A 12 Year Corporate Social Responsibility Legacy Comes to Lebanon

Under the Patronage of H.E. Boutros Harb, Minister of Post and Telecommunications in Lebanon, the CSR Levant 2015 Summit, sponsored by telecom operator Alfa, will focus on building socially responsible practices that drive community development and empower Lebanon and Levant’s youth

Lebanon will host the first CSR Levant Summit to be held on 15-17 April 2015 at ESA Business School (École supérieure des affaires) in Beirut. CSR Levant is part of the successful CSR and sustainability event series that take place in Dubai and GCC for the past 12 years. As corporate social responsibility is increasingly becoming on top of the national agenda in Lebanon, it is critical to identify the areas in need of development in the community.

CSR Levant 2015 will gather leading representatives of corporate organisations, NGOs, foundations, universities and ministries from across the Levant and around the world, who will discuss topics including how to build corporate social responsibility functions in organisations to drive community development, strengthen education delivery and empower youth. Job creation and linking education with CSR are other key topics on the agenda.

Commenting on the event Hoda Abdelhay, Conference Director at Informa, the organizer of CSR Levant said “We are very pleased to bring this 12 year legacy from Dubai to Lebanon with the CSR Levant Summit, recognizing the importance of developing the local community through building effective and impactful CSR practices”

Telecom operator, Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, is supporting the CSR Levant Summit as the Official Telecom Sponsor. Packed with three days of interactive learning and stakeholder networking, the agenda of the summit features key topics on green banking, linking CSR to the core business, fostering social entrepreneurship and CSR value creation among others. A highlight of the agenda is the CSR Levant Awards which recognize the best socially responsible programmes and organisations among the regional community. Led by an expert judging panel of multi-stakeholders ranging from NGOs and corporates to universities and internationals, the final winner of the awards will be announced at the event on 15 April.

The panel of speakers includes some of the Lebanon’s most distinguished CSR practitioners along with experts from regional and global organizations. University representatives will play a leading role in the Summit, including Stéphane Attali the Director General at the ESA Business School, Omaya Kuran the Director of Career Services Center Office of Students Affairs at the University of Balamand (UOB) and Dr. Dima Jamali the Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor at the American University of Beirut – Olayan School of Business.

Speaking ahead of his participation at the CSR Levant Summit, Karim Seifeddine the Public Affairs & Government Relations Head for MENA at Citi believes that it is critical to contribute to the development of certain areas such as “enhancing the skills of Lebanese youth, empowering women to become economically sustainable, and supporting micro-enterprise in rural Lebanon.”

Representing Jordan at the Summit, Hafez Neeno, the Senior Program Manager at the International Youth Foundation, a global youth development organization operating in Jordan, said, “In Jordan, most companies are trying to focus on creating awareness about unemployment. We have a very high unemployment rate at around 32%. This number shows that there is a lot of potential for people to start their businesses and establish jobs.”

Al Ahli Holding Group is partnering with CSR Levant and TRACCS is the Official PR Partner.

About CSR Levant

15-17 April 2015, ESA Business School, Beirut

http://www.csrlevant.com/Home/

About Informa CSR Series

Running for 12 years, Informa CSR summits are designed to share CSR and sustainability excellence to help drive social and economic development throughout the Middle East and North Africa. These summits are developed by working closely with key stakeholders including government, corporates and the CSR community to ensure a sustainable future for the region in focus areas such as youth engagement, education,community development, employment, development of women, human rights and entrepreneurship.

Informa Middle East, formerly known as IIR Mcsriddle East, has over two decades of regional experience in organising and managing all types of business events including top quality conferences or training courses. Based in the UAE with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Informa is an international company with some 100 offices around the world employing over 6,000 people in global events, academic publishing and business intelligence.

Visit www.csrsummitseries.com for more information on Informa CSR Series.

For further information about Informa visit www.informa-mea.com