Day 1 - Saturday July 7, 2018

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1 - Lawmaking Process in Lebanon
Keynote Speaker
11:00 – 11:30 Breaking the Ice
11:30 – 13:30 Session 2 – Parallel Workshops

Group A: Public Policy Cycle & Drafting a Policy Proposal

Dr. Benalla


Group B: Tips for creating a successful policy reform

Dr. Al Ubaydli, Mr. Aref, and Dr. Derawan

13:30 – 15:00 Networking Lunch
15:00 – 16:00 Session 3 – Speed Exchange
Dr. Al Ubaydli, Mr. Aref, Dr. Benalla, and Dr. Derawan
16:00 – 18:00 Session 4 – Parallel Workshops

Group A: Tips for creating a successful policy reform

Dr. Al Ubaydli, Mr. Aref, and Dr. Derawan


Group B: Public Policy Cycle & Drafting a Policy Proposal

Dr. Benalla

Day 2 - Sunday July 8, 2018

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:30 Session 5 – Reforms for Peace and Prosperity in Lebanon
Dr. Mardini
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Talk
11:00 – 13:00 Session 6 – Parallel Workshops

Group A: Position Your Policy Proposal & Understand Your Stakeholders

Dr. Benalla


Group B: Tips for Designing Your Policy Paper

Dr. Al Ubaydli, Mr. Aref, and Dr. Derawan

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Session 7– Parallel Workshops

Group A: Tips for Designing Your Policy Paper

Dr. Al Ubaydli, Mr. Aref, and Dr. Derawan


Group B: Position Your Policy Proposal & Understand Your Stakeholders

Dr. Benalla

16:00 – 17:00 Session 8 – Draft Your Policy Proposal
17:00 – 17:30 Session 9 – Present Your Proposal
17:30 – 18:30 Closing Ceremony & Distribution of Certificates
Mazen Derawan LLA 301

Dr. Mazen Derawan

Dr. Mazen Derawan is a lifelong entrepreneur. He is the founder of the largest meat processing factory in the Middle East and of a successful, residential construction business in Chicago. Dr. Derawan was the President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago and was on the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. He was also inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2005. Dr. Derawan is also a lifetime member of the American Marketing Association Honorary Society and member of several chambers of commerce and industry.

Omar al Ubaydli LLA 301

Dr. Omar Al Ubaydli

Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli is the Program Director for International and Geo-Political Studies at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies, an affiliated associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center. He previously served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Joint Advisory Board of Economists and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.

Zineb Benalla LLA 301

Dr. Zineb Benalla

Dr. Zineb Benalla is an international expert and Consultant in CVE, PVE, CT, good governance, rule of law, democratic transition and peace building. She holds: a BA in International Relations from Al Akhawayan University in Morocco and Georgetown University in the US; a Master’s degree in International laws from Kent Law School and Brussels School of International Studies; a public policy diploma from the Center of Public Policy Research in India; and a Think Tank MBA from Atlas Economic Research Foundation. She established the Averroes Academy for Freedom and Democracy, a public policy workshop. She spent the last 4 years in the Sahel and Maghreb region countering radical ideas and promoting peace reconciliation. She is an international consultant for the USAID, the AECOM International Development and many others.

Majdi Aref LLA 301

Mr. Majdi Aref

Mr. Majdi Aref is a policy analyst at the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies - LIMS. He holds a Master’s degree in finance from the University of York, in the UK, where he wrote on pricing credit default swaps with industry-specific factors. He previously worked in research at the Economics and Capital Markets Research Center, where he examined the effects of debt on growth. Mr. Aref is regularly invited as a speaker and discussant at roundtables organized by Lebanese political parties.

LLA 301 Shaping Public Policy

LLA 301 Shaping Public Policy is a two-day workshop followed by a two-months tutoring process. The workshop allows participants to draft a market-oriented policy paper that would serve their political party. Each party might have its own priority and LIMS is very flexible on the topic. After the workshop, a tutor will be assigned to each staff or activist to walk them through the process of drafting the paper.

By the end of LLA 301, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of a policy paper.
  • Collect primary and secondary data.
  • Build their case using strong arguments.
  • Discuss different alternatives and explain their shortcomings.
  • Draft a policy proposition and present it to policy-makers.


  • Number of participants: 18, with two or three representing each party
  • Audience: Staff and activists of Lebanese political parties, both seniors and juniors
  • Training duration: Two-day workshop + two months of tutoring
  • Workshop sessions: six sessions, two hours each
  • Meetings with tutor: five meetings
  • Number of tutors: six
  • Language: Arabic

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