Youth Panel

Meet our youth representatives from the Arab Development Initiative showcasing their inspirations, motivations and successes as young Canadian Arabs.


Dina Al-Wer 

Dina Al-Wer was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. Growing up around strong and independent women, she developed a passion for women’s rights, and particularly young women’s empowerment through education. Dina received a Bachelor’s degree in Management (with a concentration in International Business & Global Strategy) from McGill University and currently lives and works in Toronto, ON. A member of the ADI since its inception in 2011, Dina has helped the organization grow year after year. Dina is currently works as the events co-director at the ADI.

Nadine El-Borollossy

Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Nadine El-Borollossy has been passionate about development work from an early age. Nadine has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma in Management from McGill, an educational background that provides her with an informed and insightful view on development challenges in the Arab World. Nadine presently works in the healthcare field, and has a special interest in healthcare reform in the Arab world. Nadine joined the ADI team in 2012 and co-directed a highly successful summit in New York City. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization.  

Oubai El-Kerdi 

 Oubai El-Kerdi was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. Passionate about education, he is the recipient of the Harry Pearce Prize and is currently completing his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. Oubai is also an artist with an avid interest in visual communication, graphic design, and photography. In 2011, he co-founded the Arab Development Initiative, a platform for finding innovative ways to tackle the difficult questions that presently face the Arab World. His polyvalent background allows him to build bridges between science and art, and study development from a unique perspective. Oubai is the Art and Design Director at the Arab Development Initiative. 


Nadine Hajjar 

Nadine Hajjar was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Concordia University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal. Her strong passion for human rights and social equality drove her to join the ADI in 2012. Nadine currently works as a Human Resources specialist at the ADI. This year, she is also co-curating the ADI’s upcoming art exhibition entitled “Ink Tank: Prints from the Arab world”, which will showcase multimedia work from young Arab artists.