Speakers

Seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and experts will gather on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean to share experiences, insights, techniques, methods, and know-how, dishing out how-tos for newcomers, dos-and-donts for the up and coming, and inspiration for the rest.

Riad Salameh — Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon

Riad Salameh Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon

Marianne Hoayek — Director of the Executive Office at Banque du Liban || Lebanon

Marianne Hoayek Director of the Executive Office at Banque du Liban || Lebanon

Emmanuel Bonne — Ambassador of France to Lebanon

Emmanuel Bonne Ambassador of France to Lebanon

Dr. Joseph Torbey — Chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon || Lebanon

Dr. Joseph Torbey Chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon || Lebanon

Mark Daher — Managing Director at Daher Capital || Lebanon

Mark Daher Managing Director at Daher Capital || Lebanon

David Troy — CEO of 410 Labs || Baltimore, USA

David Troy CEO of 410 Labs || Baltimore, USA

Marvin Liao — Partner at 500 Startups || Europe

Marvin Liao Partner at 500 Startups || Europe

Loic Le Meur — Co-Founder of LeWeb || San Francisco, USA

Loic Le Meur Co-Founder of LeWeb || San Francisco, USA

Leila Janah — Founder & CEO of SamaGroup & Laxmi || San Francisco, USA

Leila Janah Founder & CEO of SamaGroup & Laxmi || San Francisco, USA

Paul Papadimitriou (Host) — Founder of Intelligencr || London, UK

Paul Papadimitriou (Host) Founder of Intelligencr || London, UK

Ahmad Ashkar — CEO of Hult Prize (Bill Clinton & TIME Magazine’s Top 5 Ideas Changing the World) || Washington D.C., USA

Ahmad Ashkar CEO of Hult Prize (Bill Clinton & TIME Magazine’s Top 5 Ideas Changing the World) || Washington D.C., USA

Mike Butcher — Editor at Large of TechCrunch || World

Mike Butcher Editor at Large of TechCrunch || World

Paul Bragiel — Managing Partner at I/O Ventures || San Francisco, USA

Paul Bragiel Managing Partner at I/O Ventures || San Francisco, USA

Mansour Salame — Founder & CEO of FrontSpin || Atherton, USA

Mansour Salame Founder & CEO of FrontSpin || Atherton, USA

Gen Kanai — Mentor at 500 Startups & Chinaccelerator || Shanghai, China

Gen Kanai Mentor at 500 Startups & Chinaccelerator || Shanghai, China

Joyce Kim — Executive Director and Co-Founder of Stellar || San Fransisco, USA

Joyce Kim Executive Director and Co-Founder of Stellar || San Fransisco, USA

Aziza Sheerin — City Director at General Assemb.ly || Singapore

Aziza Sheerin City Director at General Assemb.ly || Singapore

Danny Karam — Vice President MENA Digital Life & Smart Cities Leader at Booz Allen Hamilton || Lebanon

Danny Karam Vice President MENA Digital Life & Smart Cities Leader at Booz Allen Hamilton || Lebanon

Joe Haslam — Executive Director of the Owners and Management Program at IE Business School  || Madrid, Spain

Joe Haslam Executive Director of the Owners and Management Program at IE Business School || Madrid, Spain

Mira Kaddoura — Founder & Executive Creative Director of Red & Co. || Portland, USA

Mira Kaddoura Founder & Executive Creative Director of Red & Co. || Portland, USA

Rani Aliahmad — Managing General Partner of Venvest Capital || Los Angeles, USA

Rani Aliahmad Managing General Partner of Venvest Capital || Los Angeles, USA

Youssef Abillama — CEO of MMG Overseas Ltd. || Lebanon

Youssef Abillama CEO of MMG Overseas Ltd. || Lebanon

Sally Sangwon Park — Head of Sales & Operations at KNOWCK Co.,Ltd. || Korea

Sally Sangwon Park Head of Sales & Operations at KNOWCK Co.,Ltd. || Korea

Nay Ghorayeb — Group Strategy and Finance Director at Algorithm Pharmaceuticals || Lebanon

Nay Ghorayeb Group Strategy and Finance Director at Algorithm Pharmaceuticals || Lebanon

Sanjay Sabnani — Chairman & CEO of CrowdGather, Inc. || Los Angeles, USA

Sanjay Sabnani Chairman & CEO of CrowdGather, Inc. || Los Angeles, USA

Daniel Young — Founder & CEO of DXY Digital GmbH || Berlin, Germany

Daniel Young Founder & CEO of DXY Digital GmbH || Berlin, Germany

Amarit Charoenphan — Co-Founder & Co-CEO at HUBBA || Bangkok, Thailand

Amarit Charoenphan Co-Founder & Co-CEO at HUBBA || Bangkok, Thailand

Liz Fleming — VP International of South Summit || Madrid, Spain

Liz Fleming VP International of South Summit || Madrid, Spain

Natalia Kiskova — Growth Manager of Bluewolf || Prague, Czech Republic

Natalia Kiskova Growth Manager of Bluewolf || Prague, Czech Republic

Alejandro Barrera (Host) — Co-Founder & Contributing editor of Tech.eu || Madrid, Spain

