H.E. Saad Rafic Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon

Keynote Speaker | Opening Ceremony

President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri, Head of the Future Parliamentary Bloc in the Lebanese Parliament, won the Parliamentary elections in 2005 and again on June 7, 2009.
He was sworn in as President of the Council of Ministers in November 2016, a position he previously held from November 2009 until June 2011.
Awards:
In 2007, French President Jacques Chirac awarded Saad Hariri the “Légion d’honneur” (Knight of the Legion of Honor).
In 2014, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman awarded Saad Hariri the Grand Cordon of the Lebanese Order of Merit.
Education:
Saad Hariri is a graduate of Georgetown University, Washington D.C., with a Bachelor Degree in International Business (1992).
Personal information:
Saad Hariri was born on the 18th of April 1970.
He is married to Lara Al-Azem and the father of three children: Hussam, Lulua, and Abdel Aziz.

Dr. Ned Fawaz is the founding president of the Lebanese International Business Council (LIBC)
Dr. Fawaz founded Energy International Corporation in 1979 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Fawaz is responsible for the expansion in worldwide business including tactical and strategic sales. Beginning his career over 32 years ago, Dr. Fawaz has an extensive background in international business and in the mechanical and electrical engineering and equipment industry. He serves as a Member of Advisory Council on Underserved Communities at United States Small Business Administration. He studied mechanical engineering at York Institute in York, Pennsylvania and worked for 10 years for York International.

Dr. Nassib FAWAZ, President of LIBC

Speaker | Opening Ceremony

The seventh Lebanese International Business Council (LIBC) Conference and exhibition is our response to the Lebanese political, economic and financial progress, with a special highlight on how to enhance employment, investment and trade prospects by offering the Lebanese, Near Eastern, Gulf and African markets with a rare chance to network with their Lebanese-international and Arab-international counterpart, and remain informed of critical economic strategies and variables via panels of selected speakers.

Philip Adib Salem, M.D. is a world renowned cancer physician, researcher, educator, author and international medical statesman. He served on the faculty of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas as aprofessor of cancer medicine from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, Dr. Salemwas appointed Director of Cancer Research St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas, now known as theBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, CHI St. Luke’s Health, where he is currently Director Emeritus of Cancer Research.

Philip Adib Salem, M.D., President Oncology Center, Houston, Texas

Speaker | Opening Ceremony

The presentation will focus on the role of the two major institutions that make up the Lebanese banking system, the commercial banks and BDL, and how they have managed to erect two strong balance sheets. Aided by their strong balance sheets and guided by their prudent policies, cooperation between the two institutions helped ensure monetary and exchange rate stability. But the banking system has been shouldering a lot of responsibility that goes beyond monetary functions to encompass elements of industrial and investment policies, even fiscal policy. With the new President and Government are now firmly in command, the presentation hopes that the conduct of sound economic policies will be more evenly distributed among the appropriate Government ministries and institutions.

Ghayath got his BA in Civil Engineering from the Ain Chamas University in Egypt and thereupon commenced his professional practice as a Civil Engineer. He completed his secondary education from the International College in Beirut, Lebanon, and proceeded to obtain a Civil Engineering Diploma [a two-year study course] from the Braunschweig University in Germany.
Ghayath is a veteran practitioner of civil engineering and real estate development with emphasis on Egypt and Lebanon.

Ghayath El-Rifai , General Executive Secretary of LIBC

Speaker | Opening Ceremony
The outstanding accomplishments in the real estate development and construction and in business ventures are listed below
1999 Setting up the organization for Intros Professional practice in Lebanon. Entered into joint ventures with the holding company – Egyptian Public Sector for Construction activities and representing the Egyptian Medical Public Sector Factories [Holding Company]

A University professor with degrees in political science and finance from The City University of New York .  While in the US, he worked on Wall Street for five years as a Financial Analyst. He has taught for more than twenty years at American universities and Lebanese universities.

Dr.Kamel Wazneh, Financial Analyst

Moderator – Session 1: Banking | How secure the Lebanese money and the Lebanese Banks. 

Kamel has written three books about politics and economics and numerous articles on geopolitical topics for Arab and international publications. He is the Founder and Director of the Center for American Studies in Beirut and currently teaches at the American University of Beirut. During the past year, Kamel served as an economic adviser to the World Bank in Lebanon.

