Dr. Ghinwa Jalloul
Founder/Chairperson at Torch.
President/CEO of Technology.
Named as an Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation.
Dr. Ghinwa Jalloul is a former member of Lebanese Parliament, as well as Chairperson and Co-Founder of Torch IT boot camp, an accelerator and startup enabler which has the mission of accelerating the growth of Information Technology in Lebanon. Jalloul was also part of a software development house with pioneering and award winning software solutions and projects, and was the Chairperson and Co-founder of VIP Rescue, the accident management and rescue app, and founder of the Information Technology Parliamentary Committee.
In 2007, Jalloul was selected as the Ambassador of Peace for the Universal Peace Federation. Jalloul has also won other awards for her work, including the 2007 Arab Distinguished Women Award from the Arab Women Studies Center of the Arab League, the 2009 UNESCO Creativity Award, and the 2017 Pioneer for Peace in the Middle East Award from the Women Federation for World Peace.
Jalloul has served in numerous academic, governmental and NGO-related positions throughout her career. As mentioned above, in politics, she was a member of the Lebanese Parliament from 2000-2009, when she drafted the Lebanese Information Technology Law and secured its approval by specialized Lebanese parliamentary committees, 2006. She also was the Founder and Elected Chair of the Information Technology Parliamentary Committee, and Elected Speaker of the Communication and Media Parliamentary Committee. She was also a member of the Education and Culture, Senate Admission, Technology, Scientific, and Women’s Committees. On an international level, she was a founding member and assistant secretary general of the working women committee from 2000-2001, a special fellow for the UN Institute of Training and Research for MENA from 2006-2008, and an expert for the international telecommunication union in 2009. In academia, she has been a Teaching Professor at the Lebanese American University since 2015, and participated in developing computer science programs for AUB.
During the period of 1994 and 2009, Jalloul has published more than 30 articles/essays in scientific publications in international journals. In addition she received numerous awards, among them: UNESCO Creativity Award for IKRAA project for Illiteracy Eradication, 2009; Distinguished Arab Woman Award for distinguished performance as a public figure, 2007 and Australian Postgraduate Award (Computer Science), 1991. In 2004, Jalloul obtained her Ph.D. in Information Technology from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
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