Ramez Shehadi

Ramez Shehadi - Lebanon

Ramez is President of International and Global Chief Growth Officer of REEF, a Mubadala Capital- and SoftBank-backed Miami-based technology platform transforming urban spaces into community hubs that bring relevant goods, services, and experiences across industry sectors (food, retail, grocery, health, wellness, energy, etc.) to local neighbourhoods everywhere. He leads the global commercial expansion and growth of REEF, harnessing ‘proximity as a service’ by prioritizing personalization, convenience, and speed. Ramez was formerly Managing Director of Facebook (now Meta) for the MENA region, leading all service lines and platforms (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Workplace, Oculus, etc.), to drive and magnify a mobile-first philosophy, while ensuring that the hundreds of millions of people, businesses and groups on the platforms can build meaningful social and commercial communities. Among other initiatives, Ramez is serving a second term as a Board of Directors Member of Aramex, a publicly traded global logistics provider; an Advisory Board Member of Gro Intelligence, an NY based AI company that has created the world’s most extensive data platform to tackle food security and climate change globally. Ramez is an avid sailor and an 8m class amateur medallist in the 1997 and 1998 North American Championships and the 1999 World Championships. In 2018, he completed a 30-day 500km hiking expedition from the southern tip to the northern tip of Lebanon, while charitably raising funds for nature preservation. Ramez holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and an M.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and has invested in continuing education programs at Oxford, INSEAD, and the University of St. Gallen. Ramez and his wife, Dr. Nada Afeiche, are blessed with four children (between the ages of 8 and 17).

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