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Data in Lebanon: A growth engine or a missed opportunity?

ISOC Lebanon organized on November 3, 2015 a presentation on “Big and Open Data in Lebanon: A growth engine or a missed opportunity?

The session was organized in collaboration with ATLIC (Canada) and Lebanon Opportunity and was followed by an open discussion to conclude that big and open data are a growth engine for Lebanon.

Please find below the sessions abstract the biography of the speakers and copies of the presentations.

Title:  Big and Open Data in Lebanon: A growth engine or a missed opportunity?

Date: November 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Duration: 45 minutes + 15 minutes discussions

Abstract: Is Big and Open Data a truly transformative phenomenon or just 'hot air'? How big is the economic potential of Big and Open Data? Why do they present such a high potential to launch new ventures, analyze patterns and trends, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems? How will the various economic sectors benefit from it? Does it matter for Lebanon? What mix of policy measures should be put in place in Lebanon to unlock its full potential? 


Biography of Speakers:

Fadi Joseph is Chief Executive Officer of Radiant Communications since 2010. His strong expertise in complex solutions and innovation made him a highly sought-after guest speaker on Cloud Computing and Big Data. He has been in the information technology business for more than 25 years as an executive in Canada, Middle East and Europe with Borland, Compaq and Bell. Fadi Joseph holds a Master’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA in management of information from the Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 University (France). Furthermore, he pursued several executive program in Cloud Computing, Big Data, Leadership and Coaching with HEC and Stanford University. Fadi is a lecturer at University of Sherbrooke since 2010 teaching Cloud Computing & Big Data. Fadi served on the Board of directors of several associations: FIQ  Federation Informatique Quebec - Réseaux Action TI – President ATILC – Initiator of C3 Cloud Conference Canada  and I3 Immigration des Immigrants en Informatique.


Nabil Bukhalid is an Internet evangelist who made many significant contributions to the introduction and development of the Internet in Lebanon. He is principally known for establishing the first Internet node in Lebanon and the .LB Domain Registry. Nabil have served since 1993 as the .LB Administrator and Registrar. Nabil is also the co-founder of the Lebanese Broadband Manifesto Support Group (LBSG) and BeirutIX. He is also a co-founder and president of the Internet Society Lebanon Chapter (ISOC-LB), co-founder and CEO of the Lebanese Internet Center (LINC) and the main investigator behind the Government Open Data initiative in Lebanon. Nabil’s leadership and managerial experience is rich in strategic planning, change management opportunities and paradigm shift challenges. He served for thirty years at the American University of Beirut and his career path have evolved from biomedical engineer to director of computing and networking services and chief enterprise architect. Nabil attended AUB, where he earned both his BEE (1981) and EMBA (2006).


Attendance: CEO’s, CIO’s, CTO’s, CFO’s, Government Officials, Policy Makers, Entrepreneurs … 

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