Egyptian Political Activist Ghonim Leaves Google

Tweets Plans to Start Tech NGO

Google executive-cum-political activist, Wael Ghonim, is leaving Google to launch a nongovernmental organization aimed at fighting poverty and bolstering education through technology. Ghonim is Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa. He is also responsible for administering a wildly popular Facebook page that is in part credited with toppling ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

The camera shy activist was taken into police custody for almost two weeks in the early days of the protests in Egypt. Despite a few high profile interviews, Ghonim prefers bypassing the media in favor of social networking sites. In this vein, he tweeted his departure from Google saying, "Decided to take a long term sabbatical from @Google & start a technology focused NGO to help fight poverty & foster education in #Egypt."