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  • Design+Code Day with workshops for developers and designers to build their skills
  • Two Forum Days with 80 speakers tackling the hottest topics in web and mobile
  • The place to meet and network with top digital professionals
  • A platform for budding entrepreneurs to showcase their startups and entrepreneurial ideas

Online Video Production

Historically driven by revenues from the production of TV commercials, video production companies now have tremendous opportunities online: from creating their own shows to developing shows for the brands they work with. ArabNet Beirut 2015 will explore the new opportunities for production houses as online video continues to grow.

Technology in Banking

Banks in MENA have been aggressively introducing smart solutions and digital channels to support the needs of their tech-savvy customers. ArabNet Beirut 2015 will look at online banking, smart branches, mobile apps, payment solutions and new platforms that are being adopted nationally and regionally.

Online Customer Service

Digital media has opened up new touch points between corporates and their clients - and new forums for customers to complain and air their frustrations. ArabNet Beirut will investigate how enterprises are extending their customer service efforts to digital channels -- including online video, chat, and social media -- and the impact on their internal organization and processes.

Anatomy of an Acquisition

Lebanon has seen a number of recent acquisitions in the online space, including Shahiya's purchase by Cookpad and Webedia taking a majority stake in Diwanee. ArabNet Beirut 2015 will explore how acquisitions are brokered from initial outreach, to negotiating the terms, to closing the deal - and what happens afterwards.

Artists and Celebrities as Online Brands

Independent (Indie) artists have been leveraging digital to raise funds for their music and to stay closely connected with fans. On the other hand, TV Celebrities have been using digital platforms to extended their reach beyond the silver screen. ArabNet Beirut 2015 will explore online persona management, as well as the obstacles and opportunities inherent to managing digital celebrity.

Design+Code Day

The ArabNet Design+Code Day is back, with focused workshops to help designers, developers and entrepreneur to build better web and mobile products and businesses. The day will include specialized workshops on a wide range subjects, including: developing animated websites; understanding term sheets; understanding user interface elements; and mobile design.

