NADINE KHAOULI, LEBANON
“Technology enables me to raise my voice, transmit my message globally, shed light on real needs and build an international community of innovators.”
On August 4, 2020, Nadine Khaouli was driving from her village to Beirut City when a explosion—one-twentieth the power of an atomic bomb—rocked the 5,000-year-old city. The blast killed more than 200 people and displaced 300,000, making Nadine's lifelong mission to end poverty and bring “essential dignity” to every person in Lebanon even more urgent. The next day, she and her team from her co-founded initiative Kafe be Kafak (Hand in Hand) were on the scene, providing crisis triage, supplies and shelter for displaced families. Nadine is passionate about the well-being of the Lebanese people. She uses social media to connect with others about her humanitarian efforts and petition for more transparency from government agencies. As the UNDP Lebanon Youth Development Delegate, Nadine is taking her advocacy global, leading virtual workshops and trainings for young people around the world aligned to the Global Goals.