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 Marwan Kheireddine Recap

Marwan Kheireddine started his career teaching at AUB in 1997. He left academia to found a private equity firm called KHEIRREDDINE & COMPANY, which focuses on investing in small businesses. Since its founding, his company has invested millions of dollars in the Lebanese economy. He has also founded the Entrepreneurship Development Lab (EDLab), a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs get their ideas. Kheireddine continues to teach entrepreneurship classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Recently, he launched an online course about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

“My goal here isn’t just to create an impactful project. I also want to spread my message about the value of the open-source and the need for others to get involved. I want others to realize that if they build something cool and share it for free, there will be someone out there that will appreciate it and hopefully help them move forward with their ideas.”

“I just happened to be standing there at the time going through all of her problems,” he says, “and I just said, ‘Well, why not give it a try?’ And she decided to give it a shot and see if she could get better. And that’s when we got together.”

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He has also been actively involved in projects related to the Lebanese economy. Kheireddine has served as chairman of the board of trustees at the American Community School Beirut since 2007; however, his involvement goes back several years before that time. He has also been a member of the boards of trustees of the American University of Beirut and the American University of Science and Technology. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Beirut Stock Exchange, and he has participated in numerous other projects and organizations in Lebanon. In 2012, he founded the nonprofit organization Endeavor, an organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship.

Kheireddine launched Youth Inc., and an investment fund focused on supporting young entrepreneurs. Through the program, he aims to give them opportunities to start companies and become role models to encourage other youth to follow suit. He hopes his efforts will help bring about economic growth and job creation in Lebanon.