Mind the Gap is the Lebanese National Energy (LNE) newly formed subcommittee with a vision to ignite overdue change in mentality making use of current worldwide momentum to reflect a different perspective.
The mission of this forum is to identify and highlight different capacities and skills through discussions of challenges with concrete solutions by exploring the roles of all the parties involved, distinguishing the respective roles of Governments, private sector and civil society for strengthening partnerships and impact assessment.
Meet the list of the panelists participating in our event.
Extensive experience in project management from developing educational programs to event planning and television talk show production. She is the founder of “3a Stouh Beirut Association” that is concerned in women empowerment and helping people in need.
MA Journalism and Media BA Arabic Literature
Honorary judge and Professor of Labor Law at St. Joseph University’s Law School. She presides the legal committee at the Lebanese National Authority for Women’s Affairs, as she presides of the arbitration committee to resolve differences between customs and stakeholders, is a member of the arbitration authority of the Free Patriotic Movement and President of the Feminine Promotion Association.
French and Lebanese Law degree, USJ
Institute of Judiciary Studies
Mediator, Professional Center of Mediation, USJ
The first woman in Lebanon to enter the judges school (1973)
President of the Labor Court in Mount Lebanon (1992 - 2004)
President of the Arbitration Commission of Collective Labor Conflicts (1999 - 2006)
Interim President of the 8th Chamber of the Supreme Court (2006 - 2008)
Counselor at the Supreme Court (2008)
Official representative of the Ministry of Justice at UNODC, Vienna, for the implementation of the United Nations Convention against corruption and at ACINET (2012)
Retirement with the title of Honorary judge (2015)
President of the Legal Commission at NCLW (2017)
Member of the National Committee for Childhood (1974 – 1975)
Co-founder of ACSAUVEL (1975)
Founder and President of Mar Semaan Association (Orphanage) (1979-1999)
Member of the Middle East Council of Churches (1990-1994)
Special Assistant to the President of the Lebanese Republic H.E. General Michel Aoun, as well as being the President of the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW).
Mrs. Roukoz is also founder of Clémentine SAL, communications agency.
She previously served as a Senior Political Consultant and Cabinet Director for President General Michel Aoun (2005- 2009).
MA Cinematographic and Audio-visual Studies, Sorbonne
Environmental activist who is working on several important matters of which protecting migratory birds as well as preserving the environment and ensuring its cleanliness.
Member of the Party Constitution Board of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM).
Professional hiker (Having won 3 times the prestigious Lebanese Army Rangers Regiment “Barracks to Barracks” and “Raid des Cèdres” races).
His Excellency President Mouhammad Ashraf Ghani introduced his wife to the Afghan nation in 2014 predicting her involvement in the most vulnerable.
Since then the First Lady sees her role as a listener, a facilitator, and an advocate. She strongly believes in women and youth’s aptitudes as agents of change.
Born in Lebanon, she met her husband at AUB.
Diploma, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, France (1969)
MA Political Studies, AUB (1976)
MS Journalism, Columbia University, New York (1983)
Selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2015)
Received the Lotus Award from the Asia Foundation (2016)
Received the «Prix de la Fondation» from the Crans Montana Forum (2016)
Awarded Doctor of Humanities emeritus form the Asian University for Women (2017)
Founding member of the Afghanistan Cancer Foundation (2016)
Helped create the Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries, AWCCI (2017)
Organized three symposiums for Afghan women (2016, 2017 and 2018)
Presently involved in establishing a National Consensus among Afghan Women regarding Peace.
Appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of the
Republic of Lebanon on February 15, 2014. His main focus is to
drive the Lebanese diplomacy towards a renewed leading role
both at the regional and international levels. He is also the Head
of the Free Patriotic Movement party since 2015.
He previously headed the Ministry of Energy and Water between 2009 and 2014 where he initiated the mapping of Lebanon as an oil and gas country.
