Hey! Tell us who you are and where you’re from.
Sara: I am an Electrical & Computer Engineering student minoring in Economics at the American University of Beirut. I come from Lebanon.
You are a JA/INJAZ alumus: What did you do during the JA/INJAZ program and what was your role?
Sara: I participated in the 2018 INJAZ Company Program Women in Tech edition, where I co-founded MaktabaTech. Our startup aimed to reinstate the love of reading in children by bringing to life their favorite books via an augmented reality-based application.
How did your JA/INJAZ experience change the way you approach things now?
Sara: When I began my journey with INJAZ, I had no previous experience in entrepreneurship. Acquiring an entrepreneurial mindset allowed me to learn how to bring my ideas to life and tackle challenges in innovative ways.
If you had a choice between two superpowers—being invisible or flying—which would you choose and why?
Sara: I would choose flying, as I am not a shy person. I believe that what I say has value and what I do makes a difference and hence never try to hide in crowds.
Imagine you’ve been giving as much money as you want. What kind of company would you start and why?
Sara: I would use the money to grow Benzinati, the startup I am currently working on that aims to fight climate change by reducing the number of private vehicles and encouraging eco-friendly means of transportation. With everything happening today, I believe that sustaining our planet is crucial to sustaining life on Earth, and the only way we can achieve that is by forming a community of aware and responsible individuals who share a common mission.
Imagine you could interview your favorite celebrity. What questions would you ask him/her?
Sara: I do not have one favorite celebrity; rather, I am inspired by all entrepreneurs who took risks and persevered to make profitable businesses out of their passions despite how many times people told them they would fail. I would like to interview Lebanese economist Danielle Hatem, who educates people on business topics in fun and simple ways, and Saudi media figure Ahmed Al Shugairi, who travels the world to share knowledge with people, motivating them to take action and seek inner peace. I would like to ask both of them how they knew what they wanted to do and what factors helped them get through all the difficult times they faced on the road to success.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Go big or go home.”
What’s your superpower and why?
I have an active imagination and dream even when my eyes are open. I believe that this is my superpower because the greatest inventions and businesses were once visions imagined by their founders. One of my favorite quotes on this topic is: A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.
What are you most excited about regarding the Gather Reporters?
I’m excited to work with a global team to share stories with the JA community that inspire, motivate, and impact.