Apr . 2019


18.April.2019 BLC Bank tags: A Step towards Equality , #GenderGapLebanon

Ms. Aline KAMAKIAN Owner and CEO of Fig Holding

Aline founded her own brokerage firm, IIC sarl (Insurance, Investment Consultants), which focuses on corporate insurance. IIC grew into one of the biggest brokerage firms in Lebanon.
Parallel to this, she founded Mayrig, the first Armenian restaurant in Lebanon in 2003.
Mayrig opened franchises in the gulf region. Aline then developed and opened Batchig, which is a Mediterranean Bistro that offers Lebanese and Armenian cuisine with a twist.
Mayrig opened its doors in KSA, UAE, Four Seasons Maldives and Yerevan.
She also published “Armenian Cuisine”, a comprehensive cookbook of Armenian culinary heritage reciting small stories of Armenian mothers.
Aline is the treasurer of the Lebanese Franchise Association and active board member the Lebanese League for Women in Business.
She has also been an active member of AYA and AGBU.
Aline was awarded “Woman entrepreneur of the year 2015” by BLC and Mayrig gained the socio-economic award in 2011.
She is currently producing “Cook with Aline” an online cooking show, telling the story of the Armenian people, their struggle, their love and pride through mother-to-daughter authentic recipes.


Alime is taking "A Step towards Equality" by participating in the Fireside talk "How expensive is your bill as a Woman?". Book our seat to the conference now!


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?

By WE Initiative