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  • 16 May 2023 11:44 AM | Anonymous member

    On May 11th, the LebNet Bay Area community partnered with TechWadi to host a panel discussion on the role of AI in healthcare. The panel featured Mona Flores, Global Head of Medical AI at NVIDIA Corporation, Abdul Hamid Halabi, founder and CEO at Clinlab.AI, and Abood Quraini, Technical Marketing Manager - Clara/Healthcare & Life Sciences AI at NVIDIA. The discussion was moderated by Jibran Jahshan, Vice President of Software at NVIDIA and LebNet Bay Area steering committee member. The panelists discussed various topics related to AI in healthcare, including its potential for aiding doctors and nurses in the operation rooms, the gaps, limitations, challenges, and more.

    The panel discussion drew a diverse audience of over 60 individuals with varying backgrounds and experiences, including college students, postdoctoral researchers, professionals with 10-20 years of experience, and a mix of healthcare and engineering backgrounds encompassing physicians, clinicians, biologists, and engineers. Notably there was a significant representation of women in Tech among the attendees

    The panel touched on the important topics of data sharing, patient privacy,  interdisciplinary collaboration and addressing bias in data for AI powered solutions to become trustworthy. Mona Flores highlighted the role of AI in prescribing the right treatment for cancer patients, avoiding assumptions, and taking into consideration race and ethnicity. Abdul Hamid Halabi discussed the important role physicists play in the early detection phase and the opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop cost-effective solutions for doctors to access more data about a person's health and predisposition to diseases. Abood Quraini talked about the role of AI-enabled robots in minimally invasive surgeries, which could potentially reduce the number of incisions required during surgery. You can catch the entire discussion here but please be advised that the audio quality is not great and you may want to turn on the closed captions at the bottom of the video on the right (cc). The panel concluded with a Q&A session and more informal conversations and networking.

    The LebNet Bay Area community expresses its gratitude to the panelists for their contributions to the panel and to the participants for their engagement. We would also like to extend our special thanks to the White and Case LLC team for their generous support in hosting our event at their exquisite venue.  If you are interested in joining this vibrant community, please subscribe to stay updated about upcoming events and initiatives.

  • 23 Apr 2023 11:50 PM | Anonymous member

    On April 15th, LebNet Canada held an event to honor the life and accomplishments of Nabil Bukhalid, a Lebanese Internet evangelist and Internet Hall of Fame inductee. 

    Nabil Bukhalid was an accomplished Lebanese tech leader. He graduated from the American University of Beirut with an Electrical Engineering Degree in 1981 and an Executive Master in Business Administration in 2005. After graduating, he led the Computing and Networking team at the university and introduced the Internet to Lebanon. In 1993, he established the Lebanese Domain Registry (LBDR) and served as administrator and registrar for the .LB ccTLD since its creation. Bukhalid was also the founder of the Lebanese Academic and Research Network (LARN), co-founder of the Lebanese Broadband Manifesto Support Group (LBSG) and BeirutIX, Lebanon’s first Internet Exchange Point.  Nabil was also a co-founder and ex-president of the Internet Society Lebanon chapter; co-founder and CEO of the Lebanese Internet Center; and advisory board member of the Lebanese Canadian Tech Hub, which merged with LebNet to become LebNet Canada in 2018. 

    The main focus of the event was the inauguration of the Nabil Bukhalid Computer Lab at l’École Notre-Dame de Nareg and was preceded by a mass celebrated by Father Paul Kazandijan. Nabil Bukhalid's wife, Joumana, and son Sami were present at the inauguration, which was attended by about 45 people in person and 12 via WebEx. The lab received a donation of 23 laptops, made possible by the generous contributions of various individuals and organizations.

    During the event, Father Paul Kazandijan, Fadi Joseph, who is the President of LebNet Canada, Roger Karam from LIFE Canada and Monsef Derraji, a Canadian politician and Member of the National Assembly of Quebec, delivered inspiring speeches, highlighting Nabil's significant contributions to Lebanon's tech industry. Towards the end of the event, Deputy Monsef awarded a certificate of recognition to Nabil's wife and son.

    Nabil Bukhalid’s inspiring life and achievements will forever be remembered and celebrated by all Lebanese. May his soul rest in peace.

    (Group photo including Nabil Bukhalid's wife Joumana and son Sami accepting the certificate of recognition)

    (The new computer lab)

    (The donated laptops)

  • 25 Jan 2023 12:00 PM | Anonymous member

    On Jan 23rd, LebNet recognized Hasan Dandashly President and CEO at Dematic, President Supply Chain Solutions and Executive Board Member at KION as Executive of the Year.

