Ziad Barouni is an international speaker and expert in Entrepreneurship, Storytelling and Critical Thinking. He is also a certified consultant and trainer in media sustainability, content and elearning.
An entrepreneur by heart, who has a passion for helping people to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and unleash their creative skills. Founder of the Just Start Innovating program, an initiative that help youths in rural areas to build an entrepreneurial mindset & unleash their creative skills.
In 2020, despite all the challenges that came with this year… he worked with several organizations and institutions, among which was, Skolkovo institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Moscow; first in Jan, where he was invited as an external instructor during the students independent skills period (ISP 2020) to give a course about how to master speech and presentations skills using storytelling, and then during the year he gave online two workshops for the students about pitching & storytelling.
He also worked with Cewas in Switzerland, Free Press Unlimited in the Netherlands, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Hult Prize Foundation and developed an online course about learning agility (A Chance to Reinvent Ourselves) and with the support of the Crown Prince Foundation in Jordan; the course got +750 enrollments.
Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, Ziad founded SnackableNews, a native advertising platform that won several awards, among which is the prestigious Queen Rania Award for Entrepreneurship and the 1st Prize at the Dubai’s Social Media Influencers’ Summit 2015. And before that he founded, Waleg, a pop culture blog that was ranked among the most popular 500 websites in the world between 2005-2008 with +15 Million visitors/ month.
During the past few years, he was a speaker and worked on several projects in the EMEA region, among which is his work with the United Nations, Geneva, to map and create innovative content based on storytelling about entrepreneurship and innovation for a 100 hours online learning curriculum/ platform. He also worked with organizations to develop new business models for media and to create innovative educational curricula for Journalism.
Ziad also continues to work with different universities around the world, incubators and organizations to coach and mentor students and startups founders and help them to tell their stories, grow and scale their business models.
He is an alumnus & a certified trainer and consultant by DW Akademie, Germany. Has several other certifications in topics mostly about creative & critical thinking, online learning development, leadership, managing vocational educational and training institution, consultancy, innovation, pitching and storytelling.