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Meet the Judges

The finalists of each award will be evaluated by a judging panel consisting of prominent Lebanese business men and women as well as renowned sports figures. One of the voting voices will be given collectively to Maroun Chammas’ children. Ramzi Haidamus, Alain Bejjani, Maxime Chaaya, Jihad Salameh, Antoine Fadel, and Roula Zaarour will therefore serve two years on the judging panel.


Ramzi Haidamus

High-Tech Product Executive

Ramzi is a technology expert with proven business leadership skills and a strong innovation background. In his most recent role, Haidamus was President of Nokia Technologies, a world leader in advanced technologies focused on digital media, consumer digital health, brand licensing and patent licensing. A trained engineer, Ramzi spent 17 years with Dolby Laboratories, which he helped grow from a USD72 million private business into a nearly USD1 billion thriving public company. Ramzi was pivotal in the successful adoption of Dolby's technologies in open standards and in the launch of the DVD format, which won Dolby a joint Emmy Award in 1999.


Antoine J. Fadel

Chairman - ATG

Antoine J. Fadel is the Chairman of ATG s.a.l. (Holding) and HOLMED s.a.l. which are part of HOLCOM, a large group of companies, with a 50-year history in diligently serving clients in the EMEA region, with its 5,700 professionals, providing a large portfolio of products in the areas of Information Communication Technology Solutions, Telecom services, in addition to smart building and office solutions.


Alain G. Bejjani

CEO

Alain G. Bejjani is the Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Holding - a Dubai-based lifestyle conglomerate operating in 15 countries and 13 diverse industries. Since 2015 and under Bejjani’s leadership, Majid Al Futtaim Holding grew its revenues, profits, employment and geographic footprint. He established the Majid Al Futtaim Leadership Institute as a centre of excellence for developing current and future leaders; established the Majid Al Futtaim School of Analytics & Technology as a platform for leadership in understanding, predicting and responding to customer preferences; launched a Net Positive strategy, targeting a positive corporate footprint by 2040; and invested in technology that allows the ‘voice of the customer’ to be heard and acted on daily. He has positioned Majid Al Futtaim for long-term growth and success, while cementing its position as the leading privately-owned conglomerate across the region.


Jihad E. Salameh

President of Mont La Salle Sports

Jihad Salameh is a sports veteran in Lebanon. He has been the Sports Director at Mont La Salle School since 1987. He has been highly involved in the Lebanese Basketball Federation as well as the General Directorate for Youth and Sports and the Lebanese Olympic Committee. His work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been ongoing and he has been instrumental in the sports scene in Lebanon for over three decades. Salameh lectures on Sports Administration around the world and is an International and Regional Olympic Lecturer.


Roula Zaarour

Chief Operating Officer - Real Ventures

Roula Zaarour is currently COO of Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage venture capital firm that backs entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies and builds ecosystems. Prior to her current role, Zaarour spent close to 10 years playing a leading role in large organizations with major restructuring mandates. She was Vice-President, People & Culture of CBC/Radio-Canada during an important downsizing and re-organization. She also spent close to 6 years in South America as Vice-President, Business Transformation at Aerolineas Argentinas, and in Brazil as a Senior Advisor at Matlin Patterson LLC, an American private equity firm specialized in distressed investments. Zaarour had also occupied senior management positions at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Air Canada.


Maxime Chaya

Lebanese sportsman, mountaineer and explorer

Having graduated with honors from London School of Economics and Political Science, Maxime chose a different path in life. Today, some thirty years later, after climbing the Seven Summits, skiing to both poles, rowing an ocean and biking across a desert, Max has acquired the knowledge, experience and wisdom to inspire others to find what it is they are passionate about, and endeavor to be the very best at it.

Stimulating, recognizing and rewarding groundbreaking technology innovation and excellence in sports.

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