Industry: Entertainment and media
Country of residence: Palestine
As the winner of the second season of the popular TV contest ‘Arab Idol’, Mohammed Assaf has garnered an enormous following across the Arab World. He has said he wishes to avoid politicising his fame, but also that “he can’t differentiate” between his art and his patriotism, and in 2013 was named a goodwill ambassador by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and as an ambassador of arts and culture by the Palestinian government. In 2015, a dramatised version of his life story formed the basis for Hany Abu Assad’s film ‘The Idol’.