Country: UAE (Palestine)
Country of origin: @skhoreibi
Palestinian entrepreneur Sami Khoreibi successfully founded Candax Inc., the publicly listed energy company in Toronto, before co-founding Enviromena in Abu Dhabi in October 2007.
The company has since grown to be the largest solar developer in the Middle East and North Africa region. Born in Saudi Arabia and educated in Canada, Khoreibi was only 25 years old when he first met success with Candax, which gained financing from the Canadian Investment Bank and was publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
After taking on the top role at Environmena, Khoreibi has been a key part of a team that has secured 35 projects in seven countries, and has won investment from the likes of Masdar, Good Energies Invest, and Zouk Ventures. Khoreibi was named “Solar Pioneer” by the Middle East Solar Industry Association in 2014 and a Young Global Leader at the 2012 World Economic Forum. His experience means he now also frequently acts as a commentator for global media houses such as Time, CNN, the BBC and the Financial Times.