Our Team




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.



Director & Head of Operations

Joseph is the Programme Director 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).



Lead Trainer

Samar is a lead trainer at Codi, responsible for delivering the core competencies needed for web development to the student.

Samar is a freelancer and teaches in several universities the basics of programming and computers. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut.

Before Codi, Samar was active in both the technical and academic fields. She held positions in several companies as a project manager, IT manager, and a Web Developer.  She now feels that the best way to convey her knowledge and experience is through teaching.

Laura Jardine Paterson

Laura Jardine Paterson

Head of Communications

Laura is the Head of Communications at Codi, responsible for making sure everyone in Lebanon knows about Codi. She manages all the Marketing, Social Media, external communications and recruitment of new Codi students. Laura is particularly focussed on gender equality in the tech sector and is on a mission to get more women into programming around the world.

Before Codi, Laura was working as an Operations Specialist in London at Mediacom, one of the largest Media agencies in the world.


Gaby Karam


Gaby is a Core Trainer at Codi. His responsibilities include preparing and delivering coding sessions and exercises using various programming languages. He also helps the students in managing their daily activities and final projects. Gaby also takes the lead on internal Codi tech projects. Outside Codi, Gaby consults pro-bono as a tech consultant.

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

Before Codi, Gaby’s career worked as a Digital Producer & Developer for Codi Studio and also on a freelance basis. Gaby’s holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Arts Sciences & Technology University in Lebanon (AUL) and he is a Codi graduate from the original first cohort.

Rex Stretton-Pow

Rex Stretton-Pow

English Mentor

Rex is the English teacher at Codi. As well as teaching English, his responsibilities include designing the English curriculum and giving workshops on skills to prepare Codi graduates for the English-speaking workplace and professional world.

Rex is very happy to be part of the Codi team and to have a chance to teach English to those for whom it will make the biggest difference.

Outside Codi, Rex is a private tutor for English. Before working at Codi, he worked as a Latin teacher at secondary schools in the UK. He holds a BA in Classics from the University of Oxford as well as the CELTA qualification in teaching English as a Foreign Language.




Khaldoun graduated from the American University of Beirut in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He is really passionate about software engineering and particularly Web Development and Machine Learning with a recent growing interest in Devops and Cloud Engineering. He will be leading the new Computer Literacy course which is due to begin in April 2020.