Khadija Abdelhamid is an Award Winning Community Development and Youth Ambassador, who is extremely passionate about youth engagement and social change. She is a Business Management Graduate, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, YouTuber and Spoken Word Artist. Her passion is to inspire the young generation and give them the confidence to follow their dreams, through her recent global success of her YouTube Channel Dose of Inspiration. Khadija's work has been featured on The Huffington Post, BBC Three, The Independent Newspaper, London Live, Reuters TV, Islam Channel, British Muslim TV, Muslim Vibe and The Independent Newspaper.
Khadija is an inspiration to young people from all walks of life, she left secondary school with one GCSE and college with no A-levels but graduated from The University of Westminster with a 2:1 degree in 2016. She was recognised as a Young Leader and Youth Ambassador by the Metro Newspaper in 2012, working at an international level with other youth leaders from around the world campaigning against crime and bringing awareness via the internet and social media to the issues that affect young people in communities in articles, face to face community work and youth summits. In 2013, Khadija was chosen as part of Microsoft’s Programme Innovate for Good.
The Programme choses 80 young people from across the UK from 145 applicants, spending two days at Microsoft coming up with a business idea to inspire the next generation of Entrepreneurs. Khadija and her team then pitched their idea to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and she was awarded with a Microsoft Business Management mentor, who was the Project Manager for Windows 8 at the time.
She was also chosen for an exclusive internship in June 2015 to the United Arab Emirates. The internship was for excelling international students to meet and network with industry leaders in the Arab world including Government Officials. This includes, Issam, Chief Executive Officer for Dubai Tourism, Ali, Chairman of Dubai Palm Islands, Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council of United Arab Emirates and Jamal, Chairman of Dubai Film to name a few. She crowdfunded £1,000 to help pay for her internship, the money was successfully raised within a week and a half due to the support from her online community. She also received support from her local MP Barry Gardiner, who tweeted about her crowdfunding campaign.
Miss Abdelhamid has now set up her own networking events for young people in the UK to provide them with the opportunity to network with industry leaders and professionals but also a place for young people to meet, collaborate and connect with each-other and create a positive outlook for themselves in society.
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