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JA Worldwide | 100 Lives | Mostafa Hemdan | RecycloBekia

To commemorate JA’s 100th year in 2019, JA Worldwide is launching 100 Lives, profiles of JA alumni who are making a difference across the globe. Watch their inspiring journeys.


Mostafa Hemdan participated in JA Worldwide/INJAZ Egypt’s Startup Program for college students and quickly saw a niche in the electronics waste-management field. This green industry refines the precious metals found in old smartphones, tablets, and laptops, and also gets rid of the hazardous materials in those electronics. For this business idea, Mostafa and his team won the INJAZ Egypt Startup Competition and the FedEx Access Award.

Now the CEO of RecycloBekia, Mostafa employees 10 full-time and 6 part-time employees, processing 30 tons of electronics each month, with huge growth plans.

“I am Mostafa Hemdan,” he says. “I am the CEO of RecycloBekia. I am JA.”

JA Worldwide | 100 Lives | Donna Shalala | University of Miami

To commemorate JA’s 100th year in 2019, JA Worldwide is launching 100 Lives, profiles of JA alumni who are making a difference across the globe. Watch their inspiring journeys.


Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami and former Secretary of Health & Human Services, has raised a mid-size university in South Florida to one of the best in the United States. “In many ways, ” she says, “universities are small businesses.” And it was JA that gave her that business experience.

“I’m Donna Shalala. I am JA!”

JA Worldwide | 100 Lives | Alexander Kanshin | Megapir Corporation

To commemorate JA’s 100th year in 2019, JA Worldwide is launching 100 Lives, profiles of JA alumni who are making a difference across the globe. Watch their inspiring journeys.


After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia made the difficult transition to a market economy. That same year, JA opened its first location in Russia and began training students in entrepreneurship, workforce readiness, and financial literacy. Alexander Kanshin was one of those students, and he helped build the Russian economy, where small- and medium-sized businesses now make up nearly 95% of the businesses in Russia. He’s the general director of Megapir Corporation, a commercial real estate firm that builds trade centers all over Moscow. “JA is a bridge from childhood to real business,” he says. A successful one, too: JA Russia is now the second-largest participating JA country in the world, with well over 1 million students per year.

“My name is Alexander Kansin. I am JA. I am very proud of it!”

Team Selfie: JA Canada, JA Americas, JA Worldwide joint meeting.

JA – View to the Future

Last week, I along with the JA Canada team, JA Canada Board, JA Canada Charter Chairs and JA CEOs from across the country had the opportunity to meet with Asheesh Advani, President & CEO of JA Worldwide and Leo Martellotto, President of JA Americas. I left the meetings feeling inspired and very fortunate to work for an organization in which our global leaders are truly committed to addressing the global challenge of youth unemployment.

In order to address this challenge, JA Worldwide is actively working to ensure that the entire JA network continues to be well positioned to deliver on our mission to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in the global economy and do so as cost effectively and efficiently as possible. In a recent podcast, Asheesh talked to Kevin Daum about how he is changing the JA organization to foster innovation and his approach to leadership. A recurring theme of the podcast is that to succeed as a leader the ability to communicate and the ability to truly listen and empathize are essential.

Tina Kaichis
Vice President, Integrated Brand Marketing, JA Canada

Betty Ferguson at McDonald's on JA Day 2016 in PEI

JA Day in Prince Edward Island

Friday, February 26 was JA Day in Prince Edward Island. Thanks to everyone that came out and supported Junior Achievement of PEI at our annual JA Day at McDonald’s!  We had visits from His Honour H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor PEI ,Jennifer Evans from Newcap radio, lots of our amazing JA Volunteers, plus students Ashlyn, Will and Ava!

Special thanks to David and Mike McKenna of McDonald’s for donating $1 from various menu items sold on PEI that day to JA and to Shaugn Best and Gerard Murphy for representing our media sponsors, The New HOT 105.5 and Ocean 100.

All of the money raised on Friday will go towards providing free business education programs to students from tip to tip across PEI.

Betty Ferguson
President & CEO, JA Prince Edward Island