New York City- United states
*How to find your passion*
Jason Silva is a media artist, futurist, philosopher, keynote speaker and
TV personality. He is the creator of Shots of Awe, a short film series of
"trailers for the mind" that serve as philosophical espresso shots exploring innovation, technology creativity, futurism and the metaphysics of the imagination. Shots of Awe has received more than 13 million views.
He is also the Emmy nominated host of National Geographic Channel's
hit TV series "Brain Games" , airing in over 100 countries.
Jason's goal is to use technology to excite
people about philosophy and science.
Amman - Jordan
Fadi Zaghmout is an Author, blogger and social-media specialist. Fadi has majored computer science and been practicing story writing since 2006 expressing his own thoughts, ideas and believes on his personal blog. His first published novel "The Bride of Amman" was released in 2012, this has helped him to get a Masters scholarship in Creative Writing and Critical Thinking from the University of Sussex in the UK. Since then Fadi been focusing on writing published his second novel in 2014 "Heaven on Earth" a speculative fiction that posits a near future where science defeats ageing and now Fadi is working on his third novel.
Amman - Jordan
A multi talented artist whose work covers a wide array of design directions. From paintings and sculpture to calligraphy and interior design. With a journey of over 25 years; Hayan has steadfastly left his own imprint in his home country Jordan. Firmly believing in the power of expression, individualism and originality, his works are a true reflection of his artistic inner nature.
Hayan is inspired and specialized in the Arabic and Islamic art forms,
he expresses his vision by intersecting between modern Arabic calligraphy
and furniture design.
Farah Hourani wears multiple hats; She launched farahsdiary.com, a diary on style, beauty and travel as a creative outlet and a platform.she is the founder of her eponymous clothing brand "FaraHourani", which is exclusively made in Jordan by her and her creative team. As a co-founder of wearthetrend.com, that showcases the latest trends in fashion, design, art, music and film .Farah is a key style influencer and has been profiled on high-traffic fashion websites including Face Hunter, CoolLiving, Style.com, as well as MTV.
Dentist & oral surgeon
Mohammad khalifeh was born in Amman,Jordan. Mohammad is a dentist with a passion for clean dental beauty and a great activist in the mission of public health awareness. His aim as a co-founder of Dental lounge is to bring about a new age of Dental treatment approach in Jordan.
Amman - Jordan
An Architect that is adamant about developing a new perspective on the production of modern architecture that is both relevant and specific to its context and culture while breaking architectural stereotypes and challenging social norms. Hanna is the Founder and Design Director of the architecture firm Hanna Salameh Design, located in Amman, Jordan working on various project that range in scale from furniture and product design to mega hospitals and master planning in different fields including residential, cultural, healthcare and hospitality. He is a sustainability enthusiast who has developed projects of high energy efficiency and environmental consciousness, with the main focus on the health benefits that are associated with smart green design.
Interior & product designer
Kuwait - Kuwait
Loulwa Al-Radwan is an interior designer who's been in this field for the past 12 years. After working with corporates for years, loulwa decided to take the step to start her own interior design studio "interia" were originality is portrayed in unique pieces of furnitures and accessories . This has inspired her to start her own line of limited edition furnitures and accessories, in which she has participated in Van Cleef & Arpels and Tashkeel Middle east emergent designer prize 2015, where her piece was selected as one of the four finalists.
Loulwa's Style is mainly influenced by islamic and traditional designs with modern twist.
Sima Najjar is a serial entrepreneur; she founded her first company
Amman - Jordan
Social entrepreneur with the degree in computer science . Juggling between computer and business courses, Kamal started working on his own project during his third year of university in 2012; Aster Company flourished aiming to create a greener environment utilizing unused spaces. Aster’s project portfolio has been growing successfully for the past two years, including residential and commercial projects and incorporating new technologies in their service offerings including 3D designs. Kamal became motivational speaker in many events such as: NewThink Theater, Incitement, Trip To Innovation (TTI) and INJAZ Organization, to inspire the youth to innovate and follow their dreams.
