Friday, February 11, 2011

The hero - Wael Ghonim

The sea of people pulsated with energy, galvanized by the words of Wael Ghonim, the young Google executive who got the Mubarak treatment — 12-day disappearance, blindfolding, interrogation....for his country, Egypt.

Heroes are the ones in the street, and he is one of them. The street heroes make him a Egyptian hero, a national hero.....

Wael Said Abbas Ghonim (Arabic: وائل سعيد عباس غنيم‎, IPA: [ˈwæːʔel sæˈʕiːd ʕæbˈbæːs ɣoˈneːm]) (born 23 December 1980 in Cairo, Egypt) is an Egyptian Revolutionary, Internet activist, computer engineer and since January 2010 the Head of Marketing of Google Middle East and North Africa.[2] He became an international figure and energized pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt after his emotional interview[3] following 11 days of secret incarceration by Egyptian police.

Wael Ghonim was born to a middle-class family on 23 December 1980 in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in the United Arab Emirates.He earned a computer engineering degree from Cairo University in 2004 and a MBA in marketing and finance from the American University in Cairo in 2007
(source: wikipedia)


* 1998–2002 — Helped in the launch of one of the most visited websites in the Arab world[6]

* 2002–2005 — Marketing and Sales Manager of, the leading e-mail service provider in the Middle East[7][8]

* 2005–2008 — Founder and General Manager of, the leading Arabic financial portal in the Middle East[7]

* November 2008–January 2010 — Regional Product & Marketing Manager of Google Middle East and North Africa based at Google Egypt[9]

* January 2010–Present — Head of Marketing of Google Middle East and North Africa based at Google's UAE office in Dubai Internet City in Dubai

Ghonim persuaded Google to allow him to return to Egypt, citing a "personal problem".[12] After his arrival, he disappeared on 27 January 2011 during the nationwide unrest in Egypt. His family told Al-Arabiya and other international media that he was missing. Google also issued a statement confirming the disappearance. Many bloggers like Chris DiBona and Habib Haddad campaigned in an attempt to identify his whereabouts. On 5 February 2011, Mostafa Alnagar, a major Egyptian opposition figure, reported Wael Ghonim as alive and detained by the authorities and to be released 'within hours'.[13] On 6 February 2011, Amnesty International demanded that the Egyptian authorities disclose where Ghonim was and to release him.[14]

2011 Egyptian protest involvement
Ghonim was released on 7 February, after 11 days in detention. Upon his release, he was greeted with cheers and applause when he stated: "We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime." He appeared on the Egyptian channel DreamTV on the "10:00pm" programme, where he praised the protesters, urging that they deserved attention more than he did, and calling for the end of the Mubarak regime, describing it again as 'rubbish'. He also asserted his allegiance to Egypt, saying that he would never move to the United States, the homeland of his wife.[15][16] Becoming a symbol of the revolution in Egypt,[17] Ghonim stated that he is "ready to die" for the cause.[18] On 9 February, Ghonim addressed the crowds in Tahrir Square, telling the protesters: "This is not the time for individuals, or parties, or movements. It's a time for all of us to say just one thing: Egypt above all
(source: wikipedia)

This video is upload from youtube, it is in arabic, for all Egyptian in Egypt

Remember his name for Egypt....

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