After studying in the US, he dropped out of university to start tell M, an app that provided an anonymous newsfeed for friends.
With two fellow students and one lecturer they founded a company and launched the app at various Universities in California.
Upon returning to Egypt, Zahran worked at the Egypt Kuwait Holding Company as the business development manager for renewable energy and clean development mechanisms, establishing the company’s carbon trading and renewable energy business.
Currently, Zahran is the co-founder and CEO of Karm Solar, an Egyptian joint stock company established in 2011, working in the field of off-grid solar innovations.
Zahran and his team convert agriculture and industry-based, diesel-run operations to solar energy while making them cheaper, easier to use and economically sustainable.
The team has developed award-winning, high-capacity solar pumping stations, including the region’s largest off-grid Hybrid Pumping and Irrigation System.
of AUC’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Ahmed Zahran ’02 holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from AUC, a Master of Science in economics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, a diploma in philosophy and literature from the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, and a certificate in social entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.In addition, he guided the site’s architecture and infrastructure and started the company’s growth team.Prior to serving as CTO, he led the Facebook Platform team and, as an engineer, built the initial infrastructure for news feed and the first generation of the company’s advertising targeting and delivery systems.She worked as a creative advisor to Conservation International (CI) on new forms of engagement via immersive & viral storytelling and has been an advisor to Peter Seligmann (CEO of CI) directly – which led to Conservation International’s VR experience Valens Reef @ Chris Milks company WITHIN.She has been working with the team of CI on the ‘Nature is Speaking’ campaign, working alongside Media Arts Lab and Lee Clow and has advised Media Arts Lab on storytelling in VR/AR and social Media.