2022 Y.I.L Fellows.

Africa's Young Innovation Leaders


We selected people that have shown a track record of excellence in their personal development, career, and academics.


Our fellows have some level of mastery in a hard skill. Beyond getting a university/ polytechnic education, they have obtained further training in some skill.


Our fellows are graduates of various institutions, from diverse disciplines. In this edition, we have participants from Nigeria, the Gambia, Benin Republic, and Ghana.

Meckawy Rehab is a Public Health and Community Medicine demonstrator at the Alexandria Faculty of Medicine. Rehab is a Scholar Alumna of Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University (ASU) with a Master’s degree in International Health Management (MIHM) in partnership with the School of Population Health, University of New South Wales (UNSW). As a public health demonstrator, Rehab is passionate about leveraging her leadership, organizational, and teamwork skills to help boost preventive medicine in both developed and under-privileged communities, advocating for competent healthcare systems that offer high-quality efficient services. Rehab is the Outstanding Graduate Student Leader winner at ASU’s tenth annual Pitchfork Award. Also, she is a co-founder of an Egyptian educational student organization and winner of the Change Maker Award for Group Service. Eventually, her health-related Prototype #SavvyCare is a finalist at the Universitas 21 RISE Awards 2022, upon UNSW nomination. “RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is an international showcase of student achievement in sustainability and social innovation

Ayoub Chqoubi is an ambitious and driven MSc graduate from Mohammed V University (Rabat, Morocco), where he finished as the 2021 class valedictorian with many distinctions and awards. He’s the 2020 runner-up winner of the Africa Leadership Program (organized by ShARE in association with EDF and BNP-PARIBAS) and a 2021 ClimateLaunchpad national finalist. Ayoub has a deep interest in environmental sustainability, circular economy, and innovative R&D. During his internship at MAScIR (Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science Innovation and Research) he worked on several R&D projects addressing the valorization and recycling of waste. Beyond his keen interests in sustainability and research, Ayoub Chqoubi is passionate about volunteering work, he’s a member of Lions Club International and the club treasurer, where he worked on many projects tackling social and environmental issues. He believes that change begins with him & he aspires to be the change he wants to see in the world. His hobbies include reading, coding, discovering new cultures, and enjoying the beauty of nature.