Omnia Shawkat

Omnia Abbas Shawkat graduated with a BSc. in Biology with a focus on Environmental Studies from the American University in Cairo, 2008. She has a Master’s Degree in Environment and Resource Management with a focus on Water and Climate Policy from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After 6 years in development and environmental management, Omnia rerouted her career to become a digital storytelling curator and cultural manager. Omnia is one of two founders of Andariya, a bilingual digital multimedia cultural platform and enterprise. Andariya was launched in 2015 in Sudan and South Sudan and expanded into Uganda in 2018, with projects and partnerships extending into Egypt. Navigating the tech-women-media axis got Omnia nominations as one of the top 10 women leading in Tech in the Middle East and North Africa and among the top 9 women tech innovators in Africa. Andariya formed partnerships with more than 25 regional cultural entities and operates with a core team of 8 across the Sudans and Uganda, and more than 100 freelance creators across the globe.

She can be found on twitter @OmniaShawkat.