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SINGAPORE – Former CEO and Nissan scammer Carlos Ghosn, who fled the trial in Japan, is launching a vocational training program to help with economic recovery in his native, troubled Lebanon.
The French-Lebanese auto executive on Tuesday started a start-up job as coach of business leaders, providing technical training and a new tie-up with Université Saint-Esprit de Caslique (USEK), a private university north of Beirut. Planned to provide. .
The announcement comes less than two months after a devastating explosion rocked the capital and mitigated the country’s economic crisis hampered by decades of corruption and political mismanagement.
Ghosan, who himself faced allegations of financial mess after his dramatic escape from Tokyo to Beirut in December 2019, said the initiative was not politically motivated but was intended to support Lebanon “during this difficult period.”
“It is about creating jobs, jobs and entrepreneurs so that society can be allowed to play its role in rebuilding the country,” he said, announcing the program at a news conference.
Until his arrest in November 2018, Ghosn was widely celebrated for the fate of Japanese carmaker Nissan. Born in Beirut, a Brazilian-born businessman, he was a legendary figure in the auto industry and held key leadership positions at Renault, Mitsubishi Motors and Michelin North America.
The partnership with USEK, for which Ghosn was approached by the university shortly after returning to Lebanon at the end of last year, has been described as “moving forward”. It will focus on helping struggling companies and teaching individuals to “make themselves invaluable”.
He will be joined in his supervisory role by international executives such as Jaguar and Land Rover chief executive Thierry Bolor and former Goldman Sachs vice president Ken Curtis, who have agreed to offer pro-free courses.
“The role model is my experience, which I think is the basic needs of a top executive in a very competitive environment,” Ghosn said.
The first of the courses, which is scheduled to launch in March, will be available to 15 to 20 senior executives in Lebanon and the Middle East.
The second program focuses on providing technical training, covering areas such as computer aided design and artificial intelligence, while the third will serve as an incubator for start-ups with special emphasis on environmental impact.
“If you bring back the trust, the money will come,” Ghosn said. “You may have an excellent plan for Lebanon but if you don’t execute it you’re not even at the starting point.”