YSIP Offboarding Innovation Camp

We have reached the end of our YSIP journey! The last camp took place on May 28th and 29th, concluding the months of work done with our Innovators.

During this phase, our innovators prepared to take the learnings, skills, and projects developed in the program into the reality of their organizations. A key outcome of this camp was the solutions showcasing, as the innovators will now be able to pitch their solutions to the senior management of their companies. The two-day online workshop focused on how to apply breakthrough thinking within organizations and what the participants can do as intrapreneurs to foster a culture of innovation in their companies.​

In this regard, the main themes for the Offboarding camp revolved around:

  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 Younes shared insights into innovation best practices and common traits from successful innovative organizations.

Through these three main sessions, Innovators were able to conclude the 5th Camp and the YSIP experience with a final presentation session. Through the SDG Business Solutions Presentations, Innovators pitched their final idea to each other and all Mentors, Experts and Facilitators that have helped them during YSIP since the beginning of the program.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the second round of YSIP registration happening soon for the year of 2021.

Our Facilitators:

May 28’s Programme

First session: Negotiating a Space for Innovation

Ms. Christine Francis

An inspiring leader in her own field of leadership and Culture Transformation and a passion for working with entrepreneurs, organizations, and advancing women in Business. She is a lead facilitator with the Mowgli Mentoring with whom she facilitates accredited 360-degree mentoring programs in the MENA region. Backed with a collective experience of 24 years within the world of business both locally and internationally, Christine is driven by making a difference in the lives of clients she crosses path with. In her personal journey, she has developed a first-hand experience of how to lead and navigate change from within. Be – Live – Transform, is at the heart of the work she does to ensure they are value-driven both in life and at work, to leverage impact beyond success.

Second Session: Storytelling for Entrepreneurs

Dr. Linda Adra Yamak

A storyteller by heart and by profession. She believes well-crafted stories transform individuals, communities, and the world.  Linda currently serves as a personal-narrative consultant at TEAL Narrative Solutions, a strategic storytelling consultancy that she co-founded in Beirut in 2017 @teal_storytelling. Linda is also a motivational speaker, educationalist, journalist, and writer.  Her ultimate professional purpose is to  “empower others to find and use their voices so they may inspire action”. 

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Breakout Room: Discussing the projects with the following experts

Dr. Ziad Nehme

Working in the academic and health care industry for the last 15 years and served in various health care organizations. He is skilled in most aspects of the health care industry from hospital construction and maintenance, through sales of medical equipment to strategic planning and business development. Dr. Ziad is also qualified as a leadership and communication trainer presenting training programs internationally. He is a University Professor and taught Executive MBA programs with leading Universities in Lebanon. He advises on and provides consulting and coaching in the strategic and operational aspects of management, organizational development, and change.

Ms. Ursula El-Hage

She is an EDBA candidate at Paris Dauphine-USJ and an MBA holder from IDE Business School, Ecuador. Currently, Ursula is a quality expert at Université Saint-Joseph and an expert and lecturer on Innovation and Quality Management. Previously, former Vice-President of CODEFE, the Ecuadorian partner of EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) of which she is Trainer and Award Lead Assessor. Co-founder of the European Management Center in Ecuador and Entrepreneurship Center Founder Director at IDE Business School (IESE group). At the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador, she has served as Head of the Innovation Office responsible for the conception of the National E-government Plan, the Procedure Simplification Process, and the National Program for Excellence.

Dr. Omaya Kuran

Holding a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from University Jean Moulin Lyon 3. She is a full-time lecturer of quantitative courses (Accounting, Statistics, and Mathematics), Business Ethics and Organizational Development, and Change at the University of Balamand. Previously she was a consultant to the university president and she held the position of Director at the Career Services Center, where she created and organized over 10 student programs and promoted student’s employability through various cooperation. She has over 6 paper presentations in USA, France, and Lebanon in the past 2 years. She successfully headed 2 European Union-funded projects in Lebanon. Omaya is a double award winner at the AOM conference 2017, winner of Best Paper Award of the Management Consultancy Division, and the Benedictine University Scholar-Practitioner Collaboration Award.

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May 29’s Programme

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Dr. Fouad Zmokhol

Entrepreneur, leader, author, and educator, Dr. Fouad Zmokhol holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Newport University (USA). Thanks to his visionary and strategic perspective, he coached and mentored hundreds of young entrepreneurs and inspired businessmen to preserve and develop the public economic systems, with a view to boosting local and international investments. He is the CEO of the Zimco Group (ME) and SAPDIB (Africa), President of the “Association of Lebanese Business People in the World” (RDCL World), Professor at Saint Joseph University (USJ) and Independent Board Member at the Lebanese American University (LAU).


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