EcoSwitch Festival II
The second festival for green enterprises!
Virtual event: 23 & 24 November
3.00 – 7.00pm
Physical gathering: 25th November
4.30 – 7.00pm at BDD 1280
We are very pleased to announce the second EcoSwitch Festival for green enterprises organized by the EcoSwitch Coalition, a network of 24 organisations, institutions, and corporations that support eco-entrepreneurs in Lebanon!
Why this Festival?
The EcoSwitch Coalition has been formed in 2020 to strengthen the support to Green Entrepreneurs in the country, with the aim of collectively empowering eco-entrepreneurs to develop innovative ideas, establish themselves, and thrive in the long-term.
The idea of this Festival is to introduce sustainable entrepreneurs in Lebanon to the EcoSwitch Coalition; highlight how we are supporting them or could support them; link them to Partners and Experts; inspire them; transfer knowledge useful for enterprises –in particular during these times of high uncertainty—; provide a space for networking with like-minded eco-oriented entrepreneurs… and hopefully have a bit of fun too along the way!
Welcome to all our green entrepreneurs!
02:30pm: Online registrations start!
03:00pm: Key Note Speech
03:05pm: What What has been achieved by the EcoSwitch Coalition?
03:30pm: World Café with Partners
Speed Dating with the Coalition’s Partners in breakout rooms
Meet the 4 Partners of your choice!
Choose ahead of time the Partners you’d like to meet, click on this link
04:25pm: Virtual Coffee Break
04:40pm: Inspiring Interventions from four successful Green Entrepreneurs
Learn about their journey, success stories, struggles, and more 🙂
Nadim Inaty is a Lebanese-born architect turned product designer who’s been designing innovative sustainable projects for the last 9 years. Nadim designed a published human-powered electricity generator that doubles as a workout machine. He’s currently the founder of 3 companies, one of which is FLIXPY, a sustainable shopper marketing point of sale solution for brands.
Hanan Ismail holds a master’s degree in Marketing and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics. She is the founder of GARBALISER Company and is passionate about nature and agriculture. Furthermore, Hanan has extensive experience in the business sector, specifically in finance, marketing, and management, and she has worked for reputable companies and run her own businesses.
Ziad co-founded Mruna, a homegrown start-up dedicated to transforming Lebanon’s sanitation infrastructure into a decentralized circular model. Mruna is a transliteration of the Arabic word for resilience, and in 2020, the G20 crowned Mruna, the global winner of the Infrachallenge Prize. Our solution, BiomWeb, is locally manufactured in Bikfayah to export worldwide.
Ziad has international experience in Planning, GIS, and Sustainable Construction within the Middle East and the US. In addition, he’s held various roles in both the private and public sectors, which offer a holistic understanding of the broad spectrum of stakeholders and professionals involved in urban development.
Soumaya Merhi is a Lebanese entrepreneur that founded TAQA snacks, a pioneer in producing GMO-free and vegan healthy snacks. She returned to Lebanon from Montreal in 2013 shortly after completing a BA and a graduate diploma in business administration from Concordia University. Today TAQA is a leading brand in the Food and Beverage industry in Lebanon and is distributed across Lebanon and the Middle East.
06:00pm: Virtual Coffee Break
06:10pm: Online Networking
Meet & Greet and Network with like-minded green entrepreneurs from all over Lebanon!
Select your breakout room from one of the following sectors:
Sustainable Agriculture and Composting
Sustainable Wastewater & Water
Sustainable Food Systems
06:45pm: End of Day 1
02:30pm: Online registrations start!
03:00pm: The EcoSwitch Coalition Platform
Updates & highlights of the EcoSwitch Coalition website
03:15pm: Expert Panels OR Challenge Sessions
You now have the option to either follow two expert panels, or one session aiming at solving a specific local challenge! Select one of the 2 breakout rooms based on your preference 🙂
We will all convene back after in the main room for a quick recap!
05:10pm: Virtual Coffee Break
05:20pm: Panels & Challenge Recap with Moderators & Experts
05:40pm: Interactive Fun Time
05:45pm: Eco-Entrepreneurs Challenge Duel
Ready?! Pull out your eco warrior hat (we don’t promote swords here) and join us for the Duel Challenge 😊, an engaging and fun activity that of course ends in winners & a few prizes*!
We won’t leave you to duel alone though! You will be split in groups to discuss some of the daily challenges faced by eco-entrepreneurs in Lebanon, come up with ideas & best practices to solve them, then argue & debate your way to win the Challenge Duel!
*We can’t disclose the prizes now, but you know they will be eco-friendly!
