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  • 15+ hrs of workshops to enhance your design & coding skills
  • Discover the latest with over 80 speakers across the world
  • Connect, Network, and Showcase within a 1,200 sqm exclusive setting
  • With over 200 Startups graduated to date; you can be next!

ArabNet Beirut is Lebanon’s leading conference on digital business in the Levant.
In its 8th edition, the conference will bring together over 1,300 corporate executives, marketing industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to discuss the latest trends in the digital sector, as well as the opportunities available for companies working in that space. With the increasing availability of VC funding in Lebanon, which ranks second regionally in number of investments according to ArabNet research, the conference is also the ideal gathering for leaders looking to explore and support digital innovation.


Mobile banking users in MENA will exceed 80+M by 2017, according to Gemalto. The Banking Innovation Day will bring together 150 bankers, technology providers and agencies to discuss the latest innovations in banking technology, from smart branches to mobile payments. The Day will feature two full tracks, one focused on digital marketing for banks, the other on digital products / channels - which will allow leaders in the banking sector to source suppliers and service providers who can help them navigate these digital transformations.


With more than $250M available in seed and venture capital, and over 65 investments taking place between 2013-2015, Lebanon is one of the thriving capitals of digital innovation in MENA, supported by the Central Bank of Lebanon’s Circular 331. ArabNet Beirut addresses the Lebanese market and highlights the technology innovation sector in neighboring markets such as Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Iraq, home to some of MENA’s top talents. The event features competitions for promising youths, including Startup Battle (previously Startup Demo), Ideathon and Innovation Avenue (hardware focused).


Brands and agencies are striving to adapt to the needs and interests of customers in the digital age. As touch points between businesses and their customers multiply, agencies are working hand-in-hand with brands to help reshape the consumer experience – from product creation to customer service. The event explores the technologies being leveraged to engage a more connected consumer, and features leading brands in discussions on new trends and technologies in advertising, media and marketing. It also features Creative Combat, a competition for young marketeers.

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Mr. Raed H. Charafeddine First Vice-Governor, Banque du Liban
H.E. Jamal El Jarrah Minister of Telecommunication, Lebanon
H.E. Raed Khoury Minister of Economy and Trade, Lebanon
Aaron Oliver Head of Digital Commerce, MasterCard
Ahmad Al Bader Co-Founder, Sihatech
Ahmed Refaat Regional Consultant & Trainer,
Ahmed Saad CEO, CrowdAnalyzer
Alex tho Seeth Enterprise Technology Consultant,
Ali Babaoglan Angel Investor, AR Pandora
Arda Çagaptay Head of Online, Mobile Payments and E-Commerce, Garanti Payment Systems
Ayman Haydar CEO, MENA Marketplace
Bijan Azad Director, Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, AUB
Christian Eid Vice President, Marketing, Careem
Clinton Firth Partner, Advisory Services – MENA Cyber Leader, Africa, India and Middle East , EY
Cyrille Najjar Founder White sur White, CEO of White Lab
Doumit Raidy Managing Director, Raidy Printing Group
Dr. Ayman Kaissi Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture - AUB
Dr. Hassan Ghaziri Founding Director, Beirut Research and Innovation Center
Dr. Josiane Fahed-Sreih Director, Institute of Family and Entrepreneurial Business
Dr. Nicolas Rouhana General Manager, IM Capital
Dr. Sari Hanafi Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Media Studies - AUB
Dr. Walid Karam Professor of Computer/Telecom Engineering, University of Balamand
Eddy Touma Co-Founder & CEO, Klangoo
Elias Gagas Chief Digital Officer, Payment Components
Elie Akhrass Head of International Research Center, UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Elie Nasr Chairperson ICT Department, American University Of Science &Technology
Elizabeth Lumley Managing Director and Thought Leadership, Rainmaking
Eyad Zarea META Media Director, Mars
Fadi Bizri Partner, B&Y Venture Partners
Fadi Sabbagha CEO, Born Interactive
Farshad Dabeshkhoy Head of Business Development Middle-East, Africa and Turkey, Criteo
Farshad Nowshadi Vice President at Saman Bank, VC, Level39 FinTech-London
Fawzi Rahal Managing Director, Flat6Labs Beirut
Fida Taher CEO, Atbaki
Ghaith Yafi Founder and Managing Partner, B&Y Ventures
Guillaume Crédoz Founder of Ghouyoum, Principal at RapidManufactory
Hadi Raad Regional Head of Emerging Products and Innovation CEMEA, Visa
Halim Choueiry Managing Director, HBR Creative Platform
Hassan Nasser Assistant professor at LIU, Founder of Xplor Technologies Lebanon
Hicham Akkaoui Managing Partner, Akkaoui Jisr Attorneys
Hicham Yamout General Manager, NCR
Imad Kreidieh CEO, Ogero
Jad Salemeh Managing Partner, Phoenician Funds
Jad Yammine Digital Manager, MENA, Discovery Networks
Jennifer Kanaan Program Director, Eastline Academy
Jihad Bitar General Manager, Smart ESA
Jimmy Ghazal Innovation Director, M&C Saatchi
Julnar Doueik Event Content Producer, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab
Karim Sarkis CEO, SyncMedia
Karine Barakat Head of Content, Levant & North Africa, Publicis Media
Lama Naimi Senior Manager - Digital, Mindshare
Lana Y. Ghanem Managing Director, Hikma Ventures
Lucy Knight Senior English Editor, Wamda.com
Madonna Khafaja Founder Jazba Creative agency, ICFJ MENA Program Manager
Maha Nizam Deputy General Manager, Diwanee
Marwan Arakji Chief Operating Officer, Ubanquity Systems
Meghan Doyle Client Partner, MENA, Twitter
Melissa Jun Rowley CEO, Humanise, Co-Founder, The Toolbox
Mohamad Rabah General Manager, ZRE
Mohamed Abo El Fotouh Senior Consumer Engagement Manager – MENA Digital & Media, PepsiCO
Moustafa Ismail Regional Director – Solutions, DMS
Nadim Zaazaa Director - Lebanon, UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Nadine H. Haram Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Proximie
Nayef Kassatly Managing Partner, Kassatly Chtaura
Omar Almadi Head of Performance Media, Performics
Omar Christidis Foudner and CEO, ArabNet
Omar Soudodi Managing Director, PayFort
Omar Yassine Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Digital Channels, The National Commercial Bank
Omer Karatas Co-founder, SAASPASS
Racha Ghamlouch Senior Program Manager, ArabNet
Rami Saad Deputy Cheif Operations Officer, DMS
Ramy Boujawdeh Deputy General Manager, Berytech
Ramzi Halaby Co-founder and CEO, The Online Project
Rana Sanyoura Partner, EY
Raphaël Crouan Founder & Managing Director, Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices
Rawia Abdel Samad Director, Strategy&
Rayan Al Zahab Founder BambooGeeks, GDG Coast Lebanon Lead
Rita Makhoul Managing Editor, ArabNet
Roula Abou Chabke Partner, Kobeissi & Frangié Attorneys & Counselors at Law
Saeed Al Nahdi Head of ATM Network, Arab National Bank
Simon Tadros Co-founder, Switchdw
Tarek Sadi Managing Director, Lebanon, Endeavor
Tarek Shalaby Co-founder, Mintrics
Turki AlDhfayan VP - Head of Digital Channels and Value Added Services, Riyad Bank
Walid Mansour Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Zak El Fassi Product Partnerships, Manager, Facebook
Zina Bdeir Dajani Co-founder, & CEO, Antwork
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