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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship


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Mohamed Aburawi

Mastercard Foundation 2020 - 2022
Legatum Fellow
MBA, Sloan School of Management

Mohamed’s venture, Speetar, is an AI-enabled tele-health platform awarded by Harvard and supported by the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund. Piloted in Libya and currently being scaled across the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, Speetar links underserved patients in low resource settings to a global pool of cultural and language-matched medical specialists. Speetar represents a disruptive healthcare model, breaking down economic, social, and geographic barriers that too often limit the options patients have when seeking quality medical care. During the coronavirus pandemic, Speetar’s COVID-19 Platform, a newly developed rapid response solution, helped triage patients and mitigate resource limitations in war-torn Libya.

Mohamed is a surgeon turned health-tech entrepreneur. Prior to launching Speetar, he worked as a senior researcher at Harvard Medical School’s Center of Engineering in Medicine. In 2018, Mohamed was named one of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goal Keepers, and an Ashoka Visionary in recognition for his efforts leveraging digital technologies to enable healthcare delivery in low resource settings. In 2019, he was awarded the Harvard Medical School Dean’s Community Service Award and most recently was selected as an Aspen Institute Fellow. Mohamed’s passion for improving global healthcare outcomes continues to place him at the intersection of technology, business, and medicine. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was also a Center for Public Leadership Fellow and Edward S. Mason Fellow. Currently, Mohamed is pursuing an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


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