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Making Bricks Out of Ashes and Bringing Electricity to Gaza
September 8, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Majd Mashharawi, engineer, entrepreneur
Founder and CEO, GreenCake | Gaza, Palestine
Majd Mashharawi leads a startup that makes bricks from recycled local materials, employs women in the Gaza Strip and created SunBox, an affordable solar device that produces energy and provides electricity to hundreds in Gaza.
A resident of war-torn Gaza, Majd Mashharawi observed the acute need for access to construction material in order to rebuild damaged buildings and infrastructure. She strove to meet this need by founding GreenCake in 2015, a company that creates environmentally friendly bricks from ash and rubble.
In the summer of 2017 she developed SunBox, an affordable solar device that produces energy to alleviate the effects of the energy crisis in Gaza, where access to electricity has been severely restricted, sometimes to less than three hours a day. With SunBox, she was able to provide electricity to hundreds of people; SunBox was awarded a prize in the annual MIT Pan Arab competition. She received her BSc in Civil Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza. In 2018 she was selected as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company.
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