The program



Omar Christidis

CEO of Arabnet


Omar is an entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, who saw the transformative impact of technology and innovation at a very nascent stage, and drove forward a vision to help build the digital industry in MENA. As one of the earliest leaders in the MENA tech industry, Omar has built deep expertise on digital disruption across sectors and currently holds multiple positions. He is the Founder & CEO of ArabNet, which produces leading events, insights and innovation programs focused on the technology and innovation industry in the MENA region. He is a Partner and Board Member at Lebanon Seed Fund, a $20 million early stage fund aimed at supporting 100 Lebanese startups, having already invested in 33 startups to date. Omar is actively involved in advising government leaders on digital innovation: he is a Founding Board Member of IDEAS, a non-profit association supported by the Prime Minister of Lebanon, that focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enable the innovation ecosystem in Lebanon; he also serves on the private sector advisory group for the Lebanese Minister of Technology and Investment.