Young SDG Innovators Program (YSIP) 2019-2020

About the program

The Young SDG Innovators Programme (YSIP) is an accelerator program established for young professionals that are working in participant companies of the United Nations Global Compact.

This program aims to provide them with the unique skills to drive sustainability efforts and innovation and deliver tangible sustainability solutions to their significant companies by using the 17 SDGs as a catalyst.

Hence, the goal of the program is to encourage SDG innovation by using bottom up approaches in order to develop breakthrough solutions with specific market values.

The program targets employees, aged 35 and under, who have a passion to transform their companies into more sustainable entities of society. These representatives must show drive and passion for sustainability, creativity and teamwork skills.

YSIP 2019-2020


On October 8, 2019 Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL) hosted the first YSIP Kick-off Workshop where different teams met to discuss and align their expectations of the program. The workshop was inaugurated by inspirational messages from GCNL President Mrs. Dima Jamali and CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Ms. Lise Kingo through a video-call.

This kick-off session enabled the participating teams to capitalize on an introductory and clarification session that paves the way towards optimal results at the conclusion of the YSIP Program. The introductory session emphasized the different characters and roles of each of the following: Innovators, Champions, and Mentors. The course of the entire program was explained including a briefing on the different camps that will be held in addition to both the topics and skills that will be addressed.

In general, the floor was available for the YSIP Innovators, Champions, and Mentors to introduce themselves and their field of expertise, facilitated by GCNL Executive Director Mrs. Dina Harake.

The workshop introduced a constructive panel, moderated by Strategic Advisor Dr. Hasan Youness, where the YSIP mentors explained how they can contribute to the enhancement of the program and the participants’ learning process, based on their entrepreneurial spirit and their professional experience.


On November 21, YSIP innovators met at the first Innovation Camp to brainstorm, analyze and create solutions for their companies based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Challenge Definition

On December 16 and 17, the second Young SDG Innovators Program (YSIP) Camp emphasized the process of defining and refining challenges of the private sector, building on the previous Challenge Identification camp.

Solutions Development

On January 29 and 30, the third Young SDG Innovators Program (YSIP) camp took place under the name of “Solutions Development”. It followed the two previously-held camps that entirely focused on identifying, defining and refining challenges of the private sector from a sustainable outlook. It allowed the innovators to start transforming the identified challenges in their companies to sustainably-constructed solutions.

Solutions Testing and Validation

On March 26 and 27, the fourth Young SDG Innovators Program (YSIP) camp took place under the name of “Solutions Testing and Validation”. Following the three previously-held camps, this camp focused on  refining and validating problem solutions related to their specific companies. It helped innovators measure and communicate the SDG impact of their proposed solutions and be inspired on how to further build innovation into their development work.


The last camp took place on May 28th and 29th, concluding the months of work done with our Innovators.

  1. Negotiating a Space for Innovation: Ms. Christine Francis discussed how Innovators can build connections with key stakeholders and how to navigate their corporate environment to be an agent of change even within the most rigid structures.
  2. Making the Case – Storytelling: Dr. Linda Adra Yamak explained that the key to a successful pitch is being able to tell a good story. This interactive session offered guidance for Innovators on how to develop skills and strategies to frame and communicate their ideas in compelling and authentic ways.
  3. Managing Resilience: With the moderation of Mrs. Dina Harake, guest speakers Dr. Fouad Zmokhol, Ms. Hasmig Khoury, Ms. May Rihan, Ms. Maissa Abou Adal, and Dr. Hasan Youness shared insights into innovation best practices and common traits from successful innovative organizations.

Companies involved in last year’s program

2019-2020 masterminds

Meet the Mentors

Meet the Champions

Meet the Innovators

YSIP Experts

Sinan Noureddine: Web and Mobile developer at Lelabodigital. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Vee Smart, an AI company responsible for automating customer service analysis for different industries.    

Randa Farah: Founder of I Have Learned Academy and Co-Founder and Managing Partner at, she is a Specialist in Human Resources Management. Also, she is a University Instructor at USJ of HR and Organizational Psychology courses.

Mario Hachem: Co-Founder & CEO at TEDMOB, he is a Dynamic Innovator & Entrepreneur. Hachem has experience in assisting companies, startups, and entrepreneurs to realize their potential in the mobile space.

Mahdi Mansour: An educational developer and coordinator at the Lycee national schools, a lecturer at the Lebanese University, a Content Manager at Pearson Education Limited. Dr. Mansour has innovated a new teaching strategy, the Light Ball Strategy (LBS).

Lamia Chamas: Senior Project Officer at the Project Administration Office at Berytech, and a unit at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Lamia also holds expertise in environmental policies and strategies.


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