Invitation to attend the EMPHASIS Project Workshop on Building Bridges Across the Euro-Mediterranean

The Euro-Lebanese Center for Industrial Modernization (ELCIM) at the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) cordially invites you to participate in the workshop of the "EMPHASIS" the ENI CBC MED programme.

The theme of the workshop is 
"Building Bridges Across the Euro-Mediterranean: Enhancing Policy Engagement for Sustainable Cooperation and Development."

The workshop aims to explore how Lebanon can benefit from fostering a culture of open innovation, highlighting both opportunities and challenges in the market. By bringing together experts from various sectors shedding the light on the strategies that can lead to increased investment, growth, and sustainable development.

Workshop Details:

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Tentative Agenda 

09:00 AM – 09:30 AM


09:30 AM – 09:45 AM

Welcome note and presentation of the EMPHASIS project
Mr. Naji Abi Zeid, Director of ELCIM and Emphasis Local project manager 

09:45 AM – 10:30 AM

How much is Lebanon involved in the current Open Innovation environment?
Dr. Bijan Azad, Associate Professor at the Olayan School of Business (OSB), American University of Beirut and the Director of Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

  • Overview of Open Innovation: Existing Open Innovation resources and barrier, the case of Lebanon
  • Benefits of Open Innovation: Importance and Opportunities of Open Innovation, the case of Lebanon

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel discussion on Policy recommendations

  • How active has Lebanon been in establishing formal networks among EUROMED countries to foster a culture of collaboration, build trust and relationship, facilitating Open Innovation?

Mr. Nabil Fahed, Chairman and CEO of Fahed Group comprising Import, Distribution, Retail and Real Estate Development companies.
Mr. Saadallah Zaiter, Economic & Trade Attaché at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants
Dr. Nancy Saliba, Director of Asher Center

  • Cultivating a Culture of Open Innovation: Driving Investment and Growth 
  • How can Lebanon benefit from such culture, and what are the opportunities available in the market? Challenges and opportunities in this area

Mr. Abdel Fetah, European External Action Service, Economic Attaché, responsible for Economic Development, Trade & Relations with IFIs
Mr. Anthony Jabbour, Managing Director at Cedar Oxygen

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM


1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Lunch Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Case Studies and Best Practices 

  • EMPHASIS approach and cross-border collaborations
  • Other examples

Mr. Antoine Abou Samra, Senior Expert Emphasis project

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Takeaways and conclusions

The workshop is entirely free of charge.
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