An Egyptian-American female software engineer who seeks equality in her male-dominated industry has been named among the brightest young entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine.
Dina Ayman, 27, appears on Forbes’s 2022 list of the most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in various sectors.
Ayman works as a programme manager at Microsoft and is the youngest faculty member in the College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She was included in Forbes’s enterprise technology category for North America.
The magazine described Ayman as “an Egyptian-America advocate for diversity and inclusion”.
Ayman told Al-Fanar Media she was surprised just to be nominated for the list, the first of three stages before being chosen. “I was very happy just to be nominated,” she said. “I did not expect to reach the final list. This is a great responsibility I am proud of.”
In an official statement published by Al-Akhbar newspaper, Nabila Makram, Egypt’s minister of immigration, said: “Dina Ayman is a source of pride for Egyptian women abroad. She is a unique and inspiring model who embodies the empowerment of women and youth at the same time.”
She added that Ayman “has been able to achieve several successes in technology and become influential in U.S. society”.