Hult 2010 Honors Track student Masooma Habibi has been recognized by President Barack Obama for her entrepreneurial achievements at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington D.C. She was also highly commended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who congratulated the delegates for "not merely [being] successful entrepreneurs but pioneering entire industries for their countries."
Born in an Afghani refugee camp in Iran along with her siblings, Ms. Habibi had to weave carpets to support her family. However, after the fall of the Taliban, she traveled back to Afghanistan with a vision to help her country. In 2008, she was accepted to 10,000 Women, a global initiative sponsored by Goldman Sachs that provides underprivileged women with business and management education during an eight-month entrepreneurship program. After learning electrical engineering and business administration, Ms. Habibi launched Check Up Company, an electrical engineering consultancy. The company provides consulting services to large-scale and international companies and now has 22 employees. She has also started a non-profit organization called My Hope, which aims to create jobs for 1,000 women in Afghani provinces.
Now, Ms. Habibi is planning to attend Hult in the fall where she will study International Relations and International Business. With her thirst for a global education and desire to network with people from all over the world, Ms. Habibi will surely excel at Hult and all look forward to welcoming her onto campus.