Alejandro Barrera (Host) Co-Founder & Contributing editor of Tech.eu || Madrid, Spain

Nicolas Boukather — Chairman of A.N.Boukather || Lebanon

Nicolas Boukather Chairman of A.N.Boukather || Lebanon

Ville Miettinen — Founder & CEO at Microtask || Finland

Ville Miettinen Founder & CEO at Microtask || Finland

Reinaldo Normand — Author & Founder of Innovation² || Brazil

Reinaldo Normand Author & Founder of Innovation² || Brazil

Samir Abdelkrim — Founder & Editor StartupBRICS.com || Sub-Saharan Africa

Samir Abdelkrim Founder & Editor StartupBRICS.com || Sub-Saharan Africa

Moaffak Ahmed — Co-Founder & Chairman of Sisu Game Ventures || Finland

Moaffak Ahmed Co-Founder & Chairman of Sisu Game Ventures || Finland

Michael Lints — Venture Partner at Golden Gate Ventures || Singapore

Michael Lints Venture Partner at Golden Gate Ventures || Singapore

Josephine Goube — Co-Managing Director @Migreat || London, UK

Josephine Goube Co-Managing Director @Migreat || London, UK

Mbwana Alliy — Managing Partner of Savannah Fund || Kenya

Mbwana Alliy Managing Partner of Savannah Fund || Kenya

Mark Haidar — Founder & CEO of Vinli || Dallas, USA

Mark Haidar Founder & CEO of Vinli || Dallas, USA

Rishita Bachu — Head of Advertisement & Monetization at APTOIDE, SA  || Lisbon, Portugal

Rishita Bachu Head of Advertisement & Monetization at APTOIDE, SA || Lisbon, Portugal

Uldis Leiterts — Co-Founder of Infogr.am || Latvia

Uldis Leiterts Co-Founder of Infogr.am || Latvia

Rand Hindi — Founder & CEO of Snips || Paris, France

Rand Hindi Founder & CEO of Snips || Paris, France

Neda Aldihany — Founder of BrilliantLab Accelerator || Kuwait

Neda Aldihany Founder of BrilliantLab Accelerator || Kuwait

Cigdem Toraman — Managing Director of Startupbootcamp İstanbul || Istanbul, Turkey

Cigdem Toraman Managing Director of Startupbootcamp İstanbul || Istanbul, Turkey

Andra Larin — Strategist & Co-Creator of Business Model Generation Book || Germany

Andra Larin Strategist & Co-Creator of Business Model Generation Book || Germany

Mario Berta — Founder & CEO of FlySpaces || Manila, Philippines

Mario Berta Founder & CEO of FlySpaces || Manila, Philippines

Jean Nehme — Co-Founder & CEO of Touch Surgery || London, UK

Jean Nehme Co-Founder & CEO of Touch Surgery || London, UK

Zahi Karam — Principal Data Scientist at Bluecore Inc. || New York, USA

Zahi Karam Principal Data Scientist at Bluecore Inc. || New York, USA

Imad Riachi — Data Science Lead for Product Analytics at Facebook || London, UK

Imad Riachi Data Science Lead for Product Analytics at Facebook || London, UK

Hadi Farnoud — CEO of Camva || Tehran, Iran

Hadi Farnoud CEO of Camva || Tehran, Iran

Mohamad El Rafei — Co-Founder & CEO of Hiperpool || London, UK

Mohamad El Rafei Co-Founder & CEO of Hiperpool || London, UK

Karim Atiyeh — Founder & CTO of Paribus || USA

Karim Atiyeh Founder & CTO of Paribus || USA

Georges Abou Adal — Business Development Director at Holdal – Abou Adal Group || Beirut, Lebanon

Georges Abou Adal Business Development Director at Holdal – Abou Adal Group || Beirut, Lebanon

Marwan Kheireddine — Chairman-General Manager at Al Mawarid Bank || Lebanon

Marwan Kheireddine Chairman-General Manager at Al Mawarid Bank || Lebanon

Loulou Khazen Baz — Founder & CEO of Nabbesh.com || Dubai, UAE

Loulou Khazen Baz Founder & CEO of Nabbesh.com || Dubai, UAE

Khater Abi Habib — Chairman at Kafalat || Lebanon

Khater Abi Habib Chairman at Kafalat || Lebanon

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

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

Yasser Akkaoui — Editor-in-Chief at Executive Magazine & Founder of KConcept Holding || Lebanon

