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.
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.
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 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 the Head of Research at Wamda where he leads the Wamda Research Lab. 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. In addition to the Wamda Research Lab, his work has appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Huffington Post, Knowledge@Wharton and MIT Innovations Magazine, among others. You can reach him on jamil.wyne[at]wamda.com, or connect with him on Twitter @JamilWyne, or LinkedIn.
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com or connect with her on LinkedIn at Teeb Assaf.