CHAPTER TWO

be curious

A book collection to encourage the Millennials and Gen Z to reach their potential and connect with mentors.

Those Who Inspire is a book collection, whose purpose is to encourage the Millennials and Gen Z to pursue their dreams and believe in themselves. We connect young people with local role models and mentors from their own country. Each book is a source of inspiration to the youth of different countries all over the world. It can be used as a tool for them to discover fascinating and accessible stories of men and women from all walks of life, the Inspiring People - IP. By sharing their stories, the IP ignite passion in the hearts of the youth of their country.

PANAMA

Panama is one of the only countries in the world where it is possible to see the sun rise on the Atlantic Ocean in the same day and then the sunset on the Pacific Ocean! It’s also the country where we launched in July 2019 the second book on the American continent. 48 Inspiring Panamanians will truly and passionately inspire you.

BAHRAIN

The Kingdom of Bahrain is the country where we launched our ninth book in October 2018. Infinite inspiration and reliable mentors will be found in 140 pages and 51 real life stories of Bahraini women and men from all walks of life and all ages.

LEBANON

A collection of 60 Inspiring Lebanese awaits you in the pages of Those Who Inspire Lebanon, launched in June 2018 in Beirut. Discover the cultural and religious diversity, ingenuity and generosity of the Lebanese people through their stories.

MEXICO

Mexico, a magical place, full of colours, flavours and traditions, is the first country on the American continent where we launched Those Who Inspire in May 2018. Get inspired by the stories of 107 Mexicans from all walks of life.

KUWAIT

63 Inspiring women and men from Kuwait who had the courage to share their passions, real life stories, doubts and inspirations. Those Who Inspire Kuwait, our third book in the GGC area, was launched in April 2018.

HONG KONG

Hong Kong, place of diversity and contrast, as you will discover reading the stories of 67 Inspiring Hong Kongers, all mentors to the Hong Kong youth. This first book in Asia was launched in 2016.

NIGERIA

2 years to complete our first book on the African continent. Discover the surprising and amazing stories of 90 Nigerians from all around the country. After the launch in September 2015 in Abuja, we donated 15.000 to the Nigerian youth.

UAE

60 Emiratis from all walks of life across the 7 Emirates tell their stories to inspire and motivate the Emirati youth. The launch took place in 2014 in Dubai.

OMAN

Oman is our first book of Those Who Inspire book collection. We launched it in English and Arabic back in 2012 in Muscat. Many thanks to our Omani friends for trusting us in this first and unique adventure and supporting the Omani youth.

How do we produce our books?

We meet face to face with all the IP, discover their story, experiences, and advice to younger generations, and we turn their words into a beautifully written narrative, just long enough to capture their voice and to celebrate who they are and how they’ve made an impact. With about 45 to 107 people portrayed in each book, we include people from all backgrounds and walks of life, both famous and everyday heroes – anybody who is living their dreams and simultaneously adding real value to the people around them.

How do we get the books into the hands of as many Millennials and Gen Z as possible?

The books' distribution is done within the same spirit as its creation: Donate a maximum of books to youth. No young person should have to pay for it. We partner with companies who receive half of the books for their young employees and training center. The other half is donated to all public universities. A few months later you can also read it and share it online for free.

5 criteria to be selected as an Inspiring People

Be citizen of the region or country

Be inspiring

Be passionate and daring

Give back & sharing (Mentoring, Volunteering, Philanthropy…)

Pledge to some mentoring if contacted by the local youth via TWI and/or do talks for the youth

Inspiring story

At just 15, aspiring chef Karim Mohammed Altoobli is determined to take the culinary world by storm. From his first dish cooked in his grandmother’s kitchen to the restaurant he hopes to open in Bahrain after completing his studies in France, he is determined to share his passion for cooking with the world, serving it up one delicious recipe at a time. “I decided that I am a chef when I was just a small kid,” Karim smiles. “Food makes me happy.”