His official tenure of an executive office started in 2008, as Minister of Telecommunications, where he established the roadmap policy paper for the sector defining its strategic long term development, mainly through the modernization of the services and the opening of the market for competition.
BE and MS Civil Engineering, AUB
Member of the Beirut Bar Association. She has practiced law in Lebanon since 2002.
In parallel, Harb became the Corporate Affairs Consultant for Intel Corporation in Lebanon with the objective to promote ICT in Education, Entrepreneurship, Science & Technology, and Women Empowerment. She currently works on the creation of strategic collaboration between NGOs, companies, donors and government, and implements new initiatives and competitions in education, STEM entrepreneurship.
BA Law, Sagesse University
Certificate in Executive Studies (MEPI), Wharton Business School, Philadelphia.
Attorney and arbitrator who previously occupied the position of General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (ADBIC, now SENAAT)
Of Counsel & Partner, Raphael & Associates, Associate, Shearman & Sterling.
JD, Columbia University BA Economics and English, Georgetown University
Member of the New York Bar Fellow of the Chartered Institute of International Arbitrators
Parker School Certificate in International and Foreign Law, with honors
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar prize
Avid trekker – recently hiked in the Himalayas (Annapurna)
Co-Founder & COO of the Cyber Security company Myki.
BS Landscape Design & EcoManagement, AUB
Forbes Top 7 Entrepreneurs in MENA (2017)
AUB Most Influential Female Alumni (2018)
BLC Bank Top 3 Brilliant Lebanese Award (2017)
Game Changer by Women’s Health Magazine (2016)
Myki just closed a Series A of USD 4 Million Top 3 Password Managers of By PCMag (2018)
Most Powerful Password Managers of By Apple (2018)
Top 100 most Innovative Arab Tech Companies by Forbes (2017)
Currently General Manager for Microsoft North Africa Eastern Mediterranean and Pakistan, leading the digital transformation and adoption in the region. Leila has been working for Microsoft since 2003.
BA Business, AUB
Co-founder & Managing partner of Leap Ventures, she is as well Founder and Chair of the board of MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab region.
Mrs. Fadel has recently cofounded the MIT ReACT hub delivering computer and data science certificates from MIT to displaced populations.
She previously occupied the position of Portfolio Manager at Comgest.
MA Financial Economics, HEC School of Management MBA Finance, MIT
Founded Booleo, a telecom software business (2000).
Advisor to EGM and CRO, and Assistant Executive to the General Manager at Bank Med. She chairs the GBA (Global Banking Alliance for Women) since May 2015, an organization based in New York that brings together banks and financial institutions from all over the world that develop strategies for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment.
Her career started at SGBL where she held several managerial positions in the Corporate and Investment Banking Division. In parallel, she had built a solid experience in privatization of the energy, water and waste water sectors, and then joined BLC bank in 2008 as Head of Strategic Development and Financial Management Group.
MA Finance & Communication, École Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, France BA, AUB
Selected among the most influential women in the Arab Banking Sectors by the Union of Arab Banks (2015)
Recipient of several awards among which from the Arab Women Council (2017) and the GBA (2016 and 2017).
Currently the General Manager of Tinol Paints International Co. sal, her family business.
She sits on the board of various civic, cultural, humanitarian and socio economic non-profit organizations such as Kulluna Irada, The Lebanese Red Cross, the Beiteddine Art Festival, the Baalbeck International Festival, the Board of International Advisors of LAU, the Amideast Advisory Board and The SABIS Alumni Association, Embrace, etc.
BA Human Development, LAU EMBA, AUB
Elected first woman President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut – WAAAUB
Over 36 years of experience in the field of Economic Journalism. She was the Head of the Economic Department at Annahar Newspaper until recently and is the current Head of Strategic Management of First Protocol; producing and organizing the Social Economic Award (SEA) for 8 consecutive years; producing and managing conferences related to the economic sector in the country: Banking Economic Conference (BEC). She Co-Chairs the Lebanese Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is Co- Founder/Editor in Chief of the Arab Economic News and was a Candidate for the latest Lebanese parliamentary elections.
