Behavioral Economics and Nudge in the Arab Region:

Lessons Learned & Challenges Ahead

11 -12 May, 2018 – Beirut
Issam Fares Lecture Hall, the American University of Beirut
Friday, May 11th

5:00 – 5:30 PM: Registration

5:30 – 6:00 PM: Opening and Welcome Address

  • Dr. Nadia Cheikh – Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AUB
  • Dr. Fadi Makki – Founder and President of Nudge Lebanon; Member of the Future Council for Behavioral Sciences at the World Economic Forum

6:00 – 7:30 PM: Panel on the Role of Academia and NGOs in Promoting Greater Use of Behavioral Insights in Public Policy

Moderator: Dr. Bana Bashour – Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor of Philosophy, AUB

Speakers:

  • H.E. Prof. Fouad Ayoub – President of the Lebanese University
  • HE. Dr. Khaled Mahdi – Secretary General of Kuwait’s Supreme Council for Planning and Development
  • Dr. Iman Nuwayhid – Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB
  • Dr. Fadi Makki – Founder and President of Nudge Lebanon; Member of the Future Council for Behavioral Sciences at the World Economic Forum

7:30 – 8:00 PM: Reception

Saturday, May 12th

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Registration and networking breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 AM: Growth of Behavioral Economics and Rise of Nudge Units: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead


Moderator:
Dr. Fadi Makki – Founder and President of Nudge Lebanon; Member of the Future Council for Behavioral Sciences at the World Economic Forum

Speakers:

  • Dr. Mariam Chammat – Executive Advisor at the French Behavioral Insights Unit at Direction Interministerielle de la Transformation Publique
  • Prof. Lori Foster – Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, North Carolina State University; Former Member of the White House Social & Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST)
  • Dr. Ramzi Mabsout – Assistant Professor of Economics at AUB; Member of the Board of Trustees, Nudge Lebanon
  • Faisal Naru – Head of Strategic Management & Coordination of OECD Executive Director’s Office & Member of Board of Trustees, Nudge Lebanon
  • Dr. Erik Angner – Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University

10:15 – 11:30 AM: Applying Behavioral Insights to Health and the Environment

Moderator: Dr. Iman Nuwayhid – Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB

Speakers:

  • Dr. Rabih Mohtar – Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, AUB
  • Dr. Rabih El Chammay – Head of National Mental Health Program, Ministry of Public Health
  • Dr. Umar Taj  Research Fellow at Warwick Business School; Founder of Nudgeathon
  • Prof. Lori Foster – Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, North Carolina State University; Former Member of the White House Social & Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST)
  • Dr. Ali Osseiran  VP Academic Affairs, Nudge Lebanon
  • Dr. Kai Ruggeri  Assistant Professor, Columbia University; Senior Researcher & Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge

11:30 – 12:00 AM: Break

12:00 – 1:15 PM:  Compliance & Rule of Law: Rethinking Government Services Delivery through a Behavioral Lens

Moderator: Daniel Shephard –  Member of the Board of Trustees, Nudge Lebanon; Former Member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST)

Speakers:

  • H.E. Ghassan Moukheiber  Lebanese MP; Member of the Board of Trustees, Nudge Lebanon
  • Zhi Soon  Youth, Education and Skills, Behavioural Insights Team
  • Dr. Georgios Dimitropoulos  Assistant Professor, HBKU Law School; Member of the Advisory Board of Nudge Unit Greece
  • Josh Martin  Vice President, ideas42

1:15 – 2:30 PM:  Applying Behavioral Insights and Nudge to Education

Moderator: Maha Haidar-Makki – Co-Founder of Nudge Lebanon; Director of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, AUB

Speakers:

  • Zhi Soon  Youth, Education and Skills, Behavioural Insights Team
  • Dr. Saouma BouJaoude – Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AUB; Member of the Board of Trustees, Nudge Lebanon
  • Prof. Lori Foster  Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, North Carolina State University; Former Member of the White House Social & Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST)
  • Jon Roozenbeek – Doctoral Researcher, the University of Cambridge
  • Dr. Mariam Chammat – Executive Advisor at the French Behavioral Insights Unit at Direction Interministerielle de la Transformation Publique

2:30 – 3:30 PM: Lunch

3:30 – 4:45 PM: Applying Behavioral Insights to Financial and Social Inclusion

Moderator: Dr. Charlotte Karam – Associate Dean of Programs at OSB, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, AUB; Director of the KIP Project

Speakers:

  • Josh Martin – Vice President, ideas42
  • Daniel Shephard – Member of the Board of Trustees, Nudge Lebanon; Former Member of the White House Social & Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST)
  • Jennifer Colville – Team Leader, Innovation, Arab States, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
  • Ammaarah Kamish – Director of Policy, Research and Analysis, Western Cape Government, Department of the Premier

4:45 – 6:00 PM: The Future of Behavioral Economics and Nudge in the Region

Moderator: Hammoud Almahmoud – Editor in Chief, Harvard Business Review Arabia and Aliqtisadi.com

Speakers:

  • HE. Dr. Khaled Mahdi – Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development in Kuwait
  • Faisal Naru – Head of Strategic Management & Coordination of OECD Executive Director’s Office & Member of Board of Trustees, Nudge Lebanon
  • Dr. Muhammad Baasiri – Third Vice-Governor, Banque Du Liban
  • Dr. Fadi Makki – Founder and President of Nudge Lebanon; Member of the Future Council for Behavioral Sciences at the World Economic Forum