Riad T. SALAMÉ is the Governor of the Banque du Liban, Lebanon’s Central Bank, since August 1, 1993. He was reappointed three times for a six-year term of office in 1999, 2005 and 2011. Governor Salamé manages all aspects of the Central Bank and is assisted by four vice-governors and the Central Council.
In this capacity, Mr. Salamé is the Governor for Lebanon at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF).

RIAD T. SALAMÉ, GOVERNOR, BANQUE DU LIBAN

Keynote Speaker |Session 1: Banking | How secure the Lebanese money and the Lebanese Banks. 

He chairs the Central Council, the Governing Board of the Bank, as well as the Open Market and Investment Committees. Governor Salamé is also the Chairman of the Higher Banking Commission, the Chairman of the Special Investigation Commission fighting money laundering since its establishment in 2001 and the Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority.

Mr. Saad Azhari has been the Chairman of BLOM Bank since 2008, after having been the Vice Chairman and General Manager of BLOM Bank between 2001 and 2007. Mr Azhari also assumes several functions on the board of directors of BLOM Bank Group’s entities. He is, in addition, the Vice President of the Association of Banks in Lebanon since 2001. He joined BLOM Bank (Switzerland) in 1991, and was appointed its General Manager in 1997 and its Chairman in 2001. He worked from 1986 to 1991 in PBZ Privatbank, an affiliate of UBS Group in Zurich, where he was promoted to run, from Zurich, the Bank’s operations in the Middle East and in its Hong Kong offices. Mr. Azhari has a Masters degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the USA.

Mr. Saad Azhari, Chairman and General Manager, BLOM Bank

Mr. Saad Azhari Chairman and General Manager of BLOM BANK SAL

Panelist – Session 1: Banking | How secure the Lebanese money and the Lebanese Banks.
Presentation Title: The Lebanese Banking System: A Tale of Two Institutions

The presentation will focus on the role of the two major institutions that make up the Lebanese banking system, the commercial banks and BDL, and how they have managed to erect two strong balance sheets. Aided by their strong balance sheets and guided by their prudent policies, cooperation between the two institutions helped ensure monetary and exchange rate stability. But the banking system has been shouldering a lot of responsibility that goes beyond monetary functions to encompass elements of industrial and investment policies, even fiscal policy. With the new President and Government are now firmly in command, the presentation hopes that the conduct of sound economic policies will be more evenly distributed among the appropriate Government ministries and institutions.

Nassib Ghobril is the Chief Economist and Head of the Economic Research and Analysis Department at Byblos Bank S.A.L., one of Lebanon’s largest banking and financial services groups. Previously, he was Head of Research at Groupe Saradar, and Head of Research at investment banking firm Lebanon Invest. Before returning to Lebanon, he worked in the United States in the research and consulting fields.

Mr. Nassib Ghobril, Chief Economist-Head of the Economic Research and Analysis Department, Byblos Bank

Panelist – Session 1: Banking | How secure the Lebanese money and the Lebanese Banks.

Mr. Ghobril has built from the ground up economic research departments at both Byblos Bank and Groupe Saradar. He is a frequent guest speaker at local, regional and international conferences as well as at universities, business, and civic organizations. Additionally, he appears regularly on local, pan-Arab and international television networks. He has also been quoted by The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, as well as other local and international media outlets.

Dr. Ghazi Wazni, Independent Lebanese Economist

Panelist – Session 1: Banking | How secure the Lebanese money and the Lebanese Banks.

Founder and senior partner of Alem & Associates, a leading 60+ lawyers Beirut based regional law firm with offices in Riyadh and Dubai. Mohamed is one of the highly reputable lawyers in the Middle East on account of his practice where he focuses on complex commercial, financial and investment cross-border advisory work. He is also a recognized international arbitrator and counsel in transnational disputes.

Mohamed Y. Alem, FCIArb , Founder and senior partner of Alem & Associates

Moderator – Session 2: Transparency in Government and Business | How to stop corruptions.
Mohamed was one of the pioneer activists for transparency and good governance in Lebanon since the 90’s. He has lead several teams in work related to the establishment of the E-Government solutions (latest of which is the Lebanese Corporate Registrar), acted as Secretary-General of the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) and of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) and is a member of the steering committee of Shareholders Rights (Lebanon). Mohamed regularly contributes to publications on transparency, combatting corruption and money laundry, corporate governance and shareholders rights.

