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IGNITE Peer Mentoring, Andrew Leon Hanna

andrew leon hanna

founder, director

Andrew, a first-generation Egyptian-American lawyer, social entrepreneur, human rights advocate, and author from Jacksonville, FL, is the founder of IGNITE Peer Mentoring. He is the co-founder and CEO of DreamxAmerica, a social enterprise that joins film and social impact to highlight and support immigrant, refugee, and first-generation entrepreneurs. Andrew led the launch of Generation, McKinsey's global youth employment nonprofit, in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. His upcoming book on refugee entrepreneurs, "25 Million Sparks," was awarded the 2018 Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize at The National Gallery in London. Andrew was one of two U.S. State Department delegates to represent the United States at the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris.


Andrew is a Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholar who received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B. with highest distinction from Duke University, where he was Senior Class President. He was named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 List, and his work has been featured in or on the BBC, PBS, Forbes, Financial Times, and more.


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