Weekly Wrap-Up: February 17-21
This week's content included a number of announcements, from Turkish entrepreneur Bedriye Hulya's Social Entrepreneur of the Year award at the WEF, to Dermandar's big win as the World's Best App. What are the next steps for this week's big names?
Pic of theWeek
Wamda CEO and founder of Yamli Habib Haddad recently gave a talk on the importance of "Thinking Ahead" at the World Economic Forum in Davos. What does thinking ahead mean to you? Are you always on top of your game? Read this post to find out more and share your comments on the importance of 'Staying Yalla'.
- 25 Feb - Empowering the Social Enterprise Community, Opening Night
- 26 Feb - Green Enterprise Panel, Social Enterprise Week
- 27 Feb - i360PlayCamp February
- 27 Feb - Ethical Food Enterprise Panel, Social Enterprise Week
- 28 Feb - From Small Steps to Big Change Panel & Film, Social Enterprise Week
Make sure to check wamda.com/events, or follow @WamdaME on Twitter to stay updated about more events!
Entrepreneur of the Week
This week's 'Entrepreneur of the Week' is Fadi Daou, of MultiLane SAL, a high-tech company based in Lebanon that he built after a series of successful ventures in the US. How does an entrepreneur successfully move his well-established business and family from the US to Houmal, Lebanon? Find out in our interview with him.
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Bedriye Hulya of Turkey Named Social Entrepreneur of the Year
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