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Innovation on the Move: Entrepreneurship and mass displacement


Mass displacement is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Today, over 65 million people are forcibly displaced, and this number is due to grow in coming decades. What role can entrepreneurship play in building prosperous societies in this context?

This event is a collaboration between the RELIEF Centre and Fast Forward 2030. The RELIEF Centre is a transdisciplinary research collaboration that explores how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities affected by mass displacement. The RELIEF Centre's work focusses on Lebanon, where over 25% of the population are refugees. We're hosting Innovation on the Move to explore the role entrepreneurs can play in improving standard of living in this context.

Speaking on this topic

  • Tamara Giltsoff - Head of Innovation at DFID

  • Jad Abi Esber - Strategy & Operations @ Google, previously Partnerships @ YouTube

  • Lama Zaher - COO at UK Lebanon Tech Hub

  • Ali Makhzoum - founder and CEO of LifeLab BioDesign a Lebanon-based Agritech company that designs and builds automated vertical hydroponic farms

Their discussion will be curated by David Bent, sustainable transitions specialist and Honorary Research Associate at the IGP.

Evening Timeline

  • 17:30 - Arrival (with food and refreshments)

  • 18:00-19:30 - Panel discussion

  • 19:30-20:00 - Networking and drinks

Please note - we are hosting an event in this location from 15:00 onwards specifically on education, and the role of EdTech in filling education gaps. If you work in this area, or have a particular interest in it you can sign up here.

This event is kindly hosted by WAYRA UK - a world-leading start-up accelerator programme.