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Michael Haddad

(Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP))

Michael Haddad is a UNDP Arab States Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Action, an endurance athlete holding three record-breaking athletic feats, an experienced entrepreneur, and a motivational speaker.

Following a Jet Ski accident at the age of six, Michael was subject to a spinal cord injury that left 75% of his body completely paralyzed from the chest down.

Through his perseverance, determination, and belief in science, Michael was able to defy his paralysis and walk upright by adopting a unique walking pattern, similar to a Swing Through Gait pattern (SWG) using the support of an orthotic exoskeleton. This external power source supports his lower body by supplementing and producing movement

​Driven by his achievements in life, Michael’s story has been recognised by organisations, governments, corporations, and educational institutions all over the world for his resilience and inspiring spirit.