Bader Board Members
Maroun N. Chammas | Chairman & CEO – Berytech
Maroun N. Chammas is an established entrepreneur. He is Director and Deputy General Manager of the Chammas Group of companies, one of the largest privately owned industrial and service oriented groups in the Near East with interests in downstream petroleum activities and services. More >
TipsAn accomplished entrepreneur must control his inner, middle and outer spaces by allocating the right amount of resources where necessary. Delegating to the right people, innovating whenever possible, and being humble yet proud are all ingredients for success.
Marwan Kheireddine | General Manager – Al Mawarid Bank
Al-Mawarid Bank was established in 1980 with its first branch on Abdel Aziz Street in Hamra. Today, the bank operates 12 branches throughout Lebanon, strategically covering all the major cities and residential hubs.
TipsInstill a positive culture in your startup, it will help you attract the best minds
Mohamad Choucair |CEO – Patchi
Mohamed Choucair has been elected as the new President of Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon. Within a few months after his election, economic and business circles in Lebanon started to see the touches of the new administration. The CCIAMB is a lobbying arm of the business community in Lebanon. So far, several events were conducted and sponsored by the new leadership, among them the “France au Liban” symposium that was according to many industry watchers a huge success. Currently, the chamber is undergoing major restructuring and improvement projects, which according to Mr. Choucair it will start to take place in the upcoming months.
TipsIdeas are everywhere, however, entrepreneurs select the great ones, take action and make them real.
Mounir Husseini | Partner & Member of the Management Executive Committee – The Abraaj Group Dubai
Mounir Husseini joined The Abraaj Group in 2011 as Head of Corporate Business Development. He currently leads the firm’s key client relationships globally, including family investment offices. Mr. Husseini is a member of the Group’s Management Executive Committee.
Prior to his role at Deutsche Bank AG, Mr. Husseini held leadership positions at Daimler AG, including as Managing Director of Daimler AG’s Structured Finance arm in Berlin, and served on its Executive Committee. During an eleven year tenure with Daimler AG, Mr. Husseini established regional centers for the Structured Finance division and enabled the firm’s market entry into Russia and the CIS, introducing Islamic structures backed by UAE‐based banks in that region for the first time.
Mr. Husseini is a Founding Member of the Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program, a not‐for‐profit organization aimed at developing high impact entrepreneurs in Beirut, Lebanon.
Mr. Husseini attended the International School of Geneva, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University and has completed the Daimler Executive Program at IMD, Switzerland.
Tips Once you succeed, give back to your community. Solidarity helps the entrepreneurial cycle to keep on
Neemat Frem | President & CEO – INDEVCO Group
Neemat Frem is President & CEO of INDEVCO Group, a Lebanese-owned and based manufacturing group employing over 8500 people worldwide. Frem manages over 39 manufacturing plants and 21 commercial companies and sales offices. Located in Egypt, England, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, the manufacturing plants produce plastic, paper, and corrugated packaging, tissue and consumer products, machinery, and alternative energy sources. More >
TipsThe successful entrepreneur is the one who knows himself and his true capabilities as much as detecting opportunities.
Said Daher | Chief Executive Officer – Azadea Group
Said G. Daher is Chief Executive Officer of the Lebanon-based Azadea Group Holding. Established in 1978, Azadea is now spread over 11 markets and manages more than 35 brands across multiple categories, including clothing, accessories, food, multimedia, home furnishings, and sports goods.
Tips Hard work is the essence of success. Having good mentors to guide you matters a lot, but at the end of the day it’s those who invest the most time into something that become the best at it.
Salah Osseiran | CEO – BPC Holding
Being the head of the Economic and Trade section at the board of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Salah Osseiran is as well the Chairman & Owner of Business Projects Company (BPC), a Lebanese holding Company, established in 1978 and initially managed from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and in 1995 transferred its headquarters to Beirut, Lebanon to develop and hold investments in privately-help companies around the world.More >
TipsStudy your opportunities well, look at the all the risk involved and the opportunity. Weigh the alternatives. Then take your decision.
Antonio Vincenti | Chairman and CEO
Antonio Vincenti was Vice – President and Board Member of FEPE International (International Federation of Outdoor Advertising) since 2008 . He is the Founder and President elect of SOACL: (Syndicate of Outdoor Advertising Companies of Lebanon), since 2010.
He is on the “Board of Trustees” of Beirut International Marathon since 2005 as well as a Member of APSAD (Association pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeures au Liban)
Antonio launched the “Citizen Billposter” initiative in 1989 that support NGO’s and NPO’s via weekly free of charge OOH campaigns on Pikasso networks.
TipsThink outside the box, see the issues from a different angle. This is how you may be able to solve problems for your customers. Stay open minded
Azmi Mikati | CEO – M1 Group
Azmi Mikati is Chief Executive Officer of M1 Group, responsible for the global strategy of the company and its implementation. M1 is entity for diverse business ventures and investments worldwide and is engaged More >
TipsAlways surround yourself with the smartest people you can find. There is a fundamental quality difference between an A team and a B team.