BS Journalism, LU
Al Baraka Bank (2005)
Union of Arab Banks & the World Union of Arab Bankers (2011)
Cebit Eurasia Billisim, Istanbul
Board member of Fattal Group and Founder of “Stand for Women” organization. She has a 25-year experience in senior management.
MA Business Certified Executive Coach Certified Board Member
“Part of the 100 most powerful business women in the Middle East” Forbes Middle East (2014 - 2017)
Architect and perseveration activist, acting as Director of the AUB Neighborhood Initiative. She led several heritage preservation campaigns and succeeded in the preservation of the Barakat Building known today as Beit Beirut, a museum of memory and a cultural and urban center where she serves as a member of their Scientific Committee.
She is an active member of Beirut Madinati, a member of APSAD (Association pour la Protection des Sites et Anciens Demeures au Liban), and a founding member of two NGOs: IRAB for the preservation of the Arab world’s musical heritage and ZAKIRA for the promotion of photography and its role in documenting and preserving memory.
Ms. Hallak is currently engaged with the civil campaign to protect the Dalieh of Raouche.
B Arch, AUB M Arch, Syracuse University, Florence Program
Ordre National du Mérite au grade de Chevalier from the President of the French Republic, in recognition of her work and achievements in preserving the architectural and cultural heritage of Beirut (2013)
Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at LAU. She spent over 25 years of work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in development and humanitarian settings worldwide.
PhD, London School of Economics MA, Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies BA, Boston College
Listed as one of the “Gender Equality Top 100: The Most Influential People in Global Policy”, one of two Arabs to make the list in May 2018.
Founder of Tania Kassis Academy as well as being the Founder & President of ONE LEBANON.
She Performed on major stages such as the legendary Olympia Hall in Paris (4th Lebanese to perform there after Sabah, Fairuz & Magida el Roumi), the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Duomo Square in Milano and at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva.
BA Business Marketing, LAU Opera Singing degree, Conservatoire de Paris
The first Lebanese artist to perform in front of an American President
Appreciated for the IslamoChristian Ave Maria (an Ave Maria mixed with the Muslim call for prayer) that became her biggest hit
«Al Ardou Lil Jami3» (Land for All) in collaboration with the United Nations (2016)
Lebanese Accomplishment Medal
Appointed Honorary Ambassador of the South Korean Contingent of the UNIFIL
Murex d’Or for «Best Patriotic Song» and as «Lebanese Ambassador in International Theaters» (2015)
Medal for Peace by the South Korean Contingent of the UNIFIL Medal of Friendship from the Brazilian UN Navy
Certificate of Excellence by the Canadian Professional and Association of Ottawa
Godmother of the children of the Chronic Care Center
Godmother of the Rose of Beirut
President of Achrafieh 2020. Ambassador for Peace (women’s peace federation). A social activist, she has worked in the cultural field where she encouraged art. She believes that a good environment is a true necessity for a prosperous Lebanon.
Mrs. Kokoni worked closely with political parties and was a Candidate to the latest parliamentary elections.
BA Political Science and Public Administration, AUB
President of Lebanese League of Women in Business (LLWB). She was previously Vice President of Injaz Lebanon
and Vice Chair of Amideast Advisory Board. Mrs. Zein was also part the initial team
that started Aramex Lebanon in 1988 and remained with the firm for 27 years, taking on a number of different executive responsibilities.
Partner of Filovault/ Crypta s.a.l
Vice Chair of Ruwwad Altanmiya in Tripoli
Member of the Steering Committee of GCNL
Participated in major social activities, in addition to different CSR projects (under Aramex)
1st female President for the Freight Forwarding Syndicate
Chosen by the State Department among other 5 Lebanese Business Women to participate in two Conferences 1st one held in Amman and the Major one in Washington D.C., under the title (Women Business Leaders’ Summit) (2007)
Professor in the Olayan School of Business, AUB and currently the National Representative for Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL), a network of businesses committed to advancing Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Lebanon.
