Alia Abbas – Women Deliver

Alia Abbas

  • Age: 20
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Only when a young adult or child is provided a rigorous framework of selflessness & deducing to basic assumptions of decisions can they navigate their local & global environment, fully able to pursue new ideas, hold bold opinions, & continuously sculpt own worldview independently. The best thing for a child to realize early on is their individuality & imagination.

- Alia Abbas


Alia Abbas is an American thought leader and engineer. She has previously led a 501(c)(3) group under Erevna, leading a 60+ team in investigative data journalism & narration of refugees & emergency response teams on field during the unfolding of the COVID pandemic, previously covering uni-national foreign policy responses to refugee movement in MENA and LATAM. She runs several projects on satellite applications, accessible machine learning in life sciences, & biomanufacturing. Alia is currently training in physics and materials engineering and has previously worked at NICHD NIH and NIST. Alia has seeked to leverage technology as a means to an end of positive sum game to describe behavioral & individual economics and outcomes, open-sourcing robust education, expanding & resupply of scientific exploration, & translational startups in accelerating decrease in cost to energy & materials, maintained climate solutions, personalized healthcare.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

My mother, her selflessness, and something she once said, "what makes us different from any other species is our mind and collectivism, our individual time in this world is meant to be spent in flourishing it using our those gifts."

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

For every single young person for whom I can provide a framework or guidance to in unlocking their thirst for knowledge & what to do with it, is a win for me. Working with groups from Erevna, New Story Charity, Womanium, and UNHCR has provided me insight of how to leverage assets of technology on the field to solve a socially complex challenge.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

Reading and art is a wealth provided by our world that I always enjoy interpreting and appreciation of others interpretations. In addition, experiences like meeting new people, cultivating old ones, food, & fencing are forever favorites.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Urdu (Advanced/Native)
  • Arabic (Intermediate)
  • Korean (Elementary)
  • Spanish (Elementary)

Speaks On:

  • global dynamism & exposure to possibilities is what children need - how to provide learning accelerators & steer high potential for youth everywhere, regardless of background
  • Leveraging technology
  • how to have difficult conversations
  • making opportunities

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