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Abdulaziz Al Loughani Vice Chairman & Executive Director, Kuwait National Fund for SMEs Development
Ahmed Abbas COO, Qsoft Holding
Ahmed Adel Developer Experience Sales and Operations Director MEA, Microsoft Corporation
Ahmed Emad Manager; Media, Consumer Engagement & Agency Relations – Mashreq, Mondelez International
Ali Zein Co-Founder & CEO, IdeatoLife
Amer Tabsh Producer & Presenter, FutureTV
Bassel Aoun Project Manager, Kafalat iSME Programme
Captain Khalil Moukarzel Team Head of Operation and Social Media Units, Traffic Management Center - TMC Lebanon
Captain Rabih Fakhry Chief of Media Security Branch & Assistant Chief of Public Relations Department, Internal Security Forces
Colm Reilly Managing Director, UKTI Investment Services
Daniel Neuwirth Co-founder, Shahiya
Danish Farhan Founder & CEO, Xische & Co.
Dina Shawar Investment Associate, Oasis500
Dirk Henke Managing Director Eastern Europe & MEA, Criteo
Elias Ghanem Chairman and Co-Founder, Telr
Elie Andraos Software Engineer, Mercury / M&C Saatchi
Fadi Bishara Founder & CEO, BlackBox VC
Fahd Batayneh Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Middle East, ICANN
Fawzi Rahal Founder, Managing Partner, Gamutt
Fouad Rahme General Manager, BLC Invest SAL
Gabriel Karam Business Managing Director, Performics
Ghassan Chahine Platform Strategy Lead, Lebanon and North Africa, East Med & Pakistan New Market, Microsoft Corporation
Ghassan Kansou Vice President - Academic Development, SABIS® Educational Services
Gino Raidy Blogger, Copywriter, and PR Strategist,
H.E Former Minister Marwan Kheireddine Chairman & General Manager, Al Mawarid Bank
H.E Minister Alain Hakim , Minister of Economy & Trade
H.E Minister Boutros Harb , Ministry of Telecommunications
Hala Fadel Managing Partner, Leap Ventures - Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab
Hani Abu Arab CEO & Founder, Apptrainers
Hany Al Sonbaty CoFounder, Flat6Labs
Hasan J. Zainal Partner, Arzan Venture Capital
Hatem Chaarani Division Manager Electronic Delivery Channels & Card Products , BankMed
HE Former Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui , Ministry of Telecommunications
Henry Asseily Managing Partner, Leap Ventures
Hervé Cuviliez CEO, Diwanee
HMA Tom Fletcher British Ambassador in Lebanon,
Ian Humphreys Regional Director, Caliber
Ibrahim Kivanc Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Jean Ramia Managing Director, Selim Ramia & Co. Sal (Grand Cinemas)
Jimmy Ghazal Innovation Director, Mercury / M&C Saatchi
Joseph Saade Lead Software Engineer, Mercury / M&C Saatchi
Juan Jose De La Torre Vice President Digital, Intigral
Kabalan Samaha Digital Director & Partner, Cre8mania
Kelly Hoey Speaker & Strategist | Startup Advisor | Board Member, New York City Based Accelerator Programs | JuiceLabs
Kinloch Magowan Director, Latitude Group
Krix Berberian Creative Director, TBWA\RAAD
Lama Halwaji Senior Digital Designer, OgilvyOne
Lama Naimi Senior Digital Manager, Mindshare MENA
Maher Kallel President, Carthage Business Angels
Mahmoud Radaideh Band Manager, Composer, Music Producer and Guitarist, JadaL
Malak Fares, CFA Business Presenter, Sky News Arabia
Marianne Hoayek Director of Executive Office, Banque du Liban
Maroun Chammas Chairman & CEO, Berytech and Berytech Fund
Marwan El Nemr Commercial Director, Social Eyez
Maya Margie Head of Marketing Group, BLC Bank
Michael Chaftari Managing Partner, Cloudfish
Michel Elefteriades Emperor,
Mohamed Darwish Band Manager, Composer, Guitarist and Founder, Darwasha Project
Monty Munford Founder, Mob76
Mr. Raed H. Charafeddine First Vice-Governor, Banque du Liban
Nadia Mneimne Fashionista, Instagram Influencer,
Nayla Tuéni CEO, Annahar Newspaper
Neemat G. Frem President and CEO, INDEVCO Group
Patrick Attallah Founder & CEO, Social4ce
Peggy Khoury Social Media Manager, Phoenicia Hotel & Le Vendome Beirut
Rabih Dib Marketing & Communications Manager, Malik's Group
Racha Ghamlouch Speaker & Entrepreneur Relations/ Content Manager, ArabNet
Raffy Karamanian Head of Delivery Channels, Bank Audi
Rafiq Elmansy Author, Creative Director & Design Lecturer, American University in Cairo
Rami Saad Deputy Chief Operating Officer, DMS
Rémy Jacobi Designer Team Leader, Cre8mania
Rolly Dib Executive producer & GM, OliveTree Productions
Roy Bou Abssi Website Specialist, Alfa Telecommunications
Rudolf Jabre CEO, Online Lifestyle Network (OLN)
Sahar Salama Founder and Head, T-Pay
Sakhr AlMulhem Head of Retail Banking, Gulf International Bank - Meem Online Bank
Shoaib Ahmed MEA Operations Manager, BUZZEFF MEA
Shuja Ahmed Co-founder & Tech Lead, IdeatoLife
Simon Tadros Backend Architect,
Tania Saleh Singer, Songwriter, Visual Artist & Owner, Tantune
Tracy Drakebly Head of Strategy / Liability Product Management, BLOM Bank Retail
Victor Kiriakos Director - Innovation program (afkar.me), INTIGRAL
Walid Hanna Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Walid Mansour Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Wassim El Haddad Co-Founder and Marketing Manager, Cup & Roll
Wisam Daoud CTO, Souq.com
Yasser Akkaoui Managing Director, NewsMedia (EXECUTIVE Magazine)
Yousef Hamidaddin CEO, Oasis500
Ziad Matar Head of Strategic Business Development, Qualcomm
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