    This award recognizes a High Tech professional of Lebanese Descent in North America with remarkable executive and leadership skills, who has delivered benefits to shareholders and has had a positive impact on company culture and society.

    Hasan Dandashly is a seasoned CEO who joined Dematic in 2018.  Before that he was president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas in 2017 and President and CEO of Downstream since 2014. His responsibilities included research and development, engineering centers, manufacturing facilities, and service centers located in more than 35 countries. Hasan holds a BS in Computer Science from the Lebanese American University and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

    Habib Haddad, Chairman of LebNet, opened the event saying: “We are here tonight to honor the outstanding achievements of a very special individual, and to recognize their contribution to the Lebanese community and the world at large. A leader who puts people first but demands perfection, a leader who is driving Dematic to the top of its game yet has prioritized sustainability and diversity and inclusion,  a leader who has lived all around the world yet is proud of his Lebanese roots. A leader you all call a friend!” Jeanine Akiki, Executive Director of LebNet, followed up with a brief summary on LebNet and its mission.

    In his acceptance speech, Hasan started by explaining about Lebanon: a small but old country with famous people known all around the world like Gebran Khalil Gebran, Carlos Slim, Shakira, etc. Lebanon was always unique with its diversity and the best educational institutions in the Middle East. Lebanese People are emotionally intelligent, diverse, driven and quick on their feet. Hasan was grateful to his family and all the people who opened doors for him along his university and career paths.  Hasan highlighted the great journey he has had with Dematic over the last five years and that the key to success and longevity is not heritage but continuing to excel with our offering, caring for our clients, hiring and retaining the best talent, and transforming with technology. He ended with “Thank you LebNet, I am honored and humbled by the recognition”.

    Congratulations to Hasan for his great accomplishments and for being an inspiration, a role model, and a great source of pride for LebNet!  

  • 23 Dec 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Founders are constantly endeavoring to keep their businesses and team members thriving, persevering through economic turmoil, global pandemics and any other factor that might be slowing down the business and hindering its growth. 

    In an effort to shed light on Lebanese women-owned businesses in Lebanon and North America and the challenges of navigating uncertain times, LebNet WiT organized an online holiday networking session titled ‘Lebanese Women Owned Businesses: Roadmap for Growth’. The December 15th event featured a short introduction by Christiane El Kareh on the Kfarshima Community, followed by a 30-minute panel and breakout sessions. 

    “The platform was created two years ago after I moved to Canada. I wanted to help women promote their small businesses in Lebanese village Kfarshima. We encourage people to buy locally, and in return we help the sellers with marketing and branding and connect them with event organizers and influencers,” said Christiane who encouraged attendees to gift their loved ones in Lebanon products made in Lebanon by Lebanese women. Participants who donated to the event will also receive a set of 5 made in Kfarshima coasters as a thank you for their donation.

    Starting Up and Surviving  

    The 30-minute panel was an inspiring discussion between three women leaders - Nisreen Deeb, Executive Director at Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB); Audrey Nakad, Co-Founder at Ostaz, a private online tutoring platform; and Marianne Zakhour, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Orderbot, an order management platform for online ordering. - who built amazing businesses and shared their daily struggles. It was moderated by Karine Sarkissian, WiT Community Co-lead and Networking and Startup Program Lead and Founding Partner at Tamar Capital. 

    While the common goal between all three businesses was to empower individuals one way or another, either through learning or teaching (Ostaz), selling online (Orderbot) or becoming tech leaders (LLWB), each one of these founders had a different challenge. 

    For Audrey, her biggest obstacle was funding. “We are going through a difficult time right now and need funding,” she stated. Her online tutoring platform, which was acquired in May 2021 by Inspired Education Group, a global group of premium schools, features 60,000 learners and 1,000 background checked teachers and has conducted around 90,000 tutoring sessions on the platform, according to Audrey. Despite the success, talent retention remains another challenge the co-founder is facing. “We as a management team act as therapists to make sure our team is motivated. We try to keep them shielded from reality and we’re trying our best to retain them and attract new talent.” 

    Marianne, who co-founded Orderbot to help others promote and sell their products online, talked about the constant need to look for the next new idea in order to stay relevant. “There’s never been a time where metrics and delivery times were more important,” she said. “My dream is to expand to allow people in less fortunate countries to deliver products and grow their customer base.” 

    Nisreen touched upon the reality of women in tech fields in Lebanon, how they need others to help them believe in their abilities. She was elected in 2013 as one of the tech leaders in Lebanon through the Women Tech Founders program by the US Department of State. Additionally, she launched several projects and initiatives to empower women to pursue careers in tech and initiated Girls Got IT with four other founders. With LLWB, she is not only helping tech students, but also women founded projects and college dropouts. 