Yasser Akkaoui Editor-in-Chief at Executive Magazine & Founder of KConcept Holding || Lebanon

Henri Asseily — Managing Partner at Leap Ventures || Lebanon

Henri Asseily Managing Partner at Leap Ventures || Lebanon

Tarek Sadi — Managing Director of Endeavor Lebanon || Lebanon

Tarek Sadi Managing Director of Endeavor Lebanon || Lebanon

Maroun Chammas — Chairman at Berytech || Lebanon

Maroun Chammas Chairman at Berytech || Lebanon

Hala Fadel — Managing Partner & Founder of Leap Ventures || Lebanon

Hala Fadel Managing Partner & Founder of Leap Ventures || Lebanon

Colm Reilly — Member of PA Consulting Group || London, UK

Colm Reilly Member of PA Consulting Group || London, UK

Ziad Yammine — Managing Partner at YLE || Beirut, Lebanon

Ziad Yammine Managing Partner at YLE || Beirut, Lebanon

Paul Chucrallah — Fund Manager at Berytech Fund 2 || Lebanon

Paul Chucrallah Fund Manager at Berytech Fund 2 || Lebanon

Nicolas Rouhana — General Manager at IM Capital || Lebanon

Nicolas Rouhana General Manager at IM Capital || Lebanon

Fadi Daou — CEO of Multilane || Lebanon

Fadi Daou CEO of Multilane || Lebanon

Salim Zeeni — Chairman of American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce || Lebanon

Salim Zeeni Chairman of American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce || Lebanon

Robert Fadel — President of Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program || Lebanon

Robert Fadel President of Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program || Lebanon

Herve Cuviliez — Co-Founder & CEO of Diwanee || Lebanon

Herve Cuviliez Co-Founder & CEO of Diwanee || Lebanon

Jamil Corbani — CEO of Green Studios || Lebanon

Jamil Corbani CEO of Green Studios || Lebanon

Mouhamad Rabah — General Manager of ZRE S.A.L || Lebanon

Mouhamad Rabah General Manager of ZRE S.A.L || Lebanon

Tara Nehme — Founder of TMB || Lebanon

Tara Nehme Founder of TMB || Lebanon

Fouad Rahme — Managing Director at BLC Invest || Lebanon

Fouad Rahme Managing Director at BLC Invest || Lebanon

Theodore Khoury — Program Managing Director at Bootcamp || Lebanon

Theodore Khoury Program Managing Director at Bootcamp || Lebanon

Sami Abou Saab — CEO of Speed@BDD || Lebanon

Sami Abou Saab CEO of Speed@BDD || Lebanon

Walid Mansour — Managing Partner of Middle East Venture Partners || Lebanon

Walid Mansour Managing Partner of Middle East Venture Partners || Lebanon

Paul Saber — Founder & CEO of eTobb || Beirut, Lebanon

Paul Saber Founder & CEO of eTobb || Beirut, Lebanon

Bijan Azad — Director of the Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship || Beirut, Lebanon

Bijan Azad Director of the Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship || Beirut, Lebanon

Marc Atiyeh — Head of Growth of Paribus || New York, USA

Marc Atiyeh Head of Growth of Paribus || New York, USA

Dr. Joseph Torbey —  Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Joseph Torbey Beirut, Lebanon

Rita Khoriaty — Lawyer at Soumrani Lawyers and Legal Counsels || Beirut, Lebanon

Rita Khoriaty Lawyer at Soumrani Lawyers and Legal Counsels || Beirut, Lebanon

Martin Jaenhert — Founder of Binee || Germany

Martin Jaenhert Founder of Binee || Germany

Audrey Hage — Investment Manager at LEAP Ventures || Beirut, Lebanon

Audrey Hage Investment Manager at LEAP Ventures || Beirut, Lebanon

Arnaud De La Tour — VP at Hello Tomorrow, Partner and Board Member at WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Arnaud De La Tour VP at Hello Tomorrow, Partner and Board Member at WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Jovana Kovacevic — Chief Scientific Officer at WDS  || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Jovana Kovacevic Chief Scientific Officer at WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Sarah Pedroza — Partner at WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Sarah Pedroza Partner at WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Romain Schalck — Lead Service Design and Service Innovation at WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Romain Schalck Lead Service Design and Service Innovation at WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Christophe Tallec — Founder of WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Christophe Tallec Founder of WDS || Web & Mobile Hackathon

Agenda

BDL Accelerate 2015 features 2 stages, 2 workshop spaces, and 2 hackathons.