Samar is the Executive Director of INJAZ Lebanon. She has extensive experience in marketing and management in the private sector in Lebanon and the UAE where she worked for several years. Samar’s passion for innovation & education led her to INJAZ Lebanon where she works with youth to amplify their voices & build their confidence so they can make an influential impact on the world. Samar is passionate about people & leadership. She loves ideas and making ideas happen. She is especially inspired to turn ideas into actions that help youth become the leaders of change, creating a better future for themselves and their communities.
Talar is the communication and project officer at cewas, supporting national regional and international communication of programs cewas’s team is managing. She is a business administration graduate with over 5 years of experience in marketing, communication, and fundraising. After taking courses in municipal solid waste management and greening the economy, she’s taken the initiative to apply the knowledge learned in two projects that graduated from incubation programs tackling solid waste management challenges with a focus on working with municipalities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Algeria based on circular economy principles. She is currently a certified trainer of sustainable Business Model Development for green entrepreneurs under the SwitchMed Programme.
Stephanie is identified as a world citizen – networking and travelling is her ongoing passion since her younger age. In 2008, She graduated in Hospitality Management at Sagesse Hospitality Industry (SHI), in partnership with EHL Lausanne; and worked more than 10 years in the field, in France, Spain, UAE, Qatar, Cyprus and Lebanon, meeting people from many different cultures.
She left the field to focus on international NGOs such as Greenpeace, social enterprises and co-founded her green startup Tote3aBeirut. She then took on environmental projects as a freelancer in project coordination with enterprises such as Eedama, MENAQUA, Live Love Recyle to name a few.
In 2020, she worked as Programs Manager with INJAZ Lebanon, leading on the Generation of Innovation Leaders (GIL) program, empowered by UNICEF.
She currently mentors young green/social entrepreneurs with SwitchMed and Eedama, and has started her master’s in International Relations at IRIS’Sup Paris (online) to keep working for Lebanon.
Stephanie Shaar is the Community Engagement and Event Coordinator at Bloom, an NGO that provides online entrepreneurship support in the region. In September 2022, she was elected to the EcoSwitch Coalition’s Executive Committee. Stephanie has a BA in Social Sciences and Education from Université Lumière Lyon 2.
She’s also a member of the Global Shapers Community’s Beirut Hub, running multiple social impact projects in Lebanon. She’s also a certified snack lover, cat-mom to three, and cartoon aficionado.
06:45pm: End of Day 2… but feel free to keep chatting online!
Networking day – Physical gathering at BDD 1280
4:30pm: Introductory & Welcome Notes from Fondation Diane, MedWaves (SwitchMed representatives), Asfari Foundation, and other EcoSwitch Coalition partners
Senior Programs Coordinator at “Fondation Diane“
Pascale Assaad is a Senior Project Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in projects implementation and development in public & private sectors. Pascale is currently leading on the Programs department at “Fondation Diane”, she is experienced in implementing local, international and multilateral programs with ministries and international organizations, related to strengthening quality infrastructure in Lebanon, providing support to reforms in environmental governance, providing technical assistance for Lebanon’s energy efficiency & renewable energy in addition to supporting social, green and blue entrepreneurship. Passionate about fostering eco-innovation & green entrepreneurship, Pascale utilizes her skills to the benefit of the circular economy in specific and the economic growth in Lebanon in general.
Youth Learning, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programme Manager at the “Asfari Foundation“
Abdulrahman is a development practitioner with diverse international experience. He is currently working at the Asfari Foundation, a grant making charity registered in the UK. He responds to chronic challenges faced by youth in the Levant and the UK by partnering with impactful organisations focusing on entrepreneurship, innovation, and lifelong learning. Abdulrahman has worked in India, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the US focusing public policy, youth empowerment, refugee response programming, social inclusion, and gender justice. Abdulrahman has a BSc in Computer Programming from the University of Jordan, a Post Graduate Diploma in NGO Management from Amity University in India, and an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in the USA.
Programme Manager at “SwitchMED“
Daniel Pelufo is an International Development Cooperation Expert with over 20 years’ experience working in various development, conflict, and post-conflict contexts to provide solutions regarding community development, civil society organizations management, vocational training and job creation and improving resilient livelihoods. He has been working at international development agencies along with public development agencies mainly at MENA region.
Actually he’s the SwitchMED program manager at Middle East aiming to accelerate the transition towards a green and circular economy in the Mediterranean Region through the creation and development of a green entrepreneurship. He is mainly concerned with the improvement of living conditions for the most vulnerable population through the creation of green economic opportunities and decent job among youth and women, finding the balance between growth and climate justice.
4:50pm: Announcement of the Duel Challenge winners!
4:55pm: Speed Dating to get to meet other sustainable entrepreneurs and EcoSwitch Coalition Partners
5:25pm: Nibbles & Drinks & Free Networking time
6:15pm: Concert & more Networking 🙂
7:15pm: End of Gathering