"Re-Fit" Final Session Workshop
Re-Fit: Distribution of Green Certificates for Businesses in the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Sectors
The final session of the "Green Business Model" workshop for the Re-Fit project was successfully held at Fondation Diane premises in collaboration with ICU.
We were glad to gather more than 15 green, young, and motivated entrepreneurs and assist them - with the help of Fondation Diane certified trainers - in developing their cutting-edge projects in the field of renewable energy & energy efficiency and taking their eco-ideas into the next level! The interactive workshop was concluded by an interesting Q&A session about the challenges, the solutions and the future of the energy sector in Lebanon, as well as the distribution of green "certificates of attendance" to each entrepreneur.
The Re-Fit project, funded by the European Union and implemented by ICU, Fondation Diane, Arc-en-ciel and Università di Genova, consists of retrofitting public buildings with green technologies and processes, with the goal of contributing to climate change mitigation and a circular economy in Lebanon, with a comprehensive analysis of the current and potential batteries value chain and the goal of boosting innovation in the renewable energy sector.
Re-Fit: Call for Applications!
Do you own or manage a company in the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Sector in Lebanon? If the answer is yes, this call is for you!
Fill in the below survey for a chance to be one of the 20 businesses which will be selected to attend the Green Business Workshop, scheduled for December 2022.
This workshop comes under the framework of the Re-Fit project (Retrofitting of Public Buildings through Green Technologies & Processes), a project funded by the European Union and implemented by Fondation Diane, ICU, Arc en ciel and the Universita di Genova; it consists of providing training and coaching support to green and eco-entrepreneurs innovating in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, to help them devleop their innovative business ideas into viable green business models. As for the program, it consists of the delivery of training and online support services aimed at supporting eco-entrepreneurs (established SMEs or start-ups).
Apply here: https://forms.gle/bQKYkH8KGtFnuev68
“2nd Annual EcoSwitch Festival”
Fondation Diane, The EcoSwitch Coalition and Cewas Organized the “2nd Annual EcoSwitch Festival” to Support Eco-Entrepreneurs & Green Start-ups
Following the success of the 1st Ecoswitch Festival, “Fondation Diane”, the “EcoSwitch Coalition” and “Cewas” launched the 2nd edition of the annual EcoSwitch Festival for eco-entrepreneurs and green start-ups in Lebanon. The 3 day event was held with two online afternoon programs on the first 2 days, followed by a physical gathering of eco-entrepreneurs, green start-ups and supporting organizations on the 3rd day at Beirut Digital District. This event is supported by SwitchMed, an EU funded program, and the Asfari Foundation, under the YLEAP Program (Youth Learning, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program).
The festival consisted of a world café with the coalitions’ partners, knowledge-sharing discussions, expert panel sessions, speed dating and networking activities; and it welcomed over 150 online participants and 120 people at the networking event!
One of the highlights of the event was a keynote opening speech by the Founder and President of "Fondation Diane" Mrs. Diana Fadel in the 1st day of the event. In her motivational speech, Mrs. Fadel shed the light on eco-sustainable development which is embedded in the mission of the foundation. She then emphasized on the major role of Fondation Diane in boosting green entrepreneurship in Lebanon and its commitment to supporting creative-innovative minds & green start-ups who are actively engaged in making a change via the 17 SDGs. She continued by giving a boost of positivity to the young eco-entrepreneurs, the engine of change, the leaders of tomorrow!
Then, inspirational talks were addressed by four successful Lebanese green entrepreneurs: Nadim Inaty from Flixpy, Hanan Ismail from Garbalizer, Ziad Hussami from Mruna, and Soumaya Merhi from Taqa Bakery, who explained about the major challenges they encountered throughout their entrepreneurial journey, and provided the participants with motivational insights and sustainable solutions. The 2nd day featured animated and exciting discussion panels, with moderators, experts and eco-entrepreneurs, on different topics, entitled: “The Benefits of Clustering between Enterprises”, “Behavioral NeuroScience and Going Green”, and “Solve the Banana Waste Challenge”.
The physical event consisted of an inspirational talk by AbdelRahman Al Halawani from the “Asfrai Foundation”, as well as welcome notes from Fondation Diane, MedWaves and the coalition’s partners. In addition to green announcements, fun and entertaining activities, this day also included collaboration, speed dating, and networking opportunities that were initiated for the entrepreneurs to get to meet other sustainable like-minded people and EcoSwitch Coalition partners.
The overall objective was to introduce the green entrepreneurs to the “EcoSwitch Coalition”; a partnership of well-established institutions, NGOs and businesses that are passionate about growing the green ecosystem in Lebanon and the region. The EcoSwitch Coalition was created in 2020 to strengthen the support to eco-entrepreneurs in Lebanon, extend and multiply their positive impact through targeted assistance, in order to accelerate the transition towards social innovation and the green circular entrepreneurship in the region. The coalition currently encompasses 25 partners, and its aim is to offer eco-entrepreneurs knowledge sharing events, capacity building activities, access to expertise, as well as technical and financial support.
The EcoSwitch Coalition partners are: Asher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ACIE), AUB Nature Conservation Center, Agence Francaise de la Francophonie (AUF), Beirut Digital District (BDD), Berytech, Beyond Group, Bloom, Centre MINE, Cewas, Circular Hub, Changelabs, EcoConsulting, Eedama, Farah Social Foundation, Flat6Labs, Fondation Diane (implementing partner of SwitchMed in Lebanon), Injaz Lebanon, LAU Innovation Center, Make Sense, Michel Daher Foundation, Nucleus Ventures, Proquale, SmartESA, Tripoli Entrepreneurs Club and Waterlution.
Visit the EcoSwitch Coalition’s website to know more: https://ecoswitchcoalition.creation.camp/
Inauguration of the "Clinique Sociale de l'Enfant"
"Fondation Diane" and "Hotel-Dieu de France" Open the 1st Social Pediatric Clinic in Lebanon to Welcome All Children from 0 to 18 years old, at No Cost!
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Public Health, “Fondation Diane” and “Hotel-Dieu de France” organized the inauguration of the “Clinique Sociale de l’Enfant” at the heart of HDF; a one-of-a-kind social pediatric clinic for all children in Lebanon, especially the underprivileged ones, from birth till adulthood, regardless of their nationality, with no social or racial discrimination, almost for free!
