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Discover Your Talents With The Talentology

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There are all kinds of sciences that one can learn about: biology, geology, meteorology and also talentology.The Talentology, a training company in Jordan founded in 2008 by Ahmad Al-Assad, offers fun and practical training to different clients from companies to students and fresh graduates. With the belief that people doing the work they love and are good at eventually leads to national development and prosperity, The Talentology aims to help youth acquire the knowledge, skills and positive attitude needed to excel at the workplace by discovering their talents. “Talents are basically like diamonds; they are natural, sometimes disguised as normal stones. That’s why we need to nurture them, and put effort to get beautiful results,” says Ahmad Al-Assad.

In a short web series targeted at youth, Al-Assad takes viewers on a trip to discover their talents and stand out in what they do. Here are some of his tips:

  1. Everyone has a talent; you just have to allow yourself to discover what yours is by trying out new things. You’ll know you’re good at something if before the activity you’re excited to start, while doing it you lose track of time and once it’s over you can’t wait to do it again. Of course, you should also enjoy the activity and excel at it. Finding out what you enjoy will get you one step closer to discovering your talents.
  1. Set goals to develop your talent and commit to them.
  1. Surround yourself with people who are already in the field you want to work in and who share the same enthusiasm. This is your tribe and will help you develop your talent.

For more information and a free personality test visit The Talentology’s website. You can also follow them on Facebook.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 21/08/2015.

Nedal Kersh of Falafelbaren

Falafelbaren: Stockholm’s First and Only Falafel Bar

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Since 2013, Nidal Kersh and his partner, Jenny Hedström, have been running Falafelbaren, “Stockholm’s first and only falafel bar”. In a short period of time, the small business has become very successful.

However, things weren’t always that easy. When Kersh first started, he used to peddle around Sweden’s streets on his tricycle, serving Falafel, made using a recipe he got from his uncle in Palestine. He says his decision to sell falafel is probably due to his heritage and the fact that his father is the owner of Sweden’s first fresh hummus factory.

The couple opened the store because they “wanted to sell falafel as it’s done in the Middle East-fried on order”. Two years into the business, Falafelbaren continues to serve fresh, crunchy falafel to Swedes who love it.

To read the full article: click here and follow Falafelbaren on Facebook.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 28/08/2015.

WATCH: Leila Abdul Razzaq’s Graphic Novel “Baddawi”

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In this video by Judy Suh, we hear from Palestinian-American artist, Leila Abdul Razzaq, as she discusses her graphic novel “Baddawi’.

Last April, Leila Abdul Razzaq published her graphic novel, “Baddawi”, a story about her father growing up as a refugee in Baddawi, a refugee camp in Northern Lebanon. Like so many Palestinians, Leila’s family was forced to leave their town of Safsaf in Palestine in 1948 and find refuge in Lebanon, where her father spent his childhood before moving to the United States.

Although stories such as that of Ahmad, Leila’s father and main character in “Baddawi” are common among Palestinians in the diaspora, Leila explains that they are not as known to others which is why “Baddawi” is catered to a western audience.  She says, “People who are experiencing these adverse circumstances, they’re not objects of pity; they’re subjects of their own narrative”. She goes on to explain that she is not telling this story “because it’s unique but that it’s one that was lived and is being lived by Palestinian refugees.”

“Baddawi” has been shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards.

To order your copy of Baddawi click here. You can also follow Baddawi on Facebook.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 06/09/2015.

TechWadi Annual Forum 2015: Zafer Younis

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TechWadi is the leading non-profit organization building bridges between Silicon Valley and the MENA region. This year, the TechWadi Annual Forum will be held on September 26-27 in Silicon Valley. Attendees will gain insight from leading entrepreneurs on topics such as Arab success stories from Silicon Valley, investing in MENA and Iran’s rising tech ecosystem and implications for the broader MENA region.

One of the speakers at this year’s TechWadi Annual Forum is Zafer Younis. Zafer holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from the London School of Economics as well as another bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University College London.

When he was 23 years old, he started his first company called Modern Media, which owns the radio channel Play 99.6, winner of the US National Association of Broadcaster’s International Broadcasting Excellence Award.

Today, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Online Project, a company that develops and executes social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies and high profile organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also a mentor at Oasis500, AstroLabs, and Flat6Labs.

Zafer says, “I am looking forward to reconnect with the members of the TechWadi network [as well as …] to the presentations by the thought leaders of MENA technology.”

To hear more from Zafer Younis and other successful entrepreneurs, register to attend the TechWadi Annual Forum here.

You can also follow Zafer Younis on Twitter.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 09/09/2015.

TechWadi Annual Forum 2015: Omar Tawakol

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TechWadi is the leading non-profit organization building bridges between Silicon Valley and the MENA region. This year, the TechWadi Annual Forum will be held on September 26-27 in Silicon Valley. Attendees will gain insight from leading entrepreneurs on topics such as Arab success stories from Silicon Valley, investing in MENA and Iran’s rising tech ecosystem and implications for the broader MENA region.

On the panel of speakers is Omar Tawakol. Upon earning his Bachelors degree in Engineering from MIT, Omar went on to earning a Masters of Computer Science from Stanford University. During his time there, he was a computer science researcher at both the Stanford Logic Group and HP Software Labs.

Currently, Tawakol is the CEO of BlueKai. “the first and largest online data exchange that is designed with consumer transparency and participation in mind” as stated on iMedia Connections. BlueKai, which was acquired by Oracle in February 2014, is the industry’s leading cloud-based big data platform. It enables companies to personalize online, offline and mobile marketing campaigns with richer and more actionable information about targeted audiences.

When we asked Omar what he’s most looking forward to in the Forum he said, “Great people, pursuing disruptive ideas, despite the odds – that is the hallmark of an entrepreneur culture.  Techwadi has alway done a great job attracting these ingredients and marrying them with capital and experienced advisors.  Techwadi is making a very important contribution to help the MENA region produce more ground-breaking start-ups.  I always look forward to meeting the smart, hopeful, energetic entrepreneurs who attend the forum.”

To listen to Omar Tawakol and other leading entrepreneurs from the MENA region speak in this year’s TechWadi Annual Forum, register for the event here.

You can also follow Omar Tawakol on Twitter.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 09/09/2015.