Khaled Al Sabawi

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Khaled Al Sabawi
An image of Khaled Al Sabawi. He is a clean-shaven middle aged man, with slicked back black air and a smile. He is looking to the left of the camera.
Canadian-Palestinian Entrepreneur
BornOctober 1, 1983
EducationUniversity of Waterloo
EmployerUnion Construction and Investment,[1] MENA Geothermal,[2] Open Screenplay[3]
Notable work
TABO,[4] Etihad Villas[5]
Board member ofUnion Construction and Investment,[1] Ahlia Insurance[6]
Spouse(s)Daliah Vakili
Parent(s)Dr. Mohammad Al Sabawi
Awards- Young Alumni Achievement Medal, University of Waterloo

- Young Entrepreneur Award for 2013, Takreem Awards.[7][8]

- Ranked 195th Most Influential Arab, Arabian Business Magazine (Top 500), 2012.

- Named "Accomplished Palestinian", Institute for Middle East Understanding, 2011.

- Energy Globe Award Recipient, 2011.

- World Top Energy Entrepreneur, Global Post, 2010.

- Energy Globe Award Recipient, 2009.
WebsiteKhaled Al Sabawi on Facebook

Khaled Al Sabawi (born October 1, 1983) is a Canadian entrepreneur of Palestinian origin and Founder and President of MENA Geothermal and TABO Palestine. The son of Palestinian refugees from Gaza, he received his degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2006 and later became the first certified Geothermal Engineer in the Arab Middle East [9] Khaled was named "One of the World's Top Energy Entrepreneurs" by Global Post in 2010,[10][11] and was ranked the 195th Most Influential Arab by Arabian Business Magazines in their Top 500 Most Influential Arabs ranking for 2012.[12] In 2013, Khaled received the prestigious Takreem Award for Young Entrepreneur[13] at their highly publicized awards ceremony in Paris, France.[7] In October 2014, Khaled was featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East with the caption beside his picture reading "Industry of the Impossible" in Arabic along with the a feature article titled "The Good Deed" in English. On November 25, 2014 Khaled received the prestigious Young Alumni Achievement Medal from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering in Canada,[14] one of the most renowned faculties of engineering in the world.[15] In 2015 Khaled was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.[16]

As part of MENA Geothermal, a green energy business, Khaled installed the first geothermal systems in Palestine in 2007. MENA Geothermal was a two-time winner of the Energy Globe Award in 2008 and 2011[17] and has installed the largest geothermal system in the Middle East at the American University of Madaba in Jordan.[9]

Khaled's TABO initiative, Arabic for "title deed," is a development project which is part of Union Construction and Investment (UCI), one of the largest real-estate development companies in Palestine. It offers affordable, registered plots of residential land in the West Bank. It is a response to the increasing cost of land purchase in Palestine and also protects land against Israeli annexation through title deed registration.[4][18]

In March 2014, while still managing MENA Geothermal and UCI, Khaled became a Managing Director and Board Member of Predacity Capital Management, a hedge fund manager.

In 2010, Khaled gave a speech at the TEDxRamallah Conference, titled "Keeping Palestine Cool: A Different Kind of Underground Movement" went viral on YouTube influencing roughly 92,000 viewers.[19][citation needed] Khaled has lectured about entrepreneurship and renewable energy at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, and the University of Toronto.

Political Views[edit]

Khaled has spoken about Israel's "campaign of entry denials and visa restrictions directed towards foreign nationals working in Palestine," citing his denial of entry by Israel three times in the span of seven months in 2009.[20] Khaled has also spoken out against the negative impact that the "massive amount of foreign aid that is injected into the Palestinian economy, now totaling 30 percent of the Palestinian GDP" has had on the development of an independent economy. Among other things, he argues foreign aid undermines the Palestinian private sector's ability to recruit educated Palestinian professionals.[21]


  1. ^ a b "Union Construction and Investment".
  2. ^ "MENA Geothermal - Geothermal Cooling and Heating Systems".
  3. ^ "Write Screenplays. Get Paid. Get Produced".
  4. ^ a b "TABO".
  5. ^ Etihad Villas Website
  6. ^ "Insurance".
  7. ^ a b "Khaled Al Sabawi Receives Takreem Award for Young Entrepreneur".
  8. ^ "2013 Takreem Awards for Young Entrepreneur". Archived from the original on May 30, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Harvard Arab Alumni, Harvard Arab Weekend November 10–13, Speakers, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-09-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "The Energy Entrepreneurs: Green power meets the bottom line". The World from PRX.
  11. ^ Laylin, Tafline (July 15, 2010). "Global Post Names Ramallah's Khaled Al Sabawi One Of World's Top Energy Entrepreneurs".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2012-12-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Takreem website | Laureates of / 2013". Archived from the original on May 31, 2014.
  14. ^ "Past recipients of the Young Alumni Achievement Medal". Engineering. July 26, 2012.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-24. Retrieved 2014-12-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "The Forum of Young Global Leaders". The Forum of Young Global Leaders.
  17. ^ "Energy Globe Award / Continent Asia".
  18. ^ "Venture lets Palestinians buy piece of West Bank". May 11, 2011 – via
  19. ^ "TEDxRamallah - Khaled Al Sabawi - Keeping Palestine Cool: A Different Kind of Underground Movement".
  20. ^ "TEDx Talks". YouTube.
  21. ^ "Khaled Al Sabawi, "The Palestinian Aid Trap," The Mark, May 24, 2011". Archived from the original on October 17, 2011.

External links[edit]

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