19 Facts About Wael Ghonim


In 2015, Ghonim co-founded Parlio, a social media platform that was acquired by Quora in March 2016.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,345

Wael Ghonim is currently a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,346

Wael Ghonim was born to a middle-class family on 23 December 1980 in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in Abha, Saudi Arabia.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,347

Wael Ghonim earned a BS in computer engineering from Cairo University in 2004 and an MBA, with honors, in marketing and finance from the American University in Cairo in 2008.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,348

Wael Ghonim joined Google Middle East and North Africa as its Regional Marketing Manager in 2008 based in Google Egypt.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,349

In January 2010, Wael Ghonim became Head of Marketing of Google Middle East and North Africa based in Google's United Arab Emirates office in Dubai Internet City in Dubai.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,350

In 2014, Wael Ghonim joined Google Ventures as an Entrepreneur in Residence before resigning in December to work at a start-up company.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,351

In 2010, Wael Ghonim founded a Facebook page titled, "We Are All Khaled Said, " in support of Khaled Said, a young Egyptian who was tortured to death by police in Alexandria.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,352

Wael Ghonim anonymously collaborated with activists on the ground to announce the locations for the protest.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,353

In January 2011, Wael Ghonim persuaded Google to allow him to return to Egypt, citing "personal issues".

FactSnippet No. 2,126,354

Wael Ghonim's family told Al-Arabiya and other international media that he was missing.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,355

On 5 February 2011, Mostafa Alnagar, a major Egyptian opposition figure, reported that Wael Ghonim was alive and detained by the authorities and to be released "within hours".

FactSnippet No. 2,126,356

Wael Ghonim made an appearance on 60 Minutes, sitting down with Harry Smith.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,357

Wael Ghonim founded Tahrir Academy, a nonprofit online collaborative learning platform, aiming to transform young Egyptians' characters.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,358

Wael Ghonim currently serves as the Chairperson of the foundation.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,359

Wael Ghonim topped Time magazine's yearly list of the world's 100 most influential people.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,360

Wael Ghonim was ranked the second most powerful Arab in Arabian Business's annual Power 500 of the world's most influential Arabs.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,361

Shortly before the resignation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Wael Ghonim presented a deal to the Egyptian people in which Mubarak could have remained in CAIRO with an "honorary status".

FactSnippet No. 2,126,362

Wael Ghonim has been criticized for failing to remedy doubts about the genesis of the "We are all Khalid Said" Facebook page, which is believed to have had at least one more initiator.

FactSnippet No. 2,126,363