Layla El-Zein

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Layla is a prize-winning strategist and has been featured on The New York Times, Al-Jazeera Media Channel and other portals. She is an avid reader in psycho-philosophical sciences, a horseback rider and scuba diver, a published photographer with an international record (see flickr.com/laylaelzein), and a wildlife enthusiast. A challenger by nature, she has camped on the barren steppes of Mongolia and hiked Mount Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak. With a background in Communications Engineering from AUB, she completed her MBA at Erasmus -Netherlands, earned her Co-Active coach accreditation at CTI Amsterdam, and followed with further specialisation in Integrative therapies and Transformational Leadership. She is currently pursuing studies in traditional healing sciences and Islamic scholarship in the USA and U.K. respectively. Her international career started with tech management at Ericsson and Vodafone, running projects across Asia, Africa and Europe. She then switched to strategy and business development consulting for UNICEF and Oxfam Novib in The Netherlands. Layla’s entrepreneurial journey kicked off when she joined CardioDiagnostics (high-tech startup that went on to be recognised by President Barack Obama) as Managing Partner and Chief Strategy/Operations Officer. Her achievements quickly developed into a diverse portfolio, co-founding 4 start-ups and 3 international think tanks. Layla's keen interest in education and personal growth led her to found ELYMU, a platform for Human Essence Development (see company description for more info), and is currently focusing on research. She remains an activist for human rights with a focus on justice and education. She took part in numerous projects in Amsterdam, Tripoli Lebanon, and Gaza/Palestine. She co-organized, hosted, and moderated multiple TEDx events. With a twist, her activism eventually led her to invest in and advise impact Start-ups across Lebanon, USA, UK and Malaysia.

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