About Us

About Us

Founded in 2005, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab is a non-profit and an avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide affiliated with the prestigious MIT University. With offices in Beirut and Dubai, our mission is to develop and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship across the Arab region. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab has a proven track record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship through our solid platform developed in the past 10 years enabling us to empower entrepreneurs by providing opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, showcasing businesses, coaching, and mentoring.

Board Members

Hala Fadel
Chair and Managing Director

Founding Member & Current Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab; Member of Advisory Board, MIT Enterprise Forum Global and MIT Enterprise Forum Turkey; Former Portfolio Manager at Comgest, asset mgmt. company with USD 22bn of AUMs based in Paris & Dublin; Active angel investor in MENA region and Managing Partner at Leap VC; Founder of Coworking +961, a coworking space in Beirut; Inspirational speaker and writer.

Noor Sweid
Board Member

Leads investments at The Dubai Future Foundation, focusing on technology and innovation. She is a director-in-residence for the corporate governance department at INSEAD. She also serves as a Director of Endeavor UAE. Noor has been named in the "Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women" list three times along with being profiled in several well-known magazines.

Dr. Richard Rabbat
Board Member

Current Vice-Chair USA, MITEF Pan Arab Head of Product Platform, Tango.ME Ex-VP of Entrepreneurship, MIT Club of Northern California

Salam Yamout
Secretary General

Current Secretary General of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab ICT Advisor to the Office of Prime Minister, Lebanon Social entrepreneur & Co-Founder of multiple NGOs in the fields of ICT & capacity building

Dr. Walid Fayad
Board Member

Current Vice Chair of the MENA Region at the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Partner at Booz &Co., UAE & Beirut Over 10 years of experience in the energy and telecom fields in MENA region

Ziad Younes

Founding Member and Current Treasurer of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab CEO at BUTEC, a leading regional contracting company Previously founded 2 companies in the fields of property management and agro-food

Advisory Board Members

Amira Rashad

Co-founder and CEO of BulkWhiz and the former Regional Head of Brand Advertising at Facebook Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan.

Fady Jameel

Director and President of Abdul Latif Jameel International. He has held several senior positions in the areas of vehicle sales, marketing and investment management. He also is the Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel in Turkey along with being a member of the board of directors of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd.

Muhannad Qubbaj

Senior Managing Director of Private Equity & Business Development and Co-Head of the Private Equity Division at Gulf Capital Pvt. JSC. He was Managing Director of Private Equity and Business Development at the firm.

Samer Subhi Khanachet

Group Chief Operating Officer of Kuwait Projects Company Holding KSCC (KIPCO) since 2008. He is Chairman of Takaud Savings and Pensions and a Board member of Burgan Bank, United Gulf Bank and United Real Estate. He holds board and committee positions with the American University of Kuwait and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Yousuf AlMulla

Senior executive specialized in corporate strategy, operations and corporate finance. Since 2012, AlMulla has been the Chief Strategy Officer at Dubai Holding. He also is the founding member of TCO Management Consulting.

Team Members

Ahmad Hamdan
Web developer and Project Manager

Antonios Bou Haya
Tech Lead

Farah Shamas
Corporate Engagement Manager

Kassandra Attara
Operations Coordinator

Mariam El Khatib
Accounting and Finance officer

Mariana El Hajj
Office Manager

Maya Rahal
Chief Operating Officer

Muzna Shihabi-Barthe
Communications and Resource Development Advisor

Nadine Badreddine
Partnerships Manager

Nadine Ghaly
Operations Coordinator

Paola Rizkallah
Marketing and Events Production Manager

Sahar El Zaloua
Training and Learning Manager

Yara Chalhoub
Logistics Manager