She worked as an expert consultant for the United Nations on Social Policy and CSR as well as various projects funded by the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development, and major private and public firms across the region.
For the past two years, she has been championing the UN Global Compact Network for Lebanon and working with leading firms from the private sector to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN 2030 agenda in Lebanon.
She was elected to parliament in May 2018.
PhD Social Policy and Administration, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Winner of the National Council for Scientific Research Excellence Award (2016)
Winner of the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award (2015)
Winner of the Shield of Excellence for the Arab Region and designated as Personality of the Year for CSR by the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility (2015)
Winner of the Shoman Prize for best young Arab researcher (2010)
Selected for the Eisenhower Fellows Program (2013)
Selected for the British Academy of Management Fellowship for South Asia and the Middle East (2007)
Winner of the AUB Teaching Excellence Award in (2006)
Author and editor of four books: CSR in the Middle East (2012);
Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East (2015);
Development Oriented CSR (2015);
Comparative Perspectives on Global CRS (2016)
Over 80 high level international publications
Acting President of the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD) since 2015. She is still undertaking her responsibilities as a university instructor for multiple courses at the Faculty of Education at the Lebanese University.
Dr. Oweijane is experienced throughout the past 30 years in several sectors including but not limited to university coaching, training schools principals and teachers, researches and studies, publications for university books and school textbooks and other social works.
Bi-institutional PhD Social Sciences, Sorbonne-Paris V and the Lebanese University Institute of Social Sciences
Principal of Dhour Shweir Public Secondary School, since 2002. Previously a chemistry teacher with 100% success rate in the governmental official exam.
BS Chemistry, LU - Faculty of Sciences
MS Chemistry LU - Faculty of Pedagogy
Ranked 1st among 120 selected principals from all Lebanese Public schools in the World Bank School Principal Leadership Development Program
Completed the Training of Trainers in Educational Administration from the Faculty of Education, LU
President of the Lebanese American University (LAU). Previously served as an Academic Vice-President of Loyola Marymount University.
License in Law, USJ PhD Political Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
The Ray R. Irani Lifetime Achievement Award, American Task Force of Lebanon (ATFL) (2018)
Honorary Doctorate Degree, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2017)
Annual Award, The International Society of Hious (2016)
Man of the Year, 7th Social Economic Award (SEA) (2015)
Annual Award, Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) (2015)
Recognition Award, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (2012)
Founder and President of Min ila, previously served as Consultant in International Development for different organizations such as the Solidar Suisse,
the World Bank, GOPA and the Saint Joseph University in Beirut. She mainly focuses on Education, youth, civic engagement and human development.
BA Economics, AUB MA Social Work, USJ
Postdoc Researcher and Project investigator at the Zoology Department University of Oxford and Junior Research fellow at Worcester college University of Oxford.
She is also a Scientific Advisor for Prediagnose Ltd. Copenhagen.
Dr. Ghoul was previously a lab researcher at the Max Planck institute for evolutionary biology, a lab researcher at LAU and AUB genetics laboratories and a researcher at Imperial college.
BS Biology, minor in Chemistry, AUB
MS Evolution Ecology and Conservation, Imperial College
Microbiology, University of Oxford
Employee of the year Zoology Dept (2017)
Junior Research fellowship, Worcester College (2018)
Executive Director of INJAZ Lebanon. She founded Habatiq.com an online marketplace for ethnic goods.
She has previously served as General Manager of Exotica sal in Lebanon and established Exotica Emirates in the UAE and was General Manager of Retail Division.
BS Agriculture, AUB
Minister of State for Administrative Reforms and was elected Member of the Lebanese Parliament in May 2018 elections.
