About Sustainable Digital Ecosystem Summit – Lebanon

In the wake of the fourth industrial revolution, we witness a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to each other. It is disrupting almost every industry in every country, through the development and adoption of Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robotics, Blockchain, Fintech, 5G, VR and AR, and other disruptive technologies. These changes will lead the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.

These Frontier Technology advances in AI, Robotics, IoT, Blockchain, Fintech, and others, represent great opportunities in the fields of Medicine, Education, Banking, Manufacturing, Transport, Agriculture, Commerce, Finance, as well as Government.

Worldwide spending on Digital Transformation are soaring past $1 Trillion in 2018, a 16.8% increase from 2017, according to IDC Spending Guide. The Middle East is expected to accrue 2% of the total global benefits of AI in 2030. This is equivalent to US$320 billion, according to pwc Middle East.

Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Saad Hariri, the Sustainable Digital Ecosystem Summit (SDE Summit) will take place on 22 - 24 January, at the MEA Training & Conferences Center.

The SDE Summit will bring together organizations and experts, top-tier information executives, ICT Directors, Digital Transformation Experts, from the whole sustainable Digital Ecosystem value chain, to interact and engage in high level content and discussions on current trends and developments disrupting the digital ecosystem and how this will impact their business digital strategy and competitiveness going forward.

The Sustainable Digital Ecosystem Summit - Lebanon will present a world class lineup of experts, cutting-edge technologies and inspiring workshops that will inspire professional from different industries.

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Did you know?
  • USD 1.1 Trillion is being spent worldwide on Digital Transformation in 2018.
  • A 16.8% increase from 2017, in global spending, has been witnessed in Digital Transformation, according to IDC Spending Guide.
  • The Middle East is expected to accrue 2% of the total global benefits of AI in 2030. This is equivalent to USD 320 billion, according to pwc Middle East.
  • The Digital market could add USD 95 billion per year to Middle East’s annual GDP by 2020
  • The Middle East and North Africa region’s IT spending is projected to reach USD 155 billion in 2018, a 3.4% increase from 2017, according to the latest forecast from research and advisory firm Gartner




  • Connect with like-minded visionaries driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • Learn from top experts on technology disruption, innovation, and exponential leadership.
  • Enhance your business productivity through the adoption of Frontier Technologies.
  • Discover cutting edge technologies to survive disruption and grow your business.
  • Experience inspiring workshops to evolve your mindset.

2019 Advisory Board

H.E. MP Sheikh Nadim Gemayel

Chairman of the ICT Committee, Lebanese Parliament

H.E. Former Minister of Telecom & MP Nicolas Sehnaoui

Chairman, UK-Lebanon Tech Hub

Dr. Fouad Mrad

Senior Program Manager of Frontier Technologies, ESCWA

Dr. Ayman Kayssi

Professor - Electrical & Computer Engineering and Associate Dean, MSFEA, AUB

2019 Speakers

  • H.E. MP. Dr. Inaya Ezzeddine

    Minister of State for Administrative Reform
    Lebanese care taker government

  • H.E. MP Sheikh Nadim Gemayel

    Chairman of the ICT Committee
    Lebanese Parliament

  • H.E. Former Minister of Telecom & MP Nicolas Sehnaoui

    UK-Lebanon Tech Hub

  • Yasmina El Khoury Raphael

    Head of Business Environment and Innovation
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers

  • Ahmad Debbas

    Data Scientist
    Dar Al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)

  • Ali Zein

    Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

  • Andre Abi Awad

    Motivational Trainer
    Founder of Entreprenergy

  • André Zein

    TechnOrion S.A.L. Founding member and vice-president of the Lebanese Information Technology Syndicate

  • Antoine Jebara

    Co-Founder & CEO

  • Dr. Bijan Azad

    Director, Associate Professor
    Darwazah Center for Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, AUB

  • Prof. Bernard Ghanem

    Associate Professor
    Electrical Engineering, Visual Computing Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

  • Bilal Ghalib

    Cofounder and Head of Research and Development

  • Christine Francis Asmar

    Leadership & Culture Transformation Facilitator, Management Coach & Mentor
    VIVITI Coaching & Mentoring

  • Dr. Fouad Mrad

    Senior Program Manager of Frontier Technologies

  • Dr. Fouad Zablith

    Assistant Professor of Business Information and Decision Systems, Research on latest knowledge technologies impacting businesses, governments and educational organizations

  • George Awad

    Communication & information Officer

  • Eng. Grace Najjar

    Managing Director
    Align Management Solutions

  • Dr. Hasan Youness

    Strategic Advisor
    United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Global Compact - Network Lebanon (GCNL)

  • Hayssam Hasbini

    Enterprise Architect
    Dar Al-Handasah

  • Imad Kreidieh

    Chairman / Director General

  • Dr. Jamil Chaya

    Assistant Professor
    Rafik Hariri University

  • Jean-Pierre Gebara

    Municipality of Cornet chahwan, Ain Aar, Beit el Kikko, El Hbous

  • Joseph Abikhalil

    Chairman and CEO
    Yellow Pages

  • Leila A ABBOUD

    PhD Professor of Economics-Higher Education, Managing Partner at Business Care Inc., Consultant
    Business Development & Entrepreneurship

  • Loubna Ibrahim

    Co-Founder, Product Innovation Lead

  • Dr. Makram Bou Nassar

    Executive Director, Head of payment Systems Department
    Banque Du Liban

  • Mehmet Ozturk

    Founding Secretary General

  • Michel Khoury

    Eastwood International School

  • Dr. Mohamed K. Watfa

    CEO and principal
    International School of Innovation

  • Dr. Nader Ghazal

    PM Saad Hariri Adviser for International Cooperation, Former Mayor of the City of Tripoli, President of Alfayha Union of Cities, City Council Member, University Professor, Business Consultant
    Alfayha Union of Cities

  • Nadim Takchi

    Director of Business Development
    Cambridge Blockchain

  • Nadim Zaazaa

    UK-Lebanon Tech Hub

  • Nagi Salloum

    One of the top growth experts in Silicon Valley,
    Global Full-Stack Growth Mentor for 500 Startups

  • Najib Choucair

    Executive Director, Head of Banking Department
    Banque Du Liban

  • Oussama Berqi

    Director of Engineering

  • Patrick El Fadl

    Deputy General Manager
    North Assurance

  • Pierre Achkar

    President of Lebanese Federation for Tourism Industries, President of Lebanese Hotel Association, Mayor of Brummana District
    Member of Lebanese Economic Organizations

  • Raffoul Raffoul

    AGM, COO
    Byblos Bank - MBA, CPA, CIA

  • Ramy Boujawdeh

    Deputy GM of Berytech
    and Program director of Agrytech

  • Ruba Mourad

    Partner and director of learning experience design

  • Sa’di Awienat

    Chief Digital Officer
    GE Power

  • Salah Awad

    Beirut Lead
    Facebook DevCircle

  • Salim SHEHADEH

    Programme Specialist for Technical and Vocational Education

  • Sally Hammoud

    Communication and Media Lecturer, Executive Director
    LAU & RHU and Loyac

  • Sarah Abdallah

    Founder & CEO

  • Stephanie Abi Abdallah

    Programs Director
    Beirut Digital District

  • Tabet A. Tabet

    Chief Underwriting Officer
    North Assurance

  • Toufic Gebran

    Media Personality, Founding Member & Spokesperson
    The Lebanese IT Syndicate

  • Dr. Yousif Asfour

    Chief Information Officer
    American University of Beirut

2019 Sponsors and Partners