Mr. Nicolas Tueny is the son of Jean Tueny, he was nominated Minister of State for Anti-Corruption Affairs on December 18th, 2016. He is the founder and President of Orient Marketing and Trading Company – OMATRA Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq & Italy – a leading company in Truck Manufacturing and Heavy Equipments as well as Tires.

H.E. Mr. Nicolas Tueini, Minister of State for Combating Corruption

Key Note Speaker – Session 2: Transparency in Government and Business | How to stop corruptions.

Socially active, He has founded Al-Khayriat JEAN Tueny and TAJAMOUH AAILAT BEIRUT. He, has authored many Articles and Conferences on Socio Economic as well as Economic Anthropology of the Arab World. Holder of two Italian decorations; the Italian “CA V ALIERE Ordine Al Merito Della Repubblica Italiana”, December 2004 as well as of the Italian ‘GRANDE UFFICIALE DELLA REPUBLICA ITALIANA”, June 2006. Mr. Tueny enjoys hunting, tennis, swimming and reading.

Her Excellency Mayssam Noueiri is the Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Justice since june 2014. She is a female judge who was first appointed at the chamber of commerce of the Court of Appeal in Beirut as a Counselor Judge in 1981. She then presided this Court from 2000 till 2014. In parallel, she also became the First President of Appeal of the Courts of Beirut for around two years from 2012 till June 2014.

H.E. Judge Mayessam Nouweiri, Director General of the Ministry of Justice

Key Note Speaker – Session 2: Transparency in Government and Business | How to stop corruptions.

As a co-founder of the Arab Women Legal Network (AWLN) since 2005, she served on the AWLN board of directors till 2009.The AWLN quests for the advancement of Arab women working in the legal profession by strengthening the bonds of interdependence. She is also a co-founder of the Lebanese League for Women in Business. She is a lecturer of Commercial Law at the Institute of Judicial Studies, Saint-Joseph University and the Lebanese University- FILIEIRE (French section). She has various publications in the field of commercial law, arbitration and women judges. Her Excellency Mayssam Noueiri has participated in several conferences, seminars and workshops as an attendant and as a keynote speaker.

As a people-person first and foremost, Faddy has always attracted tremendous loyalty and inspired his friends, students and employees to be the very best at all they do. In 1992, Faddy started developing and operating highly successful mainstream cafes in busy shopping centres, malls and the Melbourne CBD. It is from the perspective afforded by this background that he identified the opportunity to create a niche market for retail within the public health environment – determining to join with his brothers to take the family’s priorities of service, quality and freshness into this long-overlooked sector.

H.E. Judge. Dr. Faddy Zouki, OAM Australia, Melbourne

Panelist – Session 2: Transparency in Government and Business | How to stop corruptions.

At  the   heart  of   the Zouki Group Of Companies is an Executive Director and a devoted person who puts  the  concept  of  “family”  into  this  brand. Hands-on in the design, development, operation and administration of the businesses trading under his family name, through his hard work, commitment and individual attribute, Faddy had been instrumental in creating the point of difference needed to take on established competitors and escalating the “Zouki Group” into the fastest –growing retail/hospitality entity in Australia. Esteemed for his charisma, keen business-sense and vision, Faddy has always been the added value with his distinguished authenticity and personal involvement in the negotiation, design and project-management of the Group’s largest developments and is continuously evaluating retail/hospitality opportunities in the areas of health, airport and government both throughout Australia and across the Middle East.

 

Sam Salamey was born in Beirut-Lebanon on September 2, 1959 and immigrated to the United States in July of 1974 at the age of 15 to settle in the city of Dearborn where he immediately sought work to support himself and to assist his family’s financial needs.

Honorable Chief Judge Salem Salame – Michigan – USA

Panelist – Session 2: Transparency in Government and Business | How to stop corruptions.

Through the various positions held and the many life experiences encountered, Salem learned that in order to progress and advance, it is imperative to become positively and seriously engaged in the affairs of the community. As such, Salem joined many professional and community organizations and contributed time and resources to numerous community organizations including municipal Boards such as the City of Dearborn Board of Ethics. Salem was appointed to the Board as a commissioner and was elected by his fellow commissioners to chair the Board. Salem has and remains committed to contribute to the greatness of Dearborn and its residents.

