Kamel Al-Asmar is the Founder & CEO of Nakhweh, the first development and volunteerism network for the Arab world. Founded in 2009, Nakhweh is concerned with connecting people working in the development sector to expand opportunities, exchange ideas, share knowledge as well as promoting and sharing a culture of proactive citizenship in the region.
Concurrently, he is the Founder & Chief Communications Strategist of Ideation Box, a startup founded in 2009 which built its reputation as the leading provider of youth oriented development communication solutions by working with the Arab world’s top organizations and companies. Al-Asmar has recently become the Community Lead of Wamda, the enabling platform for entrepreneurs in the MENA region, working on mobilizing entrepreneurs and mentors, in addition to advancing the involvement of corporates in entrepreneurship.
Kamel is actively involved in both entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, and the empowerment of under-served communities. He works very closely with the youth to spread a culture of proactive citizenship, critical thinking and social responsibility. Kamel joined the Sandbox Network in 2014. For his work on Nakhweh, he was named as one of Forbes 30 under 30’s Social Entrepreneurs – Class 2014; he also received the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs in 2012.
Al-Asmar has also been recognized by the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement as one of the top ten finalists for the year 2011 and received its grant at the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2007, Kamel made it to the top ten finalists of Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition. Kamel holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman, and held former positions in business development, information architecture, web development and design with Akhtaboot; the leading career network for the Middle East, and Jawaker; the largest card gaming community in the Arab world.
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