I love sharing information about the women who with their lives, careers and perseverance make this life a better place on earth. Soulaima Gourani is a lecturer, corporate advisor, and author who crossed continents and cultures, prejudices and the impossible, becoming one of the “Inspiring 50 Nordics” women in the tech sector. Check out Soulaima’s biography below that gives you a quick picture what she had to go through and overcome in the world that still tries to separate us by color of our skin, gender and what we believe in.
Soulaima was born in Safi, Morocco, in 1975 but moved to Denmark shortly after with her parents. Her father was a Moroccan engineer, while her Danish mother is unskilled. Soulaima grew up in different small towns in Jutland, where she struggled to fit in as she was the only one with an exotic name and a darker skin color. She was told by her teachers that she shouldn’t expect to achieve much in life because of her gender, skin color, and name.
She decided to move out at the age of 13. Later, she chose to take an MBA at Copenhagen Business School. And in 2007 she was fired while pregnant and had to consider how to make a living. She decided to set up her own business, Soulaima Art, which offered lectures and counseling.
She is the author of three books
• “Ignite your career”
• “Take control of your career” and
• “Courage to success”
One2Speak elected Gourani to be one of the best Danish keynote speakers in 2010. In 2012 she was announced as one of the Young Global Leaders by World Economic Forum, and later that year she was named to be the chairwoman of the nonprofit organization Global Dignity.
In 2013 she was announced as one of the greatest thinkers in the Nordic by Nordic Business Forum. And in 2014, Soulaima was chosen as one of the “40 under 40” European young leaders.
She was elected as a TED mentor in 2016 and was later that same year announced as one of the “Inspiring 50 Nordics” women in the tech sector.
Soulaima lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and their two kids.
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