YSIP Final Event

A 9 months journey of continued prototyping and refinement in 2 hours of inspirational talks and expert commentaries…

On September 3, 2021, the United Nations Global Compact Network Lebanon wrapped up a 9 months journey of continued learning, prototyping and design thinking in 2 hours of inspirational talks and expert commentaries during the YSIP Final Event.

Throughout the Young SDG Innovators Programme and over the course of 9 months, GCNL has united seven leading Lebanese companies and equipped them with the needed knowledge and skill-set in sustainability, systems innovation and design thinking to enable them to identify opportunities in the many challenges the country is facing. During this journey, participating companies were empowered to develop scalable solutions for advancing sustainable innovation within their core management and business operations.

The YSIP Final event was inaugurated by Deenah Fakhoury; Executive Director of Global Compact Network Lebanon and Mathilda Weibel, Global Operations Coordinator at United Nations Global Compact. Ms. Fakhoury and Weibel emphasized the role of the Young SDG Innovators Programme in utilizing the young talents in driving business ambition towards sustainability and responsible leadership.

This 2 hours inspirational event convened a 1 hour of expert commentaries capitalizing on innovation and intrapreneurship to achieve sustainability goals, the case of Lebanon. This dynamic plenary session facilitated by Omar Christidis; Founder and CEO of Arabnet, convened top gurus in the sustainability and innovation field: Yasser Akkaoui; Kconcept Holding Chairman, Carla Saba; Deputy General Manager of Berytech and Mona Itani; Founder and CEO of Riyada for Social Innovation. The broader aim of this plenary session was to display challenges, needs and expectations of intrapreneurs particularly in a context like Lebanon.  The panel also explored ways related to designing, manufacturing, delivering and scaling impact around the 17 SDGs.

This dynamic mix of dialogues and expert commentaries was accompanied with a thoughtful note delivered by our implementation partners: Hany Rizk; Founder of no.bs innovation and Nadim Chouckair; Founder of 2030 cabinet who praised the efforts and dedication of the seven teams all along the 9 months journey.  

The last segment of this inspirational event featured the team pitches of the seven participating companies – Alfa, BLF, BLC, Modon Group, Fattal Holding, LBACC and EBCO Bitar – in the accelerator.

The solutions themes ranged from e-waste, to environmentally friendly products, and mental health and wellbeing (among many others). All geared towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

The entire GCNL team cannot be prouder of the teams’ willpower, motivation, discipline and grit to pursue this path considering all the mounting challenges they were facing all along the journey in Lebanon.

Now more than ever, we realize that we need to leverage the young talents and bright minds for a prosperous sustainable community and build the Lebanon we all want.


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