UMSI 2016 commencement speaker announced: Wael Ghonim

The 2016 Graduate Recognition Ceremony of the University of Michigan School of Information will take place on Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor.

Wael Ghonim

The commencement speaker will be Wael Ghonim, a social activist who played an influential role in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, when he founded the Facebook account "We Are All Khaled Said."

Wael Ghonim is a non-resident senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. A computer engineer, Internet activist and social entrepreneur, Ghonim is a co-founder of Parlio, an online global community engaging in discussions about issues that matter. Prior to that, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. Ghonim also spent six years at Google where he headed up Marketing and Product in the Middle East North Africa and was responsible for driving the growth of Google's products across the region, evangelizing the use of the Internet and growing Arabic content in the Middle East.

In 2011, Ghonim was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was named one of Time 100's most influential people, and received JFK Profile in Courage Award. Coined the “keyboard freedom fighter,” he used the power of the internet and social media to fight for social justice, democracy and human rights in Egypt. In 2010, he created the Facebook page “We Are All Khaled Said,” in support of a young Egyptian tortured to death by police in Alexandria.

Ghonim is the founder of Tahrir Academy, a non-profit, online knowledge-sharing platform for Arabic speaking youth. He received his bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Cairo University and earned an MBA from the American University in Cairo.

He is the author of Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir.

Posted March 14, 2016