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Digital Transformation Forum

Technology is rapidly transforming vital sectors such as Retail, Healthcare, Travel and F&B through solutions that help enhance customer experience, improve services and products, and optimize performance and efficiency.. ArabNet Beirut will feature a full track of discussions about the best practices for digital transformation across sectors and the opportunities for innovators in different industries.

Media and Advertising Forum

Brands and agencies are striving to adapt to the rapidly changing interests and habits of consumers in the digital age. ArabNet Beirut will explore how to leverage technology and new media to deepen engagement with today’s connected consumers. It will also feature leading brands in discussions on new trends and technologies in advertising, media and marketing. The event will also feature a workshop track dedicated to advertisers and brands to hone in on the latest trends best practices.

Banking Innovation Day

The future of the banking sector is being shaped by competitive new technologies and evolving consumer behavior. ArabNet Beirut is hosting the second edition of the Banking Innovation Day, dedicated to the banking professionals, and covering the latest financial technologies impacting the sector - from blockchain to performance marketing to the future of retail branches.

Innovation and Investment Forum

More than $900M were invested in innovative MENA tech startups in 2016. ArabNet Beirut will feature investors from around the world highlighting the latest trends in the global technology sector. It will also discuss the rise of cutting edge technology innovation in Lebanon and the MENA Region, what’s needed to build capabilities among local talent to meet the needs of the digital economy, and how to expand businesses to new markets.

Founders Day

The Founders Day is dedicated to entrepreneurs and innovators that are looking to hone their skills and develop their products. The day features three tracks of hands-on workshops ranging from legal, financial and HR training for SMEs to sessions on product development and user experience.


ArabNet Beirut will feature 4 competitions to highlight emerging talent and innovators: The Startup Battle, which will select the top 3 startups from Beirut to compete against the best in the region at the Startup Championship in Dubai in May (and chance to win $20,000); the Ideathon, for aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas; the Creative Combat, showcaseing budding marketing talents’ ability to develop unique online campaigns; and the Innovation Avenue, highlights hardware innovators.

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H.E. Mr. Jamal Jarrah Minister of Telecommunications,
H.E. Dr. Riad Salameh Governor of Central Bank of Lebanon,
Dr. Saad Andary Second Vice-Governor of Central Bank of Lebanon,
Abed Agha Managing Director, VineLab
Antoine Vincent Jebara Co-Founder and CEO, MyKi
Asim Janjua Design Director, ConsenSys
Ayman Haydar CEO, MenaMarketPlace
Bechara Haddad Country Manager, Zomato
Carol Matta Product Director Native Advertising, Digital Media Solutions (DMS)
Christine Assouad CEO, Dunkin Donuts Lebanon and Semsom
Christine Harb Regional Head of Marketing - MENAP, Facebook
Dagmar Symes General Manager, Phoenicia Hotel and Le Vendôme
Dona Bardawil Group Marketing Manager, Holdal Group
Dr. Bijan Azad Associate Professor, Business Information & Decision Systems, Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship - AUB
Dr. Khalid AlTawil Executive Board Member, International Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Nicolas Rouhana General Manager, IM Capital
Elie Diab Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hoojoozat and Travel Systems (part of Nakhal & Cie)
Elsa Abi Khalil Partnerships & Community Coordinator - MENA, MakeSense
Fadi Chalouhi Group General Manager Retail Banking, Kuwait Finance House
Fadi Khater Founder and Managing Partner, Netizency
Fadi Nwilati Chief Executive Officer, Kaizen Asset Management
Fadi Obeid Assistant Chief Operating Officer, Bank Audi
Fadi Sabbagha CEO, Born Interactive
Fares Samarah CTO and Program Manager, Speed Lebanon
Fawzi Rahal Managing Director, Flat6Labs Beirut
Firas Mousli Regional Manger MENA, Innofis
Fouad Berjaoui TV Presenter – Business and Economic,
Georges Abi-Ad Growth Strategist, BIRDHAUS_
Ghassan Geara Group IT Director, Fattal Group
Ghassan Kansou Vice President - Academic Development, SABIS® Educational Services
Greg MacGilpin Head of School, American Community School Beirut (ACS)
Hadi Kabalan CEO, Wardrobe Place Capital Management
Hana Khatib Managing Director - Levant & Egypt, Mindshare
Hussein Freijeh Managing Director - MENA, Snap Inc.
Jennifer Younane Chief Technology Officer, Malia Group
Jeraldine McNally Community Developer - Lebanon, MakeSense
Joe Abi Aad Founder and CEO, Netiks
Jonathan Nelson Managing Director of Hack Fund, Founder and CEO of Hackers / Founders
Juan Llanos FinTech & RegTech Lead, ConsenSys
Kareem Rahma CEO, Nameless Network
Karim Miknas Managing Partner, McDonald’s Lebanon
Karim Morcos Managing Director, Imperial Creation
Khaled Ismail Chairman, HIMangel
Lama Naimi Associate Director, Spark Foundry
Leena Kewlani Branded Content Director, Digital Media Solutions (DMS)
Leila Sawaya El Khoury UNDP Project Manager and Economic Advisor to the GM, Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL)
Louise Doumet Co-Founder and CEO, Lebelik
Maan Eshgi Partner, Venturesouq KSA
Malek Hammoud Group Executive Director - Strategy & Business Development, Zain
Marwan Dalloul President, American Properties
Massimo Campello Business Partner, Middle East, SupernovaeLabs
Michael Aswad Senior Business Development Manager, ArabNet
Mohamad A. El-Hout Chairman - Director General, Middle East Airlines - Air Liban
Mohamed Alem Founder and Senior Partner, Alem & Associates
Mona Itani Founder and CEO, Riyada for Social Innovation
Mona Saad Marketing Director, Morgan International
Mondher Khanfir Co-Founder at Wiki Startup, Author
Mouhamad Rabah General Manager of ZRE, CEO of Beirut Digital District
Moussa Rifai Owner, Al Rifai Roastery
Nadine Imad Partner, SME Law by Ororus Advisors
Nathan Hull Chief Commercial and Content Officer, Bookchoice
Nicolas Boukather Chairman of A.N.Boukather Holding , President of HEC Alumni - Lebanon Chapter
Phil Redhead Head of Digital Strategy, GEMS Education
Rabih Nassar Founder and CEO, Scriptr
Rachid Abu-Hassan Director of Design, WeLive - Wework
Rami Al Karmi Chief Innovation Officer at Jordan Ahli Bank, CEO at Ahli FINTECH
Ramy Boujawdeh Deputy General Manager, Berytech
Rana Sanyoura Partner, EY
Randa Farah HR Professional and Trainer, Co-Founder of Lebtivity.com
Raneem Mourad Managing Partner, Kashida
Rashid Sultan Founder and Managing Partner, Savour Ventures
Rawad Assaf Chief Technology Officer, UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Ray Kattar Chief Executive Officer, Neumann
Reine Farhat Senior Editor, Wamda
Sameer Bagul EVP and Managing Director - Middle East, Cleartrip
Serdar Güner Director, Supervision, Dubai Financial Services Authority
Teemu Kinos Co-founder and CEO, GetJenny
Timo Dreger Investment Manager at Coparion, FinTech and InsurTech Influencer
Timothy Kinahan Maloy Deputy Editor, Annahar English
Tom Blaksley Partnerships Manager, What3Words
Vera Hassan Head of Marketing, Patchi
Walid Hanna Founder & CEO, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Youmna Naufal Producer and Host, Y Chats
Zeina Saab Co-Founder, SE Factory
Ziad Matar Head of Strategic Business Development, Qualcomm
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