Social change through tech education.

CodeBrave works to create lasting social change in Lebanon through tech education.

Education is a fundamental right. In the 21st century, we believe tech education should be, too. For centuries, literacy has empowered individuals to improve their lives and get better jobs. Digital literacy is now the passport to participating and thriving in the modern world.

Our impact so far.

Hours Of Training
Students Aged 7-21 Gained Coding, Robotics & Digital Skills
Of Students Were Young Women And Girls

Our Story

In 2018, CodeBrave’s co-founders, Clem and Steven, were volunteering at a shelter for former street youth in Lebanon. Most of these youth had little education and, on leaving the shelter, would often turn to crime or sex work to survive.

When one of the children asked the volunteers to learn coding to help him get a job, it sparked an idea.

With backgrounds in data and educational psychology, Clem and Steven realised two things:

  1. Teaching these children digital skills could help them to take control of their future
  2. The children at the shelter, many of whom have experienced trauma, would need a more tailored approach than existing available options

And so they set up CodeBrave – a non-profit that teaches coding and digital skills to talented but underserved young people in Lebanon to “let them write the script of their tomorrow”.

We believe in the potential of every child.

We train former street youth and refugees for jobs of the future based on skills that are in-demand allowing them to take advantage of the growing Middle East tech sector and opening up an international online job market.

Many of our students come from traumatic backgrounds of conflict, abuse or poverty. We are leading thinking on integrating STEM education with trauma psychology.


In The News

CodeBrave Lebanon Team

Steven Wilbur
Co-Founder & Director

Steven is a former teacher and an expert in child psychology with eight years experience and degrees in Educational Psychology (Washington) and Math (N. Texas).

Clementine Brown
Co-Founder & Director

Prior to founding CodeBrave, Clementine was a data analyst including for the UN. She has a M.A. in Arabic & Islamic Studies from Oxford University.

Hana Bechara
Project Manager

Hana has a background working with children from deeply traumatic backgrounds both as an operations coordinator and therapist. She has a degree is Psychology from AUB and is currently working on a Masters in Project Management.

Razan Ali Hussein
Lead Robotics Trainer

Razan teaches coding through interactive craft-based robotics. She is full-stack web developer by training, with a degree from LIU

Ali Mezher
Coding Trainer

Ali is a patented inventor with a passion for tinkering. He a Mechatronics Engineering student at LAU and has been a Robotics instructor for 2 years.

Eliana Sleiman
Coding Trainer

Eliana combines her BA in Mechanical Engineering with a MA in Educational Psychology (both AUB), embodying CodeBrave’s joint expertises!

Hani Janzi
CodeClub Monitor

Hani is a self-taught full stack web developer. He has taught kids of all ages from Scratch to Web Development. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Beirut Arab University (BAU).

Paolo Khayat
Coding Trainer

Paolo is an engineering graduate with skills in Data Science and Machine Learning, Controls and Robotics, and Renewable Energy, and was the President of the AUB Artificial Intelligence Club.

CodeBrave Foundation Team

Tatiana Woodhouse
Grants Manager

Tatiana has a background in project management and child protection in the humanitarian sector, with three years experience in Lebanon. She has degrees in Ancient and Modern History (Oxford) and Human Rights and Humanitarian Action (Sciences-Po PSIA).

Sophie Rimington-Pounder
Strategy and Content Manager

Sophie is a Software Engineer working in an AI company and spent two years as a tech journalist in Beirut. Sophie has degrees in Physics (Oxford) & Middle Eastern Studies (Lund).

Advisory Board

Mounir Mouawad
Advisory Board Member

Mounir Mouawad heads up product strategy and operations for Google Pay in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that he managed some of Google’s largest e-commerce clients in Europe, and spent three years in marketing and buying at Amazon. Mounir holds a computer engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from the London Business School.

