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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January 7, 2020

Batteries are at the center of a decade of electrification

This article is part of an expert series written by industry experts. In this part, Nadim Maluf, the CEO of Qnovo Inc, discussed the impact of the electrical grid and lithium-ion batteries breakthrough.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded on 9 October 2019 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three scientists for “the development

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December 27, 2019

Nour Chamoun’s Forbes 30 Under 30 discusses the power of storytelling

Featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and being the cofounder and Chief of Product at Scopio, a tech-focused photo marketplace, Nour Chamoun keeps adding more bullets to her resume.
After graduating from the Lebanese American University with a BS in Graphic Design, Chamoun did her Masters in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design

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December 13, 2019

LebNet’s Silicon Valley annual dinner: Call-To-Action for Lebanon and recognition award to Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Over dinner at Tannourine restaurant in San Mateo California LebNet’s members gathered on December 10 to catch up, be informed about recent activities to help the tech sector in Lebanon and meet the winner of LebNet’s Bireme award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2019.
LebNet Chairman Abdo George Kadifa kicked off the evening by listing

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November 21, 2019

Why the future of store management lies in robots

Due to the important role robots are playing in increasing humans’ efficiency, and creating new skill sets for them, some might argue the fear of robots replacing human jobs might be ill founded.
Robots, retail robots more specifically, have come a long way since their first editions. Their production requires multidisciplinary teams to cover the

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