Hala Fadel (Lebanon)
Hala Fadel is a co-founder and managing partner at Leap Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on global technologies with operations in MENA and Europe. She has 20 years of experience in finance and entrepreneurship, working first in mergers and acquisitions at Merrill Lynch in London and then as a portfolio manager for 12 years in European Equities at Comgest, a €20bn growth equity fund. In 2000, Hala founded Booleo, a telecom software business that was later acquired as an internal solution by a client. She also founded and chairs the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab region, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and organizes, among other things, the MIT Arab start-up competition.
Hala is an angel investor in start-ups across the Middle East and Europe, and has launched a co-working space in Beirut called Coworking+961. She graduated from HEC in France in 1997 with a Masters in Financial Economics and attended the Berkeley Haas School of Business, she holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.