Euro-Med Innovation Day – Water, Food, & Energy

The Euro-Med Innovation Day: Water, Energy, Food event will gather Euro-Mediterranean and Lebanese innovators, researchers, policy makers, international companies, investors and industrialists to exchange around the latest innovations and findings in the Water, Energy, Food sectors following a NEXUS approach and explore partnerships and business opportunities.

  • April 26th, 2018 – From 8:30 am till 7:00 pm
  • Beirut Digital District (BDD1280)

The Euro-Med Innovation Day is organized by Berytech in Lebanon with the financial support of the European Union, in collaboration with Beirut Digital District.



The Agenda

8.30-9.00 AM – Welcoming & Registration

9.00-9.45 AM – Opening Ceremony & key note speeches
Exposing the NEXUS innovation concept, challenges and opportunities in the fields of water, energy and food in the Mediterranean region in addition to the 5TOI-4EWAS project initial outputs presentation and general perspective.


  • Maroun N. Chammas, Chairman & CEO, Berytech
  • Manuel Valiente, Professor of Analytical Chemistry , UAB
  • Fouad Mrad, Frontier Technologies Program, UN-ESCWA

9.50-10.50 AM – Panel 1: Solving regional challenges in food, water and energy through the NEXUS approach
This panel will shed the light on major indicators and outcomes derived from Nexus Think Tank network in the fields of water, energy and food and highlight recommendations to address regional challenges and opportunities in those sectors. It will present the importance of the Nexus approach in innovation for industrial, academia, and SME actors.

Panel 1 Speakers: 

  • Alberto Soraci , Head of Technology Transfer Department, INNOVABIC.
  • Christophoros Perakis, Energy Expert, CRES
  • Gustavo Pérez, Project Manager, UAB
  • Andrey Girenko, Managing Director and Senior Consultant, GIRAF 
  • Rana El Hajj, Program Manager for Climate Change and Environment at Issam Fares Institute, AUB 
  • Pierre El Khoury, General Director and President, LCEC

11.05 AM-1.15 PM: Panels 2 & 3

Panel 2: Funding mechanisms to face future NEXUS challenges in the region
This panel will gather representatives from different funding mechanisms to cover existing programmes, initiatives, platforms and networks that offer funding opportunities for NEXUS projects and support the innovation development, capacity building and partnership building in the Med region.

Panel 2 Speakers:

  • Octavi Quintana Trias, Director of the R&I Program , PRIMA Foundation
  • Virgine Coussoul, Trade Attaché, EU-Delegation
  • Rula Atweh, Programme Officer / Int. Cooperation at CNRS-L
  • Bassel Aoun, Project Manager, Kafalat iSME Programme
  • Nicola Tucci, Innolabs srl

Panel 3: Innovation in action: Addressing NEXUS challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship
This panel will host representatives from the NEXUS ecosystem who will showcase concrete initiatives on how they implemented the NEXUS innovation approach in their businesses and programs, highlighting the importance of this concept, encouraging the growth of the NEXUS community in the region.

Panel 3 Speakers: 

  • Shaker Hammad, MINARET
  • Frank Utsola, Facility Manager, The Sahara Forest Project
  • Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager, Berytech 
  • Mohamed Wageih, Research and Innovation Advisor, HIRO 
  • Nadim Abdo, Program Director, Arcenciel 
  • Ihab Jomaa, Head of the Department of Irrigation and AgroMeteorology

1.15-2.30 PM: Networking Lunch

2.30-6.00 PM: Experts Matchmaking & Networking Session
This session includes roundtable meetings with experts. It targets entrepreneurs, industrialists, professionals, experts, organizations and researchers interested in exchanging expertise and exploring collaboration in the fields of water, energy and food.  This presents a unique opportunity to connect with leading partners and experts, get industry insights and tailored recommendations, learn about interesting projects or initiatives, explore synergies and set up potential partnerships.

A prior screening process will take place and exact meeting schedules and details will be communicated to confirmed participants prior to the event.

Matchmaking Experts: 

  • Amal Abdallah, Saba IP – Intellectual Property
  • Hussam Hawwa, Difaf – Water Reuse and Recycling
  • Bassel Aoun, Kafalat iSME Programme- Financing for Innovation
  • Danny Maalouly, Berytech Fund Management – Financing for Innovation
  • Mohammed Aljafari, Royal Scientific Society – Technology Commercialization
  • Lucien Azzi, Teknologix – Agrifood Technologies & Value Chain Services
  • Nicola Tucci, Innolabs srl – EU-MED Project Development
  • Ralph Saab, National Instruments – Decision Support Systems & Monitoring
  • Andrey Girenko, GIRAF – Agrifood Technologies & Value Chain Services
  • Manuel Valiente, AUB – Water Reuse and Recycling
  • Nadim Farajalla, AUB – Sustainable management of Water, Food and Energy
  • Raniero Chelli, UNIMED – EU-MED Project Development
  • Seffen Faten, CCIC – EU-MED Project Development
  • Shada El-Sherif – Sustainable management of Water, Food and Energy

6.00-7.00 PM: Networking cocktail



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Support Partners

AUB Issam Fares Institute Logo  Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) LogoNational Council for Scientificr Research (CNRS) LogoLARI LogoCewas Middle East Logo

This event is organized in the context of the 5TOI_4EWAS project GA 692523, an EU H2020 funded project that aims at encouraging innovation and research in the fields of energy, food and water in the Southern Mediterranean countries by supporting and connecting stakeholders, researchers and partners from the region and facilitate international cooperation for the development of innovative solutions in those sectors.

This event is composed of several tracks to offer a wide range of opportunities as well as bring together ideas, knowledge and people from the energy, water and food sectors, addressing future trends, policies, business and funding opportunities in the region.

It will include interactive panels with international and local experts in food, water and energy sectors, in addition to expert matchmaking activities to create collaboration opportunities.

Who can attend?

From the fields of water, energy and food: Representatives from engineering faculties, Researchers, Organizations, Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Professionals, Industrialists and ecosystem partners, Investors, and Experts and consultants.

  • To attend, please make sure you book your spot before April 18th, 2018. Places are limited.



About the 5TOI Project
Berytech is the local partner of the 5TOI_4EWAS. The project is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and focuses on three key challenges – Food, Energy and Water through the Nexus approach. Read more by clicking here.

About the NEXUS Approach
Improved water, energy and food security on a global level can be achieved through a NEXUS approach, one that integrates management, governance and open innovation across sectors, supporting the transition to a green economy, sustainable development, optimization of resources and collaboration among different stakeholders.