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  • Day 1 – Thursday Nov 3, 2016 – Full Agenda
Day 1 – Thursday Nov 3, 2016 – Full Agenda

9:30

2hrs

Main Stage

Banque du Liban Accelerate Opening Ceremony

Opening Speeches

Riad Salamé
Governor of Banque du Liban

Tony Fadell
Creator of the iPod, iPhone, and Founder of Nest

Dr. Joseph Torbey
Chairman of The Association of Banks in Lebanon

Nicolas Chammas
President of MIT Alumni Association, Chairman of Beirut Traders Association

Marianne Howayek
Director of the Governor’s Executive Office at Banque du Liban


11:45

5min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Paul Papadimitriou
Global Host, Innovation Scout & Futurist


12:00

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Steven Bathiche
Creator of the Microsoft Surface


12:00

20min

Money Stage
Keynote

Mario Berta
Host of Money Stage, Former Regional Managing Director at Rocket Internet


12:00

20min

Ecosystem Stage
Keynote

Ivan Hernandez
Host of Ecosystem Stage, Innovation Specialist


12:00

1hr

Code Stage

Business Growth through Open Source

Interactive Session

Peter Senna Tschudin
Principal Software Engineer at Collabora


12:30

20min

Executive Stage
Fireside

Antonio Vincenti
Chairman & CEO of Pikasso, VP of FEPE International


12:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Claire Burge
CEO of This is Productivity


12:30

20min

Money Stage
Keynote

Marvin Liao
Partner at 500 Startups


12:30

20min

Ecosystem Stage
Keynote

Cedric Giorgi
Director of Special Projects at Sigfox


13:00

20min

Executive Stage
Fireside

Ramez Shehadi
Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton MENA


13:00

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Ramzi Rizk
Co-Founder & CTO of EyeEm


13:00

45min

Money Stage

The State of the Global VC Industry

Panel

Philipp Stangl
Managing Director at Pioneers Ventures

Alex Margot-Duclot
Senior Associate at Osborne & Partners

Keith Teare
Co-Founder of TechCrunch

Ahmed El Alfi
Founder & Chairman of The GrEEK Campus & Sawari Ventures

Mathew Slade Farkash
Global HealthTech Leader, Founder of Blueprint Health Accelerator

Marvin Liao- Moderator
Partner at 500 Startups


13:00

45min

Ecosystem Stage

International Ecosystem Godfathers

Panel

Sheel Mohnot
FinTech Partner at 500 Startups

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou
Godfather of Greek Startup Ecosystem, Co-Founder of Found.ation

Balthazar de Lavergne
Partner at TheFamily

Amarit Charoenphan
Group CEO of HUBBA & Cofounder of Techsauce Media

Ivan Hernandez- Moderator
Host of Ecosystem Stage, Innovation Specialist


13:00

45min

Design Stage

5 Steps to VR UX Success

Interactive Session

Dean Johnson
Futurist, Head of Innovation at Brandwidth


13:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Ben Yu
Founder of Sprayable Inc.


14:00

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Jean Nehme
Co-Founder & CEO of Touch Surgery


14:30

20min

Executive Stage
Fireside

Kamil Kuran
Regional Managing Director at Publicis Groupe, Levant


14:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Keith Teare
Co-Founder of TechCrunch


14:30

20min

Money Stage
Fireside

Ahmed El Alfi
Founder & Chairman of The GrEEK Campus & Sawari Ventures


14:30

20min

Ecosystem Stage
Keynote

David Bizer
Former Star Recruiter at Google & Netscape


14:30

1hr 30min

Code Stage

Machine & Automation

Interactive Session

Dr. Fadi Lama
Founder of YL Engineering sarl, YLE GmbH.


15:00

20min

Executive Stage
Fireside

Pierre El-Daher
Chairman & CEO of Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI)


15:00

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Kei Shimada
Global Director of Innovation & Biz Dev at Dentsu


15:00

20min

Money Stage

Future of Mobile Business: Partnership

Keynote

Rami Assoum
Head of VAS Engineering Department at Alfa


15:00

45min

Ecosystem Stage

Borderless Communities

Panel

Harald Neidhardt
CEO & Curator of MLOVE, Co-Creator of RFRC

Ben Costantini
CEO of Startup Sesame, Curator at Symposium Stockholm

Katarina Szulenyiova
Asia Regional Manager for Seedstars World

Julien Tubbs
Business Development Manager for EMEA at Gust

Ivan Hernandez- Moderator
Host of Ecosystem Stage, Innovation Specialist


15:00

2hrs

Design Stage

UX Like Cat Food

Interactive Session

Helen Kokk
Co-founder at Made By, UX & Service Design Lead at Nortal


15:30

20min

Executive Stage

F&B Panel

Panel

Donald Batal
Managing Director of CBJ, Tomatomatic, Cafe Diem

Anthony Rahayel
Co-Founder of Souk el Akel

Monty Munford- Moderator
Co-Host of Executive and Innovations Stages, Tech Writer for The Economist


15:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Mathew Slade Farkash
Global HealthTech Leader, Founder of Blueprint Health Accelerator


15:30

45min

Money Stage

International Fundraising Stories

Panel

Ben Yu
Founder of Sprayable Inc.

