Zoom & Learn - 5th event

Join us online as we bring together Lebanese enterprises and SMEs, knowledge providers and support institutions to learn about and check opportunities for joint R&D projects.

For this edition, we will shed light on innovation and resilience in time of crisis.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

The webinar link will be shared by email with the registered participants.

Speakers and Themes

Industry-academic partnerships: Principle of innovations in the pandemic era

Dr. Mohab Anis, Professor at the American University in Cairo and Founder & CEO of Innovety

Mohab Anis

Dr. Mohab Anis is a professor at the American University in Cairo, entrepreneur, strategist and mentor who possesses a wealth of technical and industrial experience and has successfully managed large teams and budgets up to $10M. Mohab is also the Founder and CEO of Innovety; a specialized consulting firm in the Middle East focusing on innovation management. He’s also a Principal at IXL-Center a specialized innovation management consultancy headquartered in Boston, USA.

At Innovety, he leads various engagements and consults businesses and government on innovation practices, strategy and management of technology. Mohab has also worked heavily with government and donor agencies on strategy and policy that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship at the national and sectorial levels (Academy for Scientific Research and Technology, Social Fund for Development and Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Ministry of Industry & Trade, Ministry of Planning). Mohab is also on the Board of Trustees of Egypt’s Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation (ECASTI) an NGO that aims to enhance the framework of Science and Innovation in Egypt and monitor the performance in this field.
Prior to returning to Egypt, Mohab has consulted widely in the United States and Canada to a variety of Fortune 500 companies and government. As an academic and researcher, he authored 130 international papers, 3 patents, and 5 books, and was awarded three of the highest Canadian national awards for excellence in innovation in Canada’s IT sector.

Mohab holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo (2002), an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2008), and a Masters in Management Sciences with a concentration in Technological Innovation (2008). Mohab is a certified consultant of Europe’s House of Innovation platform, and the Global Innovation Management Institute.

Funding Opportunities – ESFD

Patrick Atme, Job Creation Operations Manager at the Economic and Social Fund for Development (ESFD)

Patrick Atme, UNDP Consultant, assisting the “Economic & Social Fund for Development” (ESFD) in providing financial and non-financial services to SMEs since 2011.For the past 8 years, Patrick has been delivering financial advisory to small entrepreneurs, helping them applying for loan with commercial banks. Before starting his financial advisory role, Patrick spent 9 years as a Risk and Credit analyst in the Banking sector. After a successful career assessing risk and structuring credit facilities, Patrick now helps SMEs write business plans/feasibility studies to apply for loans.

Patrick holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Paris Nanterre.

Patrick’s available for business plan writing, as well as private consultations.

Resilience in time of crisis

Zeina Daccach, MA Clinical Psychology, Registered Drama Therapist (NADTA), Board Certified Trainer (NADTA), Founder of Catharsis- Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy

Zeina Daccach

Zeina, through the NPO she founded in 2007, Catharsis-Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy, brought the innovative tools of drama therapy to Lebanon. In 2009, she produced the theatre production “12 Angry Lebanese” with inmates of Roumieh Prison. This pioneering production as well as the documentary that emerged from the process received international acclaim and led to the implementation of Law 463 in 2009 (the reduction of sentences for good behavior). In 2011, she created the play “Scheherazade in Baabda”, with women inmates of Baabda prison where they shared their personal stories in an attempt to heal their wounds and hold up a mirror to Lebanese society about the oppression of women. Her 2nd feature documentary “Scheherazade’s Diary” wins 10 international awards. She also produced and directed theatre plays that lobbied also for policy change, with Migrant Domestic Workers (Shebaik Lebaik, 2014) and residents in psychiatric hospitals (From the Bottom of my brain, 2013).

In 2016, she directed the play “Johar… Up in the Air” interpreted by the Roumieh inmates, that conveyed the messages of the mentally ill inmates and those sentenced to life to the society and decision makers. The project led to 2 draft laws aiming for a suitable Legislation for Mentally ill Inmates & Inmates Sentenced to Life, prepared by Catharsis and submitted to the Lebanese Parliament.Moreover, she offers individual therapy at her private practice clinic and she works with corporations who wish to increase the productivity of their staff, and enhance their interpersonal and communication skills. She is recipient of many awards given for her distinguished contributions to the field of social initiatives and services.