Joelle Yazbeck

Regional Coordinator, ICC-ESCWA Centre of Entrepreneurship, Lebanon


Joelle Yazbeck is the Regional Coordinator, ICC-ESCWA Centre of Entrepreneurship for the Arab region, which is an initiative co-led by the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

Launching her career in entrepreneurship within the non-profit sector, Joelle had led the Pan Arab chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum delivering vision, strategic direction and strong leadership to the overall organization. Her skill set lies in people management, business development, and partnerships, and her work culminated in building the first program connecting Arab startups to Silicon Valley resources.

Joelle's distinctive combination of skills in entrepreneurship development and her track record in supporting and fostering MSMEs growth have positioned her for a focal role with ICC and ESCWA. Today, she builds strategic partnerships with global organizations, including the UN-International Trade Centre, World Intellectual Property Organization, UNCTAD, WTO, and Meta (SMB Support), to strengthen the capacity of MSMEs in the areas of e-commerce, export readiness, intellectual property, creative industries, digital marketing and women economic empowerment.