Wed 29 Jul 2009 11:58 AM
Habib Haddad

Industry: Technology

Designation: Co-founder of Yamli

Country: Lebanon

Country of origin: Lebanon

Occupation: Co-founder of Yamli

Age: 29

Frustrated at not being able to get up-to-date news online during the 2006 war in Lebanon, using an English keyboard, Haddad came up with the idea for Yamli. Derived from the word Imala, which means dictation, Yamli is an online transliteration tool that solves the problem of Arabic users who don’t have an Arabic keyboard or who aren’t comfortable typing in Arabic.

When Haddad teamed up with Imad Jureidini, the website’s co-founder who is responsible for software architecture and development, Yamli became a reality.

Since its inception Yamli has been touted as the next Google success story, but Boston-based Haddad hasn’t rested since. In addition to developing the tool further, he is also the co-founder of INLET, an organisation geared towards entrepreneurship and leadership for the Arab world and Lebanon in particular. He is also known as a Young Global Leader and founder of ReliefLebanon, a grassroots effort aimed at supporting the Lebanese community.