Mission & OBJECTIVE
aims to turn the challenges faced by youth into opportunities.
The company provides training & coaching services for professionals & companies covering the following topics:
Professional Branding | Business English | Human Skills | Digital skills | Corporate Culture & Organizational Development
LIBRO stands for Leadership, Innovation, Balance, Restoration & Orientation, a mandatory culture to create and sustain both the companies and the young professionals' success.
LIBRO means a book in Spanish and reflects the importance of the continuous learning and self-development process.
Surely, when we have a strong professional profile & a learning-driven attitude, our way to freedom "liberté" is guaranteed!
We need to reduce un-employment in the MENA region and push our local & regional companies to go to international scale? Then we need to adapt quickly and eficiently to the recent market changes. According to the Future of Jobs report 2018 published by the World Economic Forum, 75 million jobs will start disappearing by 2022 and 133 million jobs will be emerging from now onwards. The new jobs will be mainly focused on technology and people skills.
Is our universities’ curriculum enough to bridge this gap? Definitely not! And not only in the MENA region but worldwide. According to the same report, everyone will need an extra 101 days of learning by 2022 to cope with those new advancements.
As for the companies, 53% is the average reskilling needed for the workforce, which means huge responsibility falls on the management to sustain and grow their shares in the market.
LIBRO, through its commitment to turn youth challenges into opportunities, decided to work closely with universities, companies & governmental institutions across MENA, in collaboration with a pool of brilliant regional & internationals experts, to bridge this skillset gaps and therefore and help professionals in thriving in the workforce.
We believe in collaboration and not in competition. Our numerous regional challenges require from us perseverance and collective work to drive positive impact on our societies. Our youth deserve a chance and we are committed to do our best to help them walk the career path that fits their potentials and aspirations.
Therefore, we have partnered till now with around 10 regional & international organizations working on women and youth empowerment like Global Shapers community [supported by World Economic Forum], Techwomen, Facebook Developers Circle, LLWB… with whom we organize events & workshops on regular basis to make sure we are serving as much youth as possible while having diversity and inclusion as keys values throughout this process.
Supporting in Advancing UN SDGs
We have SDG 4 “Quality Education” & SDG 8 “Decent Work & Economic Growth” as part of our DNA. Nevertheless, we organize regular networking activities and free events for women in steam field as well since we believe that by implementing SDG 5 “Gender Equality”, the whole economic and social situation in our countries will improve. Adding that our founder is one of the biggest advocates for gender equality in the workforce and has been involved in many activities to work on amendments in the Lebanese labor law that will help in reducing discrimination against women in working environments.
Abdallah is a Lebanese social entrepreneur, technology enthusiast, women &
youth rights activist.
Sarah has graduated as a computer and telecommunications engineer from Saint Joseph University in 2011. She
joined Murex Systems company after graduation, one of the top Fintech companies worldwide, where she worked
as a technical consultant for six years on big projects across MENA, Europe & Singapore.
During the same period, she was a volunteer with more than six social organizations working on women & youth
Sarah was elected as a youth advisory council member at the US embassy in Beirut for two consecutive years (2015-2016). She was selected as a youth leader by the Swedish institute of Alexandria in 2016. During the same year, she was selected to participate in Techwomen exchange program in Silicon Valley, where she spent her four weeks mentorship period at LinkedIn San Francisco and worked on her social enterprise idea with top executives there.
She started teaching professional branding at Saint Joseph University on March 2017 and founded her social enterprise named LIBRO whose mission is to turn youth & women challenges into opportunities.
Abdallah aspires to help the new generation in shaping its own future. LIBRO stands for Leadership, Innovation, Balance, Restoration & Orientation, a mandatory culture to create and sustain both the companies and the young professionals' success. LIBRO also means a book in Spanish and reflects the importance of the continuous learning process even after graduation, essential to strengthening the career paths of youth and enabling them to reach their potentials and aspirations.
LIBRO is currently collaborating with a pool of brilliant regional & internationals experts, to support STEAM workforce in the MENA region and help them succeed and grow in different industries Abdallah believes in collaboration and not competition. According to her, the numerous regional challenges require perseverance and collective work to drive positive impact on MENA societies. Supporting in advancing Unites Nations SDGs is also part of LIBRO philosophy and consequently having SDG 4 “Quality Education” & SDG 5 “Gender Equality” as part of their DNA.
Sarah was selected as well as a global shaper part of the World Economic Forum early 2017, whose mission is to build a global community of outstanding young people committed to improving the state of the world. She was also assigned as co-leader for Facebook Developers Circle Beirut early 2018. Developer Circles a program designed by Facebook to create locally organized communities for developers. These communities are meant to educate and provide a forum for discussion and knowledge sharing around topics that are top-of-mind for developers in a particular market. This program has now more than 250, 000 developers across the globe. In Beirut specifically, the community has now more than 2000 developers, for whom more than free 30 events were organized, from training to Tech talks to local & global hackathons. Sarah was selected as a youth influencer as well by the embassy of The Netherlands in Lebanon, among other inspiring successful young men and women, who meet with the ambassador occasionally to check potential areas of collaboration between the embassy and Lebanese youth throughout different projects. Sarah is a regional speaker as well. She got the opportunity to share her experience & insights at more than 40 events and conferences across MENA.
Her favorite quote is “The best way to predict the future is to create it”, and therefore her advocacy and activism on social level.