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October 03, 2022

“Everybody is a leader; you are responsible for leading your own life”

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Lameen Abdul-Malik, Nobel Peace Prize (2005), Futurist Thinker, Coffeepreneur “Service to others is the rent you pay for your life here on earth” anon Lameen has set himself a goal to impact one million people’s lives positively over the next 5 years and is subsequently spearheading efforts to support that ethos. One of which, is to launch 100 IDEAs cafe (a platform to source ideas to impact our world positively focusing on health, sustainability, technology and the youth).

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with his colleagues during his tenure at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2005 for which he worked for over 14 years, he focused on transferring the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology to meet its development goals in Africa. He considers his greatest achievements at the IAEA in using US$200,000 of the prize money from the peace prize, to help establish Zambia’s first cancer hospital, which opened in 2007 and treats about 1,500 cancer patients annually. In 2018, he developed a regional strategy to help Africa focus on three priorities in human health, food and agriculture and radiation safety in using nuclear science and technology to address its development challenges.

More recently, from January to October 2021, he was headhunted to be Director of Think at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute, where he oversaw the launch of a unique global infectious diseases index that tracks up to 60 pathogens daily, initiated a research agenda in line with the SDGs to highlight topical issues and launched the healthcare, sustainability and AI/Robotics roadmap, as well as guided the selection and curation of ideas aimed at alleviating global societal challenges. He is also very passionate about coffee, for which he has been writing for over 14 years under his personal blog and has been featured on CNNs website for Drinking Coffee in October 2020. In June 2019 he was invited by the International Coffee Organisation to participate in a EU Coffee Symposium on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, where he interacted with industry giants like Starbucks, Illy and Nestle to discuss the coffee value chain and he documented his experience in an article on how Africa can benefit from the coffee value chain.

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