Safadi Foundation USA
Congratulates Board Member Habib Haddad as a Top Arab Innovator
Beirut, Lebanon (September 21, 2012) – Safadi Foundation USA congratulates Board Member Habib Haddad for being announced as one of the top Arab Innovators of 2012 by TR 35 Pan Arab at a dinner organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region and MIT’s Technology Review in Beirut earlier this month. This year marks the first time the TR 35 selected participants from the Arab region. Three of the five selected Arab innovators come from Lebanon. Hind Hobeika, a swimmer since early childhood invented the Butterfleye, a heart rate monitor specifically designed for swimmers that reads the heart rate from the temporal artery and then produces a visual feedback in the lens. Elie Khoury created Woopra, a website analytics that offers over 100,000 of its users the ability to increase their knowledge about visitor data in real time. Board Member Haddad is the founder of Yamli.com, an Arabic transliteration and search engine that licensed its technology to Yahoo. Haddad has been instrumental in engaging youth throughout the Arab region through non-profits that he founded including YallaStartup, INLET and ReliefLebanon. “These entrepreneurs have made valuable contributions to Lebanon and the world through innovation and technology and we wish them continued success during this transformational time in the region” said Lara Alameh, Executive Director of Safadi Foundation USA.