Wael Ghonim

Wael Ghonim

Wael Ghonim is an Egyptian internet activist and computer engineer. Ghonim emerged as a symbolic leader of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, when he was head of Google marketing for the Middle East and North Africa. In response to the murder of young activist Khaled Saeed, Ghonim created “We are all Khaled Saeed," a Facebook page gathering stories of Egyptian police brutality. The page quickly turned into one of Egypt’s largest dissident platforms, and the primary aggregator to coordinate locations and dates of protests. In 2011, Ghonim was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Time magazine included him in the “Time 100” list of influential people. The following year, Ghonim published his memoir, “Revolution, 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power.” Since then, Ghonim founded Parlio, a social media platform for social and political discussions. Ghonim is currently a fellow at Harvard University's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.