Born and raised in Cape Town, Ibtisaam travelled the world in pursuit of both her career and her passions.
Twenty-five years old, born in Italy to Moroccan parents: A story made of challenges and perseverance, and crowned by success.
“As we look around Africa and the world today, it’s clear that the next generation will need to rise up”
“I sometimes fail to believe stories that are told after the storm, I prefer hearing them during the storm”
“The scholarship gave me the opportunity to drive positive change in Africa”
“Studying abroad is one of the most valuable experiences you can have”
“The scholarship allowed me to achieve my goal without weighing on the shoulders of my family”
“The programme helped me realize that the best place to be is outside your comfort zone”
“Studying abroad is an intense experience. Yet, being an ‘outsider’ can teach you more about yourself”
“More industry stakeholders should invest in promising young researchers”