American University of Beirut

Abdulsalam Haykal

​A trustee since 2011, an alumni-elected trustee from 2008-10, and an AUB graduate (BA ‘00), Abdulsalam Haykal is the founder and executive chairman of Majarra, the region’s leading platform of premium digital knowledge and information in Arabic. He is a board member of the enterprise software firm Transtek Systems and chairman of Lableb, a company focused on Arabic-natural language processing (NLP) and search technology. Based in the United Arab Emirates since 2012, he continues a business legacy that started in Syria in 1939.

Haykal serves on the UAE’s Arabic Language Council and the Advisory Board of the New York Abu Dhabi Center on AI and Humanities. The World Economic Forum recognized Haykal as a Young Global Leader, and he received the Arab Thought Foundation’s Innovation Award and the medal of the AUB Alumni Association (AAA) - Lebanon. He has an MA from SOAS, University of London

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