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Chaker Khazaal
Chaker Khazaal
Born September 28, 1987 (1987-09-28) (age 33)
Nationality Palestinian , Canadian
Occupation Author and reporter
Known for Esquire Man of the Year (2015)

Chaker Khazaal (born 28 September 1987) is a Palestinian-Canadian author and reporter. He was named Esquire Man of the Year in 2015, and has been ranked number 1 in the 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine.

Early Life and career

Chaker Khazaal was born in Beirut, Lebanon, as third generation Palestinian refugee. In 2005, he was awarded the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award by York University in Toronto, Canada. In 2013, Chaker Khazaal published his first novel titled Confessions of a War Child. He then released the second installment, subtitled Lia, in 2014. The last part of the trilogy, subtitled Sahara, was published in 2015.

Chaker writes in the Huffington Post about various topics, mainly related to the Middle East and refugees.

He has spoken about refugees on mainstream media, and dedicated his Esquire Man of the Year Award to Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian child who was found dead on a beach in Turkey.

Awards and honors

  • Most Influential Arab Under 40, 2016
  • Esquire Man of the Year, (2015).
  • Saint Lazarus Award of Creativity, (2013).
  • Global Leader of Tomorrow Award, (2005-2009).
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