Under the title of “Equal Quality Medical Care for All Children in Lebanon!”, the ceremony was held in the presence of local, regional and international key figures from the public and private sector including the the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Mrs. Joanna Wronecka, the Unicef Representative in Lebanon, Mr. Edouard Beigbeder, the Lebanese Former Minister of State, Mr. Roger Dib, the Lebanese Former Minister for Displaced Persons, Mrs. Alice Chaptini, the Former Judge at the Lebanese Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Marise Amm, His Excellency Minister of Public Health, Dr. Firass Abiad represented by the Director of Medical Directorate, Mr. Joseph Helou, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of HDF, Rev. Professor Salim Daccache s.j., as well as the Founder & President of “Fondation Diane”, Diana Fadel & the press.
Open to all families residing in Lebanon, the clinic offers pediatric consultations mostly for marginalized children to help them have access to a medical care of high value. It aims at providing quality medical services through Hotel-Dieu de France, a trustworthy hospital center in a context of skyrocketing living costs.
It is the 1st Center of its kind to offer diagnosis, vaccinations, preventive & curative care and psychological support. The consultation fees are minimal and they are aligned with the rates of the primary healthcare centers set by the Ministry of Health. The vaccination schedule is also based on the national immunization calendar adopted by the Ministry.
Through this milestone, “Fondation Diane” and “Hotel-Dieu de France” aim at offering a sustainable solution to the health problematic at the national level. The overall objective is to eliminate disparities and reduce inequalities occurring in the health sector, and consequently contributing to the SDG3 to ensure “Good Health & Well-being”, as an additional step towards Sustainable Development.
Check the press release
Call for Entrepreneurs in the "Blue Economy" Sector
Are you an Entrepreneur in the "Blue Economy" sector at ideation, growth, or maturity phase? Do you have a Sustainable Business idea, a Start-up or an SME in any of the following sub-sectors: Salt Extraction & Harvesting, Coastal Tourism, Port Activities, Shipbuilding & Repair, Fishing, Blue Energy, Aquaculture?
Apply Now to the "Promotion of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy Sector" and get the chance to be among 20 selected entrepreneurs who will benefit from a Sustainable Business Development Training Program. This program is funded by the European Union in Lebanon and provided by Fondation Diane for Medwaves in the framework of the SwitchMed project.
Deadline for applications: September 16, 2022
The 1st Private Screening of "Costa Brava, Lebanon"
“Fondation Diane” organized the 1st private screening of “Costa Brava, Lebanon” film by Mounia Akl, featuring Nadine Labaki and Saleh Bakri, at Grand Cinemas in ABC Dbayeh, to shed light once again on the waste crisis in Lebanon with the aim of presenting radical and long-term solutions. Having received positive feedback from prominent figures in the movie industry, the 14-award movie has also won the “Green El Gouna Star” award for best film under the environment category, and participated in local and international festivals.
In this context, “Fondation Diane” introduced five entrepreneurs and start-ups specialized in the waste management sector in Lebanon (solid waste, textile waste, electronic waste, organic and agricultural waste, and others), who brought forward remedies to this issue. Supported by the foundation, these start-ups are “Green Track” (headed by Khoder Eid), “Lebanon Waste Management” (headed by Pierre Baaklini), “FabricAid” (headed by Omar Itani), “Ecoserv” (headed by Gaby Kassab), and “Compost Baladi” (headed by Marc Aoun).
The overall purpose is to introduce to the audience the most effective green solutions to the waste problematic at the national level.
Watch Jad Ghosn Webinar at your Convenience
Within the framework of civic awareness, the Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Eco-Citizenship & Sustainable Development (CEEDD)" organized on 28 July 2022 a webinar entitled: "Lebanese Youth: Engine of Change or Fuel of the Crisis?", animated by the Lebanese journalist and news reporter Jad Ghosn.
More than 100 participants joined the interactive and insightful webinar that aimed at enlightening the Lebanese citizens on:
The Lebanese youth, their fate and suffering amidst the economic crisis?
What is their role in achieving Sustainable Development?
How can they serve as an added-value to the country?
Did you miss it? Now you can watch the video at your convenience.
Welcoming our New EcoSwitch Members!
Today, we would like to welcome "Centre MINE" and "ACIE" to the EcoSwitch Coalition!
Centre MINE is the Careers, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Lebanese University (LU)
ACIE is the "Asher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship" of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)
Visit the EcoSwitch Coalition online portals:
Facebook page: @ecoswitch.coalition
LinkedIn page: @ecoswitch-coalition
Organizing the 3rd Edition of the “Green Market”
With a plan to boost the circular economy and support green startups & SMEs, "Fondation Diane" in collaboration with the “Asfari Foundation”, “Cewas” and the "EcoSwitch Coalition" organized the 3rd edition of the "Green Market" exhibition at ABC Verdun.
Under the title of "towards responsible consumption", the exhibition showcased a wide array of green and eco-sustainable products from 25 exhibitors in different sectors, notably: agri-food, food & beverage, sustainable fashion & textile, sustainable cosmetics, and more. It was a one-of-a kind experience with locally produced, healthy, natural, organic, delicious, and beautiful products.
Through this “Green Market”, “Fondation Diane” aims at contributing to Sustainable Development in general, and to the 12th goal in specific (SDG12) to ensure “Responsible Consumption & Production”, by conserving energy and natural resources, and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
Green Market- Call for Green Entrepreneurs
The Green Market is an event funded by the Asfari Foundation. It is organized by Fondation Diane in collaboration with Cewas and the EcoSwitch Coalition partners.
20 selected green entrepreneurs will have the chance to showcase their products at ABC Verdun and meet with potential investors during an event that will be held on 7,8 & 9 July 2022.
The Green Market exhibition will be preceded by 2 online coaching sessions led by Cewas and supported by the EcoSwitch Coalition partners to develop entrepreneurs' selling and pitching skills and help them maximize their sales.
Are you one of those green entrepreneurs? Apply before 31 May and get the chance to be one of the 20 selected enterprises!
The 1st EcoSwitch Talk
"Fondation Diane" is committed to supporting green entrepreneurs in Lebanon;
and even more with its active role in the EcoSwitch Coalition (a network of business support organizations that aim to fostering green entrepreneurship in the region).
We’re celebrating the start of summer with our 1st EcoSwitch Talk!
Join us on June 27 at 5:30 pm to know more about the EcoSwitch Coalition, its partners, the spread of our network and how you, as an Eco-entrepreneur or wannabe Eco-entrepreneur, can become part of this community of experts passionate about growing the green ecosystem in Lebanon and the region.
To Register: bit.ly/3A3B6bC
The "EcoSwitch Coalition" Upcoming 2022 Green Activities
To all Green Entrepreneurs!
