Co-founder and CEO of Eat Offbeat
Manal is the co-founder and CEO of Eat Offbeat, a social enterprise that delivers authentic meals made by refugees who now call New York City home. She has a passion for traveling, social impact and great food (not necessarily in that order). She moved to NYC to pursue a career in international affairs but the disappointing Hummus she found on supermarket shelves led her on a different journey. She co-founded Eat Offbeat in 2015 to help New Yorkers discover authentic dishes from around the world all the while providing recently resettled refugees with a quality job and a place to thrive. In less than 2 years, Eat Offbeat trained and hired 30 chefs, served over 50,000 meals, and reached over 10 Million individuals worldwide. Manal and Eat Offbeat’s stories were featured in numerous media outlets including Forbes, The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Newsweek, Fast Company and others.
Prior to launching Eat Offbeat, Manal worked as an environmental consultant and moved between Beirut, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Panama City and New York City. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Masters in Environmental Management from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and a BA in Geography from Saint Joseph University in Beirut.