Habib Haddad

Habib is an Advisor to Xfund. He is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor, and the Managing Partner of E14 Fund, the MIT Media Lab affiliated fund that invests in early companies from the MIT Media Lab community. Prior, he was founding CEO of Wamda, the largest platform of programs and networks that aims to accelerate and invest in entrepreneurship ecosystems across the Middle East and North Africa region. His work in the MENA region is credited with playing a key role in strengthening its nascent entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Before Wamda, Habib was based in Boston where he founded Yamli, that built computational linguistics tools for right to left languages. In 2012 he sold the technology to Yahoo! He was also the founding member of Mok3, a venture backed MIT CSAIL spinoff that developed an image-based modeling software.

In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and was named as a top innovator under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology review in 2011. In 2013, He was the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum council on entrepreneurship and sits on the Technology Pioneer selection committee.

Habib holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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