Adiba, 45, survived stage 1 breast cancer twice at age 27 and 30, only to find herself diagnosed with MBC at age 37. Thanks to a couple of saved embryos and an incredible surrogate, Adiba became a mother to her precious son Alex who is soon turning 5.
At the age of 7, Adiba and her family fled the war in Lebanon to live in Sweden. Her over two decade long career in the tech and startup industry took her from Stockholm, Sweden to San Francisco, Silicon Valley in early 2011. She worked hard for her successful career as a young woman in the male dominated tech industry – a career that led her to becoming the youngest CEO in Silicon Valley Forum’s over 30- year-long history. It was with a heavy heart she realized that combining her hectic and demanding job with being in constant treatment for MBC was not sustainable. She decided to instead use that passion and experience to become a patient advocate.
Adiba has, to date, lived with MBC for over 8 years, and has since diagnosis been a fierce advocate for the MBC community through her volunteer work and board positions at different organizations such as Susan G. Komen and METAvivor, raising funds for MBC research and educating the public on it both in the US and Sweden. As a member of the MBC Alliance, she hopes to work on how advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can transform MBC research and patient care.