Karim Mohammed Altoobli

Aspiring Chef

Inspiring story

Inventor, entrepreneur, mother and PhD candidate, Amina Al Hawaj creates medical devices to improve physiotherapy for patients. “People say I’m the first female inventor in Bahrain, but I certainly don’t want to be the only one,” she explains. “I want to inspire people to do more. Innovation has become a buzzword. Any workshop you go to, you hear ‘innovation,’ ‘women,’ ‘innovation.’ But we are really just doing what is necessary.”

Amina Al Hawaj

Ambassador of Invention

Inspiring story

Raya El Hassan has gone from being a child of war to one of Lebanon’s most ambitious public servants, devoting her life and work to her country against all odds. Ever since becoming the Middle East’s first female Minister of Finance, she continues to push boundaries with important national projects, including the Tripoli Special Economic Zone. “Progress isn’t easy, but you can’t abandon your country.”

Raya Haffar El Hassan

Chairperson and General Manager Tripoli Special Economic Zone

Inspiring story

After surviving an assassination attempt that took her hand and foot and caused severe burns over much of her body, May Chidiac refused to be defeated. She returned to her outspoken brand of political journalism, took to the screen and set up the May Chidiac Foundation. She’s now planning a career in politics. “Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone,” that has been my motto ever since that day.

May Chidiac

Founder and President May Chidiac Foundation

Inspiring story

Through their organization Unreasonable Mexico, José Medina and Raúl de Anda dedicate themselves to supporting social entrepreneurs in Mexico – anybody working to solve the country’s most urgent social challenges. The two of them work very closely together, helping to inspire and change the realities of the people around them. For both of them, it’s all about doing work that is meaningful and finding new ways to add value. They agree on a lot of common principles, including this: “It is important to be different, to ask questions, and to achieve your goals.”

José Medina and Raúl de Anda

Co-Founders Unreasonable Mexico

Inspiring story

Cultural curator, entrepreneur and founder of i AM HERE, a platform that uses inspiration as a tool for empowerment, Bárbara Arredondo Ayala promotes kindness, authenticity, and positivity as the cornerstones of social change. “It is our responsibility to live truthfully, be open-minded and inspire people to question their ways of thinking,” she says, positive that change can only come from nurturing hope and creative potential. “What moves us as humans is the experience of loving and learning, creating and releasing, giving and receiving, forgiving and being forgiven. That’s what matters in life, more than anything.”

Bárbara Arredondo Ayala

Cultural Curator & Entrepreneur i AM HERE, We Matter strategies

Inspiring story

From raising awareness about good health practices in Tanzania to mobilizing Kuwaiti youth, creating health informatics solutions and protecting the country’s marine environment, Dr Dari Alhuwail, Assistant Professor of Information Science at Kuwait University, has found the golden balance in turning his passions into volunteering opportunities, most so through his work with the Kuwait Dive Team. “We are called upon by different government agencies,” says Dari. “They know that we can get the job done. For us, it a service to Kuwait. We help because we want to make Kuwait a better place.”

Dr Dari Alhuwail

Water Rescue Captain

Inspiring story

Esteemed economist. Mother. Human rights advocate. Businesswoman. Poet. Kuwaiti. Sheikha Dr Souad M. Al Sabah is nothing short of a living treasure, a force of nature whose contribution to Kuwaiti intellectual and cultural life over the past fifty years has been immense. Passionate about many causes and long-time advocate of the women’s cause, human rights, and education, Dr Al Sabah also seeks to preserve the Arabic language and share its wealth and complexities with the younger generation. “Believe in yourselves,” she says. “Believe in your country. And believe in your heritage—language and the culture it carries.”

