Mashal Waqar, Co-founder & COO, The Tempest /

Mashal Waqar is the co-founder and COO of The Tempest, an award-winning trailblazing digital media and technology company that enables women globally to see, feel and truly claim their voice – and power. An advocate for change since her undergrad years, where Waqar served as President of RIT Dubai’s Student Government, she progressed from impacting students at her alma mater, to impacting millions of women around the world through her work to bring accessibility, diversity and inclusion to the forefront. She is leading the accessibility pivot at The Tempest to make online content accessible. She won the WIL Economic Forum 2017 Young Leader of the Year award for her work in media. Waqar has been quoted and published in over twenty national and international media for her entrepreneurial and accessibility advocacy. She is a strong supporter of the start-up ecosystem in the region, and mentors start-ups at Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center and StartAD, and aspiring entrepreneurs at Startup Weekend and Unwind the Grind.