She is the Founder and Director of Medical Analysis and Pathology (M.A.P.) Laboratory in Beirut.
Lecturer of International Law at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and at Sciences Po Paris and Member of the « International Advisory Board» of the UNESCO TECH2018 Conference.
She was Member of the United Nations «Independent Team of Advisors» (ITA) established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in charge of making recommendations on the long-term positioning of the United Nations Development System in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Besides teaching a Master 2 level Seminar entitled «International Institutions and Organizations» at the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University and being advisor to the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon, Mrs. Lacoeuilhe served as Deputy Permanent Delegate at UNESCO and alternate representative of the Head of Government of Saint Lucia to the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF). She was also Lebanon’s candidate to the post of Director General of UNSCO and advisor to the Lebanese Ministry of Culture.
MA Arts, NYU
BA Political Science and
Knight of the National Order of Merit (France) (2005)
Insignia of the Order of Vytautas the Great (Lithuania) (2005)
Ambassador of Lebanon in Italy. Previously served as Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Lebanon in United Kingdom and Northern Islands and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Lebanon in Thailand.
BA Iternational Affairs, BUC MA Political Science, AUB
Journalist and a Political Analyst who is the current Editor at L’Orient-Le Jour.
MA Public Law, USJ MA Public Communication, Concordia University, Canada
Prix du PNUD for the best article (2000)
President of Dbayeh International Festival and General Manager of Waltex SARL.
She is also the Founder of Tajamoo Ahel Al Mahabba a non-profit organization advocating social, ecological, cultural and humanitarian issues. Ms. Achkar has participated in many social interventions that were organized by many associations, which has positively reflected upon numerous social initiatives around her.
BA Marketing and Hotel Management.
Court lawyer by practice and managing partner at HBD-T Law Firm.
He has served as Minister of Interior and Municipalities of the Lebanese Republic.
He held a number of academic posts as lecturer in two prestigious universities in Lebanon (USJ and USEK).
He also worked as a consultant to various UN Agencies in Lebanon.
Prior to his appointment as Minister, Mr. Baroud held a number of positions among which: Member of the Lebanese National Commission on Electoral Law (2005-2006).
In 2004, Mr. Baroud was selected Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections to lead a group of more than 1300 domestic electoral observer. He has been a Non-Executive Independent Director of USB Bank Plc since July 21, 2015. He has served as a board member of the Lebanese chapter of Transparency International since 2006. He also serves on the board of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and on the board of trustees of Notre Dame University (NDU).
MA Law, USJ PhD studies, France.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Manatt Democracy Award as a tribute to his commitment to freedom and democracy (2010)
“Commandeur de Numéro de l’Ordre Civil du Mérite” by the Kind of Spain Juan Carlos (2011)
“Officier de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, for his achievements (2010)
“Grand Officier de L’Ordre National du Mérite de la République Française”(2009)
Named The Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2007)
Political journalist with 25 years of experience in TV & Radio hosting. She is an expert in investigative journalism as well as being a political consultant and public speaking coach for many political figures.
She has worked with many international and regional organisations as communication and media expert.
Mrs. Sleiman currently hosts a primetime show on the radio station Sawt el Mada in addition to the Head of Media and Communication in Safadi Group Foundations. She is also the Media Consultant for former MP Mr. Mohammad Safadi.
MA Political Science
Blogger on human rights and gender related issues, she volunteers in several NGOs related to human rights, gender and women rights, good governance and the rule of law. Since 2011, she consults the National Commission of Lebanese Women (NCLW) for the development of projects.
Since 2014, she teaches political sciences, sociology, social media and advocacy and a course on lobbying and pressure groups at the Political Science Institute and the ARMA master.
MS Political and Administrative Sciences, USJ
Samir Kassir Award for the Freedom of the Press for Young Researchers
The Mind The Gap event is taking place at The Convention Center - Dbayeh. Check our event's program below
We would like to thank our sponsors for their great support.