Kamel Al-Asmar

Ecosystem builder with 14 years of deep experience in the tech and social entrepreneurship landscape in MENA and adjacent growing markets. Driven by my obsession with data technology, community building, and creating opportunities. Currently working on Community Engagement & Data Management at Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem.

Formerly Director of Community & Data Management between Amman, Beirut, Dubai and Riyadh at Wamda, the leading enabling platform for entrepreneurs in the MENA region; Founder of Nakhwah, the first development & volunteering network for the Arab world; Founder of Ideation Box, which provided leading organizations in MENA with communication solutions focused on impact.

Active involvement in entrepreneurship, volunteerism & social entrepreneurship; working closely with youth to spread a culture of proactive citizenship, critical thinking & social responsibility.


Takreem Young Entrepreneur


Ashoka Fellowship


Forbes 30 under 30 - Social Entrepreneur


King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement

Professional Experience

2019 - Present

Data & Community - Community & Startup Affairs -


A global tech ecosystem located in the heart of Abu Dhabi that brings together key enablers for startups to succeed

2014 - 2019

Director Community & Data Management


Wamda accelerates entrepreneurship ecosystems throughout the MENA region

2009 - 2016

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Arab World's First Development & Volunteerism Network

2009 - 2016

Founder & Communication Strategist

Ideation Box

Helped organizations and companies in establishing and advancing their outreach and communication approaches

2007 - 2009

Full-stack Developer


An online career network

Class of 2007

B.Sc. Computer Science

Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Board Memberships

Honored to be working with change makers across the MENA region by mentoring, serving as an advisory board member, or a selection committee members with several organizations

Talks & Panel Discussions

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