Automotive furniture designer
Abdulrahman Asfour , started Auto-art as his graduation project; getting automotive scrap and turning them into furniture and accessories that can be used at home, garden or office, grabbed the attention of Tedx who invited him as a speaker to their event in Amman in 2013. It was then that he realized that his passion, Auto-Art, impresses other people and that it is more than just a graduation project. Clients vary from those interested in recycling and nature, to automotive enthusiasts, to creative and innovative people.
Researcher & Designer
United Arab Emirates- Dubai
Researcher, Designer and Architect, Ammar's work mostly interrogates the between relationship of digital technology and traditional craft. His work blends conventional material processes with advanced digital fabrication methods. Ammar's area of research interest includes developing design/fabrication workflows that utilize the inextricable links between materials, fabrication tools and form-making. Ammar has founded KALO design studio, all the designs for KALO products from inception to 3D modeling, machine programming, assembly, and hand finishing are done by Ammar Kalo himself.
In 2004 Kalo won KUKA Young Potential Award for best scientific paper, during the 2015 Milan Design Week, he received a Silver A‘Design Award his chair design STRATUM. Also, in October 2015, Harper's Bazaar Interiors awarded him the Emerging Designer award during the inaugural Dubai Design Week. Ammar is currently the Director of CAAD Labs at the American University of Sharjah.
Rami Haikal is a Musician, software Developer, and Confectionist . He is the founder and the artisan behind Toffimelt; the first gourmet caramel and toffee house in Jordan & the Middle East. Rami's passion for candy started when he was really young, thanks to growing up in one of the oldest candy factories in Amman, which was established by his grandfather. Combining his passion for confectionery, his artistic side, and the precision and logical thinking that comes with being a software developer, Rami is proud to be building Toffimelt as a local Jordanian business with international standards.
A fashion designer turning her unique illustrations into colorful and playful outfits. She studied at the International Institute Of Fashion Design and Marketing Polimoda, in Florence and then worked at Stamperia Fiorentina, where the combination of her illustrations and patterns came to life. It not only helped her develop her skills as a fashion designer but an artist as a whole.
Even though she worked and lived abroad, she just can’t get enough of the third world colorful chaos of her hometown Jordan. Tania founded "Tania George" Clothes for a Cause, an initiative to help women from war-torn countries by providing them with a chance to stitch, knit and sew their way to safety, with her brand she utilizes a combination of traditional embroidery techniques with modern impressions and colors. This ultimately gives the unique style of the brand ‘Tania George’ and holds a little bit of hope, a lot of passion and a glimmer of light for a new fresh start.
Damascus - Syria
Philippe is an Architect, started his own design studio in 2007 in Damascus, , where he worked on several commercial, corporate, and residential projects; both locally and regionally. parallelly Philipp was searching for his own identity until he started is RAYXANDER design venture, inspired by the rebirth process, the geometry that makes life, the forms created by patterns of movement and its unpredictable outcome. RAYXANDER doesn’t attempt to modernize or build on the artistic and visual language we have reached, Instead RAYXANDER, as a global citizen, strives to develop and produce a universally appealing and current style by going on an investigative journey to the base inspiration/ the origin behind these visual languages.
Zayna Al Hamarneh, Co-Founder & CEO of MODE Marketing & PR, this passionate 29 year old kicked off her career at the young age of 15. She dabbled in several avenues including media, advertising, events,
public relation and marketing before she found her rhythm. The past five years have been jam-packed; MODE worked with more than 50 local and international brands such as, Google, Coca-Cola, Breitling, Go Sport, Loacker, Lipton, Cirque du Soleil, STOMP, Lavazza and ATICO Fakhreldin Group. Zayna loves social media & micro-blogging and her wanderlust can never be satisfied, while her love for food and fashion is clearly shown on her pages feed. With her hard work she made it as one of Jordan’s top social media influencers, who’s not afraid to utilize her reach to support a cause, share a meal with her followers, or, simply, check in.
An award winning cartoonist, an internationally acclaimed cartoonist and a change advocate, a public and motivational speaker, social media activist with several awards for outstanding online presence. As an influential cartoonist, Omar gives back to the community through training in creative production, drawing, caricature, creative thinking and social media engagement through Art. Omar is an motivational and inspirational speaker who participated in many local, regional and international events, such as but not limited to TEDX Oporto in Portugal in 2015, Al Doha 8th convention held by Al Jazeera in 2014.
