Ossama Youssef

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Birth Name Ossama ElSayed Aly Youssef
Date of Birth (1979-09-24) 24 September 1979 (age 38)
Place of Birth Cairo, Egypt
Years Active 2002–present
Notable works Founder of Diwan Videos
Co-Founder of Qsoft

Ossama Youssef (born 24 September 1979) is an Egyptian entrepreneur with a track record of successful media start-ups. He is the founder and CEO of DiwanVideos, a leading international multi-channel network based in Cairo and Dubai. Through DiwanVideos, Youssef revolutionized the perception of digital media in Egypt and the MENA region by helping content creators such as Sono Cairo, a subsidiary of Egypt’s state-owned television, and advertisers understand its importance as a medium, rather than their traditional focus on television. He has also contributed to online copyright protection by educating and training the first group of YouTube Partners in Egypt.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Youssef was born in 1979. He received primary education in Saudi Arabia and ranked first in nationwide high school exams. He moved to Egypt to pursue his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Al-Azhar University,where he obtained a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation. In 2009 he was offered a full scholarship by the Fulbright Program to pursue PhD studies in the United States, but turned it down to focus on media entrepreneurship.


Early career[edit]

Youssef began his career as a professional translator and interpreter. He was employed as an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Languages and Translation at Al-Azhar University between 2003 and 2008. In 2003, he was the project manager for a live subtitling project of Ramadan prayers broadcast from Mecca and Medina. Youssef also worked as Vice President of Sales at the IT television network NoonTV from 2005 to 2006.


In 2010 Youssef established DiwanVideos, recognizing the huge potential for growth in the digital media market in the Middle East. DiwanVideos is now the largest multi-channel network in the region, with over 12 billion views and 10 million subscriptions.[3] It is one of the top 70 multi-channel networks worldwide, the only regional multi-channel network with this ranking.[4] In 2010, having developed a full team of YouTube Certified experts, DiwanVideos qualified as one of the first YouTube Certified Partner in the Middle East and Africa. In addition to its Cairo main office, DiwanVideos has a regional office in Dubai, serving the GCC countries and more than 200 clients from different parts of the world including India, Canada, and the United Kingdom. DiwanVideos clients include two Time 100 most influential people in the world honorees: Muslim preacher and TV personality Amr Khaled and Bassem Youssef. Other clients include Toyor Aljannah, a TV network specialized in children music content; SpaceToon, a leading animated TV channel in the Middle East; and ZeeAlwan, Arabic-dubbed Indian drama TV network.[5][6] In 2014, Diwan partnered with the video-sharing platforms Vuclip and Dailymotion , allowing the company to expand its demographic and geographic reach.


In 2011 Youssef co-founded the media company Q-Soft with fellow Egyptian entrepreneur Tarek ElKazzaz. QSoft went on to develop and produce the groundbreaking Egyptian political satire show Al Bernameg, presented by Bassem Youssef. The show subsequently earned its presenter and QSoft many awards and accolades worldwide, with Bassem Youssef described as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” and named one of the Time 100 most influential people in the world for 2013,[7] Time.com, 18 April 2013]. In 2013 Bassem Youssef won a Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists,[8] recognizing his role in advocating for freedom of speech.

Qualifications and recognition[edit]

Youssef is a YouTube Certified expert in Advanced Digital Rights and Audience Growth and has been invited by YouTube to train counterparts in Egypt on YouTube management. Youssef is currently pursuing the Executive MBA program at London Business School.


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  6. ^ "Diwan Videos". Diwangroup.com. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
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