The Global Shapers Profiles section will help introduce the Global Shapers active in the UAE, their backgrounds and initiatives aimed at catalysing positive change within their communities.
Global Shaper of the week: Mohamed Amine Belarbi
(Abu Dhabi Hub)
Mohamed is a serial entrepreneur who ventured in the fields of media, E-commerce and cybersecurity. He founded his first venture in freshman year of university, StudInov marketing strategies, a branding and design student group catering to companies in and out of the UAE. The following year, he went into media and publishing with the launch of millennial publication Gulf Elite, covering entrepreneurship and business stories, successful profiles, lifestyle and motivational content. The success of Gulf Elite as an English publication led him to establish a sister publication in Arabic called Business Arabi catering to Arabic speakers in the Mena region. Besides, Mohamed’s successes as an entrepreneur include inventions (engineering pending patent) and recipient of the Siemens Middle East award and the Technopreneur award among others. These early successes only pushed him to work harder and share his enthusiasm with others through his talks in Tedx and at high schools, universities and entrepreneurship camps in Morocco as well as his upcoming book to be released in Spain next year. It comes as no surprise thus that Mohamed was awarded “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by Arabian Business Startup Awards.
Not only did Mohamed thrive as an entrepreneur with multiple ventures under his belt, but he also played a key role in spreading the culture of entrepreneurship in the region through his entrepreneurship focused publication Gulf Elite drawing 40,000 readers a month, his Arabic publication Business Arabi drawing 30,000 Arabic readers in the region, as well as his Gulf Elite talks bringing industry leaders to university campuses to share their insights and experience with eager students. Mohamed is also well known among international student circles on Facebook thanks to his founding of “Opportunities for Students” group, a Facebook group with 49,000 international student member where daily opportunities (internships, competitions, conferences, scholarships) are shared for the benefit of the student population. Mohamed’s work directly impacts over 120,000 youth across the globe. Currently, Mohamed is focusing on cybersecurity and ensuring a safer cyberspace for GCC based companies through his VC-backed startup VUL9 Security Solutions.
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