Google executive Wael Ghonim, who was instrumental in organising protests in Egypt, has decided to leave the company and start his own tech NGO in order to battle poverty and impart education.
Ghonim was considered one of the key figures in organising protests across Egypt through social networking, that led do the downfall of the Egyptian government.
“Decided to take a long term sabbatical from @Google & start a technology focused NGO to help fight poverty & foster education in #Egypt,” Ghonim said in a tweet.
The head of marketing for the Middle East and Africa, Ghonim was the administrator of the Facebook page called ‘We are all Khaled Said’ that was central to organising protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. Khaled Said was an Egyptian youth who was allegedly beaten to death by the Egyptian police.
The Google employee was then arrested by the Egyptian police and has held in custody for 11 days. Following his contribution to the Egyptian revolution, Ghonim, who was welcomed back by Google with open arms, was named in the list of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Google on the other hand has remained quiet about Ghonim’s announcement but is expected to release a statement shortly.