Mona Itani

Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut

Speaker Bio

Mona Itani, PhD is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut since 2021.  Prior to this role, she was appointed as the coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture from 2018-2021 where she was driving the faculty’s mission to become a leading entrepreneurship and innovation school in Lebanon and the Middle East. She is a published author on entrepreneurship, women, ethics, and education. She founded Riyada for Social Innovation SAL in 2017 and in 2020, she co-founded Shabab Lab, the first social innovation e-learning platform in the region. She is a renowned public speaker, award-winner, and expert on entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Arab world. She is a seasoned mentor and coach for women and young entrepreneurs in the MENA region.