Dr. Patrick Mardini


Dr. Patrick Mardini is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and the coordinator of the finance concentration. His publications are in the field of financial crisis, banks’ instability and institutional factors preventing competition. He also publishes on the danger of government intervention in a sectarian society. Dr. Mardini is the founder of the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies, the first free market think-tank in Lebanon. He is often interviewed by national TV and radio stations, and newspapers, and invited to lecture in Africa, China, Japan, Europe, the USA and the Middle East. He holds a PhD in economics from Paris Dauphine University.

Me. Richard Deeb

Vice President

Me. Richard Deeb is a managing partner at Mannai & Deeb for Legal Services in Qatar and Lebanon, the head of the legal department at Jaidah Group and a member Jaidah’s senior management. Deeb, Esq. has extensive working experience in business law, corporate law, joint venture acquisition and real-estate. He holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Limoges in France. He writes about intellectual property and trademark law, political and diplomatic immunity, and environmental law.

Mr. Charbel Gereige


Mr. Charbel Gereige is the London team lead for the Automated Asset Allocation developers in Blackrock. His role requires skillset that spans software development, data sciences as well as financial markets. He contributes to multiple initiatives to bring new technology advances to the rest of the business, including Machine Learning. Mr Gereige has worked in software development for financial institutions since 2005, starting his career in JP Morgan, and prior to Blackrock, he worked on the Equities arbitrage desk of Barclays Capital. Mr Gereige holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Telecom Paris, and an engineering degree from the Lebanese University.

Dr. Soha El Achi


Dr. Soha El Achi is an assistant professor of human resource management and the coordinator of marketing and human resources management at the Arab Open University in Lebanon. Her research is oriented toward human resource development, organizational behavior, labor market, leadership and entrepreneurship. Dr. El Achi holds a DBA from Grenoble School of Management and a master’s degree in international business from CERAM – European School of Business Management in France.