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FCM - Free Connected Minds

Timedate16 Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 08:30 to 18:00

Venue16 Phoenicia Hotel - Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon


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FCM 2017 Free

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Phoenicia Hotel - Beirut

Phoenicia Hotel, Minet El Hosn
Beirut, Lebanon
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"Free Connected Minds" (FCM) is "Free Connected Minds" (FCM) is a one-day interactive conference that explores imperative and innovative social, political, and economic issues. It also examines business and connectivity in local, regional, and international contexts that impact individual and collective thinking. This distinguished conference will include three main chapters: Freedom, Connectivity, and Innovative Minds.

Every year, key stakeholders, media and business figures, as well as politicians and international figures attend the conference every year in order to benefit from inspiring panel talks and influential personalities. Thus, they would be more than excited and honored to have such a successful and talented figure among them.

8:30| Registration

9:30| Opening Ceremony

Master of Ceremony:

Mr. Maurice Matta, Producer and Presenter of the Financial News on MTV

Welcome Notes:

  • May Chidiac, Founder and President of the MCF – Media Institute
  • Achim Vogt, Resident Representative Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lebanon

Patronage Note: H.E. Ghassan Hasbani, Deputy Prime Minister of Lebanon, Minister of Health

Connectivity Chapter

10:00-10:30| Keynote Speech or Fireside Talk

– H.E. Miguel Angel Moratinos, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and cooperation of Spain.

Moderator*, TBD

Freedom Chapter

10:30-11:20| Panel 1

"The State of the World and the Emerging Leadership Models in the Era of Post-Globalization"


– Alberto Fernandez, The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. MBN President (US-Cuba)

– Nejib Friji, Director of International Peace Institute Middle East and North Africa (Tunisian)

– H.E. Marwan Muashar, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan, Vice President of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Jordan)

– MP. Alec Shelbrooke, Member of the UK parliament (United Kingdom)

Moderator: Frederick Charillon, Professor at Sciences Po (France)

11:20-11:30| Presentation

– Ms. Roula Moussa: Venturesome Investor and Innovator Founder Netways and Founder of Diaspora ID (Lebanon)

11:30-11:55| Coffee Break

Minds Chapter

11:55-12:45| Panel 2

"The New Face of International Business"


– Luigi Gambardella, Head of European Affairs Open Fiber, President of ChinaEU, President of EUBrasil (Italy)

– Emre Gurkan, CEO of Touch (Turkey)

– Leila Serhan, General Manager Microsoft MENA Region (Lebanon)

Moderator: Toufic Gibran, Journalist (Lebanon)

Keynote Speech:


"Fighting Extremism in a Highly Radicalized World: Media and Terrorism"

– Ali Jaber, Director at MBC Group, TV Show "Gharabeeb El Soud or Black Crows" (Lebanon-UAE)

1:15-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:30| Keynote Speech

"Campaign to Free 170 Journalists in Turkey"

Ms. Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director IPI (Austria)

2:30-3:20| Panel 3

"Highest Decline in World Press Freedom"


– Sofia Amara, Grand Reporter/Fimmaker (Morocco-France)

– Jes Aznar, Independent Photojournalist (US)

– Baker Atyani, Bureau Chief Asia for Arab News (Jordan)

– Pierre Haski, Journalist, President of Reporters Without Borders (France)

Moderator: Youmna Naufal, Creator and Host of YChats, Former Head of English News at Future TV (Lebanon)



We, the MCF team, continuously work on spreading our mission and vision among young people like us, which is the ever-important notion :

"Freedom of Expression"

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