It was already one of the best days of her life. Waed al Taweel, a 20-year-old Palestinian college student and budding businesswoman, travelled to Washington, DC, shook hands with Barack Obama and spoke at his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, an event aimed at deepening economic ties between the US and the Muslim world.
But for Ms Taweel, who grew up on the West Bank, the real excitement came after her speech. On hearing Ms Taweel’s presentation about a company she started aged 17, the president of Babson College, Wellesley, offered her admission to the school’s graduate business programme and a full scholarship to boot.
“In Ramallah [West Bank], if you want to get your MBA you’ve got to go abroad,” says Ms Taweel. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
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Author: Rebecca Knight