It's been a while! Here is an update about our coalition's upcoming activities. Would you like to:
Discuss & know more about Eco-entrepreneurship topics? Join our "EcoSwitch Talks"
Participate in fun and challenging activities? Join our "EcoSwitch Acts"
Get in together and get updated on the Lebanese Eco-entrepreneurship ecosystem activities? Join our "EcoSwitch Festival" in Autumn 2022
Green Certificates for Sustainable Businesses
After 40 hours of professional training, with more than 20 participants and over 10 modules tackling different disciplines, the “Online Interactive MOOC” course was successfully concluded with a graduation ceremony that took place recently at the Innovation & Sports Campus (CIS).
The ceremony was held in the presence of Mrs. Diana Fadel, Founder & President of “Fondation Diane” and Dr. Fadi El-Hage, holder of the Chair of “Fondation Diane” in Education for Eco-citizenship & Sustainable Development (CEEDD).
The trainees received certificates of “Sustainable Businesses Leading to Economic Growth” from CEEDD with the technical support of UNDP Lebanon!
During the ceremony, the participants were also given the chance to network and share their professional and academic experiences.
Beach Cleaning 2022 in Jbeil
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Lycée Nahr Ibrahim High School, in collaboration with "Chair of Fondation Diane in Education for Eco-citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD)" and the Municipality of Jbeil, organized a beach cleaning day at Jbeil public beach near Edde Sands on Sunday June 5, 2022 from 8 am till 10 am.
Doctoral Scholarship Tackling Sustainable Development
After one year of preparation, Mr. Hrair Danageuzian recently presented, before a jury, his PhD project entitled "Learning to learn: An ESD paradigm for High School and University Students in Lebanon", after receiving a well-deserved scholarship from the Chair of “Fondation Diane” in Education for Eco-citizenship & Sustainable Development (CEEDD). Through this annual initiative, “Fondation Diane” aims at encouraging top-notch Doctoral researchers to tackle the Sustainable Development theme within their thesis, and contributing to the SDG4 to ensure “quality education and life-long opportunities”.
The jury included: Prof. Fadi el Hage (Chairholder of the CEEDD), Prof. Liliane Barakat (Professor at the department of Geography at FLSH- USJ) and Prof. Jocelyne Gerard (Chief of Department of Geography at FLSH- USJ).
Mr. Hrair obtained the grade of 17/20 for his hard work and commitment. Congratulations from the CEEDD team and best wishes on your academic journey!
Proudly Awarded by BUSINESSMED
Glad to announce that "Fondation Diane" has been awarded a BUSINESSMED sub-grant for the implementation of the INVESTMED project in Lebanon. We have
The INVESTMED project will be implemented in three Mediterranean Partner Countries: Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia.
"Fondation Diane" was selected to develop and offer coaching and mentoring services to Lebanese MSMEs established by young people and women.
Incubation of ReFuse
"Fondation Diane", the implementing partner of "SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship Program" in Lebanon, was selected to incubate ReFuse; a waste management company that was selected among the 1st batch of winners.
In the process, "Fondation Diane" will assist ReFuse in developing their green business plan to help them grow, while providing a commercial solution to social and environmental challenges.
ReFuse is a social enterprise that runs recyclables collection points, sells recyclables to industries and shares the value with those who contributed with their sorted materials. Their motto is "Don’t call it waste, make it valuable".
20 Green Projects Selected for Incubation
“The Switchers Support Programme” under SwitchMed, an EU funded program that is implemented by Fondation Diane, has provided 120 eco-entrepreneurs at ideation stage the needed support to develop their green business model using the “Switchers Online Toolbox”.
20 projects were selected for an 8-month incubation period and will be able to develop their green business plan while benefitting from technical assistance vouchers. They were able to validate their ideas with the help of certified trainers and coaches, using Lean start-up approach to be able to bring their innovation to the Mediterranean markets, contribute to a greener economy, and secure more jobs, especially for women and youths. These entrepreneurs were also given networking opportunities in which they have shared their experience and challenges with other like-minded people.
The Selected Green Projects - 1st batch are: CIRCL, Organy Clean, Sharing Municipalities, Biofertile, Cobbler & Co, ReFuse, SolaRAY, CIDRA, and re-done.
The Selected Green Projects - 2nd batch are: Hamzah Hemps, Ardkon, Eco farm, Hamsah, Washta, Drive Green, Teenflakes, Savvy Elements, Annine Fadye, Disconnected, SHEAVERA.
One Last Message before the Big Day
This is the Last Chance for Lebanon!
Don't vote blank. Don't vote for corruption!
Remember this; just before you cast your vote.
Motivational Speech prior to the elections day
Diana Sfeir Fadel, Founder & President of "Fondation Diane"
Our STOP ECO(sui)CIDE Operation #14 was a Great Success!
It has been a great cleaning day!
55 volunteers, 100 bags of sorted trash out of which, 80 bags of recyclable waste, 1 km of cleaned area along the corniche of Dbayeh
We were overwhelmed with the high level of volunteers' motivation! Participating students and citizens were keen to act for change and convey a positive image of their country! We were also shocked by the huge amount of trash we encountered in such a beautiful location! Plastic, glass, carboard & paper, and non-recyclable items were sorted in separate bags; the recyclable waste was sent to a recycling plant.
Public places are for all! Let's keep them clean!
Join our STOP ECO(sui)CIDE movement and stay tuned to our next operation!
Webinar about the Lebanese Electoral Law
To enlighten the citizens about the voting process, "Fondation Diane" organized on 26 April 2022 a Zoom webinar entitled "The Lebanese Electoral Law: Learn About it & Vote", and it was presented by Ziyad Baroud, the Former Minister of Interior and Municipalities, and the Former Secretary-General of the "Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections" LADE.
The webinar explained about the details of the law and its repercussions, and it was very interactive!
It was broadcasted "Live on Facebook".
If you missed it, you can still Watch it here
Our STOP ECO(sui)CIDE Initiative is Back!
Always true to our mission, - and against all odds - today we are excited more than ever to fight for eco-sustainable development and to make Lebanon cleaner.
Our upcoming Operation #14 cleanup activity is targeting Dbayeh Corniche, and it will take place on Saturday 30 April 2022 starting 10 am.
Transportation is available:
1st meeting point: National Museum- Beirut, 8:30 am
2nd meeting point: Khoury Home- Dora, 9:15 am
To register: bit.ly/3O441k2
Make sure to register before April 25. Join Us, and Be Many!
For more info: 03- 297 397.
Mobilizing Citizens to the Virtues of Active Citizenship
In light of the Lebanese parliamentary elections, "Fondation Diane" launched by end of April the civic awareness "Sawtak Karamtak Masirak" national campaign to accompany the awakening of our nation.
The objectives of the campaign were successfully achieved:
Engaging people towards active citizenship and a democratic Lebanon
Encouraging citizens to massively vote for change
Promoting the fundemental role of women in politics
Reaching 3,000,000 people across Lebanon.
