About W

Wissam is an Optimization Expert. He is an educator, writer, entrepreneur, engineer, activist, Former Imam, humanist, Arab Activist with interest and hyper creative  attempts at many takes of life.  A modern Renaissance man, who uses doubt as a path for emancipation and science as a road towards enlightenment.

Long Bio:

Wissam Charafeddine, was born in United Arab Emirates from Lebanese parents. He attended the Islamic Hanbaly Educational Institute and graduated with a diploma in Islamic Shariah. After the first gulf war, His family immigrated to the U.S. and he became an American Citizen in 2004. He completed Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Liberal Studies from Henry Ford Community College, a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wayne State, and a Masters in Software Engineering from University of Michigan Dearborn. During his academic studies, Wissam continued to study and give lectures on Islamic Shariah through distant-study programs with Hawzah of Ahlulbait in Qum, Iran, and with local scholars. Mr. Charafeddine was the founder of Halakat Imam AlBaqir, an Islamic Studies Institute in Dearborn where he taught, among other teachers, various topics in Islamic studies. He was a co-founder of the Muslim Scouts of Michigan, Islamic Monitor Action Network, Islamic Unity Magazine, and was a member of various organizations, among which were the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic House of Wisdom, and Amnesty International. Mr. Charafeddine co-founded IRSHAD (the Institute for Religious Studies, Humanities, and Dialogue) in 2005. IRSHAD is an organization that seeks free coexistence between human beings and the aspiration for building a better life centered around the well being of humanity. IRSHAD functions in its Islamic branch as a reform movement that calls for freedom of belief and expression, and a less literal interpretation of Quran. In 2008-2009, Mr. Charafeddine, while researching to write an article about Islam and Evolution, found new understanding of science, and adapted a new understanding of life based on it. The article was never finished, but a new intellectual journey started. Mr. Charafeddine co-founded Muslimish in 2012, which is an organization that seeks to create an environment for support and dialogue among  questioning Muslims, and fight for the freedom of expression and against blasphemy laws around the globe. Wissam Charafeddine is also the founder of Dearborn Blog, and cofounder Arab American Center for Culture and Arts in 2018, and Forum for Islamic Dialogue in 2020. Mr. Charafeddine works in the field of Educational administration, and he is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of W Design and Development and W Institute.  He is the author of The Opposite Swings, Climbing Leaves, and the W Planner.  In his free time, he enjoys Sailing, Poetry, reading, music and traveling with his 2 daughters and son.

Short Bio:

Wissam Charafeddine is a Family Engagement and Community Liaison for Hamadeh Educational Services serving HES Academies and CEO of W Design and Development. He is an Optimization Expert, educator, writer, entrepreneur, engineer, non-profit executive, born in UAE, and lived in Lebanon, Canada, and the US, has a Masters in Software Engineering, with other degrees in Fine Art, Liberal Studies, English Literature, and Islamic Studies. Wissam is a published poet, author of The Opposite Swings, Climbing Leaves, and also published 4 editions of the W Planner, a self development personal planner. He is the founder of Dearborn Blog, and W Institute, and cofounder of the Institute for Religious Studies, Humanities, and Dialogue (IRSHAD), Muslimish, Arab American Center for Culture and Arts, Freethinking Society, and most recently the Forum for Islamic Dialogue.

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