Rania Hoteit

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

Founder and CEO
ID4A Technologies

I’m passionate about manufacturing because it drives innovation and the development of cutting-edge technologies, covers a wide array of high-tech industries and makes significant contributions to global economies. Additionally, manufacturing provides huge career progression opportunities in STEM, helps to raise the standards of living for workers and adds to the quality of life for consumers through tangible products. Nothing can be more gratifying.

As founder and CEO of ID4A Technologies, Rania has built a company whose developments are widely adopted, disrupting traditional supply chains, revolutionizing production processes and creating significant environmental, economic and social impacts worldwide.

Under Rania’s leadership, ID4A has earned a great deal of respect and recognition. Among other honors, the company has been recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for fostering the development of advanced manufacturing in the USA and the world, ranked on the Entrepreneur 360 list of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America,” honored on the elite Inc. 5000 list of “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies,” awarded the Real Leaders “Top 100 Impact Companies” award and the LUXlife “World’s Best Emerging Design Technology Company” award.

By teaching and mentoring at global accelerators, judging at pitch competitions and extending her advisory expertise to startups and global organizations, Rania drives technology innovation and business growth for many companies, strengthening entrepreneurship communities worldwide. She also works to enhance technical education for youth by revolutionizing academic curricula in collaboration with high schools.

Rania is especially dedicated to empowering women and girls by investing in programs that uplift them and by accelerating their business endeavors. In fact, Rania has been recognized by the White House for her “commitments to improve the lives of women and girls around the world, initiating changes that target key gender gaps and equality issues in society and that make a powerful difference in our collective future.” She has also hugely contributed to reducing labor exploitation in production pipelines around the world, improving the skills and working conditions of more than 1.5 million people so far. For her industry innovation leadership, business excellence and social impact across global communities, Rania has received recognitions from the United Nations, United Kingdom Parliament, U.S. Department of Education, as well as other extraordinary honors including The Global CEO Excellence Award and more, but she is never content to rest on her laurels. Rania is always looking for more ways to expand her positive impact and make a difference in our world.