Mark Haidar
Founder & CEO of Vinli

Jean Nehme
Co-Founder & CEO of Touch Surgery

Ramzi Rizk
Co-Founder & CTO of EyeEm

Mario Berta- Moderator
Host of Money Stage, Former Regional Managing Director at Rocket Internet


15:45

45min

Ecosystem Stage

International Accelerators

Panel

Ramez El-Serafy
CEO of Flat6Labs

Raph Crouan
Former EMEIA Head of Telecom Biz Dev at Apple, Founder of StartupBootCamp IoT

Arnaud Bonzom
Director of Corporate Innovation at 500 Startups

Harry Davies
Head of Ecosystem Development at Wayra

Ivan Hernandez- Moderator
Host of Ecosystem Stage, Innovation Specialist


16:00

1hr

Executive Stage

Telecom Operators

Panel

Marwan Hayek
Chairman & CEO of Alfa Telecom

Maroun Chammas
Chairman & CEO of Berytech

Patrick Farajian
Chairman & CEO of Sodetel Telecom

Nadim Khater
Chief Commercial Officer at Touch

Monty Munford- Moderator
Co-Host of Executive and Innovations Stages, Tech Writer for The Economist


16:00

20 min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Dean Johnson
Futurist, Head of Innovation at Brandwidth


16:00

45min

Code Stage

Ask Me Anything: 20 Years of Being a Tech CTO

Interactive Session

Henri Asseily
Managing Partner at Leap Ventures


16:15

20min

Money Stage

How to Fundraise

Keynote

Mike Butcher
Editor at Large at TechCrunch, Founder of TechFugees, and Member of the Order of the British Empire


16:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Kristel Kruustük
Founder & CEO of Testlio


16:30

1hr

Ecosystem Stage

Lifestyle of an Entrepreneur

Panel

Marvin Liao
Partner at 500 Startups

Jared Goralnick
Principal Group Program Manager at Skype

Helen Kokk
Co-founder at Made By, UX & Service Design Lead at Nortal

Ben Huh
Father of Internet Memes, Y Combinator

David Bizer
Former Star Recruiter at Google & Netscape

Ragnar Saas
Godfather of Estonian Startup Ecosystem, Co-Founder of Pipedrive

Emily Huh- Moderator
Viral Marketing Guru


16:45

20min

Money Stage

Growth Hacking

Keynote

Sassine Makhoul
Digital Marketing Specialist at Touch Surgery


17:00

20min

Executive Stage
Fireside

Carlos Abou Jaoude
Founder & Managing Partner of Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm


17:00

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Denys Zhadanov
VP of Marketing at Readdle


17:15

20min

Ecosystem Stage
Fireside

Marc Saikali
Director of France 24


17:15

20min

Money Stage

BDL Circular 331

Keynote

Ray Yazbeck
Legal Advisor at Banque du Liban

Karen Jabbour
Legal Consultant at Banque du Liban


  • Day 2 – Friday Nov 4, 2016 – Full Agenda
Day 2 – Friday Nov 4, 2016 – Full Agenda

9:30

1hr

Executive Stage
Keynote

Brett King
American Banker’s Innovator of the Year
Brought to you by Bank Audi


9:45

20min

Innovation Stage
Fireside

Leila Janah
Mother of Mechanical Turks, Founder of Samasource


9:45

20min

Money Stage

The Transformation Journey from Mobile Net Providers to Digital Service Providers

Keynote

Joseph Abou Rjeily
Senior Head of Corporate Strategy and Program Management Office at Alfa


9:45

20min

Ecosystem Stage
Keynote

Ziad Traboulsi
Engineering Lead, Growth & Partnerships at Facebook Inc.


