The program is based at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK). The initiative has three goals: to provide training to local businesses, offer executive coaching to senior managers, and supply startups with funding and advice. A training center will teach workers new skills in emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Ghosn said that he hoped the program would help play a role in “the reconstruction of the country.”
“If there’s one specific thing that Lebanon needs, it is [to] create jobs,” he said, according to a press release provided by the university. “I am ready to put my experience, my knowledge, anything I have in order to support any institution, any team with a purpose.”
Representatives for Ghosn declined to comment beyond the press release from the university.
His recent move underscores the goodwill he still has in Lebanon — and in parts of the corporate world. Ghosn plans to hold some workshops for the program, and has arranged for several top international executives to take part, according to the university. It said in a statement that guests would include Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, and José Muñoz, chief operating officer of Hyundai. Like Ghosn, Bolloré is a former chief of Renault.
On Tuesday, USEK president Talal Hachem said the university had turned to Ghosn because of “his career record of accomplishments,” and his character “as a person.”
“The idea of collaborating with Carlos Ghosn did not come out of the blue,” he said. “The idea stemmed from the need for change and … Carlos Ghosn is an agent of change.”
— Julia Horowitz and Nina dos Santos contributed to this report.