    “LLWB is a non-profit. We don’t do business, we do impact. Our biggest challenge is to keep our mission alive by convincing the private sectors, NGOs, local donors and entities to join efforts despite the situation in Lebanon. Another challenge is to keep the organization sustainable by working through issues like employees’ mental health and motivation,” she added. 

    The event ended with breakout sessions where the panelists went into direct conversations with participants to discuss their issues and help them resolve it. 

    Those interested in watching the entire panel can visit this link

    “Thank you so much for all these amazing discussions. LebNet has a lot of resources such as our internship programs and the Women in Tech initiatives that we are running so be in touch with us so we can support you,” concluded Karine. 

  • 19 Dec 2022 8:21 AM | Anonymous member

    LebNet San Diego held its year end event on December 14th featuring Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram, CEO of Proximie, in a fireside chat with UC San Diego Professor Shadi Dayeh. The event drew 60 attendees from the community who hailed to hear Nadine speak about her journey.  

    Nadine impressed everyone with her fluency in emerging medical technologies along with her business acumen, leadership traits and genuine concern to revolutionize access to better healthcare! When asked about the conception of Proximie, Nadine revealed that “5 Billion people lacked access to safe surgery resulting in up to 18 million deaths each year. There is no bigger purpose than this to try and create a solution.”  She highlighted three successful entrepreneurs traits -  “Tenacity, courage and humility” - and added “you are only as good as the impact that you have; what drives me is the ability to touch people and change their lives.”  Her advice to the youth in tech is “to do what you love, and bridge engineering with social impact.” 

    You can watch the entire riveting chat in the video below: 

    During the event, George Akiki, President of LebNet, presented Nadine with the 2022 Bireme Award for Entrepreneur of the Year. This award recognizes the leader of a startup that has reached a major milestone and put the company on the radar screen of the US and global investor community. “The LebNet awards are presented to inspiring individuals who have made an impact on society and no one embodies that more than Dr. Nadine whose humility is matched only by her accomplishments,” highlighted George Akiki.

    LebNet warmly congratulates Nadine and wishes for the continued success of Proximie. Proximie is a best-in-class innovative life science company that is positively impacting human health, improving equitable and global healthcare access, and saving lives. Nadine is an inspiration and a role model to all entrepreneurs, especially in our LebNet community!  

    (From left to right: Jeanine Akiki, LebNet Executive Director, George Akiki, LebNet President, Nadine Hachach-Haram and Shadi Dayeh)

    To view all photos, click here

  • 15 Dec 2022 12:56 AM | Anonymous member

    As part of its traditional end of year celebration, the Bay Area community hosted a dinner attended by 50 members and friends. 

    Hosted at Tannourine restaurant on December 7th, the evening featured a thank you talk by George Akiki, LebNet President, who recognized the leadership of former Chairman of the Board, Abdo George Kadifa, and the past contributions of all the former board members Habib Kairouz, Najib Khouri-Haddad, Raymond Lahoud, Fares Moubarak, and Frederick Wardini. 

    Akiki also announced and welcomed LebNet’s new Chairman, Habib Haddad, Managing Director at E14 Fund, and the incoming new board members Nadine Alameh, CEO at Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC); Hala Jalwan, Senior Product Manager at Apple; Walid Khoury, Founder and CEO at Marc Media; Rania Afiouni Monla, PhD Candidate - Research on AI and the Changing Nature of Work; Aya Mouallem (Student Observer), Electrical Engineering PHD Student at Stanford University, Co-founder of All Girls Code; Layal Rouhana, Advanced Integrated Circuit Packaging Technologist at Google; and Marianne Zakhour,  Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Orderbot Software Inc.

    Jeanine Akiki, Executive Director of LebNet, shared with the attendees the LebNet 2022 Bireme award recipients and a summary of LebNet’s 2022 accomplishments.

    Co-founder and CEO Arthur Bizidikian shared updates about his company, Lemonade Fashion, winner of the 2019 LebNet Ignite program. 

    LebNet Bay Area wishes all its members and friends Happy Holidays!!

  • 09 Dec 2022 1:22 AM | Anonymous member

    On December 7th, the LebNet Boston community hosted a meetup in the MIT Media Lab to recognize Fadel Adib, LebNet's 2022 Bireme Award recipient for Technologist of the Year.  The event also featured a special tour of the MIT Media Lab, followed by a cozy dinner.

    Fadel is an Associate Professor at MIT and Founder of Cartesian Systems. He is one of the youngest professors to get tenure at MIT. Fadel's groundbreaking work centers around new technologies to interconnect, sense, and perceive the physical world in ways that were not possible before. Before becoming a professor, his PHD thesis on seeing through walls led to a startup, Emerald Innovations, whose devices are used for remote health monitoring of thousands of patients.  

