Author Archives: Thomas Schellen

Forever younger, forever on a quest

Forever younger, forever on a quest

“…it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.”

Can Lebanon construct a multi-channel digital future for serious journalism?

The tech entrepreneurship landscape in Lebanon is slowly producing more colorful and fragrant blossoms —more prosaically known as startup ventures. Also, the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, after some years of incremental progress by trial and error, appears to be heading in a direction where it can deliver on two important asset categorizations and ecosystem requirements: generating

Venture Group talks expansion of their hospitality cluster model in Lebanon and beyond

Marwan Ayoub and Rabih Saba—and their hospitality company Venture Group, specialized in developing and operating purpose-built restaurant clusters—have covered a lot of ground in the past seven years. Today, their team is playing in the premier league of regional hospitality. Geographically and financially, Venture Group’s cluster business started small. In 2011, Ayoub and Saba began

Ziad Hayek discusses new PPP projects

At the end of October, Executive interviewed Ziad Hayek, secretary general of the High Council of Privatization and PPP (HCP), to learn of proposed public-private partnerships. The HCP had organized stakeholder meetings to discuss public-private partnership (PPP) proposed projects. This interview primarily discussed two PPP projects that are now in the pre-planning phase—the expansion of

Interview with Ziad Hayek, Secretary General of the High Council of Privatization and PPP

One observation that the World Bank’s latest economic monitor publication for the Middle East and North Africa conveyed to its faithful readers was that the internet infrastructure in MENA countries needs to be brought up to speed in order to facilitate better transitions into the digital economy. Published in early October, the monitor highlighted the

12 new Lebanese startups

In previous years, attending a startup demo day in Beirut—where hopeful graduates of accelerator programs present their projects and pitch for recognition and financial investments—tended to require a will to smile politely and some tolerance for boredom. But in September and October of this year, demo days and startup competitions with Lebanese entrants—some held in

An interview with Bookwitty chief executive Cyril Hadji-Thomas

To understand as much as possible about the inside perspective and mindset related to the first high-profile  failure of a Lebanese startup, Executive sat down with Cyril Hadji-Thomas, the stakeholder at the heart of Bookwitty. E  We heard many things when investigating this case. Among them, allegations that a large number of subsidiaries had been

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