May 10, 2019

LebNet and AUB’s Faculty of Engineering and Architecture launch an initiative to create a bridge between students and the Lebanese diaspora

May 8th, 2019 – Beirut, Lebanon: LebNet and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding at AUB’s faculty to announce the launch of a joint initiative called SiliconValley@MSFEA.
The initiative was signed by George Akiki, LebNet’s co-founder and CEO, and Dr.

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May 10, 2019

10 Questions with Senior IBM Engineer Jeanine Akiki

Jeanine Akiki is a proud native of Beirut, Lebanon who came to the U.S. in 1983.  She graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from Western New England University in 1986 and earned an M.S. in electrical engineering in 1987 from The University of Vermont.  
Her career has spanned over 30 years with IBM

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April 10, 2019

10 Questions with Habib Kairouz, LebNet board member and Managing Partner at Rho Capital Ventures

[Editor’s Note: This is the first article of a new series called ‘10 Questions With’, where we ask C-level executives, serial entrepreneurs and senior professionals 10 personal and professional questions and give them a platform to share their wisdom in their own words. The series targets LebNet members.]
Habib Kairouz received a B.S in Engineering

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March 15, 2019

Up Close with LebNet member Rania Afiouni Monla

Rania Afiouni Monla was in the right time at the right place when she started working on her PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in organizations at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.
After 10 years of entrepreneurship experience and another 10 years in academia between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, she moved to Montreal in 2015

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March 6, 2019

Artificial General Intelligence and the tech singularity threat: 11 AI insights from experts

What used to be labeled as science-fiction few decades ago may now be a forthcoming reality, except for the whole ‘Terminator’ craze.
Artificial Intelligence research goes back to the late fifties, where the link between human intelligence and machines was widely observed. Fast forward to today, human intelligence is facing a real threat.
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February 27, 2019

AUB’s president and Dean discuss new vision and enhancing entrepreneurship in Lebanon

On February 24th, 2019, LebNet hosted Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Dr. Alan Shihadeh, AUB Dean of the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture over a dinner event in Palo Alto, California.
A Trustee since 2014 and AUB former student, Dr. Khuri is AUB’s 16th President.

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February 25, 2019

How Asurion grew from a small roadside assistance company to a multibillion-dollar mobility end-point servicing business

Headquartered in Nashville, Asurion is one of the largest and fastest growing subscriber-based businesses in the world.  In a little over 20 years, Asurion has expanded to provide its award-winning services to over 150 million wireless customers, with over 17 thousand employees in 21 countries around the world.
Co-founded in 1995 by current Chairman, Kevin

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February 13, 2019

Lebanese diaspora tech groups LebNet and LCTechHub merge to better serve their constituents

A merger was finalized on February 13 between LebNet, a US based non-profit organization and the Lebanese Canadian Tech Hub (LCTechHub), a Canada based non-profit organization. Both North American groups are dedicated to enable tech entrepreneurs and professionals of Lebanese descent to succeed on a global stage. This merger follows hard on the heels of

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February 8, 2019

Putting Lebanon on the high-tech map one step at a time

“I left Lebanon in 1981 to study in the US but emotionally I never left it.”
One dream always pushed Fadi Daou to come back to Lebanon: create job opportunities in high-tech, develop a high-tech center in the country and export tech products rather than talent.
And so he did.
Daou is now

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February 7, 2019

LebNet San Diego event highlights the role of women in engineering and career development practices

On January 31st, The LebNet San Diego community hosted a talk and a panel on career development in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).
The event was held at Apollonia Greek Bistro in San Diego and attended by 26 people. Jeanine Akiki, ASIC Design Services Director at IBM/ Globalfoundries, kicked off the evening

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