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Young Entrepreneur – 2021

Omar Itani’s journey in entrepreneurship started at a young age when, as a high school student, he co-founded Visio: his own waste management company.

It was then that he discovered the importance and efficiency of social enterprises and the power of youth and civic engagement in solving social and environmental problems.

Itani is the winner of numerous competitions including the prestigious Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) in 2018 which helped develop FabricAID into the scale and shape it occupies today.

He won the Denis Pietton Award by the French Institute in 2018 as the most distinguished young social entrepreneur from the Arab World and was awarded Young Champion of the Earth for West Asia in 2019 by the United Nations for his work in fabric waste reduction – the highest award given by the UN for individuals under the age of 30.

Business savvy and social by nature, Itani has succeeded in growing FabricAID from a seed idea into a full-blown company, putting his problem-solving skills to good use.

Omar is an avid book reader and has a passion for history especially when it comes to the Arab world and the region surrounding it. He is a nature lover and spends his free time exploring and touring Lebanon’s most rural corners.