Born and raised in Homs. The youngest of 4 children, Ahmad never imagined he would study engineering, yet he was a fourth year Mechanical Design Engineering Student when he participated in iecd’s BRIDGES program for entrepreneurship training and seed funding. Ahmad’s family moved to Damascus at the beginning of the Syrian crisis where Ahmad says his talent and innovation came to life as his personality changed from a shy introvert young man to an outgoing exploring enthusiast. He started writing poetry which he had never done before. He widened his horizons as he became a more sociable person in Damascus and he met people from various backgrounds and cultures. He worked as a sales representative for a while, and exceled at it. Ahmad started thinking how he could help the Syrian people in this horrible crisis, how he could leave an impact and serve the community. Ahmad alongside 2 of his friends decided to design an advanced wheelchair that can go up and down a staircase without the assistance of other people, a wheelchair that its user can manage on their own.
After Ahmad received the seed funding from the BRIDGES program. His team started working on the prototype and they expected their prototype to be ready in October 2017.
Ahmad said that presenting his idea in front of the seed funding committee was an exceptional event in his life. It was the first time that he had prepared and given a presentation in his life.
I wouldn’t have even imagined inventing something so amazing and so useful if there wasn’t an immense need for it in our society. Far too many people became disabled in this war. Far too many people are in need of assistance. I want to make their lives easier.’ Ahmad said as he reflected on his innovative journey.
Upon finishing the prototype, Ahmad planned on contacting Meyra company, a German company that is a pioneer in the field of manufacturing chairs.