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MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region
MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region
About the Competition
The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab has a proven record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship by organizing each year the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition, in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, targeting 21 countries of the Arab Region and bringing in more than 4,000 applications a year. The competition has trained over 900 entrepreneurs and has helped start more than 200 knowledge-based and technology driven companies in Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Tunisia and others.
Launched in Beirut in 2005, where a strong and active alumni community is concentrated, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab is one of the 28 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum, global office. Though it is headquartered in Lebanon, the Pan Aran Region chapter serves the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf. The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region’s vision is to develop and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship across the Arab region, in view of becoming the most influential entrepreneurial network in the Arab World. This is done through building a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, showcasing, coaching and mentorship for entrepreneurs
Members of the Board
The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region involves a Board whose members volunteer their time and services to promote entrepreneurship in the Arab region.
Hala Fadel, Comgest
Hala is currently a portfolio manager for European Equities at Comgest, a euro 16bn fund based in Paris, Dublin, Hong-Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Mumbai. She joined Comgest in 2002 and became a portfolio manager for European equities.
Hala graduated from HEC in France in 1997 with a Masters in Financial Economics and attended the Berkeley Haas School of Business, she holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
While at MIT she participated and won part of the MIT 50K business plan competition. She started Booleo, a telecom software business, later acquired as an internal solution by a client. Building on this experience, she started the MIT Arab Business plan competition, that now receives thousands of applications from more than 20 Arab countries. She chairs the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab region and is a member of the Global board of the MIT enterprise Forum, as well as a board member of the MIT enterprise Forum of Turkey.
Hala is also an Angel investor in start-up companies in the Middle East, and has launched a co-working space in Beirut called co-working +961.
Dr. Richard Rabbat, Tango.ME
Dr. Richard Rabbat recently joined Tango.ME that focuses on gaming as the Head of Platform Product.
Richard started his career as Product Engineer Manager and then a senior product manager at Fujitsu. In 2001, he joined Google as a senior program manager, where he coordinated cross-functional team to release products on schedule and then he was responsible for defining & aligning product strategy with Google’s objectives holding a product management position. Prior joining Tango. ME, Richard was the Director of Product Management and the General Manager at Zynga.
In 2005, Richard was the Vice President for Entrepreneurship at the MIT Club of Northern California where he managed upward of 100 volunteers to build a forum of top notch speakers from various practices. He also incubated Cleantech Open in 2006.
Richard holds a BS and MS in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
He also holds an MS in Information Technology and a PhD in Communications Network from MIT.
As MIT graduate, Richard is now sitting on the Executive Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab.
Salam Yamout, Lebanese Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Mrs. Salam Yamout joined the Lebanese Presidency of the Council of Ministers in 2010 and she is now the National ICT Strategy Coordinator. She started her career in the USA. Between 2000 and 2005, she consulted in Lebanon with both the private sector, public sector, and International Organizations on key national projects such as the National e-Commerce Project, National e-Strategy project, National ICT Standards project, national committee for follow up on WSIS.
In 2004, Salam joined Cisco Systems where she held the role of Program Manager for CSR. A social entrepreneur at heart, Salam co-founded several NGOs such as Women in IT, Lebanese Broadband Stakeholders Group, and the Lebanon Chapter of the Internet Society.
Salam holds a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1987 and an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) in 2005.
As one of the Founding members of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, Salam is sitting on the Executive Board of the Forum.
Dr. Walid Fayad, Booz & Co.
Dr. Walid Fayad is a partner with Booz & Company and a member of the firm’s Energy, Chemicals and Utilities practice. He has over 10 years of consulting experience in strategy, privatization, restructuring and business building in the energy, utilities and telecommunications sectors.
He currently leads Booz & Company’s activities in the Middle East in the utilities, renewable energy and climate change areas.
Walid holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from École Polytechnique, France; a Diplôme d’Ingénieur des Arts et Manufactures from École Centrale Paris.
He holds an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electronic Materials from MIT.
As MIT graduate, Richard is now sitting on the Executive Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab
Ziad Younes, Butec
Mr. Ziad Younes is Deputy General Manager at Butec, a leading Lebanese and regional contracting company where he had actively participated in its internal restructuring and international development. Prior to joining Butec, Ziad had successfully launched two Lebanese SMEs,: BPM in the field of property management and Fermes St. Jacques in the agro-industry. Ziad has lectured for 3 years at the USJ University on Game Theory and its applications in Economics.
Ziad holds an Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, a DEA in Industrial Organization from the University of Paris IX – Dauphine. He also holds a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT. As MIT graduate, Ziad is now sitting on the Executive Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab
The MIT Enterprise Forum- Pan Arab team can be reached at:
+961.1.612.500 ext. 5154; 5156