Around the world, clusters play a pivotal role in the recovery of ailing economies. They are key players that contribute collaboratively to the next normal. But how do clusters and collaborative initiatives help craft a new improved normal?
The QOOT Agri-Food Innovation Cluster of Lebanon organized a panel discussion titled ‘Cluster-Driven Circular Economy’ part of the Agri-Food Innovation Day – AFID2020, highlighting how circular ambitions have been affected by the economic crisis and providing a better understanding of the role of clusters in the circular transition.
The panel with its guest speakers aimed to answer two essential questions on how the financial crisis could reinforce the implementation of circular economy principles and the role of clusters in catalyzing this. In this discussion, the speakers represented the breadth of the cluster ecosystem and offered opportunities to explore new strategies for transformation.
Moderator Dr. Rodrigue El Balaa – Chairman of the Department of Agriculture at the Balamand University, led the discussion with the panelists who shared their relevant experiences within the food value-chain: Hammam Samad – Executive Strategist of Lama Foods, Jamil Haddad – founder of Colonel Project, Lucia Seel – expert in international innovation and cluster policies and management, Nadim Abdo – Programs Director at arcenciel, and Soha Atallah – founder of Liban Pack.
Read the full article about the panel discussion on the QOOT Cluster website here.
QOOT Agri-food Innovation Cluster
QOOT brings together SMEs and existing companies in Lebanon’s agri-food sector, creating a synergistic environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, prosperity and growth. Our core objective is to bring Lebanese agri-food industries on par with the most innovative economies in the world, thus reclaiming Lebanon’s place on the World Food Innovation Map.
QOOT – initiated by Berytech and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is being implemented by Berytech in collaboration with FoodValley Company, the leading agri-food cluster in the Netherlands.
Find out more here.