10:00

45min

Code Stage

Ask questions to Spotify’s 1st CTO

Interactive Session

Andreas Ehn
Former CTO of Spotify


10:15

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote and Q&A

Luciano Calestini
Deputy Representative, UNICEF Lebanon


10:15

20min

Money Stage

Incorporating in Lebanon

Panel

Nisrine Salhab
Founder of Salhab Partners Law Firm

Joe Sakr
Partner at Sarkis Sakr & Partners – Geneva Group International

Mario Berta- Moderator
Host of Money Stage, Former Regional Managing Director at Rocket Internet


10:15

20min

Ecosystem Stage

The Challenges of IP Law

Fireside

Sophie Goosens
Senior Attorney-at-law


11:00

1hr

Main Stage
Keynote and Q&A

Steve Wozniak
Co-Founder of Apple Inc.


12:15

15min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Rares Florea
Director at Vector Watch


12:30

1hr

Executive Stage
Keynote and Q&A

Alex Hunter
Former Head of Digital at Virgin


12:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Jared Goralnick
Principal Group Program Manager at Skype


12:30

45min

Money Stage

VC Upstarts

Panel

Jad Salame
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Phoenician Funds

Abdallah Yafi
Founder & Managing Partner at B&Y Venture Partners

Bassel Attieh
Managing Partner at Cedar Mundi Ventures

Itxaso del Palacio- Moderator
VP Investments at Lepe Partners


12:30

1hr

Ecosystem Stage

Support Institutions in Lebanon

Panel

Nicolas Sehnaoui
Former Minister of Telecom, Chairman of UK Lebanon Tech Hub

Fadi Joseph
President of Lebanese Canadian TECH HUB

Dr. Ghinwa Jalloul
Founder & Chairwoman of Torch Academy, President & CEO of Technology Sarl.

Stéphane Attali
Managing Director of ESA

Stephane Gantchev- Moderator
Godfather of Bulgarian Startup Ecosystem, Partner at LauncHub


12:30

1hr 45min

Design Stage

Discovering Your Creativity

Interactive Session

Maido Parv
Visual designer at Skype, Freelance UI/UX designer, Photographer


12:30

1hr

Code Stage
Interactive Session

Dr. Loubna Bouarfa
Machine Learning Expert at Okra Technologies


13:00

30min

Innovation Stage
Fireside

Renaud Visage
Co-Founder & CTO of Eventbrite

Monty Munford
Co-Host of Executive and Innovation Stages, Tech Writer for The Economist


13:15

15min

Money Stage
Keynote

Hadi Raad
Visa Regional Head of Innovation


13:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Andreas Ehn
Former CTO of Spotify


14:00

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Ben Huh
Father of Internet Memes, Y Combinator


14:15

20min

Money Stage

Investment Challenges

Conversation

Yasser Akkaoui
Editor-in-Chief of Executive Magazine

Fouad Rahme
Investment Banker


14:15

15min

Ecosystem Stage
Keynote

Ben Costantini
CEO of Startup Sesame, Curator at Symposium Stockholm


14:15

20min

Code Stage

From a Monolithic to a Distributed API Architecture

Interactive Session

Renaud Visage
Co-Founder & CTO of Eventbrite


14:30

45min

Executive Stage
Keynote

Brian Solis
The New York Times Bestselling Author: “X: The Experience When Business Meets Design”


14:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Conversation

Mike Butcher
Editor at Large at TechCrunch, Founder of TechFugees, and Member of the Order of the British Empire

Monty Munford
Co-Host of Executive and Innovations Stages, Tech Writer for The Economist


14:30

45min

Ecosystem Stage

Lebanese Entrepreneurs – Part One

Panel

Sara Alemzadeh
Co-Founder & CEO of Designer24

Ranya Khalil
Co-Founder & President of Designer24

Najat Rizk
Founder & CEO of Firehorse

Eve Tamraz Najjar
PhD, Chief Scientist Officer of White Lab

Priscilla EloraSharuk
Co-Founder & COO of myki

Ivan Hernandez- Moderator
Host of Ecosystem Stage, Innovation Specialist


14:45

45min

Money Stage

VC Success Stories

Panel

Marwan Kheireddine
Chairman & GM of Al Mawarid Bank

Walid Hanna
Co-Founder & Managing Partner of MEVP

Henri Asseily
Managing Partner at Leap Ventures

Paul Chucrallah
Managing Director of Berytech Fund II

Mario Berta- Moderator
Host of Money Stage, Former Regional Managing Director at Rocket Internet


15:00

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Bernard Khoury
Visionary Architect


15:00

1hr

Code Stage

Growing an Engineering Organization

Interactive Session

Ramzi Rizk
Co-Founder & CTO of EyeEm


15:15

1hr 15min

Executive Stage

Leade.rs: The Technologies of the Future

Panel

Loic Le Meur- Host
Silicon Valley angel investor in LinkedIn, Evernote, Creator of LeWeb, Founder of Leade.rs,

Keith Teare
Co-Founder of TechCrunch

Brian Solis
The New York Times Bestselling Author: “X: The Experience When Business Meets Design”

Timoni West
Principal Designer at Unity Labs

Monty Munford
Co-Host of Executive and Innovation Stages, Tech Writer for The Economist

Paul Papadimitriou
Global Host, Innovation Scout & Futurist


15:15

45min

Ecosystem Stage

Lebanese Entrepreneurs – Part Deux

Panel

Ziad Sankari
Founder & CEO of CardioDiagnostics

Charlie El Khoury
Co-Founder of N.A.R.