Fondation Diane Organizes the Roundtable Discussion:
“8/8 Women Change Makers: Union in Times of Crises"
In the occasion of the International Women’s Day, “Fondation Diane” organized a roundtable discussion entitled “8/8 Women Change Makers: Union in Times of Crises”. The event took place at Saint Joseph University (USJ) - Campus de l'Innovation et du Sport (CIS), and gathered men and women, and representatives of institutions, associations and organizations that believe in the effective role of women in society and their cause. It featured interesting interventions and discussions from 8 prominent figures for women empowerment: Diana Sfeir Fadel, Ali Khalife, May El Khalil, Madiha Raslan, Michel El Helou, Sarah El Yafi, Tracy Chamoun & Joellle Abu Farhat.
This roundtable discussion falls under the mission of “Fondation Diane” which is to contribute to Sustainable Development and promote Civic Awareness & active citizenship. Through this initiative, "Fondation Diane" aims at contributing to the implementation of the fifth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG5) which calls for “achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.”
* Online News articles: L'Orient Le Jour - Ici Beyrouth - Addiyar - Tayyar.org - Al Liwaa - Wikalat Anbaa Maraa - NNA (eng) - NNA (ar) - Executive Magazine - Al Joumhouria - El Shark - Al Minbar - Al Kalima Online - Addawra Al Iktisadiya - Al Loubnaniya - Sayidat Wa Aamal - Lebanon Light News - Press Lebanon - Al Mountasher - Snaa TV (ar) - Snaa TV (eng)
“Women Change Makers - Union in Times of Crises”In the occasion of the International Women's Day, "Fondation Diane" has the pleasure to invite you to attend the Roundtable Discussion entitled "8/8 Women Change Makers- Union in Times of Crises".
The event will be held on Tuesday 8 March 2022 at Amphitheatre Francois Bassil, Campus de L'Innovation et Du Sport (CIS), USJ. It will feature interventions and interesting discussions from 8 prominent pioneers for women empowerment!
*Open to the public!
Looking forward to seeing you all in there!
Google Maps Location: https://bit.ly/3C1dYJ
Get your Green Business Certificate!Did you know that "Greening your Business" doesn't only reduce environmental costs, but also improves your business' reputation?
The Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Eco-citizenship & Sustainable Development (CEEDD) offers you an online interactive MOOC with eminent experts and technical assistance from UNDP where you can get a certificate in "Sustainable Businesses Leading to Economic Growth".
The sessions will be held live on Zoom from March till June 2022, from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM, at the end of which, you will receive a certificate!
To Register: https://forms.gle/EwhmdTiMeDdckDtM6
Early Bird Registration is available before March 2nd!
Fondation Diane Empowers WomenWomen's Day is approaching.
Here is a throwback to the inspiring speech of Mrs. Diana Fadel, the Founder & President of "Fondation Diane", in the occasion of the "International Women's Day 2021"!
Watch video, and Stay tuned for more.
Fondation Diane's Year 2021 In Review
Since October 2019, and even more after the Beirut port blast in August 2020, Lebanon has been witnessing very challenging times: from an uprising to an economic meltdown and multidimensional crises.
Always true to our mission, we at “Fondation Diane” had one thing in mind! How to play a central role in our community, and positively contribute to reviving our economy and the well-being of our people. To achieve so, we kept fighting for “Sustainable Development” and promoting “Civic Awareness”, while preserving the environment.
Despite all challenges, we focused on giving back to our community while prioritizing the following fundamental pillars: giving access to equal quality medical care, empowering women and contribute to achieving gender equality, enlightening citizens on their civic rights and responsibilities, promoting healthy nutrition, raising awareness on water management practices, giving access to quality education, fostering green entrepreneurship, promoting eco-sustainability and fighting for climate action!
Against all odds, we will keep on embracing difficulties, and find ways to adapt to the situation. We hope we all emerge stronger to lay foundations for a better country, and a brighter future... so that Lebanon earns once again its nickname: “Switzerland of the Middle East”!
CEEDD Webinar about "Circular Economy in Times of Crisis"!
A Circular Economy is an alternative way countries manage their resources, where resources are used for their maximum utility and regenerated in a cyclical pattern to minimize waste. A circular economy strives to create economic development through environmental and resource protection.
Don't miss this zoom webinar by the Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Eco-citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD), entitled: "The Circular Economy in Lebanon in Times of Crises" with Dr. Sarah Hariri Haykal.
Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3LbMIvZ
We all love Lebanon; each one his own way!
Congratulations to the winners of "Why You Love Lebanon" competition that we held over our social media platforms. As a give-away, we offered "Kulluna Lil Watan", the 1st Book of Revolution in Images, by the Founder and President of "Fondation Diane", Mrs. Diana Fadel.
Your interaction and testimonials made us proud again! We promise you that "Fondation Diane" will always be committed to restore the motivation and lost vigor of the Lebanese people, so that Lebanon becomes once again the country we all dream of!
For those who wish to have a copy of the book, "Kulluna Lil Watan" is available at all ABC Malls and Librairie Antoine.
About the EEST Event
During the EEST event, The Head of Investment and Advisory at "Fondation Diane", Mr. Selim El Chami, highlighted the vision and green strategy of the foundation. He said: "We believe in the power and resilience of MSMEs and we will always be committed to support green businesses". Then, he stressed on the importance of keeping pace with the worldwide objectives of ensuring sustainable food supply, as a means to contribute to the Lebanese economy.
To know more about the winners and the certificates distribution ceremony:
A New Year, a New Citizen!
Acknowledge Your Civic Rights & Duties:
Raise your voice, fight for your political, civic and human rights, and stand for the 17 SDGs.
Be aware of your responsibilities, towards your country and society.
Be the voice of change.
Rethink your Consumption Patterns:
Reduce use of water & energy
Stop littering: start recycling & upcycling
Donate Your Time: and volunteer in environmental initiatives.
Distributing Certificates to the EEST Program Pitch Winners
In the framework of Sustainable Development, “Fondation Diane” organized on Monday 27 Dec 2021 a ceremony to distribute certificates to the winners of the EEST Call for Proposal. EEST (Entangling Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Transformation of the Food & Beverage Industry) is a program that recognizes the significant social, economic and environmental impact of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with a plan to broaden their business scope with environmentally-friendly solutions and innovative ideas. Through this program, “Fondation Diane” aims at contributing to the green circular economy and shaping the future of the food & beverage industry.
