Wael Hmaidan

Ashoka Fellow
Beirut, Lebanon
Fellow Since 2008


This profile was prepared when Wael Hmaidan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Wael is engaging young people in challenging social campaigns that reflect the intelligence, inspiration, and commitment they see performed by leading local heroes working to improve the environment, human rights, and more. Seeing a generation of youth motivated by profit, Wael wanted an opportunity to change the current measure of societal success, namely money and power, which he believes have led to the disappearance of engagement and “social conscience.” At the core of Wael’s “social activism” is an entrepreneurial principle: To identify and provide support to local heroes will increase the value of these sectors, where there are few available career choices—motivating future entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of a robust citizen sector.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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