Omar ChristidisFounder & CEO at Arabnet
Omar is an entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, who has built deep expertise on digital disruption across sectors and currently holds multiple positions. He is the Founder & CEO of ArabNet, which produces leading events, insights and innovation programs focused on the technology and innovation industry in the MENA region.
He is a Partner and Board Member at Lebanon Seed Fund, a $20 million early stage fund aimed at supporting 100 Lebanese startups, having already invested in 33 startups to date. Omar is actively involved in advising government leaders on digital innovation: he is a Founding Board Member of IDEAS, a non-profit association supported by the Prime Minister of Lebanon, that focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enable the innovation ecosystem in Lebanon; he also serves on the private sector advisory group for the Lebanese Minister of Technology and Investment.
Omar holds a BA and MBA from Yale University and is the Co-Founder of the Yale Arab Alumni Association. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Community School, and the Board of Director of the Lebanese Exhibitions and Conferences Association, where he leads government relations.