She joined WE Charity in 2002, and has held a variety of roles including International Project Director, Chief Operations Director and Executive Director. Dalal was a key innovator and contributor to the WE Villages model and has steered the strategic direction of the organization to meet its mission of empowering young people to change the world while providing developing communities with the tools to break free from the cycle of poverty.
Dalal was born and raised in Kuwait. Her family fled to the Gaza Strip after the Gulf War. She witnessed the terrible impact of war on children, political instability, violence and conflict. These early experiences gave Dalal a unique understanding of the real costs of political and cultural divide, allowing her to place hope firmly in the value of cooperative peace-building. Drawing on these experiences, Dalal has been a leading force behind WE Charity’s innovative initiatives, including WE Day events, partnerships with school boards, and the highly successful O Ambassadors program through Oprah’s Angel Network.
Furthermore, Dalal designed and implemented WE Charity’s first girls’ education and empowerment program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The Girls for Change program was implemented in the Gaza Strip and Tunisia, in cooperation with non-governmental organizations in the targeted areas. This program provides young girls between 15 and 18 years old with skills in leadership, empowerment, civil society engagement, and technological literacy to ensure that they become exceptional young leaders of this new era in the MENA region.
Dalal’s exemplary leadership has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network with Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award in the “Future Leaders” category, and by her former alma mater, Trent University, with the Distinguished Alumni Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership early in her career. She earned a scholarship to attend the world-renowned Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway, the only global educational NGO that brings students together from all over the world, and she has spent time in Ecuador working with indigenous street children.
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Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll, and along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015.
Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.