29
Founder, Panacea Innovation
Category: Science & Healthcare
Origin: Egypt
Residence: Oxford, U.K.

Bekheet founded Panacea Innovation during his time at the University of Oxford to bridge the gap between scientific research and scientific innovation. The company is nurturing a new generation of bio-entrepreneurs, by creating an ecosystem for scientists to translate academic research into game-changing companies through its BioStars accelerator.

TALIB ALHINAI, 24
PhD Candidate at Imperial
College London
Category: Science & Healthcare
Origin: U.A.E.
Residence: London, U.K.

Looking to improve construction in remote areas, Alhinai created the world’s first flying 3D-printing drone that can create structures during flight. His aerial robot, Buildrone, can automatically detect and repair pipeline leaks. As a PhD student at the Aerial Robotics Laboratory, Alhinai led the Buildrone team’s win at the U.A.E. Drones for Good Award in 2016.

ROUBA MHAISSEN, 28
Founder and director, Sawa Foundation
Category: Law & Policy
Origin: Syria and Lebanon
Residence: London, U.K.

Rouba Mhaissen is an economist, activist and development expert covering Syrian refugees and forced migrations. Her U.K.- based Sawa Foundation provides food, education, and housing for Syrians displaced by the civil war.

BY FORBES AND FORBES MIDDLE EAST TEAM.