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Birkbeck graduate named among 100 Most Influential Young Africans

Amr Sobhy, who graduated from Birkbeck’s MSc Public Policy and Management in 2016, is an award winning Egyptian information activist, social entrepreneur, published author and poet.

Amr Sobhy – entrepreneur, activist, author and Birkbeck graduate – has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the Africa Youth Awards. The Awards aim to promote African youth movements and achievements and bring attention to the excellence of young people’s work across Africa.

Sobhy, who graduated from Birkbeck’s MSc Public Policy and Management in 2016, co-founded MorsiMeter: a digital initiative and online platform to document and monitor the performance of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, which attracted worldwide attention.

He has previously been named one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes for his tech startup PushBots, a company that helps companies increase customer engagement via mobile messaging. The Cairo-based company has over 20,000 users in more than 167 countries and sends over half a billion messages each month.

Another application developed by Sobhy, Mwazna, which visualises the Egyptian state government’s budget in a way that is easily accessible and understandable for the public, was shortlisted in the Open Data category of the Data Journalism awards in 2016. Sobhy is also the author of four books

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