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Nesreen Ghaddar: All alone at the top

Nesreen Ghaddar: All alone at the top

Reading Time: 2 minutes For this month’s special report on women in the workforce, Executive chose to profile a selection of seven successful, upper managerial level, Lebanese working women. Read more profiles as they’re published here, or pick up March’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. For most of her academic life, from her years as a student to teaching as a

In a man’s world

Reading Time: 7 minutes This article is part of Executive’s special report on women in the workplace. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up March’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Najwa Layan — Police officer Journey and motivation  Ever since she was a child, Najwa Layan has been attracted to military life. She says that three years

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Reading Time: 7 minutes In every corporate narrative, some dates are noted as remarkable, while others less so. For the founders of Shahiya, a digital portal for Lebanese culinary secrets and cooking instructions, January 28, 2015 is one such memorable date. It is the day when NetSila, the holding company that owns the five year young Shahiya recipe site,

Automating the future

Reading Time: 7 minutes It is in Lebanon, of all places, that the tale of Technica unfolds. The company manufactures and customizes automated end of line solutions — those machines that prepare products after they’ve been individually assembled, or wrapped, for shipping. So, if you were to say, eat a Twix candy bar in Cairo, it would have been

Raise your spirits

Reading Time: 7 minutes Whether enjoying a glass of single malt whiskey after a long day, celebrating a special occasion with champagne, or simply catching up with friends over a couple of cocktails carefully prepared by a mixologist, it seems that alcoholic beverages constitute a part of life for many of us. While some other industries, such as the

Strategy & war — Part III

Reading Time: 4 minutes In consulting, human capital is everything. Real experts are rare and have long been fought over, especially in a growth region like the Middle East where cultural compatibility is a key need. Now it looks as if the region’s scarcity of qualified consultants is taking the war for local talent to a whole new level.

Strategy & war — Part II

Reading Time: 5 minutes In consulting, human capital is everything. Real experts are rare and have long been fought over, especially in a growth region like the Middle East where cultural compatibility is a key need. Now it looks as if the region’s scarcity of qualified consultants is taking the war for local talent to a whole new level.

Strategy & war — Part I

Reading Time: 6 minutes In consulting, human capital is everything. Real experts are rare and have long been fought over, especially in a growth region like the Middle East where cultural compatibility is a key need. Now it looks as if the region’s scarcity of qualified consultants is taking the war for local talent to a whole new level.

Positive shock

Reading Time: 8 minutes Likely due to some well publicized successes, the concept of startup acceleration has spread like wildfire over the past decade. This idea — nurturing nascent innovators for a small slice of the pie — has developed worldwide. Every cluster of startups that considers itself an ecosystem needs at least one accelerator to take itself seriously.

Growth on tap

Reading Time: 3 minutes Executive met with Monisha Abraham, general manager at Brasserie Almaza, to discuss the business of beer in the country, market share, exports and plans for a new brewery.   You recently came to Beirut to manage Almaza, which is owned by Dutch group Heineken. How long have you been with the Heineken Company? I started working

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