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Abdulsalam Haykal ( ) is a Syrian technology and media entrepreneur, and a social activist, who lives and works in Damascusmarker, Syriamarker. In 2009, the World Economic Forum named Haykal as a Young Global Leader, the first Syrian to receive this recognition.

Haykal is CEO of Transtek, an enterprise software developent firm, and of Haykal Media, publisher of the business newsmagazine Aliqtisadi, and the English monthly Forward Magazine. The Report: Emerging Syria 2008 listed Haykal Media with its magazines and online media as one of three main players in the media sector in Syria.

Haykal is president of the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association (SYEA), an NGO formed as part of the reform process in Syria. He is also a founder and trustee in several other organizations including BIDAYA Foundation, an NGO to help disadvantaged young people to become entrepreneurs by providing business mentoring and charitable micro-loans; and Tumuhi, a national college scholarship fund.

Born in 1978, Haykal studied at the American University of Beirutmarker, and the School of Oriental and African Studiesmarker (SOAS), University of London. In June 2007, he was elected as an alumni trustee of the American University of Beirutmarker, the youngest in its history. He is also a trustee of the University of Kalamoon, a private higher education institution in Syria.


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