Wafa Ibrahim Alfatesh

Master of Business Administration


Graduating With Honors
Professional MBA Award


Tucson, AZ

Award Bio

Wafa Alfatesh grew up as one of six children in Tucson, Ariz. After graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree, she moved to the Bay Area to pursue her career. Her passion is helping underprivileged youth, encouraging them to embrace diversity as a source of innovation and creativity. Wafa worked full-time while pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration and volunteered 100+ hours a year, tutoring students and supporting girls in STEM. She plans to use her MBA to change the world, including her native country of Yemen.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were

My amazing family and friends, and of course Max. Having a great support system helped get me through the long nights and weekends that went into this degree!

My favorite SMC memory is

Falling in love while learning economics...

I'm looking forward to most

Using my degree to make a difference in my community and eventually the world. I've gained a new perspective and lens in which to view and solve problems creatively. I'm also looking forward to some rest and catching up on sleep lol.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela