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 by DW Akademie.
An entrepreneur by heart, who has a passion for working with youth to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and unleash their creative skills. Founder of the Just Start Innovating platform, an initiative that evolved and became a full-fledged curriculum to build & scale entrepreneurial platforms & ecosystems strategic programs. His most recent work was at Skolkovo institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Moscow, where he was invited to mentor Masters and PhD students at the 2019 Innovation workshop to help them validate problem hypothesis, keep an open mind and unleash their creativity. In Jan 2020, he was invited again to give a workshop for students during their independent skills period about Storytelling & Pitching to communicate their ideas in a more efficient and engaging ways.
Before devoting his work full time to Just Start Innovating, 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.
During the past few years, he was a speaker and worked on several projects in the EMEA region, among which is Deutsche Welle to develop new business models for media and to create innovative educational curricula for Journalism. Furthermore, he worked with the United Nations, Geneva, to map and create innovative content based on storytelling about entrepreneurship and innovation for an online learning curriculum.
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/ consultant by DW Akademie, Germany. Has several other certifications in topics mostly about creative & critical thinking, online learning development, managing vocational educational and training institution, consultancy, innovation, pitching and storytelling.