About Us

About Us

Founded in 2005, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region is one of the 28 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global, an avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. The MIT Enterprise Forum- Pan Arab has a proven record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship by organizing each year the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition, in partnership with Community Jameel and Zain Group , targeting 20 countries of the Arab region, bringing in more than 6,000 applications a year and engaging entrepreneurs in mentorship and networking.


Hala Fadel

Founding Member & Current Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab; Member of Advisory Board, MIT Enterprise Forum Global and MIT Enterprise Forum Turkey; Former Portfolio Manager at Comgest, asset mgmt. company with USD 22bn of AUMs based in Paris & Dublin; Active angel investor in MENA region and Managing Partner at Leap VC; Founder of Coworking +961, a coworking space in Beirut; Inspirational speaker and writer.

Noor Sweid
Board Member

Board Member, MITEF Pan Arab Board Director, Endeavor Member of the Board of Advisors, Collegiate American School Dubai Previously founded a wellness company, and scaled a contracting company, and succeeded in selling her investment in both.

Dr. Walid Fayad
Vice Chair MENA

Current Vice Chair of the MENA Region at the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Partner at Booz &Co., UAE & Beirut Over 10 years of experience in the energy and telecom fields in MENA region

Dr. Richard Rabbat
Vice Chair USA

Current Vice-Chair USA, MITEF Pan Arab Head of Product Platform, Tango.ME Ex-VP of Entrepreneurship, MIT Club of Northern California

Salam Yamout
Secretary General

Current Secretary General of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab ICT Advisor to the Office of Prime Minister, Lebanon Social entrepreneur & Co-Founder of multiple NGOs in the fields of ICT & capacity building

Ziad Younes

Founding Member and Current Treasurer of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab CEO at BUTEC, a leading regional contracting company Previously founded 2 companies in the fields of property management and agro-food