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Salam Yamout Biography

The biography of Salam Yamout, RIPE NCC Executive Board member.

Salam Yamout is the National ICT Strategy Coordinator at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers since July 2010 handling the EU, innovation, and ICT portfolios.

Between 2005 and 2010, Salam worked for Cisco Systems where she was Program Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility. It was during her assignment as manager of the “Partnership for Lebanon” project that she set up the first Internet Exchange Point of Lebanon in 2008 ( ).

Salam holds an MBA from ESCP-EAP, Paris / Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Beirut in 2005 and a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA) in 1987.

She has been a professional in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for 25 years, and her work experience includes networking and telecommunications infrastructure; Oracle database administration; design and architecture of large IT systems; ERP implementation; procurement of IT systems; Internet governance; legal and regulatory aspects of ICT; and ICT public policy and planning. In short, she has managed and implemented technology-based solutions for the public and private sectors and society at large.

A serial social entrepreneur, Ms. Yamout is one of the founders of Women in IT, the Lebanese Broadband Stakeholders Group, the Lebanon Chapter of the Internet Society and the Arab Internet Governance Forum.  She is a member of the Order of Engineers of Beirut. She is a certified PMP with the Project Management Institute.

Salam is very active in the Lebanese entrepreneurial eco-system to encourage technology start-ups. She is one of the co-founders of the initiative and the Secretary General of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Business Plan Competition. She serves as coach and juror for several national and regional competitions including Microsoft Imagine Cup. She is member of the investment committee of the Building Block Fund.

She has worked for private and public institutions in the USA and Lebanon, and has also consulted for international organisations such as ESCWA, UNDP, and the EU

In 2010, Salam joined the public sector, more specifically the office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon where she has held the position of “National ICT Strategy Coordinator”. She has worked with three cabinets and will be able to influence and support the RIPE NCC and RIPE processes in the public arena.

Currently, Salam is also the Secretary General of ISOC Lebanon Chapter, which she founded with three other colleagues in 2010. She is a re-elected member of the Arab Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Arab Internet Governance Forum, which she also helped quick start in 2012. She is the Vice-Chair of the Lebanese Internet Center (LINC), a multi-stakeholder organisation responsible for the registration of the .lb domain names and dedicated to the development of the Internet in Lebanon and which she helped found in June 2014.