The ceremony was held at "Fondation Diane" offices in Roumieh, in the presence of the President and Founder of “Fondation Diane”, Mrs. Diana Fadel, and the Head of Investment and Advisory, Mr. Selim Chami, who handed the certificates to the EEST Program Pitch Winners: Litestyle, Olivano, Mortben, and Fertaike.
It is worth-noting that the EEST Call For Proposal was launched on 15 June 2021 and closed on 31 July 2021, and it brought more than 50 applicants from all over Lebanon.
10 Green Projects Selected for Incubation
“The Switchers Support Programme” under SwitchMed, an EU funded program that is implemented by Fondation Diane, has provided 60 eco-entrepreneurs at ideation stage the needed support to develop their green business model using the “Switchers Online Toolbox”. They were able to validate their ideas with the help of certified trainers and coaches, using Lean start-up approach to be able to bring their innovation to the Mediterranean markets, contribute to a greener economy, and secure more jobs, especially for women and youths. These entrepreneurs were also given networking opportunities in which they have shared their experience and challenges with other like-minded people.
Jury members evaluated the solutions to select the 10 most promising ventures who will move to the next phase. The Selected Green Projects (1st batch) are:
Circl, EcoMatch, Organy Clean, Refuse, Superfoods, Sharing Municipalities, SolaRay, Pads4All, Biofertile, and Cobbler & Co.
Wrap-up about the Waste Webinar, by CEEDD and AUF
Day 1 of the webinar addressed legal, institutional, organizational and social aspects. Day 2 addressed the educational and entrepreneurial aspects. It featured a Roundtable discussion, moderated by Fondation Diane's Program Manager, Dr. Nancy Boueri, with five entrepreneurs from Lebanon and Senegal who launched their start-ups in the waste management field; Each of the start-ups tackles a specific type of waste: EcoServ, Compost Baladi, Fabric Aid, Green Track and IGA. It also included a panel "Waste Management Education: Holistic and Ecosystem Approaches", moderated by Pr. Fadi El Hage, Holder of the Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Eco-citizenship & Sustainable Development (CEEDD), and Pr. Dolla Sarkis, Vice Rector for Research at Saint Joseph University.
One Step Closer to the NGOi Organizational Excellence
On 6 December 2021, Fondation Diane has successfully completed the performance improvement plan which is based on 10 evidence-based standards set by AUB- NGOi, a Non-Governmental Organizations Initiative of the American University of Beirut that provides different services and certifications to the NGO sector in Lebanon and the MENA region.
Fondation Diane is qualified to undergo NGOi’s Organizational Certification as part of the ongoing YLEAP Program (Youth Learning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program), supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Tackling Waste from its Different Perspectives
The Chair of "Fondation Diane" for Education in Eco-citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD) and the "Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie" (AUF) are proud to invite you to a webinar taking place on Dec 9th and 10th, 2021 to discuss with researchers and professionals the latest challenges, proposed solutions, and an overview on waste. 4 topics will be addressed during this interactive zoom:
Legal and Institutional Aspect
Organizational and Social Aspect
Educational and research Aspect
The main purpose of this webinar is to create a role model society to tackle this problematic from its different perspectives. Read more
The Limited Edition Stamps of Wadia Sabra are Out!
Deeply passionate about Lebanon, The Founder and President of “Fondation Diane” Mrs. Diana Fadel recently participated on 19 Nov. 2021 in the official issuing ceremony of the limited edition stamps and folders of Wadia Sabra and Rachid Nakhle (Composer and author of the Lebanese National anthem), now available at all Liban Post offices!
Not so long ago, “Fondation Diane”, had supported the Lebanese Musical Heritage by sponsoring "the 1st Modern Edition of Wadia Sabra's Music by Fady Jeanbart".
*𝘞𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘢 𝘚𝘢𝘣𝘳𝘢 𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘪𝘯 𝘓𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘯. 𝘗𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵. 𝘏𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘓𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 1910. 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯 1952 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘗𝘔𝘓... Read more
The "First Annual EcoSwitch Festival" Was a Success!
Our "First Annual EcoSwitch Festival for Eco-entrepreneurs in Lebanon" was a real success!! We welcomed over 65 online participants and 80 people at the networking event.
The Festival was organized by "Fondation Diane" and the "EcoSwitch Coalition" from November 23rd to 25th, 2021, with two online afternoon programs followed by a physical gathering of eco-entrepreneurs and Business Support Organisations at the Beirut Digital District in Beirut. We had a World Café with the Coalitions’ partners, knowledge-sharing discussions, expert panel sessions, speed dating and networking activities. One of the highlights of the event was a keynote speech by the Founder and President of "Fondation Diane" Mrs. Diana Fadel, along with inspirational talks from four successful Lebanese green entrepreneurs: Batoul Hakim from SAVVY ELEMENT, Marc Aoun from Compost Baladi SAL, Vanessa Zuabi from Mint Basil Market, and Ralph Sbeih from Plastclab. Read more
The Independence Activation
Nowadays, we don’t celebrate independence, we create it! Despite this critical time of crisis, “Fondation Diane” launched, in the occasion of our 78th independence day, an activation over its social media platforms to restore to the Lebanese the lost vigor of a people who knew once how to win their independence 78 years ago.
The activation was very interactive and the participants’ feedback was very positive, especially that it included as give-away “Kulluna Lil Watan”, the 1st Book of Revolution in Images, by the Founder and President of “Fondation Diane”, Mrs. Diana Fadel. This book was released in November 2019 commemorating the most beautiful moments of our peaceful Lebanese Revolution, when we were All One!
244,442 Thank You to the Lebanese Diaspora!
“Fondation Diane” would like to thank the diaspora network for registering to the Lebanese parliamentary elections. Every vote counts, and you will definitely make a change in the upcoming 2022 elections!
Together, let’s start making things right for our Lebanon.
We all deserve a better country; a brighter future!
CEEDD Signs an MOU on the Gender Based Violence Training
“Fondation Diane” has put woman empowerment and gender equality at the center of its mission. In this context, The Chair of “Fondation Diane” for Education on Eco-citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to develop a Gender Based Violence Training of Trainers program. The MOU signing took place on 16 November 2021 at the University of Saint Joseph Beirut- USJ, in the presence of the Chair holder, Prof. Fadi El Hage, the UNFPA representatives, Mrs. Asma Kurdahi and Mrs. Nicia el Dennawi, in addition to the Professor Salim Daccache s.j., Rector of Saint Joseph University (USJ).
Funded by the UNFPA, This GBV project is content oriented. The participants are mostly GBV specialists and social workers. They are given the opportunity to experiment a systemic and holistic approach in order to integrate content in innovative and interactive methods of training. The training started on 23 Nov. 2021.
