Wael Fakharany

Wael Fakharany

Wael Fakharany

Mr. Wael Fakharany is the Managing Director of "CAREEM" Egypt, and Global Senior Vice President for Government Relations. He is also the former Regional Business Lead for Google X in the Middle East and Africa. Google X aims to make the world a better place by applying technology to large problems in the world by developing radical solutions, which we call ”Moon Shots”. Examples of our “Moon Shots” include Google’s driverless cars, Google Glass, Project Loon and Makani who are developing an energy Kite that generates energy at lower cost than conventional wind systems.
 
Before Joining X, Wael was the Head of Agencies for Middle East and North Africa at Google as well as the Regional Manager of Google Egypt and North Africa since January 2008. His experience extends for more than 24 years in the technology field.
 
He is considered one of the leading figures in the Middle East that pushes technology and digital media Industries in the region forward, with both sectors influencing the lives of millions of Arab Internet users. Wael presides over the creation, and execution of the business strategies and operations management in Google MENA (Middle East and North Africa).  
 
In addition to the above, Wael also has the ability to discuss a myriad of topics and issues in depth in relation to the initiatives of the private sector in the development of start-ups, and developing the capabilities of young entrepreneurs in the Arab region via the use of advanced technology and through encouraging innovation.