Center Member Alumnus Dr. Jinan Ziade and Colleagues Presented “Women Entrepreneurship in Lebanon” at the 62nd ICSB Conference

Center Member Alumnus Dr. Jinan Ziade and Colleagues Presented “Women Entrepreneurship in Lebanon” at the 62nd ICSB Conference

Lebanon is well known for entrepreneurship (e.g. the ancient Phoenicians) but it is mostly male-dominated. Women face obstacles (e.g., family responsibilities, financing) in Lebanon to start their businesses. Yet female entrepreneurship in Lebanon seems to exceed that of the entire MENA region. This paper, lead authored by Dr. Jinan Ziade, with Dr. Claude Tanoe and Dr. Louis Daily, examined the role of women in the entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE) in Lebanon and seeks insights into how women can break various barriers. The modern entrepreneurship infrastructure started in 2011 with accelerators like Endeavor and Wamda Research Lab. The Central Bank of Lebanon issued Circular 331 incentivizing banks to act as partners to ensure availability of funds. Interest in female entrepreneurship increased and many investors now support women-led businesses by providing financial services (such as Accion, IFC, JP Morgan). Notable Lebanese women entrepreneurs include Hala Fadel, Ava Bdeir, Christine Sfeir, Delphine Edde, and Hala Labaki.  Dr. Ziade offers many insights and she lived through the long tragic Lebanese Civil War in the 70s and 80s which destroyed the economy. 

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