Reflecting on the Findings of COP26
The world is calling for a climate emergency! Limiting global warming to 1.5 Celsius degrees is the goal and the urgent need that the world leaders stressed on during the “2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference” - more commonly referred to as COP26 – that was held in Glasgow, from 31 October to 13 November 2021.
After all, global warming is real; and it is happening at an unprecedented rate.
With Eco-sustainable Development at the root of its existence, “Fondation Diane” thrives to make Lebanon green again. We should never stop fighting climate change, the main casue behind the wildfires taking place locally and globally. Let's keep 1.5 degrees of global warming within reach. Together, we can save our planet!
MOU Signing to Establish a "Social Pediatric Clinic"
As a response to the disastrous aftermaths of Beirut explosion and to take part in the national efforts to overcome its detrimental effects, as well as the economic meltdown and the multidimensional crises the country is witnessing, “Fondation Diane” and “Hôtel-Dieu de France” recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Social Pediatric Clinic especially for the underprivileged children. The MOU signing took place at the Hospital, in the presence of the Chairman of the Board of Directors the Rev. Professor Salim Daccache s.j., as well as the Founder and President of “Fondation Diane” Mrs. Diana Fadel, accompanied by their teams.
To this end, this clinic aims to be a pillar center of social pediatrics providing underprivileged children with medicinal care, physical health and psychosocial services, at no cost, with a minimal registration fee.
Organizing the "1st Annual EcoSwitch Festival"
"Fondation Diane" and the "EcoSwitch Coalition" are pleased to announce the "1st Annual EcoSwitch Festival" for green enterprises. This event is supported by SwitchMed, an EU funded program, and the Asfari Foundation, under the YLEAP Program (Youth Learning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program).
The festival is a 3-day event that will take place from the 23rd till the 25th of November, aiming at introducing sustainable entrepreneurs in Lebanon to the "EcoSwitch Coalition" (a network of 17 organisations, institutions, and corporations that support eco-entrepreneurs in Lebanon!). We will highlight how we are supporting them, link them to partners and experts; transfer knowledge useful for their enterprises – in particular during these times of high uncertainty –; providing a space for networking with like-minded eco-oriented entrepreneurs… and hopefully we will inspire them and have a bit of fun too along the way!
23 November: The 1st day of the event will feature an opening speech by the Founder and President of "Fondation Diane" Mrs. Diana Fadel, along with interventions from 4 inspirational sustainable entrepreneurs who will walk us through their successful journey!
24 November: The 2nd day will include 4 panel discussions:
Panel 1: "Local Sourcing and Local Manufacturing"
Panel 2: "Export & Access to International Markets"
Panel 3: "Pricing Products in Times of Crisis"
Panel 4: "Access to Investment: Current Outlook, Donors & Investors"
25 November: the last day consists of a physical gathering and it will take place at Beirut Digital District (BDD)
Make sure to join our inspiring eco-Entrepreneurs and interesting panel discussions!
Fore more details and registration: ecoswitchcoalition.creation.camp/ecoswitch-festival/
The "Mediterranean Innovation Agri-Food Week"
Fondation Diane took part in the Innovation week from 25-29 October in Italy with innovation support organizations from Lebanon, Tunisia and Palestine. This event was organized by CIHEAM Bari within the framework of the WaterMedYin project . Fondation Diane is a member of the Mediterranean Innovation Partnership (MIP). Experts, coaches and startups were heavily involved throughout the project from capacity building programs and webinars.
MIP network aims to create the Mediterranean Innovation Ecosystem, enhancing the collaboration among public institutions and Innovation Support Organizations to support the creation and innovation of agrifood enterprises of young entrepreneurs through knowledge sharing, transfer and cooperation.
Launching the "Diaspora Voting" Campaign
The Lebanese parliamentary elections 2022 are approaching.
Because every voice counts, and as a step to fulfill its role in civic awareness and active citizenship, "Fondation Diane" has launched the "Diaspora Voting" campaign to encourage all the Lebanese expats register!
This campaign aims at informing, engaging and mobilizing the Lebanese expats to play their role in shaping the future of Lebanon!
If you are one of them, Register now through this link: https://diasporavote.mfa.gov.lb/
Hurry Up! Deadline is near; 20 November 2021 is the last day!
The "SwitchMed Connect 2021"
"SwitchMed Connect 2021", is the 4th edition of the SwitchMed Connect; an event that gathered stakeholders involved in scaling-up social and eco innovations in the Mediterranean.
Fondation Diane, the implementing partner of SwitchMed (Green Entrepreneurship Program in Lebanon), took part in the "SwitchMed Connect 2021" and introduced the "EcoSwitch Coalition", a national partnership of innovation support organizations.
The EcoSwitch Coalition was established within the framework of the Lebanese Switchers Support National Partnership, as part of the SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship Program.
The Coalition aims at helping local green entrepreneurs thrive and grow their positive environment impact by providing them with a variety of support mechanisms based on their needs. It is a partnership of well-established institutions, NGOs and companies aiming at strengthening the support of eco-entrepreneurs in Lebanon.
Retrofitting of Public Buildings through Green Technologies
Successfully launched the Renewable Energy/ Energy Efficiency training program at Fondation Diane under Re-Fit, an EU funded project in collaboration with ICU, Università di Genova and Arc En Ciel. Re-fit project consists of the retrofitting of Public Buildings through green technologies and processes with the objective of contributing to climate change mitigation and to a Circular Economy in Lebanon, with a comprehensive analysis of the current and potential batteries value chain and aiming at boosting innovation in the Renewable Energy sector.
The program is gathering “Green” entrepreneurs who are eager to develop their innovative projects in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector with trainers and mentors who will be assisting GEs in their journey.
Anti-Cancer Vaccines: Don't Miss this Webinar!
Ever heard of the revolutionary mRNA anti-cancer vaccines?
The Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD) is organizing a zoom webinar to discuss this new era of vaccinology, which have become a promising platform for cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Steve Pascolo, immunologist at the University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland, will be presenting important medical facts, researches, and clinical studies.
Date: 27 October, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
To register: https://bit.ly/3FldRd0
Together We Can Beat Cancer!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As an active CSR player in the society, "Fondation Diane" launched its "Breast Cancer Awareness" campaign to celebrate the survivors and raise awareness to fight the disease!
In 2010, The Founder and President of "Fondation Diane", Mrs. Diana Fadel, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and fought against sickness for 3 complete years. She survived! After her victory over the disease, she addresses an encouraging message to the Lebanese women. "Look after your Body; invest in your health. Early detection can save your life!", she says.
Stay tuned to our social media platforms to know more.
"Kulluna Lil Watan", The 1st Book of the Revolution in Images!
