Heba is an Economics major and anthropology and development studies minor at the American University in Cairo and graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma from the American International School. She is passionate about women’s rights and hopes to one day live in an Egypt that is more a liberating and secure for women to fulfill their untapped potential without reservation. She is the co-founder of Heya: The Women’s Initiative, Egypt’s first student organization to address gender equality and women’s empowerment and a UN Women endorsed youth initiative. She was also a student associate in the Youth Leadership Program at the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at AUC. As a student associate at the Gerhart Center, she worked as the liaison for a collaboration between the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and the Egyptian Feminist Coalition to promote gender studies in Arabic at public universities. A few summers ago, she got the opportunity to work at UN Women Egypt and learn about and interact with inspirational local and international women’s rights actors that inspired her to further Heya’s vision and reach. She was also part of the Pembroke-King’s summer program at Cambridge University, where she studied Economics and Gender Studies.