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.
Walid is the investment manager at Wamda. He works to empower entrepreneurs across the region in various capacities; as the Entrepreneurial unit coordinator at Aramex International, Regional support unit coordinator for the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum Arab Business Plan Competition, and the investment manager for MENA Venture Investments Ltd, and also as a mentor at Mowgli, Oasis500, and the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship, among others. Walid helps in the screening, selection, negotiation and investment at the seed / startup stage of ventures and provides access to a network of training, coaching and consultancy. Walid holds a B.Comm. in Marketing from Concordia University, during which time he established a music management company and founded a non-for-profit organization. Upon graduation, Walid became the founder and director of 101 Immigration Inc., an immigration consultancy firm headquartered in Montreal, Canada that has eight offices in the MENA region. Walid also holds an MBA with honors from the American University of Beirut and has over 12 years of managerial, leadership and marketing experience. You can reach him at walid [AT] wamda.com, find him on Twitter @walid_faza or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Roland leads business development and strategic alliances at Wamda. He's a big believer in the social impact of entrepreneurship and strives to foster it in the Arab world. A computer engineer from ESIB and Executive MBA graduate from London Business School, he's also the founder of ElementM, a consulting and business development outsourcing company based in Dubai that serves tech startups looking to start or expand in the Middle East. You can reach him at roland [AT] wamda.com, find him on Twitter @rolanddaher or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Maya works as the managing editor at Wamda. She is also founder of Jaridtak.com and a big believer in the power of citizen journalism. She is a multimedia journalist and a media trainer and instructor. 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.
Glen is features editor at Wamda. He particularly enjoys writing about social entrepreneurship and game development in the region and visiting new coworking spaces. Before joining the team, Glen worked in the Global Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. He holds a BA in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. You can reach him at glen[at]wamda.com, follow him on Twitter @glenjd2, or connect with him 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.
Fares graduated from the University of Southern California in 2010. He then worked with a community empowerment organization (Ruwwad) in Amman for 3 months as a social researcher before moving to Beirut to work with Eka3, an independent record label focusing on alternative arabic music. After that, Fares co-founded Passos Alegeres- teaching and performing Capoeira and Samba. Fares now works with Wamda as Operations Manager and will one day snowboard down the north face of the Eiger. You can watch Fares play Capoeira here.
Stephanie is 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.
Jamil Wyne is a Research Fellow at Wamda where he manages research projects on MENA entrepreneurship.Before joining Wamda he was the Special Projects Manager at INJAZ Al Arab where he worked with partners PricewaterhouseCoopers, the World Bank and the Arab League to develop a regional strategy for implementing entrepreneurship education across the Arab World. Jamil was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan where he conducted a study on the challenges facing Jordanian startups. He also worked for Ashoka Arab World and the Middle East Youth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. He is originally from Dublin, Virginia and holds a Bachelors degree from Bowdoin College in Maine, USA. You can reach him on jamil.wyne[at]wamda.com, or connect with him on Twitter @JamilWyne, or LinkedIn.
Lana is Wamda's in-house legal counsel. She works closely with the investment teams at Wamda Capital and Mena Venture Investments to screen, select and negotiate seed and early stage venture capital investments. Prior to moving in-house, Lana supported venture capital funds and start-ups in North America and the Middle East as outside counsel and also advised financial institutions in connection with exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivative and security transactions. In addition, Lana works closely with start-ups in structuring corporate compliance programs and advising on legal and corporate governance issues.
Lana received a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law, USA, a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs, and a Bachelors in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining Wamda, Lana practiced law at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago, USA and then International Business Legal Associates in Amman, Jordan. You can reach her by email at lana[at]wamda.com, or connect with her on Twitter @LanaAlamat.
Nathalie Akilian is the Executive Assistant of Wamda. She holds a B.A. in International Business Management. Before joining the team, she worked at The Abraaj Group.
Stephanie works as the English Managing Editor of Wamda. While relatively new to the business and tech worlds, she's honed her skills at communicating ideas in previous roles as an editor and journalist specializing in politics in the Arab region. Originally from Los Angeles, she holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York. She still writes the occasional freelance piece on lovely things like design and travel, as well as more trying topics pertaining to regional politics. A Twitter obsessive, she can be reached @SdArcT.
Con is the Investment Principal at Wamda and is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Sarmady Communications. Sarmady pioneered much of the Arabic online content in Egypt, and was also the first digital media company to go totally mobile, starting with WAP and followed by mobile apps for all its flagship publications. In addition Sarmady pioneered mobile advertising and paid mobile content services in the country.
Since successfully exiting Sarmady (to Vodafone in 2011) he has been active as a mentor to many of Egypt’s tech start-ups through organizations such as Flat6 Labs, MiT Pan Arab Forum, & Endeavor Egypt.
Throughout 2012 Con worked with MC Egypt, which provides significant entrepreneur eco-system support, heading its Catalyst program, and is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Hindawi Foundation for Culture & Education. As an angel investor he has invested in 9 Egyptian tech startups since 2012.
Con has a Joint BA in Arabic Studies and Comparative Religions from Leeds University, UK.