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Founded in 2005, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region is one of the 28 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global, an avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. The MIT Enterprise Forum- Pan Arab has a proven record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship by organizing each year the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition (www.mitarabcompetition.com), in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives and Zain , targeting 21 countries of the Arab region, bringing in more than 5,000 applications a year and engaging entrepreneurs in mentorship and networking.


Hala Fadel

Hala is a partner at leap ventures, a venture capital firm based in the Arab region, and the chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab region, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and organizes among other things the MIT Arab startup competition. She is also an Angel investor in start-up companies in the Middle East and Europe, and has launched a co-working space in Beirut called Coworking+961. Hala was previously a portfolio manager for European Equities at Comgest, a euro Equity 16bn fund. She graduated from HEC in France in 1997 with a Masters in Financial Economics and attended the Berkeley Haas School of Business, she holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. While at MIT she participated and won part of the MIT 50K business plan competition. She started Booleo, a telecom software business, later acquired as an internal solution by a client.

Noor Sweid
Board Member

Board Member, MITEF Pan Arab Board Director, Endeavor Member of the Board of Advisors, Collegiate American School Dubai Previously founded a wellness company, and scaled a contracting company; exiting both


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