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Final List of Candidates - Administrative Board 2013

The final list of eligible candidates running for ISO-LB Administrative Board membership during the election exercise to be held on Thursday July 4, 2013 was published and distributed via email on June 27 ,2013.

The list of candidates is sorted by alphabetical order (Family, First):

Candidate Name

 Nabil Bukhalid
Short Biography

Nabil Bukhalid is an Internet evangelist and a public speaker in the Internet world. He 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 founder of the Lebanese Academic and Research Network (LARN), 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). Nabil organized, collaborated and presented internationally in numerous conferences on technical and socio-economical concepts related to the Internet and knowledge society.

Nabil’s leadership and managerial experience is rich in 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 with focus on creating value by investigating and implementing innovative information and communication technology solutions for medical care, learning purposes and administration in higher education.

Nabil attended AUB, where he earned both his BEE (1981) and EMBA (2006)

Election Statement

I served as the president of ISOC Lebanon during 2012 and I hope that I've met your expectations. I ask for your continued support in this election so that I may continue my active involvement for another term and push forward ISOC mission and the implementation of ISOC Lebanon strategic plan for 2013 - 2015. 

If re-elected, I shall work actively to help develop ISOC Lebanon’s constituency, individuals as well as companies and organizations,  and position ISOC Lebanon as the de facto Internet focal point and authority in Lebanon for: Internet governance; Internet regulation and policy development; Internet infrastructure and technical capacity building; representation in global Internet fora; awareness development and training on the use of the rich information content and communications tools to transform Lebanon into a vibrant knowledge economy.

Candidate Name

 Gabriel Deek
Short Biography

As founder and CEO of Digital Media Solutions Companies and Manager of eBusiness Solutions Activities for the past 25 years, he was involved in multiple projects related to eBusiness Infrastructure, Multimedia, Advanced Collaboration, Video Production and Post-Production, and News-Room Automation Systems. He is the General Manager of OmniSystems sal. an affiliate company to OmniTech Holdings and MIDIS Group. While keeping a close relationship with the Academia, he joined the PCA (Professional Computer Association) in 1996 and was elected Secretary General in March 2003 and President in March 2007, he acts on public initiatives aiming at developing the internet infrastructure and the legal framework. He was recently appointed as Special Ambassador in the Arab Region for the World Summit Award a UN GAID supported initiative.

As an Evaluation Consultant, he was in charge of the final evaluation report of the ESCWA Digital Arabic Content Promotion Project that was launched in 2007. This report was delivered in 2009 along with a detailed Marketing Plan. He was also in charge of the “Business Models for the Promotion of Digital Arabic Content” report delivered to ESCWA in August 2012.

Founder and Vice-president of the ISOC Lebanon Chapter since 2010, he founded in 2012 the Lebanon Knowledge Network (LebKnoC) initiative that aims toward opening knowledge centers in various remote areas in order to support local economy and bridge the digital divide.
Election Statement

Candidate Name

Therese Saliba Khairallah
Short Biography

Therese Saliba Khairallah holds a Computer Engineering degree from Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, SUPELEC, Paris, and an Electronic and Electricity Engineering degree from Faculty of Engineering at the Lebanese University. Therese is one of the cofounders of Inconet sal in 1995, that became in 2001, IDM sal the 1st Internet Service Provider in Lebanon. Currently Therese is the General Manager of IDM holding this position since 2007. Prior to joining Inconet, Therese started her career with Bull (Paris, France) in April 1989 where she worked for 6 years in development and integration of BULL networking system.

