Born in 1987 to second-generation Palestinian parents, Chaker Khazaal – writer, spokesperson, reporter, and Huffington Post contributor – grew up in Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp, in his host country Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War.
With patience, persistence and a sense of hope, he applied for a university scholarship in any country he was allowed to enter while holding a Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees. When Canada reached out, it set in motion a chain of events beyond his wildest imagination. At seventeen years of age, he was honored with the prestigious Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from Toronto’s York University, acknowledging his strong academic standing and leadership skills. Now a citizen – a dream come true – Chaker Khazaal is proud to call Canada home.
Having experienced first-hand the humiliation of ‘displacement’, Chaker is a strong advocate for refugees, and aspiring writers from all countries. Not one to forget his heritage, he has traveled to camps throughout the Middle East, speaking to refugees living in conflict zones. Expanding awareness through education and subsequent employment, his novels and articles humanize external conflicts. He enjoys capitalizing on strategic opportunities. “Work hard and where you once felt displaced, take the time to explore avenues that make you feel welcome.”
A savvy communicator, he has spoken on a number of platforms including United Nations Headquarters, HuffPost Live, Google San Francisco and most recently on msnbc’s Road Map. Addressing global displacement, Chaker’s powerful messages focus on the rise of terrorist acts, and ongoing unrest in the Middle East. His highly anticipated interviews, books, and articles reach an international audience.
In November 2015, Chaker was named Esquire Man of the Year at Man At His Best Awards held in Dubai.
With a large social media following, there is constant engagement with his audience. Raising awareness about global displacement, he links strong associations on an international level. Deservedly recognized by Arabian Business magazine in 2016, Chaker Khazaal was ranked first in the 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40.