From the bottom of the heart, to accompany the awakening of our nation.
Excerpts from the Book, a Message from Diana Sfeir Fadel
What we, Lebanese are currently living, writes an important page in our history. A peaceful revolution and many victories will be forever linked in this epic. Although, in the moment we are, the future is still unclear and our leaders' inentions remain indecipherable; we can already claim victory on different angles; a victory that is not inseparable from the results to come.
With lots of images and few words, we want to share with everyone these moments in time, expressive shots of unique moments in our history.
"Kulluna Lil Watan" is available at ABC Malls (Librairie Antoine), and all Librairie Antoine branches; Get your copy now!
Throwback to the Human Chain
Throwback to this act of love! This human chain that took place on 27 October 2019, with nearly 170,000 Lebnaese people joining hands to connect the country's north and south, is a symbolic display of national unity during a period of political turmoil.
The affection that the Lebanese people have for each other, repressed by years of sectarianism and confrontations, exploded in the "Sehat", and materialized in this amazing indefectible human chain from one end of the country to the other, making people fall in love all over again with their lost paradise.
Today more than ever, we need to be united all over again;
when there is unity, there is always victory!
Green Entrepreneurship Lab 2
Fondation Diane, EcoSwitch Coalition and Cewas Middle East organized the 2nd Green Entrepreneurship Lab "Storytelling Impact for Green Enterprises", aiming at bringing green entrepreneurs at ideation and early stage together with Communication & Marketing experts, to support them in pitching their ideas/businesses and tell the story of their environmental and social impact!
2 Green Entrepreneurs won 300 USD at the end of the workshop.
This program is supported by the Asfari Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Winner of the PhD Scholarship, Revealed!
After Launching it’s "Call for PhD Scholarships", the Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD), granted Mr. Hrair Danageuzian the opportunity to pursue his Doctorate studies entitled “Learning to Learn: An ESD Paradigm for Highschool and University Students in Lebanon”.
We wish Hrair good luck!
CEEDD Signs an MOU with ALERC
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD) and L’Association Libanaise pour le Renouvellement Educatif (ALREC).
On 15 September 2021, Prof. Fadi El Hage, Holder of the Chair, and Ms. Rima Younes, President of ALREC, officially announced their partnership a collaboration towards trainings and awareness campaigns related to education and environment preservation in schools and municipalities.
The LWP (lebanon Water Project) by CEEDD and The USAID
In view of the critical water supply situation in Lebanon, it is crucial to highlight the water management awareness campaign that was launched by The Chair of "Fondation Diane" in Education for Eco-Citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD) and the USAID, as part of the LWP Project. Here are some educational videos you need to watch:
Water is Life! Be Responsible.
"Fondation Diane" Undergoing the NGOi Certification
As part of the YLEAP Program (Youth Learning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program), “Fondation Diane” has applied to the NGOi certification. NGOi is an initiative of the American University of Beirut that provides different services to the NGO sector in Lebanon and the MENA region.
The NGOi certification is a voluntary and non-governmental review process that assesses the governance and administrative structures as well as operational principles of the NGOs. The performance of the organization on the certification process is assessed using evidence-based criteria.
On 20 August, the third assessment visit took place online and was successfully held with "Fondation Diane" team, aiming at achieving proper operational policies and procedures and ensuring a community centric approach in organizational structure and operations.
Supporting and Reviving the Lebanese Musical Heritage!
With more than 45 musical concerts in its portfolio, "Fondation Diane" continues to support art, against all odds!
Deeply rooted into Lebanon's history and values, the foundation contributes to reviving the Lebanese musical heritage by sponsoring "the 1st Modern Edition of Wadia Sabra's Music by Fady Jeanbart".
Wadia Sabra is the composer of the Lebanese anthem in 1927 and the founder of the national music conservatory in 1929. His music was hidden by his wife after his death in 1952 and was given to the CPML (Centre Patrimoine Musical Libanais) by his family in 2016. 70 years after Sabra’s death his music resurfaces and it is available to musicians worldwide.
It is the Unearthing of the lost and forgotten lebanese musical heriatge! Wadia Sabra's music is finally out... 70 years after it was hidden.
Hurry up; get your copy. Quantities are limited! Contact Fadi Jeanbart: 76- 34 00 77.
IPI Webinar on Women Empowerment
On August 11, 2021, IPI MENA (International Peace Institute) hosted an online discussion entitled “Empowerment of Young Women in the MENA Region”, attended by leading women from across the region, as well as officials and diplomats. The event, held on the occasion of the International Youth Day, called for invigorated efforts to empower young women in the region and around the world.
IPI MENA Policy Analyst, Dalya Al Alawi opened the event by emphasizing the adversely gendered impact the pandemic has had on women in all aspects of life, but particularly within the various economic, social, and political contexts of the region.
IPI MENA Research Assistant Eliza Cheah highlighted the need for cooperation across all levels of the multilateral system. She emphasized the need “to change the prejudices and social norms, to remove all the obstacles, and provide women with the best access in all spheres,” in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Supporting Green Entrepreneurs in Lebanon
The world needs green changemakers who can bring a positive environmental and social impact to their communities. To this end, “Fondation Diane” continues to foster innovation through supporting green entrepreneurs and offering them training and coaching sessions, under the “Switchers Support Programme”.
The Programme has reached half way, and more than 50 green entrepreneurs have so far benefitted from professional training sessions run by certified trainers. They were able to develop their “Sustainable Business Models” that help them transform their green ideas into viable businesses, while using the “SwitchMed Online Methodology”. At the end of the programme, the best 20 green projects will be selected for incubation. Stay tuned to know more!
*The "Switchers Support Programme" is organized by "Fondation Diane" in collaboration with the EcoSwitch Coalition. It falls under SwitchMed, a programme funded by the European Union, and facilitated by the Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC).
Participating in Beirut Blast's 1st Year Memorial
As an active player in civic awareness in Lebanon, "Fondation Diane" team participated in the 1st year memorial of Beirut Blast, to pay tribute to all the victims, the wounded, the people who are still grieving, those who lost their homes, ... and to a whole city that was destroyed!
With corruption taking over the country, "Fondation Diane" says yes to lifting immunity, yes to Justice and Liberation.
"Fondation Diane" will always be committed to resuscitate the motivation of the people, mobilize them, and encourage them to fight for their rights and towards an eco-sustainable development... for a better Lebanon.
To check pics, click this LINK
Fondation Diane: Committed to Organizational Excellence
As part of organizational development, a strategy workshop was held with the executive committee members on 6 July 2021 at “Fondation Diane”.