Dr Souad M. Al Sabah

Poet, Human Rights Activist & Economist

Inspiring story

Simon Murray, CBE, has lived a life of intrepid pursuits, always carving out his own path. He moved to Hong Kong fifty years ago and was one of the few expatriates who stayed. His contribution to the country is expansive and impossible to fully measure. For him, it has always been a matter of following his instincts and listening to others when it counted most. “When I look back, it’s impressive to think about all the people who have been there at every crossroads in my life, people who have guided or inspired me. But really my life has been like an unplanned scramble up the mountain.”

Simon Murray

Chairman and Founder SMC & GEMS

Inspiring story

Despite a busy professional life as CFO and COO, Malaysian-born Quin SQ Thong dedicates much of her time to helping others. In 2014, she helped create a social enterprise that empowers weavers in Bhutan. She also teaches financial literacy to schoolchildren, and in 2016, she published a children’s book on wealth management. “If you can manage five dollars, you can manage five thousand dollars or 500,000 or more, and therefore you can manage your life. That’s what we teach in the book,” Quin explains. “It’s about appreciating, about knowing how to spend, save or share – but not just money. You can also share your time. You can also share your knowledge.”

Quin SQ Thong

Hope Officer

Inspiring story

Nwankwo Kanu worked hard to establish himself as one of Nigeria’s most recognized footballers, but not long after leading the Nigeria team to the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics, he was diagnosed with a heart condition and needed surgery. Thankfully, Kanu made a complete recovery and was back on the field in a matter of months. The life-changing experience led him to start the Kanu Heart Foundation, raising awareness about heart health and helping young Nigerians receive treatment for heart conditions. “Each and every person must find a way to give back in some way, shape, or form to this country.”

Nwankwo Kanu

Footballer & Founder of Kanu Heart Foundation

Inspiring story

Zuriel Oduwole is a girl of far-reaching and dynamic aspirations. And having already accomplished so much at an extremely young age, inspiring other children and even adults throughout Africa, she is well on her way to realizing those aspirations. Born in the U.S. to a Nigerian father and a Mauritian mother, Zuriel considers herself a Pan-African child. ...To be continued...Read the whole story!

Zuriel Oduwole

Student/Activist

Inspiring story

Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises, is a seasoned entrepreneur with a mind for creative solutions. Never content to rest on his laurels, he remains determined to embrace challenges on his own terms. He sees the potential that business has to generate social change and encourages young entrepreneurs to get involved, to be unafraid of failure. “Your experience curve goes up with your problem curve. If everything is smooth sailing, your experience curve is going to be a lot flatter. So don’t be afraid to get those failures in your pocket!”

Badr Jafar

CEO Crescent Enterprises

Inspiring story

Budreya Faisal, fashion designer, car enthusiast, and one of the first Emirati women in sports marketing, inspires those around her not just with her marketing acumen and creativity but the sense of passion she carries throughout life. “Do not be afraid to be different, to pursue what it is you want in life; people may not understand you at first but they will come around,” she says. “At the same time, don’t ever hesitate to seek support, whether it’s advice or anything else – I don’t think any country can give as much support to its people as the UAE does.”

Budreya Faisal

Head of Marketing and Sponsorship Arabian Gulf League Fashion Designer, BLEACH

Inspiring story

Tariq Al Barwani aided the Sultanate’s transformation into a digital society, which opened countless doors for economic growth and job creation. “Today, most of the world’s ICT projects are outsourced to India, but we can do it in Oman too, even better,” he says. “We have the knowledge and we can be both creative and effective. But first we must believe in ourselves.”

Tariq Hilal Al Barwani

CEO and President knowledgeoman.com

Inspiring story

Maha Al Lamki is a successful businesswoman who refused to abandon her dream. After launching two highly profitable companies in a short span of time, Maha has become a beacon of hope, strength and determination for all Omani women. Most importantly, Al Lamki’s support of young female entrepreneurs in Oman has helped unlock the vast creative and economic potential of aspiring Omani girls. Her success against the odds is a reminder to all Omanis that, in her own words, “nothing is impossible.”

Maha Al Lamki

Owner and Managing Director M Events and Decor Bait Al Dhahir

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