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Mis­sion20 has been part of QatarToday's Green Pro­gramme for Schools since its first edi­tion. We speak to founder Amanat Solanki about the or­gan­i­sa­tion's roots and how the right in­flu­ence in his early years helped steer his own life.

Amanat Solanki re­mem­bers the day Mis­sion20's path crossed with that of He and his now-col­leagues were in the 12th grade and they had been run­ning Mis­sion20 for four years. Af­ter school he slipped on a tie and went to meet the then Vice-Pres­i­dent of Oryx Pub­lish­ing and Ad­ver­tis­ing, who had chanced upon the group on Face­book. The com­pany was look­ing for a team of young, com­mit­ted vol­un­teers to help im­ple­ment an in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­gramme that aimed at tak­ing the green mes­sage to the cit­i­zens of to­mor­row in a di­rect and im­pact­ful man­ner. En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism was, and re­mains, one of Mis­sion20's main pil­lars. It didn't take much con­vinc­ing. The meet­ing was short but the re­sult­ing as­so­ci­a­tion has stretched over sev­eral years.

Since then, Solanki's world has ex­panded. He has taken over his fa­ther's build­ing ma­te­ri­als busi­ness, is pur­su­ing his Bach­e­lor's de­gree in Busi­ness Man­age­ment and has a num­ber of en­tre­pre­neur­ial ven­tures in the pipe­line. But Mis­sion20 re­mains as im­por­tant to him now as it was

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