Google’s Egyptian Exec To Start NGO.
Wael Ghonim, the Google executive’s whose voice helped launch a revolution, has announced he is moving on from the tech giant.
Via his Twitter account, Ghonim announced he is leaving Google and continuing his work in non-profit, community service type work. “Decided to take a long term sabbatical from @Google & start a technology focused NGO (Non-Government Organization) to help fight poverty & foster education in #Egypt,” Ghonim tweeted.
Ghonim, an engineer who headed up Google’s Middle East and North Africa division, made headlines this year when he helped set up the initial protests that eventually led to the Egyptian revolution. Ghonim was arrested and detained by the government of Hosni Mubarak government authorities for 11 days for his efforts in promoting the protests on Facebook. He was finally released and hailed as a hero by the anti-Mubarak movement.
“We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime,” Ghonim said to a crowd of protestors immediately following his release from detention. Not long after, the Mubarak regime fell.
A few months later, Ghonim has decided his work in Egypt is not yet done.
Google hasn’t commented on the move yet, but thus far it has been supportive of Ghonim and his efforts in Egypt.
I’m sure he will pass on the valuable knowledge he gained from what he experienced during the protests against the Mubarak regime. More needs to be done to foster and educate the younger generation not just in Egypt, but throughout Africa. Best of luck to Wael Ghonim, Africa needs more young minds like him to foster the needed change and way of doing things.