What makes her:
  • Always highly motivated working in the Telecom sector, versatile executive with 18 years of experience in Internet Business covering all Internet aspects, Technical design & Management, Business Process Management, customer support,  Sales & Business development, strategy, finance.
  • Strong General Management skills very much customer oriented with strong ability to see the forest and its trees.
  • A track record of passionate pursuit of excellence with a commitment to the highest levels  of professionalism and personal ethics.
  • I do believe that ideas are everywhere, Our challenge is to achieve them and to deliver them well with great perseverance and love.
Therese is also Member in Women in IT, Member in Lebanese League of Women in Business, Founding Member Internet Society Lebanon Chapter (ISOC) Treasurer, MENOG workshop organizer (1st workshop in its kind in Lebanon), and INET organizer (1st workshop in its kind in Lebanon)

Election Statement

I served as the treasurer of ISOC Lebanon during 2012 and helped in the planning and organizing of ISOC activities, especially activities related to the adoption of IPv6 in Lebanon.

If re-elected, I will offer ISOC Lebanon my energy and my commitment, because I believe that the Internet should be open, nationwide accessible, at very high speed and affordable price, for the benefit of individuals as well as companies and organizations, despite all the problems and challenges we are facing in Lebanon.

Candidate Name

Salam Yamout
Short Biography

Salam Yamout is the National ICT Strategy Coordinator at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers since July 2010 handling the EU, innovation, and ICT portfolios. Before that, Salam was Program Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility at Cisco since 2005. 

Salam has 20 years experience in the development and management of ICT systems for both the private and public sectors.  She has designed and implemented IT database systems for Fluor Daniel, GE, and several Lebanese ministries.  She has consulted with the EU, UN, ESCWA, the Ministry of Administrative Reform, and the Ministry of Economy on the formulation of ICT Strategies and ICT for Development (ICT4D) programs.     

Salam holds an MBA from ESCP-EAP, Paris / Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Beirut in 2005 and a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA) in 1987. 

A serial social entrepreneur, Ms. Yamout is one of the founders of Women in IT, the Lebanese Broadband Stakeholders Group, the Lebanon Chapter of the Internet Society, and the Arab Internet Governance Forum.  She also established the Beirut Internet Exchange Point in 2008.  She is a member of Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections, the Lebanese Transparency Association, and the Order of Engineers of Beirut.  She is a certified PMP with the Project Management Institute.

Salam is very active in the Lebanese entrepreneurial eco-system to encourage technology start-ups.  She is one of the co-founders of the entrepreneurslebanon.cominitiative and the Secretary General of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Business Plan Competition.  She serves as coach and juror for several national and regional competitions including Microsoft Imagine Cup.  She is member of the investment committee of the Building Block Fund.

Election Statement

Dear voters, 

I am presenting my candidacy for the board of ISOC for the years 2013-2015.

I am a strong believer in the mission of ISOC, and this is why I was one of the founders of the Lebanon Chapter about one and a half years ago.  While I am proud of the accomplishments we did this last year, I believe that more investment from my part needs to happen before the ISOC Lebanon chapter is strong enough to sustain on its own for many years to come.

Some of our accomplishments this last year were two IPV6 trainings, one DNS SEC training, and last but not least, the elaboration of the chapter strategy for Lebanon for the year 2013-2015 that I pledge to seek to implement.  In addition to the activities and vision, we participated in ICANN open consultation for the Middle East and recruited more than 100 members which is an accomplishment by itself.  Now we have the responsibility to organize them in an efficient and productive manner.

Dear members of the ISOC Lebanon Chapter,

The mission of “maintaining and extending the availability of the Internet and its derivative applications to all people of Lebanon” within the principles of “openness, transparency, collaboration, and inclusiveness” is a very important mission that I choose to commit my time and energy towards, especially a midst the changes affecting our country and many Arab countries.

Internet is a social equalizer, making all information and resources available to all regardless of their social ranks.  Our society suffers from social segregation.

The principles of the Internet oblige people to listen to each other and to respect each others.  The Internet can be used as a tool to improve tolerance and respect towards one another.

Lebanese creativity is bound by ten thousand square kilometers and four million people.  The Internet can carry this creativity effortlessly to the rest of the world.  The Lebanese were the first Internet users in the Arab world, let us continue this legacy by shaping the development of the Internet from now on.

Let us work together to create a better Internet, and hence a better place to live for us and our children.