Wassim Kari
Co-founder and CEO of Loolia.com

Mohamed Samad
Co-Founder & CEO of Matic

Ivan Hernandez- Moderator
Host of Ecosystem Stage, Innovation Specialist


15:30

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Mark Haidar
Founder & CEO of Vinli


15:30

30min

Design Stage
Interactive Session

Manal Khater
Regional Strategy Director at Leo Burnett MENA, Head of Strategy at Atelier


16:00

30min

Innovation Stage

Innovation Weekend
Final Pitches and Q&A
Hosted by Tamara Zakharia


16:30

1hr 30min

Innovation Stage

Startup Competition
Final Pitches & Awards Ceremony


16:45

1hr 30min

Design Stage
Interactive Session

Timoni West
Principal Designer at Unity Labs


18:00

3hrs

Innovation Stage

HealthTech Hackathon
Final Pitches & Awards Ceremony


  • Day 3 – Saturday Nov 5, 2016 – Full Agenda
Day 3 – Saturday Nov 5, 2016 – Full Agenda

10:00

15min

Innovation Stage

Leveraging the Diaspora Dollar for Purpose and Return

Keynote

Dan Smaller
Partner at Homestrings


10:00

2hrs

Design Stage

Tackling Climate Change: Draught and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Workshop

Dr. Nadim Farjallah
PhD, Director of the Climate Change and Environment Program at AUB

Rana El Hajj
Senior Program Coordinator at AUB

Yasmina Choueiri
Environmental Consultant, Landscape Designer, and Researcher


10:00

2hrs

Code Stage

The Basics of IoT Design

Workshop

Amer Abufadel, Ph.D.
Founder of Argus Home Care Monitor


10:15

45min

Innovation Stage

Lebanese Accelerators

Panel

David Nabti
Co-founder & CEO of AltCity.me Startup Hub, Bootcamp-LB.com, and Elevate Accelerator

Sami Abou Saab
CEO of Speed@BDD

Nadim Zaazaa
Director at UK Lebanon Tech Hub

Youssef Jalloul
General Manager at Torch Academy sal

Omar Habib
Consultant

JJ Oslund- Moderator
Director of Partner Engagement at GAN


11:00

15min

Innovation Stage

The Challenge of the Exit

Keynote

Serge Airut
Partner at Airut Law Offices


11:15

20min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Alan McIver
Commercial Manager at Thomson Reuters – Accelerate SME


12:00

1hr 45min

Design Stage

Prototyping: Learn The Secrets Behind Successful Products

Workshop

Cyrille Najjar
Professor at UCL, Founder of White sur White, CEO of White Lab


12:00

1hr 45min

Code Stage

Your Options for Building a Mobile App in 2016

Workshop

Jad Salhani
Freelance Software Engineer


12:15

45min

Innovation Stage
Keynote

Abdallah Harfouch
Founder of AH Financial Consultancy, Economist, Financial Markets Analyst


13:00

1hr

Innovation Stage

Scale-Up Tips, Tricks and Traps: How 3 Regional Firms are Scaling Up

Panel

Ahmad Tijani
CEO of NatHealth

Ghady Rayess
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at FOO

Lina Tannir
Finance Instructor & Mentor at AUB and Co-Founder of Lush

Loay Shannak
Products & Channels Manager at Madfooaatcom

Samer Dada
Executive Director at Inventis

Dr. Bijan Azad- Moderator
Director of the Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship


14:00

1hr

Innovation Stage

Building Special Interest Communities

Keynote & Panel

Aristide Bacha
Adviser, Mentor, Angel Investor, Disruptor


14:00

1hr 30min

Design Stage

Alexander McQueen Meets Jewelry Design

Workshop

Roula Dfouni
Founder & Designer of the Jewelry brand ROULA DFOUNI


14:00

1hr 30min

Code Stage

Human 2.0: Gene Editing is Just the Beginning

Workshop

Eve Tamraz Najjar
PhD, Chief Scientist Officer of White Lab


15:00

20min

Innovation Stage

BDL Circular 331

Keynote

Ray Yazbeck
Legal Advisor at Banque du Liban

Karen Jabbour
Legal Advisor at Banque du Liban



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