Wael Hmaidan - Director


Wael is the director of CAN – International since April 2012, but has been active in the network since 2008. Wael Hmaidan is a social entrepreneur and founder of IndyACT, an organization that started in Lebanon in 2007 and in less than five years spread all over the Arab World and established presence in Europe and few other regions. Wael has more than 16 years of experience in NGO management and environmental campaigning in a number of NGOs. His work on this issue started in his capacity as the Greenpeace campaigner for the Arab World, where he helped established the energy and marine reserves campaign in the region. Wael’s focus and main issue is climate change. Through the climate campaign which he established in IndyACT, he was able to influence Arab climate policy and raise the priority of the issue among public and governments. Wael has been attending all international climate change negotiations for the past four years, including as one of the lead negotiators for the Lebanese government negotiating team in the UNFCCC. Wael has lived all his life in Lebanon, but considers himself as a global citizen. He obtained an Executive MBA degree from INSEAD, and whenever the opportunity arises, Wael works on strengthening civil society in the Arab region, especially after the Arab spring.

Contact Wael:

email: whmaidan@climatenetwork.org
mobile: +961-3-506313
skype/twitter: whmaidan