DAY 1 | STAGES | WORKSHOPS

DAY 2 | STAGES | WORKSHOPS

Early Stage Startup Competition


 
 

Last Year’s Conference in 30 Seconds

Host + Organizer

Banque du Liban Logo
 
 

Dealmakers Lounge Sponsor


 
 

Early Stage Startup Competition Sponsor


 
 

Idea Stage Startup Competition Sponsor


 
 

Workshops Sponsors


 
 

Wearables Hackathon Sponsor


 
 

Food Sponsors


 
 

Coffee Sponsor


 
 

Furnished by


 
 

Radio Sponsors


 
 

Gold Sponsors


 
 

Official Music Partner


 
 

Silver Sponsors


 
 

Official Transportation Sponsor


 
 

International Media Partners


 
 

TV Partners


 
 

Media Sponsor


 
 

Ecosystem Sponsors


 
 

Twitter

@BDLaccelerate

Video 42: Mike Butcher talks about Emerging Startup Ecosystems at @BDLaccelerate 2015 https://t.co/tNfAMqNCax

@BDLaccelerate

Video 41: Watch the winning pitch of the Semi-Finals of @BDLAccelerate 2015's Early Stage Startup Competition. https://t.co/fUj17VPHp4

@mrozansonmez

@nrouhana there you go, nice seeing you again friend, was a good wrapup on the Lebanese Ecosystem & @BDLaccelerate https://t.co/6rYMi2QkDd

Venue & Hotels

Forum de Beyrouth – Beirut, Lebanon

Forum de Beyrouth

Forum de Beyrouth

Venue Google Maps Coordinates

Speakers Hotel: InterContinental Phoenicia Hotel – Beirut, Lebanon

phoenicia

Hotel Google Maps Coordinates
Strategically located at the capital’s major crossroads, within minutes from Beirut International Airport, the Speakers Hotel, and all major nightlife areas, Forum de Beyrouth figures among the largest permanent multipurpose centers in the Middle East and measures up to Lebanon’s key role of economic and cultural exchange. For special hotel rates at Phoenicia Hotel, please click on the link on your right. For special rates (less than 100$/day) at Radisson Blue Martinez, please contact us for the Promo Code. Both hotels are 5*.
Official Conference Hotels:
5* InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut
5* Radisson Blu Martinez

F.A.Q.

If your question isn’t answered in the Frequently Asked Questions below, tweet us @BDLaccelerate!

What is Banque du Liban Accelerate 2015?

Banque du Liban Accelerate 2015 is Lebanon’s 2nd international startup conference, featuring 100 stellar speakers from 50 countries – Singapore to San Francisco – and 5,000 select attendees. The Conference will take place on December 10-11 2015, at Forum de Beyrouth, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Who is behind Banque du Liban Accelerate 2015?

The Central Bank of Lebanon is the host and organizer of Banque du Liban Accelerate 2015.

Is Beirut Safe?

According to GOV.UK the areas you’ll be visiting and frequenting are GREEN.

What is the opening and closing time?

The conference starts at 9:00am and ends at 6:00pm.

Can I come and leave anytime I wish?

Yes you can, as long as you keep your registration credentials.

How long will the Hackathon run for?

The Hackathon will run through the entire conference and participants are allowed to stay overnight if they wish to.

Do I need to register to attend?

Absolutely. No exceptions.

Do I need to print my ticket beforehand?

You do not have to have a hard copy of your ticket. Showing your ticket on the phone should be enough. That said, if you had registered but do not have a ticket, your entrance to the conference will take longer to process.

Do I have to attend both days?

You can attend and leave at your leisure.

Can I bring a guest?

You can bring a guest as long as they are registered. NO ONE will be allowed inside the conference without prior registration.

Will food and beverage be available at the conference?

Yes, there will be several restaurants, caterers, and beverage providers who are sponsoring the food at the conference. There will be enough food for everyone and every taste. It is all for FREE!

Who can attend the Conference?

Everyone!

Who can attend the Speakers’ Dinner?

Only speakers at the Conference, and select guests can attend the Speakers’ Dinner. Non-speakers will receive a special invitation letter to the Dinner.

What are the spoken languages in Beirut?

All three languages – Arabic, English, and French – are spoken by the locals in Beirut. Feel free to use either of these three languages, there’ll always be someone around who can ‘undo to the letter’.

Should I reserve to attend the different workshops?

You only have to register to enter the conference. Once inside, you can attend anything that you like.

Will there be any security during the conference?

There will be security around the conference all the time. There will be Internal Security Forces, Lebanese Army as well as private security personnel.

Where should I park my car?

There will free valet parking available to all our guests. However, if you wish to park your car yourself, you will be guided to the B018 parking lot area.

Are there any specific transportation methods directly related to the conference?

We do not provide transportation to our general admission attendees.

Is the conference suitable for children?

The conference is suitable for all ages.

Will I get the chance to meet investors and incubators even if I do not pitch?

The conference is designed to allow access to VC’s and investors at specific times and designated spaces.

What is the meaning of Life?

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