Bernard Tannoury | Chairman and CEO – Benta Trading
Bernard Tannoury started a pharmaceutical company at the age of 21 turning it into one of the biggest suppliers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in the health field today. Throughout the years, his work had brought him face to face with less privileged Lebanese citizens struggling to pay for their medicine and, although he did his best to help the less fortunate, there were too many.
In 2007, Benta Pharma Industries (BPI) specializing in pharmaceutical and biotechnology development was inaugurated. One of BPI’s recent achievements is the manufacturing of the generic antiviral for the H1N1 virus (swine flu). Bernard feels that his challenges have just begun and he knows that the road to success is still long and arduous but he has a lot of faith in his dreams.
TipsThink big: let the whole region or the world be your market. A larger market will enhance your chances of success.
Charles Arbid | Owner – Rectangle Jaune
Founded in 1988, Rectangle Jaune designs and manufactures a whole range of men’s clothing from formal to casual in addition to a wide collection of accessories.
The Rectangle Jaune total look is perfectly adapted to the urban life of today’s modern men: the global generation of young entrepreneurs and
TipsLearn to focus. Being an entrepeneur involves saying “no” more often that saying “yes”. Focus your energies on the things that matter, minimize the rest.
Elie Khoury | CEO MENA – M&C Saatchi
Born in Beirut in 1960, Eli started his professional life there as an editorial cartoonist, before moving to study Communication Arts in Los Angeles in 1980. Ten years on, Eli returned to Beirut and co-founded an ad agency that became a vanguard for the industry in the region and the recipient of one of the largest number of advertising awards.
TipsCommunication is key for your success. If people don’t know about you how could they possibly interact and eventually have business with you.
Elie Saab | Chairman- Elie Saab
A brand name synonymous with luxury and modernism. Elie Saab established his first atelier in Lebanon since 1982, marking his first official beginning in the world of Couture.
TipsThere is no secret: relentless and constant involvement in your business will make wonders. Breath, sleep, and dream your project. It will become an integral part of you.
Fouad Es Said | President – Transmed
Transmed was established in Lebanon in 1946 as a private shareholding company. The Company’s business objectives were clearly defined from the very beginning: Transmed was to be an organization fully dedicated to the sales and distribution of high quality fast moving consumer goods. In this respect, the Company would present leading multinationals with product lines and brands that address the needs of local consumers, offering excellent value for money and real consumer satisfaction as well as significant growth potential.Transmed is a leading distribution organization, committed to growth in our present and future markets by supplying quality products and ensuring superior service to our business partners and consumers.
TipsDon’t be afraid to ask around, to be mentored. Entrepreneurs have made your mistakes before, learn from them and gain time.
Hala Fadel | Fund Manager – Comgest
As Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum for the Pan Arab Region (Lebanon), Hala has led the effort to organize the first MIT Arab Business Plan Competition in cooperation with MIT.
TipsTest your idea, get customer acceptance, apply to business plan competition, you need to get traction and exposure for your business to grow.
Jean Riachi | Chief Executive Officer and Chairman – FFA Private Banking
Jean Riachi (born in 1963) is the founder and current CEO and Chairman of the Board of FFA Private Bank, Lebanon’s largest investment bank. He founded the company in 1994 as a regulated financial institution.
Hisham Itani | CEO- Resource Group Holding
Resource Group Holding (RGH) is a dynamic investment group with a broad portfolio of businesses that capitalize on industry synergy to create added value. RGH operates across the sectors of security printing,
TipsTechnology is here to stay. Understand it, adapt it to your needs and the ones of your customers.
Jihad Murr | Chairman and CEO – Xtreme Diverse Units (XDU)
TipsTake advantage of networking events, you need to develop your connections as you may exchange ideas or business opportunities.
Khater Abi Habib | Chairman and General Manager – Kafalat
Bio: Kafalat s.a.l. is constituted as a joint stock financial company, subject to the regulatory control of the Central Bank of Lebanon and the Bank Control CommissionThe shareholders are the National Institute for the Guarantee of Deposits (NIGD) as well as 50 of the Banks operating in Lebanon.
Tips A properly structured executive summary will communicate your ideas in a crisp and bold way.
Marcel Ghanem | Television Presenter – LBC
Marcel Ghanem was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1964. He graduated from Lebanese University with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987. He also studied biology while giving tutoring lessons in the morning. He then practiced as an attorney between 1987 and 1997.
Tips Be bold, don’t be afraid to express your mind.
Nabil Fawaz | General Manager – Fawaz Holding
Business activities go back to the 28th of November 1977 when Socodile Sarl was officially registered in Beirut. An early specialization in beauty, fashion accessories, clothing accessories and writing instruments was developed in mid to high end items.
Tip: It’s not how much revenue that matters but more how you will attain this revenue. An understanding of your business model will give you more insight on how successful you will be
Nader El Hariri | Managing Director – Omnia Holding
Omnia Holdings is the investment arm for the Hariri Group that specializes in investments related to Telecommunications, Internet and Technology. With a diversified international portfolio Omnia Holdings was able to build a strong presence in its short period of operation.
