Najat Rizk - CEO – FIREHORSE & FIREHORSE ARC

 

Najat is at the forefront of socio-political programs and documentary production across the Arab World.  With over 18 years of experience, she combines an in-depth understanding of the media industry with thorough knowledge of the regional social and political fabrics. Najat is a lead consultant, producer and manager of a wide range of television programming on current affairs, factual entertainment, documentaries and corporate films in the Arab World.

 

Najat was the Channel Manager of ‘Al Thania’ part of Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network based in Italy. Orbit Satellite Network was a privately owned Pay TV network, operating in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Najat was Head of LBC-SAT, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation in Italy. She was executing the on-location (Avezzano-Italy) launch of LBC-SAT and initiating the introduction of sister channels LBC PLUS (encrypted for the Middle East–part of the ART bouquet), LBC Europe (part of TPS), LBC America and LBC Australia (part of ART).

 

Najat joined Firehorse as a Partner in 1999 and she is the Chief Executive Officer of Firehorse which has become one of the leading production companies in the region,  winning second place in a Harvard Business School programme, AllWorld Network, as one of the top two fastest growing companies in Lebanon’s 2010 and at the Second Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the AllWorld Arabia 500 in Istanbul in 2011, Firehorse was in the top three in Lebanon’s country ranking.

 

 

 

Najat is a founding member of Beyond Reform & Development (part of BRD/I Group SAL), a consulting firm and social business established to serve individuals and organizations, specialized in public sector reform, organizational development, capacity building and civil society development in the Arab world.

 

 

 

Najat is a founding member of Firehorse ARC, a stock footage library offering a wide collection of footage from the Middle East.

 

 

 

Najat has been a spokesperson at a number of regional and international conferences and universities, like the Tedxbeirut in 2011 and the Harvard Business School in 2010, where she brings her audience real case studies on media as a way to influence reality and create impact. At the Harvard Business School’s All-World Summit in 2010, Najat won acclaim as the second-most successful CEO in Lebanon.

 

Najat has a Professional Diploma in Management / Women Entrepreneurship from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.

 

 

 

She has a Postgraduate Diploma (diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées) in  Geopolitics, a Master's Degree in  Human Geography and Demographic Statistics and a Bachelor Degree in  Geography and History, all from  Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon.

 


Honorary Office and memberships:

 

  • Jury Member International Emmy Awards 2011- present
  • Founding Member of Lebanon Creative Cluster 2009 – present
  • Member of Harvard Business School AllWorld Network 2010 - present.
  • Member of APIMED 1993 - present.
  • Member of SCAM 1997 – present
  • Founding Member of Fondation Liban Cinema - 1997 – present
  • Founding Member of BCC (Beirut Creative Cluster)- 2011 – present

 

University Instructor

 

  • PR and Media course in Université Saint Joseph –Lebanon (2015).

  • Media Strategy in University of Dubai (AUD) – Lebanon (2014).

  • TV Programs Production in Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts – Lebanon (2004 - 2010).

 

Additional Info

  • Member Position: CEO – FIREHORSE & FIREHORSE ARC

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