'Stars of Science' aims to create the next generation of Arab innovators, and Dr Ahmad Nabeel – who took home second place in series 9 of the popular Qatar Foundation TV programme – believes that the contestants are powerful role models, inspiring young minds to think creatively, push boundaries and become problem solvers.
“When I was a student, I watched Sadeq Qassim win first place on the second season of 'Stars of Science', and my eyes filled with tears of joy – I didn’t even know him. Seven years later, I appeared on the same show with my very own invention,” Dr Nabeel said.
“'Stars of Science' plays an important role in fostering innovative thinking in young minds, and its contestants are role models. A passion for innovation is lifelong – it does not fade with time, especially when cultivated at a young age. Ultimately, the show is a platform that aims to encourage youth to become innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of technology and science – it helps them believe in their abilities which is the starting point in their journeys.” Dr Nabeel explained.
Since appearing on the show in 2017, Dr Nabeel has continued developing his invention from the show.
A tool designed to clean the lens of a laparoscope, ‘Klens’ aims to enhance performance and improve patient safety during surgeries.
Following feedback from the judges from the show, Dr Nabeel and his team are currently working on the third prototype, which he hopes to finalise soon.
In 2018, Dr Nabeel took part in the Arab Innovation Academy (AIA) – Qatar Science & Technology Park’s two-week bootcamp that teaches participants how to develop and launch a tech startup in a real marketplace.
Dr Nabeel and his team placed second with their project, ‘GoGather’.
“Although AIA was a different type of programme – it was based on software and digital innovation which required a lot of different skills – I feel like it complemented my 'Stars of Science' experience. Coming second gave me more confidence in my capabilities and encouraged me to keep pursuing innovations that could make a difference in this world.”
Dr Nabeel was also invited by Professor Lord Darzi of Denham to finish his master’s degree in Surgical Innovations at the Imperial College London.
Alongside working with Lord Darzi’s team, Dr Nabeel is also a doctor, innovator, and researcher at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
“Having the opportunity to join a prestigious university like the Imperial College London is no small achievement – I never imagined that something like this would happen to me. And to be given a special invitation to join from the Lord Darzi – a leading figure in laparoscopy — is one of my most cherished achievements,” said Nabeel.
“I want to make an impact in the world. I want to show how it is possible to achieve our dreams, and I want to walk the path myself, transferring what I have learned during my own experience,” he added.
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