 

President of Criminal Court of Zahle and Bekaa
President of Appel Penal Court of Zahel and Bekaa
President of the Arbitral Education Council of Mount Lebanon-Baabda
Professor at Law Faculty -BAU
Professor at Law Faculty -BAU-Lecturer about Personal Status

H.E Judge Fawzi Adhami | President of the Educational Arbitration Board in Mount Lebanon

Panelist – Session 2: Transparency in Government and Business | How to stop corruptions.
-Academic Qualifications
1975 BS in Law -Lebanese university
1980 Diploma from juridical Institute of Lebanon
1981 Diploma in Public Law- Lebanese University
1991 PhD Comparative Legal Studies With Islamic Law

In my current position as Coordinator General of the Expatriates and member of the Political Bureau of the Future Movement, I analyze current political trends follow current events in politics and develop accurate political reports based on my findings. I am a thorough researcher with a knack for seeing patterns and determining the most important information in issues related to Expatriate. My time management and organizational skills are excellent allowing me to stay on task and meet deadlines while juggling a great deal of information. My greatest strength is my deep knowledge in all matters related to expatriates’ management from training, development, legal issues to entrepreneurship, elections and business.

Ms. Mirna Mneimneh

Moderator – Session 3: Supporting of Lebanese Immigrants and Investment opportunities in Lebanon.

I have an academic background in Industrial Psychology with a focus on providing solutions for workplace problems and increasing worker productivity and performance. In my more than —- years of teaching, I have worked with students of all ages, from young children to senior citizens. While all of my teaching experiences have been rewarding, I embraced a second occupation and have chosen to dedicate my full time to political and activism work, joining the Future Movement.

H.E Mr. Jamal Jarrah, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister
– He was born in 1956 in Al Marj in Bekaa.
– He obtained a BA in Business from LAU.
– He started a career in an electric company in Jordan. He then moved to BankMed as employee, before becoming BankMed director for Jeb Jennine branch and later on the regional director of BankMed for all Bekaa.
– He was elected MP for West Bekaa in 2005 and 2009.
– He is a Future Bloc member.

H.E. Mr. Jamal Jarrah, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister

Key Note Speaker-Session 3: Supporting of Lebanese Immigrants and Investment opportunities in Lebanon.

H.E. Mr. Avedis Guidanian is currently the Minister of Tourism in Lebanon.
In 1985 H.E. enrolled in the Tashnag party and quickly escalated positions, President of students Interest, Representative of the party at a meeting of the Lebanese Parties and was  responsible for the party election for several times. HE was elected as the Director of the Central Committee Offices of the party from 2001 to 2005.  H.E. Guidanian was elected as deputy Secretary General of Tashnag party in 2015.

H.E Mr. Avedis Guidanian ,Lebanese Minister of Tourism

Key Note Speaker- Session 3: Supporting of Lebanese Immigrants and Investment opportunities in Lebanon.

Mr. Nabil A. Itani is Chairman and General Manager of Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL), Lebanon’s national investment promotion agency. His career spans over three decades of professional achievement and significant contribution to the architectural profession. His professional experience is wide-ranging and far-reaching, encompassing design and supervision of landmark projects in Lebanon and the Arab World, as well as prestigious affiliations, academic posts, publications, and conference presentations. His valuable contributions in official committees and in the drafting of major proposals have had positive ramifications on investment, architectural, and administrative practice in Lebanon.

Mr. Nabil A. Itani, Chairman and General Manager, Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL)

Panelist – Session 3: Supporting of Lebanese Immigrants and Investment opportunities in Lebanon.
The Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL), is Lebanon’s national investment promotion agency that was established with the aim of promoting Lebanon as a key investment destination, and attracting, facilitating, and retaining investments in the country.
For more information on how we could be of support to your business www.investinlebanon.gov.lb

Fahim F. Gemayel is Founder and President of Lakeland Management Systems, Inc.; a commercial and industrial design-build construction company based in Cleveland, Ohio, with a satellite office in Beirut, Lebanon. Fahim studied Architectural and Structural Engineering at the Lebanese University. In 1983, Fahim relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, to attended Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied Civil Engineering. Fahim completed his Masters in Business Administration and International Management from the Lake Erie College in 1986, when he later created his company. Today, Lakeland Management Systems, Inc. is one of the most successful construction firms in our region. After being honored as Business Man of the Year by President George W. Bush, Fahim has built his company into a multi-million dollar enterprise, with acknowledgements of quality and success from around the world.

Fahim F. Gemayel , Founder and President of Lakeland Management Systems,

Panelist –Session 3: Supporting of Lebanese Immigrants and Investment opportunities in Lebanon.
The Lebanese diaspora can help shape the Lebanese economy, but only with the help and partnership of our allies here at home. We are responsible for the future of Lebanon, but our sacrifices are only as significant, as the limitations that bind them.

