Yesterday we kicked off our young professional series. Our global happy hour featured a conversation with Esam Boraey, one of the key youth leaders who sparked the overthrow of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Currently, Esam works for the Connecticut Senate Democrats and as the campaign manager for Senator Beth Bye.
Esam’s story began years before the Egyptian Revolution officially commenced in 2011, when he was one of only seven people who initiated protests against the oppressive Egyptian government. Their call to protest began small, but rippled throughout Egypt. After being arrested and tortured by the Egyptian police, the revolutionaries sought to weave a vast network of supporters throughout the country who would resist the Egyptian government. Esam credits social media and other forms of communication (think: writing event details on dollar bills) for the success of their efforts. Finally, their undertakings came into fruition when, on January 25, thousands of Egyptians took the streets of Cairo and marched towards the offices of the ruling National Democratic Party: the revolution began.
Though Esam’s story ended with success, it did not come without loss. He watched friends die, saw family members lose jobs, and ultimately left his family and homeland behind in exile. When asked how he is so calm when speaking about these unimaginable events, Esam responded that he made peace with his eventual fate before challenging Mubarak’s regime. He considers this inner peace and hope for the future the two main reasons he is able to share his story with relative ease.
We not only thank Esam Boraey for sharing his inspiring story, but also the Bushnell Young Professionals for partnering with us and all the young professionals that came out to enjoy this event. Stay tuned for future young professional events in this series and be sure to bring your friends.