Type & graphic designer
Ali Almasri is a type and graphic designer who holds multiple degrees in graphic and industrial design. His portfolio is very diverse, across the area of branding and corporate identities, interactive media design, print design, and type design. At the same time, his practices encompass experimentation with multiple digital and analogue media. On the side he developed an initiative called Wajha, an independent social initiative that uses design and branding knowledge to help the community by offering design services for FREE. Wajha uses the city’s facades as an empty canvas for experiments in typography, illustration, and graphic design. In 2014 he launched his own type foundry under the name Abjad: The foundry publishes high quality Arabic typefaces, and craft them to work for specific platforms.
Architect & Artist
Randa Haddadin, is an architect and a growing self-taught visual artist, her work is inspired by personal experiences and the stories of people around her through time, conveying the deep struggles hidden in the attics of the mind, heart and soul, through experimental techniques.Her work has been featured in many magazines and international websites, and was part of collective exhibitions in Amman and New York.
Furniture & Interior designer
Started her career as an architecture and been exploring her talents in different creative areas such as; filmmaking, writing, acting, Singing, drawing and design. Been traveling around the world for the past 6 years to learn & share the knowledge of space, function, style, retail, cafe & most importantly home design. Noor found her passion in interior & product design and started N products as an recycled furniture line where she celebrates affordable unique pieces.
Fitness instructor & consultant
Rebecca Audeh, is a fitness instructor and consultant with the goal of changing people's life style through life coaching & body fitness
Joz Hind Kitchen
Italy - Jordan
A married couple that runs a kitchen in the heart of Jabal Weibdeh called Joz Hind, by Italian cook "Luca" and his Jordanian wife "Hind". “Joz Hind” believes in socially-responsible and healthy food. It is a local initiative rooted in in the neighborhood and they offer fresh food daily for lunch and dinner. Luca & Hind makes sure to provide the visitor with an unusual experience, once you walk straight into the kitchen and sit to eat in a communal veranda with other guests. The menu depends on the season; Luca can whip something together depending on his inspiration that day and what's best available in the market. Pass by Joz Hind soon for a visit, you'll feel right at home!
Hana Faouri is the visionary and the founder of Khordda, as an artist and crafter, she has diverse interests in materials, drawing, artisanal handicrafts. She is most known in Jordan for her work in upcycling. She has worked frequently with women communities and distressed groups in several cities and villages around Jordan teaching them how to use materials that are available to them to create products that they can sell or use. Hana has created a monthly market called Souq el sodfeh, that connects the creators with the needed market by hosting farmers and crafters emphasizes on locality and creativity.
Photographer & videographer
Bashar Alaeddin was born in Amman, Jordan. Bashar is a Levantine-mix photographer and videographer showcasing the beauty of the Middle East region from its culture and cuisine to its landscapes and night skies. With over 10 years experience creating visual imagery and content in the commercial and documentary field with a few awards in various fields, Bashar is shedding light on Arabian culture in new ways.
Birth & Parenting educator
Amman - Jordan
Pharmacist, Birth and Parenting educator, breastfeeding specialist. Mother of 3, with a set of twins. Her birth and parenting experience with her first born led her to work on a certification as a birth and postpartum Doula in Canada. Upon relocating back in Amman, she decided to offer birth and parenting education through maternity classes at Birth & Beyond center. Her goal is to support and guide expecting couples through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Jerusalem - Palestine
Samer Shawar is Hacker, Maker, and a Developer. Holds a degree in Management information systems and New Media majoring in Arts, International experience in electronics and hardware hacking. Samer's passion for Art & Technology pushed him to build the first Hackerspace in Palestine, his goal is to build a community for Hackers & Makers, to create smart hardware products in Palestine that competes globally and to raise awareness in the digital privacy. Samer is the Co-founder of VecBox a Hackerspace that provides access to knowledge and tools that enables both the tech community and individuals interested in tech solutions to engage, learn and build for change.
Achitect & designer
Beirut - Lebanon
Vick Vanlian is an architect and interior designer, being engulfed in the world of young age, Vick realized his passion for design at the age of 7. With this sense of design, he completed his first interior design
project while he was in second year of design school.
