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Malek Wazne-Fadlallah – Filmmaker, Naim Hamdar – Payment Services Entrepreneur

Malak Wazne-Fadlallah is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer working to tear down barriers, one story at a time. Her documentary work focuses on empowerment within – and empathy beyond – her community.

Her work has been published in Vogue Arabia Magazine, Buzzfeed, and many other outlets. Malak has also been nominated for 3 student Emmys, invited to The White House, received a scholarship and attended the summer film program at Northwestern University, and served in the Smithsonian Youth Council in 2018. Most recently, Malak received Best Photographer and Best Visual Artist in Detroit from Hour Magazine.

Naim Hamdar was born in Lebanon and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 9, and lived for two years in Boston, where his younger brothers were born, before moving to Tampa, Florida. Naim studied at the University of South Florida, majoring in Business and specializing in Marketing. He started his entrepreneurial career early, at the age of 19, funding his college education through his business venture. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, he started a role as a regional manager for a national distributor for T-Mobile USA. After two years, he started his own business. Since 2005, he has owned and operated a payment processing company, CardConnectFL.com

He’s married to someone who he classifies as his best friend and is blessed with amazing twins.