This workshop was facilitated by CEWAS and it falls under YLEAP (Youth Learning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program), a programme supported by the Asfari Foundation aiming at building the organizational capacity and strengthening the sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem.
"Fondation Diane" team discussed options to optimize the organizational structure, and explored the best work practices to reinforce the strategy of the foundation.
Bridging the Gap with Industries- Green Entrepreneuship Lab
About the Event
The "EcoSwitch Coalition" is pleased to invite you to participate in “Bridging the Gap with Industries”, the 1st Green Entrepreneurship Lab of a four-part planned series that aims to create benefits and foster linkages for Green Entrepreneurs and sectors active in relevant fields for the sustainable development of our economy.
Supported by the "Asfari Foundation", this 1st entrepreneurship lab, will gather both sector actors and public sector representatives, as well as entrepreneurs themselves, who will be given space to outline their work and exchange on potential opportunities.
Join us to meet with key experts by selecting one of the following discussion sessions: Energy, Agrifood and Recycling.
The 3rd Breakout Session: Recycling
This session will give green changemakers the opportunity to exchange with a key expert in the recycling industry, and will be moderated by Nancy Saliba Boueri, Program manager at Fondation Diane. Nancy has work experience in Green Entrepreneurship project management and in paper & plastics manufacturing and recycling industry. She's skilled in environment management system development and in Project Management. She is a part-time university instructor and a PhD candidate in Environmental management and Waste Management researcher.
The key expert of this session is Eng. Karim Haddad, Deputy GM at SICOMO, a recycled cardboard mill. He is the CEO of ENERG-ECO and a consultant in recycling and green & Renewable Energy. Karim has extensive work experience in Waste Management and recycling in Lebanon and the region and is member at the environment committee at the Association of Lebanese Industrialists.
To register, click this LINK
The EEST Food & Beverage "Call for Proposal"
On 15 June 2021, Fondation Diane launched the EEST "Call for Proposal" (Entangling Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Transformation of the Food & Beverage Industry). This Call targets the green MSMEs in the food and beverage industry; the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, existing businesses with a plan to broadening their scope with environmentally-friendly solutions and brilliant innovative ideas.
An environmentally and socially responsible circular model in the food and beverage industry is Fondation Diane’s priority aiming to safeguard life on the planet. The Call closed on 31 July 2021.
To know more, click this LINK
The "Switchers Support Programme"
In May 2021, Fondation Diane and EcoSwitch Coalition launched the "Switchers Suppport Programme" to support green entrepreneurs and innovators. It falls under SwitchMed, a Programme funded by the European Union, and facilitated by the Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC).
The "Switchers Support Programme" calls for 120 innovators and entrepreneurs, at ideation or early stage, who have a sustainable business idea that can provide a commercial solution to environmental challenges. The candidates will benefit from a workshop and coaching sessions to develop their Green Business Model and eco-design their products/services, using the "Switchers Online Toolbox". Once completed, 20 entrepreneurs will benefit from an incubation programme. Check these interviews to know more:
It's Show Time (Sawt El Ghad)
The Call closes on 15 September 2021. Hurry up; Apply Now!
Mrs. Diana Sfeir Fadel Appointed as an Honorary Member in the WLC "Women Leaders Council of Lebanon"
In the context of women empowerment, President & Founder of “Fondation Diane”, Mrs. Diana Sfeir Fadel, was appointed on 20 May 2021, as an honorary board member in the "Women Leaders Council of Lebanon" (WLC). This gathering was held at the WLC headquarters in Sanayeh-Beirut at the Chamber of Commerce as part of the council’s yearly general assembly, and it aimed at recognizing the merit of Mrs. Fadel in achieving a long and successful career that was recently crowned by her appointment as Chairwoman & CEO of one of the most renowned enterprises in Lebanon, the ABC Department Stores, while supporting young women, men, and startups, and consequently help boosting the economy. She discussed the role of woman in her self-development in specific, and in female empowerment in general...
Taking Another Step towards Women Empowerment!
On 12 April 2021, Mrs. Diana Sfeir Fadel, President of “Fondation Diane”, participated as a panelist in the signing ceremony of Dr. Halime El Kaakour’s book entitled “Lebanese Women: Journey to the Parliament”.
This ceremony was held at Université Saint Joseph (USJ), in the presence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Lebanon, H.E. Monika Schmutz Kirgoz, represented by the Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon, Mrs. Elisabeth Gilgen, the Head/Country Program Manager UN Women Lebanon, Ms. Rachel Dores-Weeks, and Dr. Halime El Kaakour, PhD in International Public Law and Human Rights, and hosted by the Professor of Citizenship Education at the Lebanese University, Dr. Ali Khalife.
"Solidarity between women is the key to their success in reaching theparliament with great numbers", she assures.
The "Environment Day Awareness" Competition
The Chair of "Fondation Diane" for Education in Eco-Citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEED) introduces the "Environment Day Awareness Competition".
World Environment Day is on the 5th of June, and this contest will provide you with the opportunity to raise awareness on the environment.
All you need to do is to Create a Video in your most original way!
Consider what you want to impact when it comes to earth, and take this opportnity to make it happen. This is your chance to make a difference. It is up to us to take care of our planet and preserve nature for generatos to come.
Winners will be announced on the 5th of June. A prize will be awarded to two of the most innovative videos!
Send us your video (no more than 60 seconds) on firstname.lastname@example.org
• Deadline of Sbmission: May 29th
• Language: English, French or Arabic
A pioneer in the fight for the Environment &
Eco-Sustainable Development in Lebanon.
SwitchMed.eu | March 8, 2021
February 26, 2021
We are confident that our partnership with the Asfari Foundation and cewas will help strengthening the green entrepreneurship ecosystem in Lebanon.
Diane Foundation’s mission is to create Civic Awareness and Eco-suistainable Development through enlightening the citizens, motivating and mobilizing them to revive their sense of solidarity, and supporting creative minds who are taking green actions towards change.
The CEWAS Middle East programme aims at building water and green entrepreneurship in Lebanon by enabling the ecosystem and supporting entrepreneurs along their entrepreneurial journeys.
La Fondation Diane : changer l’avenir environnemental du Liban.
le petit journal Par Rémi Nassiri | Publié le 18/03/2019
Interview with Tele-Liban
We invite you to listen, share & get inspired by the interview of Mrs Diana Fadel on Startup331 at TL | April 1st, 2019
Fadel helping in removing 103 mines with
BLOM BANK for cleaning 228.000 sqm
Le Commerce du Levent featuring Raymondo,
le premier incubateur industriel écolo du Liban by Fondation Diane
Super Angel Award
IM Capital honored Mrs Diana Fadel for her passion, dedication & achievements .