Ramsay Najjar | Founder and Managing Partner
Ramsay G. Najjar founded S2C in 2002 with a vision of transforming the region’s communication landscape by offering strategic counsel to multinational and regional corporations and public entities, with the objective of strengthening their relationships with their stakeholders,
A veteran of the media and advertising industry in the region with over 20 years of experience in communication, Ramsay has accompanied a wide range of public and private organizations in transforming their communication to fulfill their strategic goals, resulting in numerous success stories that are benchmarked and emulated throughout the region. Today, he continues to shape the regional communication industry and is an authority on communication, as well as a regular speaker at the most prominent communication and business conferences
politics and religion
Tips When starting a business, one might think that what really matters is what you communicate to people. However, if there is ever any discord between what you think and believe and what you communicate to stakeholders, you will end up failing every time.
Patrick Chalhoub | Joint Chief Executive Officer – Chalhoub Group
Patrick began his career in 1979 when he decided to become involved in the
realization of his father’s vision to build a bridge between the East and West and
be the ambassador of luxury lifestyle in the region. Initially concentrating on the
perfume distribution business in Kuwait,
success within 3 years. He then became Managing Director for regional activities,
notably in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain. He
encouraged the creation of regional structures as well as developed a policy of
establishing the group locally in each of the region’s key markets, building
relations with distributors as real partners through local companies.
Tips Stay focused and create value.
Randa Abousleiman Baladi | Managing Partner – Abousleiman & Partners
Randa Abousleiman is the Managing Partner in Abousleiman and Partners. She holds an LL.M. degree in Corporate Law from New York University School of Law, a Masters of International Affairs with a specialization in Finance from Columbia University School of International Affairs, a Maîtrise en Droit from Saint Joseph University- Beirut (Equivalent to a J.D. Degree) and a B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut.
TipsHaving the proper legal counsel is essential for the development of your business. Your Lawyer will become an integral part of your team.
Saad Azhari | Chairman and General Manager – Blom Bank
BLOM BANK is the Lebanese Bank with the largest international branch network. In addition to its 47 branches in Lebanon, it has a branch in Limassol, a branch in Damascus Free Zone and three branches in Jordan. BLOM’s subsidiaries in Lebanon are BLOMINVEST BANK (Private and Investment Banking) and BLOM DEVELOPMENT BANK ( Islamic Banking).
TipsNever forget business fundamentals such as going for a big market opportunity, hiring the right people, building solid operations and generating healthy cash flow.
Walid Raphael | Deputy General Manager – Banque Libano-Française
Established in Lebanon in 1967, Banque Libano-Française is one of the leading banks in Lebanon with total shareholders’ equity of more than USD 400 million and total assets exceeding USD 5 billion. The Bank has five core businesses: commercial and corporate banking, retail banking, private banking,
Tips More people will come to you if you are a connector, if they can learn something from you. Nurture your network by giving back to it.
Ziad Younes | Deputy General Manager – Butec
BUTEC is a Lebanese general contracting firm founded in 1966. It has grown steadily and strongly to become a leading construction company in Lebanon.
Its track record of prestigious projects realized over four decades speaks for itself and its reputation is derived from the clients’ satisfaction,
BUTEC workforce of 2500 employees is led by a core of about 250 highly qualified and specialized engineers and administrators who undergo regular training programs, which reflects BUTEC’s philosophy and commitment to continual improvement.
The reason for the success of BUTEC in realizing turnkey projects is its in-house engineering and design office along with its team of experienced project managers and construction personnel who contribute in the value engineering that we offer to our clients.
Our proven experience and success in realizing turnkey projects has allowed for prestigious leading international companies to join forces with us, which created a synergy that developed our capabilities. BUTEC is actively present in most of the Arab countries covering the region from North Africa to the Mediterranean coast and the Arab Gulf countries as well as France and Germany.
BUTEC is certified ISO 9001:2000 and its management will not hesitate to make available all resources needed to achieve its goal which is the Client Satisfaction.
Tips Education will help you learn a lot of theories, but the entrepreneurial path will teach you deeper lessons. Nothing beats practice
Talal Al Shair | Vice Chairman – Dar Al-Handasah Board of Directors
Dr. Talal Al-Shair, BSc, MBA, PhD serves as President of Shairco Limited. Dr. Al-Shair has been Principal and Chairman of Shairco of Trading Contracting & Industry since 1979 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Titanium Dioxide Co., Ltd. Dr. Al-Shair served as the Chairman of Unigold Inc.
Tips Starting a business will consume your life. So make sure you’re in a market and business that has large potential.
Ramzi El Hafez | Founder & General Manager – InfoPro
Ramzi El Hafez is the founder and general manager of InfoPro, a publishing and business consultancy and research firm. InfoPro is the publisher of Lebanon Opportunities, Bloomberg Businessweek (the Arabic edition), and several other periodicals and business websites. More >
TipsInitiating, developing or seizing a market opportunity creatively and through hard work by overcoming multiple challenges that may include constrained resources and unchartered waters.