First of all, tell us about your professional background and how you got to where you are today.
I studied medical engineering at Cairo University. After graduation, I worked in the telecom engineering field for three years, where I designed telecom networks, and at the same time, I had been professionally playing basketball for 19 years.
Seven and a half years ago, I founded Educate Me. Since then I have been working in education and I got a master’s degree in international education management.
Are you a night owl or an early riser?
What is your morning routine like?
I wake up, pray, drink my coffee, spend some time with my husband and daughter, and then go to work.
What is your productivity superpower?
My ability to break down a complex task into achievable little targets.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading a book called The Chemistry of Joy.
It’s about building resilience and how a person needs to manage many aspects of life to reach a sense of well-being. The book evaluates many areas in a person’s life: physical, emotional, and mental – each area based on many aspects, from eating and sleeping to social relations and so on, to figure out what the person should improve.
What is your work-space like?
I don’t have a dedicated workspace. I work anywhere.
How do you learn new things?
Sometimes through trying and sometimes through reading or talking to people with the knowledge.
How do you avoid burnout?
I try to start work early and finish early so that I have time at the end of the day to do something else, whether to spend time with loved ones or to play some sports. I try to travel every now and then throughout the year, and every weekend in the summer. I always do things I love that are not related to work- having conversations with people, playing sports, reading, or even colouring.'Yasmine Helal: I try to start work early and finish early so that I have time to do something else.'Click To Tweet
Why do you do what you do?
Because I believe that we’re not in this life to just do anything. I believe that my work is nobler than something I do for money. I think it’s spiritual and what I hope for and what I try as much as I can to do is to have what I do every day aligned with what I want to do for my afterlife. Also, I wish for justice to prevail in this world and I hope through my work in education I can bring about more justice.'Yasmine Helal: I believe that my work is nobler than something I do for money.'Click To Tweet
What is the best advice you have received?
“Know your priorities.”