Newsletter - Q3 2019


2019 marks our 10-Year Anniversary! 

We are celebrating with 10 Events in 10 Chapters #10IN10 

This quarter has seen 4 chapters celebrate our 10th Anniversary #10IN10 
In Geneva, some 100 members and friends met at the Golf Club for a memorable event in presence of LIFE Founding Chairman Paul Raphael while in Singapore, we were honoured by the presence of Mr. Bilahari Kausikan, Chairman of Middle East Institute at the University of Singapore and Former Singaporean Diplomat. In Montreal, Roger Karam generously hosted us in his home for a summer barbecue and in New York, our CEO Nadine Massoud joined guests for an evening of jazz and comedy at the Yale Club. #LIFEpics












Francois Kayat, LIFE Board Member, at LIFE's launch in London, 10th November 2009

Throughout the year there will be special editions of Meet Our Members featuring some of our 10 year members #Memberfor10




In a joint event with LebNet, we were delighted to welcome Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Upgrade and Noah Breslow, CEO of OnDeck, for a discussion on alternative online lending models. The event was moderated by Habib Kairouz and generously hosted by Eli Curi at Fenwick & West. The discussion centred on how online lenders are using data to bypass banks and unlock capital.
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In light with our expansion into the fintech ecosystem, LIFE has partnered with Arabnet for their conference Arabnet Beirut X.
This celebration of tech and innovation welcomed over 4000 digital leaders featuring expert discussions on a number of themes: “Launchpad” track focused on the latest trends in innovation, investment and entrepreneurship; “Ad/Edge” track tackled digital media, advertising technology and marketing content; while “Finverse” track delved into digital banking and fintech.





We are very pleased to announce the creation of the LIFE Fellowship Fund at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Funded in partnership with MIT Alumni Nagi Hamiyeh, May Nasrallah, Paul Raphael and Ramzi Rishani, this Fellowship Fund will also be benefitting from matching funds from MIT’s endowment fund enabling us to reach US$1 million and allowing us to grant in perpetuity scholarships to Lebanese students attending one of the most respected and renowned educational institutions in the world. As LIFE Fellows, those students will naturally be given access to our Mentoring Programme as well as the LIFE network, similarly to our current LIFE Scholars.
We are thrilled by this initiative and its accelerator impact on our mission. Going forward we will be looking at replicating this structure with other renowned institutions and we will be reaching out to some of you as alumni of other graduate business schools to discuss the establishment of similar programmes in partnership with the schools. 
Should you have any interest in such programmes or if you have any questions please contact nurture@lifelebanon.com


In other news, we are also delighted that one of our main donors, Carl Faker, has renewed his generous support to our Nurture Programmes.
In past years, the LIFE-Carl Faker Scholarship Fund, which is exclusively dedicated to Scholars pursuing an undergraduate degree in Lebanon,  funded 8 students attending AUB, LAU and NDU. This year, a further 3 Scholars from LAU and AUB will be supported throughout their studies.
We are grateful for Carl’s generosity and firm intention to keep aiding education in Lebanon through the LIFE Nurture Programme.




Our Promote initiatives include promoting a healthy economic debate in Lebanon as well as fostering a dialogue with key stakeholders in Washington DC. In this critical economic juncture for Lebanon, the Middle East Institute, one of the leading Middle East focused think tanks in the United States, invited LIFE to participate in its weekly podcasts. Omar Slim, Senior Investment Manager and Promote Committee Member, had a wide ranging conversation on Lebanon’s current economic affairs, as well as the way forward. We invite you to listen to the podcast here



Updated LIFE Byelaws

LIFE Annual Review 2018



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