Marwan Kheireddine is the founder of Beirut Institute, which helps people in Lebanon form businesses. He also served as an ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and committed his life to help other people. Marwan Kheireddine was born in Beirut on November 30th, 1958, but he has always had ties with Paris because it is where he grew up-his father worked there as an engineer.
He studied engineering at university and then went into business with his father after finishing school. His first project was developing computer programs for banks like HSBC and Barclays. Later on, he founded Beykar Construction Company, which became one of Lebanon’s most important construction companies. They built projects like the St. George’s Hotel and many buildings in Beirut, including a high-rise for AUB (the American University of Beirut) and two towers called Saifi One and Saifi Two, which were used as hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops. Read about Marwan Kheireddine at crunchbase.com
Marwan Kheireddine’s success in business allowed him to help many important projects for Lebanon as his university. His company was responsible for the construction of AUB’s New Science Building and other buildings on campus. He also helped finance renovations at Mount Lebanon Hotel by giving USD 21 million toward revamping it, so it looks modern again.
Additionally, he donated money to renovate Beit Atfal Assumoud (the House of Children) orphanage, run by UNDP-Lebanon, because they have had a special place in Marwan’s heart since he grew up there in poverty. His track record for supporting social causes has earned him the respect of many people-including Pope John Paul II, who wanted to give his Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award to Mr Kheireddine.
Today Marwan is giving back by being a mentor and an inspiration. He believes that it is important for young entrepreneurs to have someone they can look up to so they know what steps are necessary to become successful one day, just like Marwan did.