(Arabic: أحمد ماهر )
Born: Dec. 2, 1980
Founder, April 6 Youth movement
Ahmed Maher is a civil engineer who was one of the founders of the April 6 Youth movement, which managed to organize simultaneous protests across Egypt on April 6, 2008.
Maher was arrested for his role in organizing the demonstrations, and again later by authorities wanting his Facebook password to access the organization’s Facebook page.
Since 2008 Maher has continued his activism despite internal divisions within April 6. In June 2010 he helped organize demonstrations in support of Khaled Said, a young man beaten to death by police in Alexandria. Maher has also been a supporter of opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei.
Maher was a prominent participant in Egypt’s January 25 Revolution and continues to be a voice for the April 6 movement and for change in Egypt. He has, however, become a figure of controversy in association with the April 6 movement, to the extent that there are now two different faction of April 6, one of which still recognizes Maher as a leader.