Moderator : Mr. Elie Akhrass

Mr. Elie Akhrass is currently advisor to the Asher Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACIE) at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK). Prior to USEK, Elie was a program manager for the UK Lebanon Tech Hub and director of the International Research Center. His work resulted in creating and growing more than 80 startups and funding 5 applied research collaborations.

Mr. Akhrass started his career at Kafalat where he assessed the financial and credit risks for more than 1,500 SME projects across Lebanon. He holds a Masters’ in Economics from the Saint Joseph University (USJ) and a Certificate in Research Commercialization from the Cambridge Institute, and is finalizing a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking from MIT, Columbia University and Tuck at Dartmouth collaboration program. He is an expert in entrepreneurship and innovation support.
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