Since then he has had an overflow of projects ranging from apartments to Palaces, Restaurants, Bars and Hotels. Always showing the different aspects of his fun and loving personality in his designs which are eclectic, luxurious and pop out of the ordinary,embracing the pop culture of the moment. Vick Vanlian strives to utilize and play on the senses wherever possible, Touch, Smell, Sight, and Sound, as they are all part of experiencing any space.
Maria Haddad , A Chef studied in Canada and worked in advertising for a while until her passion for cooking took over and she went on to become a professional Chef. Maria studied at the Royal Academy for Culinary Arts and then practiced her cooking in London and Amman. She founded Beit sitti, a cooking and dining experience located in Jabal Al Weibdeh. People go there to cook, learn about the culture, meet new people and enjoy the Arabic food. With Beit sitti Maria initiates in recruiting unemployed local woman to act as a trainer and help with cooking the traditional food. Beit Sitti was awarded the certificate of excellence on Trip Advisor for three consecutive years. Also has received the best reviews from its customers and been recommended by different food and entertaining channels, such as;
CNN International, Lonely Planet Traveler, Randy Kalp & Bethany Salvon, Arabia Food & Travel, Petitfute.com
Dubai- United Arab Emirates
Khalid Shafar is a business graduate, worked in marketing and communication for almost seven years. In 2005 Khalid completed a degree in Fine Arts in Interior Design and by the end of 2009 had decided to leave marketing and follow his passion for design. Khalid has studied and specialized in Furniture & Objects design, first at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK, then at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand.
In 2011 Khalid opened his own studio in Dubai and in Nov 2012 Khalid inaugurated his first showcase space ‘KASA’. Among his notable international collaborations, Khalid collaborated with the Brazilian duo Campana Brothers on an installation for Abu Dhabi Art 2010. He recently collaborated with the historical French cabinetmaker Moissonnier, with the carpet industry leader Tai Ping, and with the design brand Kartell on special limited edition releases.
Shamekh Bluwi, an architect and Visual artist. Through his drawing experience and his architectural background he has found his passion in Fashion illustrations inspired by the international fashion brands. His artwork started as a hobby and now its getting featured in the best entertaining websites such as: designTaxi, 9gag, Mtv, Bored panda and huffingtonpost. His designs are getting posted in the most prestigious brands social media accounts such as; Roberto Cavali, Valentino, Marchesa and Moschino. With Shamekhs's daily new illustrations inspired by the latest trends, runway and fashion reports he made it with leading international clients such as Clarins, Estée Lauder, Pepsi, Ted Baker, Level Shoe District, The national UAE, Fustany.com, Umagazine and drawadot.com
Amman - Jordan
A fashion designer, has been was always interested in the world of self expression. Starting off as a fine artist she gradually transitioned into sculptures, mobile art and finally landed in fashion choosing fabric as her medium. After graduating secondary school she moved to Brooklyn, New York to attend Pratt Institute to further her study the field of fashion. After residing in New York for 5 years and working in several fields of the industry, Raya moved back to Amman where she worked on made to measure apparel and assisted the director at Wadi Finan Art Gallery. She now resides in New York consulting for luxury brands and curating at international art fairs with the Gallery.
Raya Kass studio: www.instagram.com/rayakass/
Mohammed Zakaria is a skateboarder, photographer, cinematographer, founder of Philadelphia Skateboards and co-founder of 7Hills Skatepark in Amman, Jordan. Started Skateboarding at the age 16 in the streets of Amman where the lack of professional skateboard gear inspired him to establish Philadelphia Skateboards in 2009, the first arabic skateboard company at the time. In 2014 his passion for skateboarding had taken him onto a new endeavor to build a skatepark in Amman.
The vision behind it was to be a community funded, community built, community run and community maintained skatepark that will serve as home to the ever growing skate scene in Amman. Philadelphia Skateboards partnered with Make Life Skate Life and the 7Hills Skatepark was born.
