Hamed Khayar

Field of Study: Business

Cohort: 2016

Country: Chad

Leadership Institute: The University of Texas at Austin

Hamid Khayar has more than five years of experience in various fields in the information technology sector—teaching in particular. Currently, Khayar is a research assistant at the National Research for Development Center in Chad, where he focuses on advocating, designing, and implementing information and communications technology in the higher-education system. He also volunteers at the University of N’djamena. Khayar holds a master’s degree in Computer Applications from Bangalore University and a certificate of business and entrepreneurship from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. A 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, he is founder of the Chad Innovation Movement, which aims to strengthen the economic empowerment of young people through social entrepreneurship, innovation, and entrepreneurial leadership, thereby developing an inclusive, wealth-creating innovative community. He is also founder of the Chad Innovation Hub, a collaborative workspace that allows young people to incubate their ideas and turn them into businesses. His hub provides workshops, conferences, case studies, and peer-to-peer sessions related to smart technology, business, society, and infrastructure.