Habib is a serial entrepreneur and Founding CEO of Wamda. He is also the founder of Yamli.com and YallaStartup. In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and the ArabianBusiness named him one of the most influential Arabs under 30. He currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on fostering entrepreneurship, and advises several startups and non-profits. He holds a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University in Beirut and a Master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. You can reach him at habib [AT] wamda.com, find him on Twitter @habibh or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Maya works as the managing editor at Wamda. She is a multimedia journalist and a media trainer and instructor at the Lebanese American University (LAU). She holds a masters degree in digital media production from the University of Toulon, France. Before joining the team Maya worked as managing editor at Hibr.me, a youth run media outlet in Lebanon, and co-founded Altcity.me a media, tech and startup space in Beirut. You can reach her at maya[AT] wamda.com, find her on Twitter @RahalMaya or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Reine is the Arabic Editor at Wamda. She studied Translation and Linguistics. Before joining the team, she worked as Production Coordinator at LivingSocial - Middle East in Beirut, where she managed the content and production process on the website and handled Merchants Services. Reine has also been involved in the field of creative copywriting and translation before switching to Production Coordinator. You can reach her at Reine[at]wamda.com, on Twitter @farhatreine or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Stephanie is Senior Community Manager at Wamda. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Creative Writing. Before joining Wamda, Stephanie was Community Supervisor and Content Provider at converged communication media platform Telephone.com. She's an avid reader, a big fan of music, and loves discovering startups and testing new apps and platforms. Connect with her on Twitter @stephanienour, Google+, LinkedIn, or by email at stephanie[at]wamda.com.
Nathalie Akilian is the Office Manager at Wamda. She holds a B.A. in International Business Management. Before joining the team, she worked at The Abraaj Group.
Young Arab social entrepreneur, joined Wamda as the Head of Communications & Community Engagement; working closely with the platform’s various team on communications, events and branding; in addition to his involvement in the business development aspect of the platform. He's also the Founder of Nakhweh; the first development and volunteerism network for the Arab world, and Founder & Impact Communication Strategist of Ideation Box; a startup founded in 2009 and built its reputation as a leading provider of creative impact communication solutions in the Arab world. He was named in Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs – Class 2014, he also received the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs in 2012. In addition, he has been recognized by the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement (KAAYIA) as one of the top ten finalists and received a grant in the year 2011. He also made it to the top ten finalists of Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition in 2006.
Kamel holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman, with an extensive experience in impact communication and branding, with business development enthusiasm.
Ayman is Wamda's Web Development Lead. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Haigazian University. Passionate about web products, open source software and open online education. He enjoys writing articles related to programming and web development on his blog The Code Ship. You can connect with Ayman on @aymanfarhat, Github and LinkedIn.
Aline is Wamda’s French Editor, she covers the Maghreb region, and regional MENA trends. She previously worked as Community and Marketing Manager for French peer-to-peer car-sharing startup Buzzcar, and as Program Manager for French startup accelerator Startup42. She’s interested in new management styles that create healthy, sustainable work/life balance, she believes that startups should travel, and is convinced that building bridges between emerging and matured startup ecosystems will foster creativity, and problem-solving. She has cofounder The Blue House, a house for startups in a surf town in Morocco. You can follow her on Twitter @aline_myd, connect with her on LinkedIn, or reach her at aline[at]wamda[dot]com.
William is a Research Consultant at Wamda in the Wamda Research Lab. He is passionate about growing the information-space in MENA around high-impact enterprises especially in the Renewables and Green-Technology sectors. William has a Master's Degree in International Trade, Sustainable Investments and Development Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies @ Monterey, CA. Before that, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Denison University. William has worked as a Research Aid on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff, in the Iraqi Embassy's Office of the Commercial Attache and as an Economic Impact Analyst at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Washington, D.C. William has experience in impact-investing and developing innovative business models for sustainable agriculture startups in Northern California. He loves to swim.
Contact William via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or on LinkedIn.
When Teeb Assaf is not playing Tetris, she works as an analyst at the Wamda Research Lab where she conducts research focusing on the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the MENA region. With a great passion for social and economic development, Teeb has extensively volunteered with local and global NGOs to increase the welfare of marginalized individuals. After graduating from McMaster with a BSc in Life Sciences and a minor in Economics, Teeb joined Wamda to pursue a more sustainable gateway to regional development. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with her on LinkedIn at Teeb Assaf.
Omar Al Fil is a digital producer at Wamda and a freelance graphic designer. When he's not keeping Wamda's social media matrix fresh or illustrating kooky cartoons, he's making weird electronic music. Check out his work on his blog and follow him @Elepheel.
After several years as a radio producer at the BBC, Lucy Knight decided the Middle East was her next port of call. Whilst still dabbling in radio she is Wamda's English Editor. You can connect with her on Twitter @LebanonLucy or email at lucy [dot] knight [at] wamda [dot] com.
Ibrahim Tadros is currently the Head of Business Development & Strategy at Wamda. Ibrahim is very passionate about entrepreneurship and supporting startups, and therefore his current role enables him to support the growth of startups in the region working in an entrepreneurial environment.
Ibrahim started his career as a management consultant in North America and the Middle East with Gotham Consulting Partners and Booz&Co. He then took on several positions within key Dubai and Abu Dhabi Government Departments working on innovation related projects such as the establishment of New York University Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Innovation Strategy. Ibrahim also led Sales & Business Development at Eureeca, an equity-crowdfunding website based in Dubai, supporting startups raise funds from the crowd. He is part of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum and holds a Degree in Computer Science & Engineering from MIT.
Elias is the Head of Operations at Wamda. He is responsible of the design and delivery of innovative programs that engage Corporations and Startups. Elias is also managing the Wamda Research Lab and is responsible of scaling Wamda's internal operations. Prior to Wamda, Elias was a Strategy consultant at Strategy& (previously Booz&co.). He had advised, for seven years, technology companies in France, Middle East and Asia on setting-up corporate, marketing and sales strategies. Finally, Elias is a Techie at heart.
Elias can be reached on elias[AT]wamda.com and @eliasboustani.
Katerina is a Senior Research Associate at Wamda Research Lab. She is focusing on providing high-level research on various aspects of MENA startup ecosystem development, talent acquisition in particular. She joined Wamda, Lebanon, after making a move from the UK where she used to work as an Emerging Markets product specialist and account manager at Bloomberg, London.
Prior to living in the UK, Katerina spent majority of her time between Russia and the USA, where she was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and University of Michigan as part of her PhD thesis research on Public Financial Institutions Operations Quality. You can reach her at katerina[AT]wamda.com or via LinkedIn.
Ahmad is Wamda's UI, UX Designer and Front End Web Developer and he is from Palestine. After graduating from the Arab American University with a bachelor in Multimedia Technology in June 2014, Ahmad started a journey to 'learn something new every day' and decided to start with HTML and CSS. You can follow him on Twitter @shadeed9, Linkedin, and check out his website www.ishadeed.com.
Mohamad is a Web Developer at Wamda. He holds a Bs in Computer Science. Mohamad likes metal, video games and musicals. On most days, Mohamad can be found sparking interesting debates at the lunch table. He can be reached via email at mohammad[AT]wamda.com.
Joe Elyahchouchi is Wamda's Backend developer and system administrator. He works hard to keep our site online and performing fast. Joe is an avid learner and does his best to stay up to date with the latest discoveries in technology. Graduated LAU in 2013 with a BS in computer science.