Chef & designer
Maha Kalis is an Artist, Designer & Baker, has studied graphic design and worked as a designer for 9 years meanwhile pursing her passion in Art, painting, cooking, baking and digital design. Combining Maha's artistic background with her love for food and flavor she has created Marmalade; home based kitchen specialized in delicious deserts & pleasant packages
Between story telling and story collecting lies a sea of possibility, this is Shalabieh's playground. Shalabieh (Sally Shalabi), started her story telling years ago with children and uses both local and international influences to inspire her performances. Her performances include the folkloric tales and modern stories, as well as children's classics. Shalabieh enjoys working with a range of audiences that includes children, family audiences and adults. Shalabieh is inspired by old folklore stories and works with each story, developing it and bringing it into a contemporary light. She is developing her own stories and shows in 2016 and 2017. She tells her stories in both English and Arabic as well as performing collaboratively as a translating story teller. She is also the founder of a new collaborative group:
The Jordanian Story Tellers Collective.
Samia Zaru is an award-winning Jordanian multimedia artist whose work includes designing, painting, illustration, sculpting, murals, urban art and education. Zaru is famous for her metal sculptures some of which are displayed at the Haya Center and Al Hussein Gardens and abstract paintings, characterized by Muslim and Christian symbolism and Middle Eastern influences. Zaru's work is featured in the Vatican, President Reagan and President Carter Library Museums, Rockefeller Art Collection, Russian Modern Art Museum, Jordan Royal Court, Jordan National Gallery, and private collections worldwide. She is a founding member of the Jordan National Gallery and the Artists Association, a trainer at the UNRWA Amman Teacher Training Center, and one of seven international UNESCO experts setting policies for the enhancement of arts in education. Zaru studied art and education at the American University of Beirut and pursued her post-graduate studies at the Corcoran School of Art & Design and American University in Washington.
Pastry chef with the degree in environmental science. Once it was graduation time, Haya knew she wanted to be a pastry chef; but she also wanted to learn more about another field she was passionate about - environmental science. During her time at school in Birmingham, Haya would explore sedimentary rocks and stones by day, and make lemon squares by night. Haya couldn't stop her dream she went to London to do a Diploma in Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. Once she came back to Amman, she started decorating with the most original designs and creating the most decadent of recipes, it's no wonder the people of Jordan took notice. In a time where young women are becoming successful entrepreneurs and taking over the world, Butter Believe It is establishing herself as a key player in the industry and taking her rightful place in the burgeoning world of business.
An Ayurvedic practitioner, a wellness coach, and a yoga teacher with a bachelors in biomedical sciences and a masters in nutrition. Rana combines the centuries old teachings of Ayurveda with modern-day Western health philosophies, aiming to teach her clients the tools and techniques to become their own healers. She travels frequently - moving around the world to deepen her knowledge by learning from top practitioners and to learn about and incorporate many cultural approaches to health and wellness. She conducts most of her Ayurvedic counseling sessions online, and hosts in-person retreats, workshops, and counseling sessions depending on her availability and travel schedule.
Jeddah - Saudi Arabia
Social entrepreneur has a B.Sc. in Pharmacy, after graduating and working first in the pharmaceutical industry and then with the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, Diana discovered she was more interested in Public Health, the absolute opposite of Pharmacy. Diana started Trochet after attending an Earth Day conference where she was shocked and felt culpable upon learning the degree of environmental harm caused by plastic bags. Trochet is as much a social movement as it is a business, that brings to market a range of hip, trendy and ‘must-have’ lifestyle products for the globally oriented and environmentally aware city dweller. The brand Kees chic has developed that produces niche items produced via local artisans out of plastic bags . Diana's innovative entrepreneurship has been recognized at home and abroad. She won first prize at the Harvard Arab Week 2013 for employing 50 women at Trochet and successfully recycling tons of plastic bags into creative simple quality products.
Dalia Karouta, is a Salsa dancer, instructor and choreographer from Tripoli-Lebanon. She has been training in dance for 15 years. She has participated and performed in various dance festivals with artists from around the globe. Throughout her dancing years she also took part in many dance performances, shows and musicals. Dalia is still pursuing her career in dance, she is still learning as well as teaching, choreographing and performing.
