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Jehan Idsassi

2023 Fellow

Executive Director, STEM Up

United States

Focus Areas

STEM & Innovation

STEM Up, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting gender diversity and
representation in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Founded and led by Jehan Idsassi, the organization’s Executive Director, STEM Up focuses on providing educational resources and support to young girls in underserved communities, with a global perspective. STEM Up’s mission is to advocate for equitable access to STEM education and to empower girls with the tools and materials they need to excel in these fields, all while addressing critical global issues such as climate change and financial literacy.

Idsassi, a Moroccan-Amazigh-American activist and emerging STEM innovator brings a wealth of experience to her role as the Founder and Executive Director of STEM Up. She has served as a Youth Delegate during Capitol Hill Week and as the Co-Chair of the Education Working Group Committee for the United Nations Ocean Decade Youth Advisory Council 3rd Cohort. Jehan was also an invited participant in the Inflation Reduction Act Climate Change event where she had the opportunity to meet prominent figures including Vice President Kamala Harris and Senator Markey, among others.

Under her leadership, STEM Up has secured over $750 in funding and hosts an annual STEM Up Summer Program, connecting young girls from around the world with a shared vision for their future in STEM. Additionally, Idsassi has held internships at prestigious institutions, including the University of Maryland, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and as a neuroscience intern at Pioneer Academics under the guidance of Dr. Gal Bitan. She has also been a featured speaker at the United Nations Climate & Environment Development Session, advocating alongside the UN Youth Observer to the U.S. and other climate activist officials. Jehan Idsassi’s dedication to addressing global challenges, particularly in the realm of climate change, has earned her recognition, including the 2023 Buford Harvest Outstanding Leader award. As a passionate youth activist, she continues to tirelessly advocate for a sustainable future, inspiring young girls worldwide to pursue STEM and contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world.