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Candidates for Administrative Board Membership 2015

The call for candidacy for the Administrative Board membership of the Internet Society (ISOC) Lebanon was published on January 23, 2016.

The deadline for receiving applications was February 07, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

The tentative list of eligible candidates running for ISO-LB Administrative Board membership was published on February 15, 2016.

The challenge period on the tentative list of eligible candidates is open until July 27, 2013 5:00 PM and considered final afterward. Any challenge must be addressed to the incumbent President ( with a recital of the reasons for the challenge. Progressively, the President, after consultation with the members of the Administrative Board, shall advise the author of the challenge of the Board's decision, which shall be final 7 days before the elections.

The final list of eligible candidates running for ISO-LB Administrative Board membership during the election exercise to be held on Thursday February 25, 2016 will be published on February 18, 2016.

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

Candidate Name

 Jacque Bakaev
Short Biography

  Jacques Bakaev is a retired brigadier-general served in the internal security forces (ISF), the last 20 years as an IT specialist in the ISF's IT department. He is a Lebanese Military academy graduate, holding a BS in computer science and an MBA. Jacques is a certified COBIT 5 Implementer, ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer and PMP.  

Jacques worked on building an anti-cybercrime unit in the ISF and participated in drafting the Lebanese E-transaction draft law. He is currently engaged in IT and management consultancy, focusing on IT governance, information security, cybercrime and open source in the enterprise environment.

Jacques is a board member of the Internet Society – Lebanon chapter  (ISOC Lebanon) 

Election Statement

I am presenting my candidacy for the board of ISOC for the years 2016-2018

I served as head of membership committee of ISOC Lebanon chapter during the term of 2013-2015 and I hope I have met your expectations.

 I am asking for your support in this election so I may continue my active involvement for another term. 

If re-elected, I will offer my energy and my commitment to help developing ISOC as the independent source of leadership for internet policy, technology standards and future development

Candidate Name

 Gabriel Deek
Short Biography

 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.

Gabriel Deek is the General Manager of OmniSystems sal. an affiliate company to OmniTech Holdings and MIDIS Group. Founding member and the President of LebKnoC, the Lebanon Knowledge Network and Vice-President of ISOC the Internet Society Lebanon Chapter.

Founder and CEO of multiple companies related to digital media and eBusiness solutions for the past 25 years.

Digital content consultant for the UN-ESCWA.

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Negotiations at USJ. 

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 Director, Control of Operations of CCOM Holding (IDM, GDS, Cyberia) holding this position since 2013 after the merger between IDM, Cyberia & GDS.
Prior to this Therese was General Manager of IDM from 2007 till 2013. 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 21 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, 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 from its inception till today and helped in the planning and organizing of most of ISOC activities.

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.  Before that, Salam was Program Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility at Cisco since 2005.  With more than 20 years experience in the development and management of ICT systems, Salam holds an MBA from ESCP-EAP, Paris and a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA).

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 an elected member of the Executive Board of RIPE NCC (2014).  She is the Secretary General of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Business Plan Competition.;

Election Statement

It is my honor and pleasure to submit my candidacy for the position of vice-chair of the Internet Society Lebanon Chapter.   I am one of the founders of the Lebanon chapter and have served on its board as Secretary General since 2013.  The first term aimed at increasing membership as well as conduct awareness for the following issues:  IPV6, DNSSEC, using multi-stakeholders model for the management of domain names (LINC), and freedom of the Internet.  I look forward to continue contributing to bring forward Internet related issues.