Where We Work: Middle East and North Africa

MENA projects


Across the MENA region - from North Africa and Egypt to the Gulf and the Levant - Peace First supports innovative young leaders to find and implement solutions to social problems. We’ve supported young people to develop sustainable agriculture solutions, create peer-to-peer mental health support systems and advocate for the rights and inclusion of immigrants. Our community of young social innovators is spread across the region and represents nearly every country, and we support their transformative changemaking work through special programs such as our regional Accelerator in Dubai in Fall 2019 and region-wide Hackathon in Summer 2020.




Project Spotlights


Ziad and his team started Qrecall, which uses QR code technology to store and share emergency medical information to patients in Egypt.



Lamiaa is providing personal and professional development to young women in Egypt through her project Tamakani.








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Lamiaa is providing personal and professional development to young women in Egypt through her project Tamakani.



Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, MENA

Fellows-in-Residence Mohamed

Mohamed Ghanem
Mohamed is a mentor, coordinator and advocate who has devoted himself to youth policies, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship and community development. Mohamed is MCW's Young Leaders Conference coordinator and the founder of Agent of SDGs enterprise, which aims to build up young people as "SDGs Agents and Advocates" to achieve Egypt's 2030 agenda. He is also a certified civic education instructor from the Goethe-Institute Cairo and the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilian The University of Munich.

As a youth trainer, Mohamed works with young people to help strengthen their skills in  debate, active citizenship, civic engagement, sustainable development, and social entrepreneurship. Mohamed received the Lotus scholarship from USAID to study political science in British University in Egypt and University of California, Davis.


Fellows-in-Residence Yousra

Yousra Mshmsh
Yousra is an artist and a youth activist who is dedicated to the development of underprivileged communities in her region through social entrepreneurship, technologies, and dialogue. Inspired by the hundreds of young people in her marginalized community, Yousra participated in several peace-making projects focusing on gender-based violence, social discrimination, bullying and lack of opportunities. Yousra also leads a project that empowers kids to resolve injustices in their local communities and practice changemaking. 

In addition to her youth-focused work, Yousra has several years of professional experience in supporting start-ups, social enterprises and SMEs to accelerate their growth and leverage their success in the MENA region’s biggest incubators and innovation hubs. Besides her B.Eng. degree in computer engineering from Jordan University, she holds a diploma in conflict management from Fryshuset-Sweden. Yousra is also a member of the UN office of counter terrorism youth unit working with a global team of changemakers on designing international peace-focused youth programs and materials.