MARIA MATLOUB / BIO
I am a future perspective designer fluent in French, Arabic, English and Italian, with a focus on merging traditional and entrepreneurial mindsets, with diverse experience across multiple industries such as Food & Beverage, Automotive, Sports, Fashion & Luxury, Fintech, Travel and Tourism as well as Design for Social Innovation, as a freelancer, at startup level and as a consultant at Deloitte Digital.
Currently based in Milan, and back doing my own thing(s), I run a bespoke design & innovation hub, called ggutt, that focuses on transitioning innovations into viable businesses through co-creation.
A seasoned speaker, article contributor, and lecturer, previously at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, and currently at Il Sole 24 Ore Business School, Domus Academy and LUM School of Management in Milan. I also run the Founder Institute in Milan and mentor at the FashionTech accelerator.
I was born and raised during the Lebanese civil war where hot water for showering was heated on the grill, and a mattress in the garage to sleep on, was nothing compared to what many encountered but gave her an innate sense to quickly adapt to any situation, and the drive to make a positive difference for people coming from regions that know no stability.
My journey over time sparked the inspiration behind Otherdots, a new breed of grassroots venture building and action-based impact investing on the blockchain, to provide a digital identity and voice to the unbanked while also improving human conditions across rural areas and emerging countries.