Managing Director, MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region
Joelle Yazbeck has a passion for entrepreneurship and supporting young talents in the Arab world and has become part of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region (MITEF) since its inception. Joelle has actively contributed to the development of the MITEF’s flagship Arab Startup Competition www.mitarabcompetition.com that has nowadays become the largest entrepreneurship competition in the Arab region receiving more than 5,000 applications yearly from 21 countries.
Based in Silicon Valley, Joelle oversees the overall management of MITEF and assists to its strategic direction and the expansion of its programs. The MITEF has grown its activities beyond the Startup Competition catering for growth companies looking to expand into US markets, where Joelle is currently developing an immersive program. MITEF has also embarked globally-recognized programs and partnered up with renowned worldwide organizations.
In 2009, Joelle joined the American University of Beirut and was involved in setting up the Entrepreneurship Initiative at the Olayan School of Business, which later became the Darwazah Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Prior to that, Joelle was part of the Lebanese organization Bader Young Entrepreneurs Programand was actively involved in setting up its various programs to promote entrepreneurship as an alternative for the migrating youth amid the political instability in 2005.
Joelle holds a BA in Economics from Notre Dame University (NDU, Lebanon).