On Wednesday, January 29th, the Middle School 6th graders welcomed Ms. Aya Burweila to the ACS Athens theater for a speech during their advisory time.

Born in Benghazi, Libya, Ms. Burweila is the founder and director of the award-winning non-profit, Code on the Road; she also is BBC Expert Woman on Terrorism and Radicalization as well as a visiting lecturer at the Hellenic National Defense Academy.

Ms. Burweila's speech was titled "Girls in Coding," and focused in her entrepreneurial efforts to launch her startup and support women in delivering business entrepreneurship training in Greece, the Middle East, and North Africa through the use of technology.

Winner of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association's 3arabi Impact Initiative for her bid to create her own MENA-specific ed-tech applications, Ms. Burweila was able to get funding and develop her own Middle East and North Africa educational technology applications, and will soon be opening Athens-based operations.

An excellent speaker, our students were engaged and asked thoughtful questions centering around the use of technology in education, and were thrilled to see a former ACS Athens alumna succeed in her entrepreneurial goals!