Ayah Bdeir

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Interactive artist; founder and CEO, littleBits

Born: Montreal

Education: BS in computer engineering and sociology, American University of Beirut; MS, media arts and sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Early Marker: Co-founded Beirut's first nonprofit media lab for experimental arts, architecture and technology.

Big Idea: An open-source library of modular electronics that snap together with magnets—"digital Lego."

Wave of the Future: Open-source hardware movement

Latest Special Reports

  • Between new federal tax bill changes and underutilized deductions, CNBC finds ways to save money while filing taxes.

  • Coverage of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • To turn the page on structural racism, communities are Changing The Narrative. In this series, CNBC explores the central themes of racial healing through stories addressing implicit bias in economic data, the major obstacles to racial equity at work, how fiscal investment can change the narrative on minority entrepreneurship and the ramifications of the great resignation in the Black community.

CNBC25: Rebels, Icons and Leaders