Abdulsalam Haykal

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Abdulsalam Haykal
عبد السّلام هيكل
Born (1978-07-14)July 14, 1978
Damascus, Syria
Nationality Syrian
Alma mater American University of Beirut
Occupation Founder, CEO of Haykal Media
Founder, CEO of Transtek
President of the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association
Known for Entrepreneur, social activist
Religion Islam
Awards Young Global Leader, Delegate to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, Washington, D.C.

Abdulsalam Haykal (Arabic: عبد السّلام هيكل‎) (born July 14, 1978 in Damascus) is a Syrian technology and media entrepreneur, who lives and works in Damascus, Syria. In 2009, the World Economic Forum named Haykal as a Young Global Leader, the first Syrian to receive this recognition.[1]

Haykal is CEO of Transtek, an enterprise software development firm, and of Haykal Media, publisher of the business newsmagazine Aliqtisadi, and the English monthly Forward Magazine. The Report: Emerging Syria 2008 listed Haykal Media with its magazines and online media as one of three main players in the media sector in Syria.[2]

Haykal is president of the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association (SYEA), an NGO formed as part of the reform process in Syria. He is also a founder and trustee in several other organizations including BIDAYA Foundation, an NGO to help disadvantaged young people to become entrepreneurs by providing business mentoring and charitable micro-loans; and Tumuhi, a national college scholarship fund.

Haykal studied at the American University of Beirut,[3] and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In June 2007, he was elected as an alumni trustee of the American University of Beirut,[4] the youngest in its history. He is also a trustee of the University of Kalamoon, a private higher education institution in Syria.[5] In April 2010, he was invited by the Obama Administration to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, in recognition of his business development activities.[6]

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