03 Apr Meet Ibro Alhussain, our new Director of Youth Entrepreneurship
By growing our team, we’re able to serve more and more youth each year. Please welcome Ibrahim Alhussain to the Academy team as Director, Youth Entrepreneurship. Check out his Q&A to see why he’s the perfect fit for this new program.
Ibro, what drew you to this work?
I’ve always enjoyed working with people and helping them in any way I can. It’s something I value a lot because it is something I didn’t have when I was growing up. Volunteering and helping others grow became a calling, which ultimately led me to student services and helping entrepreneurs gain the skills they need to reach success.
How did you find out about Rêve Academy?
I was in search of something new—a new challenge that could help me grow both professionally and personally. During my search, I happened to stumble across a job description for Rêve Academy. It seemed to have the best of both worlds. Working with students in an entrepreneurial manner encompasses all of the things I’m passionate about: entrepreneurship, education and development.
Can you tell us more about your background and education?
My siblings have always turned to me for advice and help, but I didn’t have someone in my life to do the same for me. My journey began out of high school when I couldn’t get into college. So I began working at the family business as an office assistant. Even in this role, I did my best to help others by volunteering my time and coaching young minds. I then went to Valparaiso University to study engineering but quickly switched to business. When I started my studies, I got involved with the Office of International Programs by supporting international students as they transitioned to life in the United States. This led to me earning an MBA and eventually joining Saudi Aramco at their entrepreneurship center in Saudi Arabia. My hope was to have an even bigger impact on the lives of others by helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into reality. While there, I developed their business incubator and all of its programs, which is something I’m very proud of.
In your short time at Rêve Academy, what has stood out to you?
The friendliness and support of the staff. They make you feel you are not only part of a team, but also part of a family. I get this feeling both in the office and out of the office during our occasional team outings.
How do you spend your free time and what’s something that people might not know about you?
I have a lot of dreams for the future: I’m in the process of writing my first book. I have a startup that I began two years ago. And I hope to earn a Ph.D someday and become an accredited business consultant.
Thanks for chatting with us, Ibro! We can’t wait to see your impact on youth in the coming months.