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Omar Bawa

Forbes 30 Under 30, Kairos Global Fellow, HR Tech, UNLEASH America Runner Up, Ben & Jerry's Social Entrepreneurship Runner-Up, LIFT Public Choice Winner

New York City, New York, United States
Member since July 11, 2018
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Forbes 30 Under 30, Kairos Global Fellow, HR Tech, UNLEASH America Runner Up, Ben & Jerry's Social Entrepreneurship Runner-Up, LIFT Public Choice Winner

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Spotify: I admire their development and product management process, notably their use of Squads. Invision & Sketch : They have created invaluable tools to design human-centered interfaces and user experiences. Snowman: The developers behind the beautifully designed mobile app game Alto’s Odyssey. I find their visual storytelling and user experience exemplary. Ecosia: Their mission inspiring. Ecosia is a search engine that donates its ad revenue to plant trees – they’ve planted more than 30 million.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

In my experience, both the most frustrating and the most rewarding part of entrepreneurship is the element of the unknown. Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster of highs and lows. In the end, the unexpected twists and turns mean you’re always learning and always improving.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Giving up too early. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. When times get tough, perseverance and grit are your best friends.
2. Listen, and listen carefully – to your product users, your community, your employees and your stakeholders.
3. Be open to and seek out as much constructive criticism as possible. The more you know, the more you can improve.

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

My parents worked in the humanitarian sector for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDs, TB and Malaria. Growing up, making a difference became ingrained in me and my brother and cofounder Taha. We wanted to maximize our own personal impact on the world, so we became social entrepreneurs together with a mission to impact society positively using technology.

Full bio

Omar, 25, is the co-founder of Goodwall. He started Goodwall to inspire and encourage the next generation to achieve more, maximize their potential and impact society positively. He leads Goodwall's product strategy, design, and implementation. He has been named on Forbes' 30under30, has served on the Editorial Board of the United Nations Magazine, is a Kairos Global Fellow, has been a speaker at TEDx, Google, and the IB Heads Conference.Omar holds a degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Geneva, studied International Intellectual Property Law with a scholarship at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s Academy and International Humanitarian Law at the IIHL in San Remo. Omar also studied courses in Product Design and Innovation at Stanford University's Continuing Education and Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.