‘The Woz’
Co-Founder of Apple
in Beirut

November 3, 4, 5 | Beirut, Lebanon

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First announced speakers

Steve Wozniak

“The Woz”
Co-Founder of Apple Inc.
Los Gatos, CA, USA

Tony Fadell

Creator of the iPod, iPhone, and Founder of Nest
San Francisco, CA, USA

Riad Salamé

Governor of Banque du Liban
Beirut, Lebanon

Marianne Hoayek

Director of the Governor’s Executive Office at Banque du Liban
Beirut, Lebanon

Renaud Visage

Co-Founder & CTO of Eventbrite
San Francisco, CA, USA

Steven Bathiche

Creator of The Microsoft Surface
Seattle, WA, USA

Andreas Ehn

Former CTO of Spotify
Singapore, Singapore

Brian Solis

The New York Times Bestselling Author: “X: The Experience When Business Meets Design”
Silicon Valley, CA, USA

Brett King

American Banker’s Innovator of the Year
New York, NY, USA

Pierre El-Daher

Chairman & CEO of Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI)
Beirut, Lebanon

Bernard Khoury

Visionary Architect
Beirut, Lebanon

Kamil Kuran

Regional Managing Director at Publicis Groupe & Leo Burnett
Beirut, Lebanon

Antonio Vincenti

Chairman & CEO of Pikasso, VP of FEPE International
Beirut, Lebanon

Ramez Shehadi

Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton MENA
Beirut, Lebanon

Marwan Hayek

Chairman & CEO of Alfa Telecom
Beirut, Lebanon

Ahmed El Alfi

Founder & Chairman of Sawari Ventures & The GrEEK Campus
Cairo, Egypt

Alex Hunter

Former Head of Digital at Virgin
London, UK

Keith Teare

Co-Founder of TechCrunch
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Monty Munford

Co-Host of Executive and Innovation Stages, Tech Writer for The Economist
Brighton, UK

Ben Huh

Father of Internet Memes, Y Combinator
Seattle, WA, USA

Mike Butcher (OBE)

Editor at Large at TechCrunch, Founder of TechFugees, and Member of the Order of the British Empire
London, UK

Mathew Slade Farkash

Global HealthTech Leader, Founder of Blueprint Health Accelerator
New York, NY, USA

Paul Papadimitriou

Global Host, Innovation Scout & Futurist
London, UK

Timoni West

Principal Designer at Unity Labs
San Francisco, CA, USA

Claire Burge

CEO of This is Productivity
Dublin, Ireland

David Bizer

Former Star Recruiter at Google & Netscape
Paris, France

Dean Johnson

Futurist, Head of Innovation at Brandwidth
London, UK

Kei Shimada

Global Director of Innovation & Biz Dev at Dentsu
Tokyo, Japan

Jared Goralnick

Principal Group Program Manager at Skype
San Francisco, CA, USA

Carlos Abou Jaoude

Managing Partner of Abou Jaoude Law Firm
Beirut, Lebanon

Loic Le Meur

Founder & CEO of
San Francisco, CA, USA

Banque du Liban Accelerate 2016

The Biggest Conference on the Mediterranean

Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate 2016 is Lebanon’s 3rd annual international conference, and officially the biggest and most influential on the Mediterranean and in MENA. The event is organized by Banque du Liban – The Central Bank of Lebanon.









BDL Accelerate is the only innovation and startup conference in the world that is inclusive, because it’s free. We don’t charge our attendees, so that everyone, from all walks of life, can learn, engage, be inspired, and connect with industry experts, investors, like minded individuals and change makers from around the world.

A growing international event

Since 2014, BDL Accelerate has more than doubled in size year on year. Last year there were over 6,000 attendees from 51 countries around the world.

Attendees over the years








Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate is organized by The Central Bank of Lebanon, Banque du Liban. The event began in November 2014, as a celebration of the first anniversary of Banque du Liban’s Circular 331.


Executive Stage Partner

Innovation Stage Partner

Startup Competition Partner

Hackathon Partner

Ecosystem Stage Partner

Money Stage Partner

Main Lounge Partner

Ecosystem Lounge Partner

Coding Stage Partner

Design Stage Partner

Conference Bag Partner

Platinum Partner

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Platinum Partner

Opening Ad Partner

Closing Ad Partner

Official Furniture Partner

Outdoor Advertising Partner

Transportation Partner

Opening Ad Partner

Closing Ad Partner

Official Furniture Partner

Outdoor Advertising Partner

From last year

Check out the gallery from last year’s conference.

Forum de Beyrouth

The Venue

Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate 2016 will be held in central Beirut at the conference hall, Forum de Beyrouth. The conference hall is situated 15 minutes away from the Airport, and less than 5 minutes away from the luxurious Downtown area, and the trendy Mar Mikhael area.


Charles Helou Avenue, Medawar, Beirut, Lebanon