    “It’s heartwarming to be recognized by my own community. I’m grateful to the LebNet members who came to the event, and very happy I got to show them first-hand our inventions at MIT!" commented Fadel.  "The event went on for 1.5 hours over time. It was a big success, celebrating Fadel’s accomplishments and energizing for the people in the Boston LebNet community!" said Habib Haddad, Managing Partner at E14 Fund and LebNet's newly elected Chairman.

    Fadel is an inspiration to our LebNet organization, particularly our Early In Career and student communities. Congratulations Fadel Adib!!

  • 01 Dec 2022 11:27 AM | Anonymous member

    On November 30th, the LebNet Toronto community hosted a webinar titled ‘The Web Journey to Web 3.0’. 

    Panelists Marleine Saliba Delaurier, Director at BMO Wealth Management, Chadi Habib, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Business Solutions at WSP, Jamil Mina, Chief Architect at Red Hat and Fadwa Mohanna, CEO at One37 ID discussed the journey of the web from infancy to the emergence of Web 3.0.  This webinar explored the co-existence of Web 2.0 and 3.0, the promise of Web 3.0 and its implication on data ownership, data sharing, privacy, security and trust and its impacts on organizational and societal level. The panel was moderated by Fram Akiki, President at Joun Technologies. 

    “Thank you for all the interactions and valuable input and for having us. It is definitely worth a follow-up,” said Mohanna.  “It was fun and informative” added Mina, “Thanks for the great exchange everyone” , commented Habib and “I’m very grateful to be part of this team,” concluded Saliba. 

    If you missed the webinar, you can watch it on our YouTube channel by clicking on the below link:

  • 11 Nov 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    On November 3rd, the LebNet Montreal community hosted an evening of networking to discuss the digital skill gaps and the future of work in the tech industry. The community invited special guests Steve Harvey, Chief Learning Officer at SuccessFinder and Zouheir Mansourati, CTO at Cogeco Communications to weigh in on the subject and share their expertise with a crowd of around 40 people. 

    The discussion covered the future of teamwork and collaboration, the investment in upskilling and reskilling the workforce, the adaptability of employees, and turnover challenges. 

    “A panel I particularly enjoyed where I had the chance to discuss the future of work and the changing skills with two brilliant minds. Thank you Zouheir Mansourati and Steve Harvey CLO for the gems you shared with us and for engaging beautifully with the audience,” said Rania Afiouni Monla, researcher in job transformation with AI - PhD candidate at McGill University, who moderated the discussion. “Last but certainly not least, thank you IBM for hosting and LebNet for a flawless organization.” 

    “It was a pleasure participating in this conversation, and gaining insights from everyone,” added Steve Harvey. 

    Participants were equally eager to take part in this event, which marked the first in-person event for the community since the pandemic, and excited to finally meet in person and connect with the community. 

    “It was a very interesting session. The panelists brought important insights to the Future of Work, and many interactions with the attendees. Looking forward to your next event,” said Bassem Monla, Practice Leader & AI - Analytics Subject Matter Expert at LGS, an IBM Company. 

    “I was happy to attend the panel discussion on ‘the future of work and skills’ which discussed important topics with tremendous value and gave insightful ideas! As well as, an encouragement to invite us to hone our skills over the years & sooner than later, to catch-up with rapidly moving technologies & robotics,” said Lama El-Kouche, Wealth Associate at RBC Dominion Securities. 

    We look forward to upcoming events and activities for the community for 2023 so stay tuned to not miss a thing. 

  • 04 Nov 2022 3:47 AM | Anonymous member

    On October 27th, the LebNet Mid Atlantic/DC community hosted its first event. The goal of this activity was to introduce the new steering committee members, meet the community and offer them the chance to mingle and form new connections. (Scroll down for photos)

    The evening drew 84 participants from different backgrounds and industries, technology, engineering, health care and more. Thanks to the outdoor patio at Wilson Hardware and the positive vibes, the event was a success. “The vibe was chill and positive and people mingled freely. Several people asked me about upcoming events and fundraisers and some had an interest in mentoring, internships and joining the steering committee,” said Wissam Yafi, founder at TIDWIT and steering committee member. 

    “It was a great Event. Positive vibes only. A lot of people asked how they can help the community in future events and Wissam did a great brief explaining LebNet and keeping the audience all ears at all times,” added Jean Claude Dagher, Sales Engineer at FTC & Founder at Munkimedia and steering committee member. 

    Special thanks to Wilson Hardware for the beautiful and cozy venue and to Munkimedia for the check-in support. We are also very grateful to our new LebNet Mid Atlantic Leadership team for launching this event and community!  Great things are yet to come!

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