Carlos Ghosn – yes, the same Ghosn who jumped bail Japan, after being arrested over charges of alleged financial misconduct – is starting a training program at one of Lebanon’s top-ranked universities, the Université Saint-Esprit Kaslik (USEK).
Whatever has been said about Carlos Ghosn, the truth remains that the man is a business mastermind. He was long celebrated for his achievements in the automotive industry – before all the drama.
Residing in Lebanon, Ghosn is giving back to his crisis-hit country by offering his knowledge and expertise to help struggling companies.
“This is about creating jobs, employment, and entrepreneurs to allow society to take its role in the reconstruction of the country,” he said in a press conference.
This comes less than two months after a massive chemical explosion shook the capital city Beirut and its port and surrounding neighborhoods to shreds.
“Today, if there is one specific thing that Lebanon needs, it’s creating jobs,” he said.
In collaboration with USEK, Carlos Ghosn’s program will come in three parts:
Top executive management program
Training centered on new technology
Incubator for start-ups
International executives, such as Jaguar and Land Rover chief executive Thierry Bollore, former Goldman Sachs vice-chairman Ken Curtis, and venture capitalist Raymond Debbane, have also agreed to join Ghosn and give pro bono courses.
Finally, Ghosn called on the Lebanese diaspora to offer support to Lebanon not with money but rather with their time and expertise, highlighting that this is one of Lebanon’s “richest resources” existing outside of the country.