Born at Dakar Senegal 1949 – In Lebanon Living From 1962 to 1974 – In France Paris End 1974 till Today.
WLCU World Chairperson Economic Committee.
President HALFA (Hommes D Affaires Libanais De France) Based in Paris France
Coordinating Agent in Europe For NDU (Notre Dame University) at LERC (Lebanese Emigration Research Center).
Traveling Ambassador (South Energyx Nigeria – Chagoury Group) Based in France.
1968 – 1974 Bank Employee at United Bank of Lebanon And Pakistan and Sub Manager at Lebanese Arab Bank Lebanon.
1975 – 1984 Manager of Foreign Department at Lebanese Arab Bank France in Paris then General Manager.
1984 – 1987 Manager at London PLC Trust London.
1987 – 1991 President of the French Company IMST International Multi Services And Technology.
1991 – 1998 International Consultant for Multinational French Companies. Has Exported Carrefour To Mexico 1993 – Consultant for Maraya and Kassab Company in Saudi Arabia resulting project of 9000 outdoors communications Panels for said companies.
1998 – 2012 International Freelance Consultant for International Companies.

Mr. Antoine Menassa , President of Halfa

Moderator –Session 3: Supporting of Lebanese Immigrants and Investment opportunities in Lebanon.

Let s trace today Lebanon Future All together . There are considerable number of Lebanese origin Businessmen and Investors all over the World plus top Executives from leading financial institutions operating in Lebanon and Abroad.
– Impact of economy and political changes taking place in the emigrations countries on Lebanese Emigrants
– Role of Lebanese Emigrants developing investment and trade exchange between Arab countries and Emigrations countries
– Actual possibilities of transferring Emigrant s successful experiences to Lebanon
– The role of Banks improving financial services and funding for Emigrant s in Lebanon and the Diaspora
– What are we waiting on behalf of Mother Country to proceed for encouraging Lebanese abroad to invest in Economic sectors.

Feb 2013 – Present Ministry of Finance – General Directotate of Land Registry and Cadastre (GDLRC)

Director General of Land Registry and Cadastre

Managing the GDLRC services and activities, as well as developing new ones, in accordance with the objectives and policies, the plans of strategic development, the annual programs, the set performance programs, and the legislation in force. In addition to supervising the activities, operations and accounts of both the central and regional departments.

Dr. Georges Maarawi, Director General of Real-Estate Affaires | Ministry of Finance

Panelist –Sectorial Panels E-Service Presentation
the 6 e-services that are launched by GDLRC on our website www.lrc.gov.lb and Mobile app for the directorate of land registry and cadastre :
1. Title Register: A paid service that generates an affidavit of the title register.
2. Transaction Tracking: A free service that displays the status of the application.
3. Fees Simulation: A free service that calculates the approximate fees to be paid.
4. Title Register Changes: A free service that sends push notifications and e-mail’s to the concerned party regarding new transactions registered on a pre-selected property.
5. Ownership Request Tracking: A free service that displays the status of the ownership affidavit request.
6. Paid Invoices: A free service that displays invoice’s details of the last transaction done on a certain property.

Ghassan Chaccour is an Engineer-Architect graduated from E.S.I.B. He pursued 4 specializations in Europe and particularly in Paris (C.H.E.C) where he worked for several years. He was also a university professor at U.S.E.K and a member of the Jury of Diploma. Chaccour is currently the owner and general manager of 3 Architectural – Engineering and Construction companies (local and offshore).

Eng. Ghassan Chaccour, Member of LIBC Board of Directors

Panelist –Sectorial Panels | LIBC’s Diaspora House Presentation

Besides being a member of the “Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut”, he served as consultant for many international and local organizations such as the WORLD BANK (Emergency Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project- Lebanon, 1992-1993 ), WASME (World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises), and L.I.B.C (Lebanese International Business Council). Chaccour developed extensive knowledge in projects of large scope and gained great expertise in Lebanon and numerous Arab, African and European countries. The quality of his Architectural projects earned him several international awards, including the “International Construction Award” – Madrid, the “International Europe Award for Quality, and “Hommage du Parlement Canadien”. Chaccour Companies conceived the Emigrant’s House for the L.I.B.C (with the Hotel, Museum, the Business and Offices Center, the Convention Center).