Educating borrows is an ethical obligation | Dave Dugdale | CC BY-SA 2.0

The ABCs of the 123s

Finance is a complicated topic to understand. The jargon and math don’t help. Top employees of Lebanese lending institutions have admitted to Executive that even some bankers cannot define an annual percentage rate (APR). Look it up on Wikipedia, and you’ll no doubt be researching more new terms (such as nominal APR and effective APR)

L'accord de Paris signals the end of the fossil fuel era | Arnaud Bouissou | Flickr | CC0 1.0 Universal

L’accord de Paris

The recent Paris Agreement is a departure in form and substance from previous climate change accords; it calls for a bottom-up approach to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike the 1997 Kyoto Protocol — a bifurcated approach that legally bound developed countries to reduce their emissions — the Paris accord removes the distinction between developed and

Syrian refugees face another harsh winter in Lebanon |Greg Demarque|

Syrian crisis: a new approach

For nearly five years the conflict has dragged on; yet the world is only more daunted by the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis. Here in Lebanon the challenges are numerous – from the strained economy and infrastructure to health care, education, politics and security. All aspects of life have been affected. But we cannot afford

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A 5,000-year opportunity

“This Agreement… aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, including by: (a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5

The shrinking of the Dead Sea has environmental and economic repercussions

One drop at a time

Growing populations, rising demand on resources and mounting environmental pressures are putting an increasing global strain on water resources. In the Middle East in particular, stressed river basins shared by countries are increasingly experiencing problems, and global climate change will only exacerbate this. December’s landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was not primarily about water-related

Top 20 Entrepreneurs in 2015

Every year Executive highlights 20 of the finest entrepreneurs in Lebanon. For this year, we focused on companies which either had a strong environmental or social impact, and which had a large job creation prospect. Listed in alphabetical order below, the following entrepreneurs and businesses are those that Executive has chosen as the Top 20 enterprises in

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Mother and child reunion

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. MomAdvice Industry: e-Health Product: Health care app Product launch: 2016 Established: 2015 Employees: 3 Founders: Rita Deek and Nicholas Chehade Rita Deek, a trained psychologist, was continuously approached

TAHEEL

Educating with intelligence

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. Taaheel (Lebanese Association for Rehabilitation and Development) Industry: Education Product: Special educational needs assessment kit Product launch: 2008 Established: 2008 Employees: 9 Founder: Hoda Bibi Taaheel was started in

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From apps to appreneurship

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. TEDMOB Industry: Technology and apps Product: Various Product launch: 2015 Established: 2015 Employees: 14 Founder: Mario Hachem TEDMOB – Technology Entertainment Development for Mobile – was formed at

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The brains of the operation

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. TickleMyBrain Industry: Recruitment Product: Resume and presentation services Product launch: 2012 Established: 2012 Employees: 4 Founder: Tara Nehme Tara Nehme, the Lebanese-Canadian founder of TickleMyBrain (TMB), first noticed

Urbacraft

Building blocks

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. Urbacraft Industry: Consumer and retail Product: Construction toy and educational kit Product launch: 2014 Established: 2014 Employees: 1 Founders: Sabine de Maussion and Ayssar Arida Sabine de Maussion

modeo

Some assembly required

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. Modeo Industry: Furniture and design Product: Modular assembly furniture Product launch: 2016 Established: 2015 Employees: 2 Founders: Emile Arayes and Aline Gemayel Modeo is a young startup launched in February

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School of code

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. Teens Who Code Industry: Education Product: Coding classes Product launch: 2014 Established: 2014 Employees: Recruitment on project basis Founders: Nour Atrissi and Ziad Alameh Teens Who Code is

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The air that we breathe

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. Sensio AIR Industry: Health care and ICT Product: Allergen and particle tracker Product launch: January 2016 Established: 2015 Employees: 6 Founders: Cyrille Najjar and Eve Tamraz Sensio AIR

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Guarding against fraud

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. ReAble Industry: Health care and ICT Product: ReAble wallet mobile app Product launch: 2015 Established: 2015 Employees: 3 Founders: Paul Saifi and Emile Sawaya When Emile Sawaya’s younger

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