January 19, 2021

10 Questions With Ra’ed Elmurib, High Tech Executive, CEO & Angel Investor

At the young age of 17, Ra’ed Elmurib left Lebanon and moved to the US by himself to pursue a career in Engineering. For six months, he slept on a couch at a friend’s place until he secured a couple of jobs to sustain himself and his education. 
With extensive experience in building startups, corporate

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December 24, 2020

Two Lebanese brothers with a dream establish one of the fastest growing wineries in the US

The Lebanese civil war did indeed cost the country great minds, but as the saying goes, Lebanese always stand on their feet. This was the case with Daniel Daou, who left the country with his family during the war and founded years later one of the fastest growing wineries in the US, Daou Vineyards. 
In

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December 22, 2020

Aleb Lebanon, a new program to facilitate worldwide donations to families in need in Lebanon

Aleb Lebanon is a pilot program incubated by LebNet and launched in partnership with Al Majmoua to support the Lebanese population living below the poverty line through sustained remittances on a family-to-family basis. 
Aleb, which launched on December 22,2020, works by connecting donors worldwide to needy families in Lebanon and facilitating the transfer of their

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October 9, 2020

Shaping the future with global expertise: two US-based companies work with Lebanese college students

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
The learning curve has a beginning but not an end. Investing in young talent has a great impact on a nation because the future depends on the youth, especially in a country like Lebanon. To help Lebanese students gain global knowledge and prepare them for the labor

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September 10, 2020

LebNet’s Women in Tech video series: 1-1 chat with Marianne Zakhour

Marianne Zakhour did not grow up in Lebanon, but she always dreamed of living there one day. She got accepted in Civil Engineering at the American University of Beirut and was getting ready to move in with her uncle and his family in Beirut before he passed away that summer. 
“That was a pivotal moment

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August 20, 2020

The Beirut Emergency Fund allocates the first $2 million to hospitals, shelters, medical support and reconstruction

Lebanese diaspora organizations allocate $2 million Dollars in the first round, to hospitals, medical support, shelters and reconstruction in the wake of the devastating and deadline Beirut explosion. 
The Beirut Emergency Fund 2020 coalition formed by US-based non profit SEAL, non-profit organization LIFE, LebNet, Jamhour Alumni (US/Europe) and the non-governmental, US-based Kuwait-America Foundation announced on

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August 12, 2020

Beirut Emergency Fund 2020, a crisis relief response to Beirut’s tragic explosion

On August 4th 2020, the Capital and heart of Lebanon, Beirut, was devastated by a huge explosion. The city was left in ruins within seconds. 
The damage is unimaginable , and it only added salt to the many existing wounds: economic collapse, social upheaval, and a Pandemic. One is too many for any nation. 
Responding

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July 17, 2020

Key qualities of an Investment Committee: Investors and Startups reveal all and look to the future

It’s 7am in San Francisco and Vancouver. In these different cities Khaled Nasr, George Akiki, and Anwar Sukkarie, are getting ready for their regular Investment Committee (IC) call with other fellow members of iSME’s investment committee. 
It’s 5pm in Beirut. Bassel Aoun, Naji Boutros, Gilles De Clerck, and Dany Eid are also getting ready for

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June 23, 2020

The inspiration to impact people’s lives: the journey of Illumina’s CFO, Sam Samad

When he was barely 30 years old, Sam Samad faced the most challenging role in his career: he became Eli Lilly’s CFO for the Middle East area. At such a young age he found himself in charge of 15 countries and expected to be an expert on local cultures, all while having to navigate the

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February 11, 2020

Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz and LebNet chairman George Abdo Kadifa share their AUB journey and discuss Lebanon’s financial crisis

In a cosy setup on February 1st, LebNet co-hosted a lunch with the Worldwide American University of Beirut Alumni Association chapter in San Diego. 
The sold out event drew over 65 people who got the chance to hear Guest speaker Professor Gabriel Rebeiz talk about his experience at AUB, how he was the youngest AUB

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