that time, Basem attended a session about Microsoft’s Corporate Social Responsibility
initiative, led by Ghada Khalifa, Citizenship manager of Microsoft Egypt. Inspired
by that experience, he joined TechHope, a YouthSpark program to engage MSPs in volunteering
for community initiatives and activities focused on information technology. At TechHope,
Basem worked on information security and Internet safety and coordinated sessions
for students on those topics.
Partway through university, Basem faced a health issue and required serious medical
attention. Still, Khalifa said, he maintained a strong focus on his work as well
as on his studies. He continues to pursue national projects on Internet safety and
creating Arabic educational materials for youth and children.
“It is not common that you meet a person with so much determination to overcome
his challenges in such a cheerful manner,” Khalifa said. Basem’s dogged pursuit
of knowledge in the technology field and multiple various experiences with Microsoft
have borne fruit: he now works in Egypt as an information security engineer.