#FinanceFridays Training Session: EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses Program in Lebanon

October 11, 2019 at 9:00 am
Till: October 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Berytech Innovation Park - Mathaf, Damascus Street, Museum District, 10th floor

#FinanceFridays Training Session on October 11, 2019, with Huda Saigh, the Program Manager of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Advice for Small Businesses Program in Lebanon


Berytech organizes #FinanceFridays – a program which aims to offer an opportunity to startups and SMEs for getting investment-ready, identifying the right channels of funding, and raising funds. 

The aim of this session is to present the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) Program. The ASB team will brief the attendees on:

  • The program, its process, the eligibility criteria and the required documents
  • The types of technical expertise and advice that are delivered
  • Examples of previously implemented projects


This Finance Friday session will benefit mostly the following type of SMEs:

  • Maturity: Well established businesses with at least 2 years since incorporation and of full-time operations.
  • Size of the SME: Up to 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 million.
  • Ownership: Be majority privately owned and majority owned by local nationals.
  • Sector of activities: Operate in any of the sectors where the EBRD operates except banking, financial services, financing of military activities or production of tobacco, gambling facilities and insurance.


Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Price: Free of Charge

Venue: Berytech Innovation Park – Mathaf, Damascus Road, 10th floor

About the Expert

Huda SaighHuda Saigh is the Program Manager of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Advice for Small Businesses Program in Lebanon, which helps small and medium-sized businesses access the business advice they need to grow.

Prior to joining EBRD, she was a freelance Economic Development Consultant. She worked on several projects with the IFC in the Middle East supporting microfinance organizations and with international NGOs such as Mercy Corps and Diakonia on assessing the organizational capacity of SMEs and NGOs. Prior to that, Huda was the Finance Manager at Al Majmoua – the largest microfinance organization in Lebanon for six years. She also worked as Senior Economic Officer at a UNDP project at the Ministry of Finance where she was responsible for several initiatives including Donor Coordination.

Previously, Huda was a Senior Consultant focused on strategy and operations at Deloitte and the Director of Finance and Operations at a non-profit organization in New York. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from American University. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.