Fadi Bizri
Advisory Board Member

Fadi co-founded and co-leads SE Factory, a leading skills-training-for-jobs academy in Lebanon. SEF provides intensive coding bootcamps for low-income youth, helping them train on the necessary practical programming skills as well as soft skills that are required by the job market. Fadi is also a Partner at B&Y Venture Partners, a $46M venture capital fund based in Beirut, investing in high-potential technology startups, with a global mandate. Fadi co-founded and managed two of Lebanon’s first tech accelerators and has over 11 years experience in entrepreneurship ecosystems. Fadi is a mentor and board member at a number of startups and regularly advises on innovation policy.

Sandy Fahed
Advisory Board Member

Sandy has extensive experience in strategic and innovation management, entrepreneurship, and partnership building in MENA and internationally. Over the past 6 years, she has contributed to numerous non-profit, social innovation and youth-led community initiatives and worked for international organizations including Teach For Lebanon and USAID. More recently, she has been involved in diverse projects including empowering women through entrepreneurial activities with LLWB in Lebanon and establishing a social innovation hub in Qatar with ESCWA. She currently works for Beyond Reform and Development/Irada Group (BRDI).

CodeBrave Foundation Board of Trustees

Yasmina Brihi
Board Member

Yasmina is a Senior Director at Google, where she spent the past 13 years leading, building and scaling Google’s consumer businesses and teams in EMEA – covering hardware, software and platforms, and apps products.

Prior to Google and the tech world, Yasmina spent 10 years advising clients on their business and marketing strategies, first as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and then as a member of WPP’s fellowship program.

She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc in Management from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Politics from the American University of Beirut.

Sheetal Vyas
Board Member

Sheetal Vyas is the Director of PwC’s Disruption practice which focuses on how emerging technologies and global megatrends collide to disrupt both business and society.

She is a strategy consultant with over 20 years’ experience working in both the private and public sectors for PwC in the UK and across Asia and Africa. Her experiences includes working in venture capital with technology start-ups and delivering innovation and entrepreneurship programmes. She is a qualified chartered accountant.

Robert Milburn
UK Board Member

Robert was a senior audit partner with PwC, specialising in the retail and consumer, leisure and real estate sectors, until his retirement in 2014.

He is currently a member of the audit and risk committee at the care sector charity Marie Curie, the Valuation Office Agency (an executive agency of HMRC), The National Archives and Canal and River Trust. He is also a governor, trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee at Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton.

Robert is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Olivia Peacock
UK Board Member

Olivia currently works in Audit at Deloitte and has exam-qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW. She graduated with an MA in French and Spanish from the University of Oxford.

Elizabeth Edwards
UK Board Member

Elizabeth has a background in programming to support civil society, peacebuilding and stabilization programmes in the Middle East. Her roles have covered project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and research to inform policy-making. She has led fundraising in the UK for grassroots charities in the Middle East and managed a network of donors supporting civil society.

Martin Brown

Martin Brown has a 50 year career in the financial services industry, initially as a stockbroker and investment fund manager with Henderson and Clerical Medical International, where he specialized in offshore funds for international investors in Luxemberg and Guernsey. He later moved into the media and creative services sector of the financial services industry. He has been the Treasurer of an education charity in the UK for five years.

CodeBrave Lebanon Board of Trustees

Stephen Hall
Lebanon Board Member

Stephen is a Partner with McKinsey and Company’s Middle East office. Most of his work is with governments and donors on addressing social sector topics, with a particular focus on education and public health. Originally from the UK, he has lived in Lebanon for over a decade. Stephen holds degrees in Middle Eastern studies from Cambridge and in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Hana Bchara
Lebanon Board Member

Hana has a background working with children from deeply traumatic backgrounds both as an operations coordinator and therapist. She has a degree is Psychology from AUB and is currently working on a Masters in Project Management.

Michel Chebli
Lebanon Board Member

Michel worked in civil engineering and investment banking until he decided to become the manager of a socially responsible small hotel in Beirut. Michel holds a BA in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Finance.