Ballet & contemporary dancer
Bijan Qutub was born in Amman, Jordan. Bijan is the first male Jordanian Ballet dancer to pursue dance professionally on scholarship at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York Aiming to have a professional career and return to Jordan to develop and help the sustainable growth in the arts and dance .
Architect & Civil Engineer
An Architect and Civil Engineer, that believes that sustainability is no excuse for sacrifices. Instead, research is synonym of ambition for a more sustainable, more comfortable, and more interactive design.. He consider the process as a means of minimizing energy consumption between design and realization. In 2014, Yousef has conducted a research at the Form-Finding lab of Princeton University on biomimetic building skins. In 2014, he was awarded the 40 under 40 award for young European architects, (International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture).
Yousef is currently leading AAU ANASTAS’ research department,
SCALES - a research laboratory that is consistently enhanced by linking scales that are otherwise opposed.
Self defense trainer
Amman - Jordan
A trainer with 17 years of experience in practicing Martial Arts like Taekwondo, Kick-Boxing, Kung Fu and Boxing. As well as she holds the black belt in Taekwondo 3DAN, and has represented Jordan in many competitions and championships (National and International). Lina has established SheFighter, the first Self-Defense Studio designed to empower women both mentally and physiologically through Self-Defense Techniques. Lina's goal is to empower women through training them to feel more confident, empowered, secured and strong to defend themselves and become leaders around the glob.
Shefighter's mission: Train and empower 10 Million Women Globally in 10 years
Interior architect & Graphic designer
Opposites in everything, but purpose
Amer Abidi is an international award winning 3D Artist with a degree in Architecture that has journeyed him to find his passion
in Interior / Spatial Architecture.
Yasmine Hakki started off her education in what she called Archi’torture’
gave just the perfect foot to float her off to finish a degree in Graphic Design.
Abidi & Hakki are complete opposites married couple,
their creative differences and different work styles makes them more innovative & successful. They both founded Two opposites design, that produces unexplainable overwhelm concepts for
interior architecture & branding.
Katia Al-Tal is a sculptor , that takes the energy of the Earth at its most fundamental clay level, infuses it with passion, molds it with vision and transforms it into magnificence. To achieve her goal in functional art Katia established a workshop in Amman, Jordan, where she was able to conceive her first collection composed of
3 C’s; Clay,Calligraphy and Creativity. Her Arab origin and worldly travels, major inspirations for her sculptures, can be felt in every curve and stroke of her designs. Katia's work has been celebrated at numerous ateliers, exhibitions, private art collections and media channels in Europe, Asia and the Arab World.
Saddam Sayyaleh is a social entrepreneur, after he traveled to South East and Central Asia (2010 - 2014) volunteering and working with vulnerable children and minorities, he launched an initiative called
(I Learn) in Jerash city, has quickly grown to serve 350 individuals in eight marginalized Jordanian and refugee communities.
I Learn initiative creates safe spaces for at-risk individuals and uses proven educational frameworks to empower them to take charge of their lives and build a better future. In October 2014 he Joined Four Seasons Society in Jerash to work on economic growth projects in the country side of Jordan .
Saddam is a recipient of the Badir fund for Young Jordanian Social Entrepreneurs.
Fouad Jeryes, is a tech venture obsessed. A business technologist by education, he has worked between the United States & MENA region. He focusses on advancing the technology scene in Jordan and was a managing partner of d1g.com, part of the team that started up the incubation program at Oasis 500, initiated and co-founded monthly tech gathering titled Amman Tech Tuesdays (AmmanTT) and most recently, he is the co-founder of CashBasha.com, a business that builds technologies to solve MENAs e-commerce challenges
Social entrepreneur with a B.Sc. in Computer Systems engineering, after working in the corporate Finance as a financial analyst and holding different positions in Logistics such as Operations and General Management, in addition to interning at and consulting an NGO in South Africa, Zaid decided to quit his job and comfort zone to find his passion. After two years of soul-searching while attending one of the top entrepreneurship focused MBA programs and serving an South African foundation in Johannesburg that aims to improve the lives of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in rural communities, Zaid was able to pursue a purposeful life through creating his dream project
The Orenda Tribe; a children's clothes brand that offers high quality and socially responsible apparel, with designs created from the art of children living in refugee camps & distressed communities.