About Us

Demand for skilled human capital for programming and web development in Lebanon is strong and on the rise (ICT and Software sectors growing at 8% + CAGR and thousands of developers are being hired for every year).

This programme, certified by Simplon.co is open to everyone but primarily targeted to unemployed youth, with little academic background, and otherwise marginalised from society. We deliver and ensure quality of education by employing trainers on the ground leveraging a proven methodology to maximise chances of success for our students, who will develop not only coding skills but also have a strong foundation to become future innovation leaders and influencers.

Meet the Team

Hortense

Hortense

Founder

Hortense co-founded Unicef NEXTGen Europe and currently co-Chairs UK and France committees. NEXTGen is a global Unicef initiative bringing together diverse groups of young professionals, committed to helping transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Hortense was a strategy consultant in Private Equity at the Boston Consulting Group until March 2016. Since then, she founded Codi, the first training centre to foster digital and technical skills for underprivileged youth in Lebanon. Codi’s mission is to use coding and digital skills to enable inclusion and employment, and as a catalyst for social innovation and diversity. Today, there is no avenue for marginalised youth to build a career programming, Codi is creating one.

JA

Joseph

Programme Director

Joseph is one of the Programme Directors at Codi, responsible for all operations across Codi activities (incl. Administration & Logistics, IT, Finance & Fundraising, Marketing & Social Media). He is also responsible for relationships with our Employment partners, mainly through project and internship opportunities with current students. Outside Codi, Joseph consults pro-bono as a sales consultant for various software companies.

Joseph is passionate about Codi because he believes in the power of programming as a tool to building a better future and a long term sustainable career. His mission: to inspire and empower.

Before Codi, Joseph worked as an Operations Manager across multiple sectors (IT, Retail, Software) and has over ten years’ experience. He holds a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems and an MBA from AUST (Beirut, Lebanon).

Joelle

Joelle

Programme Director

Joelle is one of the Programme Directors of Codi, responsible for the student journey; all the way from recruitment and outreach with our Recruiting partners, to piecing together their Life Skills portfolio with our Content & Delivery partners, to getting a job. Joelle is also Codi’s English teacher. Outside Codi, she is a Board Member of Volunteer for Lebanon, an organisation that enables and raises awareness about volunteerism. Joelle has been promoting volunteerism from a young age and is dedicated in devoting her time to accomplish direct positive impact and help others in the community.

Joelle is passionate about Codi because it empowers youth who have no idea what they are capable of, see their potential and path their own future.

Before Codi, Joelle worked in multiple organisations across the public and private sectors, both in Lebanon and the United States (where she grew up and lived until 2008); and has extensive experience in the fields of Education, Communication and Talent Management. Joelle holds a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University and is currently writing her M.A. thesis on International Funding and NGO Cooperation.

 

Jad

Jad

Lead Trainer & Developer

Jad is the Lead Trainer &Developer at Codi. His responsibilities include teaching students the core competency of web development side by side with the life skills necessary for entrepreneurial thinking. A professor at Alba for the past five years, Jad himself is an eternal student, a casual jack of all trades but master mostly of common sense. Currently, he continues to teach at Alba and is the tech lead of his own web startup.

Jad is passionate about Codi because it gives him a chance to share his knowledge in a demographic for whom it can prove to be life-altering.

Before Codi, Jad’s career was split between the arts, programming and education. A serial entrepreneur, he founded the animation & communication agency Yelostudio at age 18. Through Yelostudio and various other objects, he worked as an illustrator, animator, designer, branding consultant, communication strategist, and coder/web developer. As such, he created numerous websites and web applications in close collaboration with clients, which led him naturally to co-found two tech start-ups, Cinemoz and Raghunter. After launching three start-ups and consulting for many more, he felt the urge to transfer the knowledge acquired and dedicate himself fully to teaching.