Hani is a Toronto-based lawyer, social entrepreneur, and public speaker.
His work in media and law has been on challenging the status quo and reimagining industries to be more accessible, innovative, and inclusive.
Hani founded Yalla! Let’s Talk. (YLT) in 2017. He believed that the more knowledge that a person has of a specific person, the more people that knew each other’s story, the more likely it’ll make that person more empathetic. If he could find ways to share those stories and create spaces where people felt safe enough to share, he can make a contribution to a more inclusive world. A long side cofounder, Mays Alwash, the initiative quickly turned into a global movement where young Arabs around the globe would meet and talk about underrepresented issues in their community from mental health to racism.
In a span of three years, Yalla! Let’s Talk. has evolved into a purpose-driven media and events platform to amplify the voices of Arab-Identifying Millennials and Gen Z. YLT believes as diverse as the world is, the narrative is not. They are changing the narrative.
Hani is also a lawyer and cofounder of Emerge LLP, an entrepreneurial law firm built to make legal services more accessible for startups and small businesses. In his practice, Hani serves as outside counsel to startups and small businesses, advising on matters ranging from formation to exit including equity compensation and intellectual property, and purchase and sale of businesses.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto where he graduated as the class Valedictorian, a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto and a law degree from the University of Ottawa.