After completing a degree in architecture at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA), Marilyn joined Keeward in 2009 where she discovered a passion for the web and the various areas of expertise needed to work in the digital world. She spent 9 years at Keeward, where she managed a team of 60 people across 3 continents with a broad cross-section of profiles, from project managers to consultants, and developers to communicators. She has been instrumental in developing methodologies specific to the management of digital projects. Her expertise lies in user experience design, the development and growth of startups and SMEs, and online marketing. Since 2013, Marilyn has taught Masters classes in Web Science and Digital Economy at the Faculty of Economics (USJ), as well as Digital Marketing, Design Thinking, & Strategy at ESA. In December 2017, she graduated from INSEAD with an Executive MBA. She joined EMAAR as part of the chairman’s office in September 2018, and has been the Acting CMO for the Properties & Corporate division since November 2018.
Ms. Zakhour will be taking "A Step towards Equality" by participating in the Fireside talk, "How expensive is your bill as a Woman?"
According to a study by McKinsey and the IFC, there is about a US$1.5 trillion credit gap for formal small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) globally. Goldman Sachs estimates there is a US$285 billion credit gap when it comes to women-owned SMEs in particular.
Despite many advantages and acquired rights, Lebanese women continue to face discrimination at numerous levels, keeping gender equality in Lebanon an elusive objective. Building on the women entrepreneurs’ experience, how should we address the legal and regulatory barriers? What can we change in the business practices in the financial services sector? How can we help women help themselves?