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Theme: Changing Lenses

This event occurred on
September 27, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm EEST
(UTC +3hrs)
Juniyah, JL

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An independent multidisciplinary Arabic Hip Hop crew that was started in Beirut by identical twin brothers Mohamed & Omar Kabbani. ASHEKMAN combines Arabic Street art, Arabic rap music and Arabic street-wear. Through twelve years of hustle, ASHEKMAN managed to transform their hobby and passion into a profession, from independent street artists to entrepreneurs, from a band to a brand.

Dima Boulad

1/3 Motion Graphics Designer, 1/3 founder of illustration brand Dessine­moi un oeil, and 1/3 Co­-founder of Beirut Green Project. The talk: Public gardens should be considered a right and not just a privilege in Beirut. We need them today more than ever!

Habib Battah

Journalist, blogger, dirt digger. Contributor to BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera,The Daily Star and other newspapers and magazines. Founder of The talk: Welcome to Lebanon--not where everything is broken but where people are starting to fix things.Change begins with a question. Will it be yours?

Imad Gemayel

Imad worked his way up in 7 companies before establishing his own practice under IGA Architecture and Landscape Design. The Talk: Going against the stream, Imad will walk you through what he calls the path of a “converted” architect.

Jihad Kawas

Ever since he was 13, Jihad got involved in building apps and companies to change the way people do the small things they do everyday. Now 17, he already founded 3 companies and is currently running his baby "Saily" the social marketplace app. The Talk: Can time in school be spent differently? Does school have to be irrelevant to my life?

Kimberly Samaha

Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur in launching new products and ideas. From electrical engineering to business ventures, her focus has been the ‘human element’ of bringing an innovative spirit into the workplace. The Talk: What is it in the dynamic nature of Desire that makes us drop the ‘roles’ that we play and be authentic when discovering other people and isn’t that what Ethics is all about?

Lubna Izziddin

Founding president of SANAD, the Home Hospice Organization of Lebanon. The talk: Confronting myths on end-of-life by showing a bright and positive side to the dying process, emphasizing that hospice care is about providing quality of life and preserving dignity, and not about death. There can be such a thing as a beautiful death.

Majdi Saad

As Editor-in-chief of Science and World (علم وعالم) magazine, he interviews scientists from all around the world and sheds light on their latest breakthroughs. The Talk: How are we preparing the next generation in schools for the coming scientific and technical revolutions of this century?

Nabil Hassan

Volunteer and former board member at: the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) advocating for Electoral Reform in Lebanon for the last 10 years. Nabil is tired of hearing that social change and political reform are “not possible in Lebanon.” He walks us through his experience as an electoral reform advocate

Roy Armale

Planning Director for Geometry Global, Dubai. His work involves changing consumer behavior by engaging a person in the right place and at the right time. The talk: It’s time to learn a lesson that has been staring us in the face from books, talks, and video games: Don’t make things easy, make them more difficult.

Sarah Hermez

Founder of Creative Space Beirut (CSB), a free fashion design school. The Talk: Education ought to be free because it enables everyone, not just the privileged, to participate in designing our lives and our environments. It is essential to foster talent and provide equal opportunity for all, breaking barriers through creativity.

Wissam Yafi

Lebanese American Technologist, Entrepreneur, Educator, Writer and Development Practitioner. Founder of TidWit. The Talk: What is Smart Learning and how to make it happen?

Fayez Zouheiry (Performer)

The performance: Beatboxing is still a rare art form in Lebanon, so this performance aims to give a taste of human beatboxing and showcase the different styles and influences it can take from Lebanese/Arabic culture.

Karim Khneisser

As a composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist, he plays more than 30 world instruments. The performance: Music is an international language that Karim knows well. He will try to speak to you in his own musical words and give you a glimpse of his own world where instruments come to life.

Laban Live Lactic Culture

Laban is an improv theater group. Their goal is to spread improv theater in Lebanon and the MENA region. They also use improvisational theater in civil society activism. The Performance: A collection of interactive, improvisational theatre games played by Raffi Feghali, Fida’ “Feeds G.” Ghibreel, Abdullah Jatal and the audience!

Organizing team


Beirut, Lebanon


Beirut, Lebanon
  • John Chehaybar
  • Reem Maktabi
  • Raghd Hamzeh
    Registration Coordinator
  • Sara Sibai
    Social Space coordinator
  • Wassim Saade
    Volunteers coordinator
  • Hasan Karaky
    Logistics coordinator
  • Nadim Kamel
    Photography Coordinator
  • Karim Safieddine
    Partneship Coordinator
  • Tarek Sinno
    Stage design Coordinator
  • Yasmine Hajjar
    Social Media Coordinator
  • Eyas Kelani
  • Majd Shidiac
    Speakers Team / Logistics
  • Marc Torbey
  • Lara Al Sous
    Social Media
  • Robertina Kouchian
    Social Media
  • Marie Henningsen
    Speakers Team
  • Marjorie Henningsen
    Speakers Team
  • Margaret Jabara
    Speakers Team
  • Rim Ismail
  • Krystel Kouyoumdjis
  • Hassan Kanj
    Tech team