1. Luma Makari

Age: 22
Occupation: Cofounder and CEO of Elggo
Nationality: Lebanese
Residence: Lebanon
Category: Social Impact

Makari is the cofounder and CEO of Elggo, an AI-powered mental health platform for K-12 MENA schools. In 2022, the platform developed an evidence-based curriculum tailored for MENA in collaboration with psychology practitioners, clinicians, researchers, and professors. Elggo conducted a pilot with 12,000 students, witnessing a 30% boost in well-being, as measured by the WHO-5 well-being index. In the 2023 academic year, it has accumulated a waitlist of over 50 schools eager to implement its platform. In 2023, the platform secured angel investment, closing a pre-seed funding round.