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Who is Fadi Ghandour?

Fadi Ghandour, a pioneering entrepreneur, co-founded Aramex in 1982 alongside Bill Kingson, establishing it as one of the premier logistics and package delivery companies in the Middle East and North African region. Under Ghandour’s leadership, Aramex became the first Arab world company to be listed on NASDAQ in 1997, showcasing the region’s business potential on a global stage. The company, which went public again in 2005 and is listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has grown into a global logistics powerhouse, employing over 17,000 people across more than 600 offices in 70 countries. Ghandour’s tenure as CEO until 2012 and his ongoing role on the board have been instrumental in Aramex’s success and expansion.

Beyond Aramex, Ghandour has significantly contributed to the MENA region’s startup ecosystem, notably as a founding investor of Maktoob, which Yahoo! acquired in 2009. His efforts to address the challenges facing the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem led to the launch of MENA Venture Investments (MVI) in 2010, focusing on seed-stage tech-enabled businesses. MVI’s notable investments include Souq.com, which Amazon acquired in 2016. Ghandour also founded Wamda, a platform offering knowledge, research, and community programs for entrepreneurs, and in 2014, Wamda Capital, to invest in early-stage technology startups. His contributions to the business world were recognized when he received the Academy of International Business (AIG) International Executive of the Year Award in 2017, marking him as a key figure in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the MENA region.

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