Born in Lebanon in 1962, Joe Abi-Aad graduated from the prestigious École Centrale de Paris, with a Software Engineering specialization, to pursue afterwards a Masters degree in Computer Science from American NYU.
Armed with a strong academic portfolio, Abi-Aad landed his first job in Paris in 1986 at Accenture (former Andersen Consulting) the leading global management consulting firm. Joe was assigned as a member in the team responsible for developing the Paris Stock Exchange back office system, a challenging task through which he acquired “hands on” experience.
In 1990, Joe joined GE Information Services as a business consultant in charge of deploying electronic commerce communities in Europe, orchestrating between suppliers and buyers of major corporations (Intel, AMD, Motorola, SGS Thomson, Valeo, Bosch, SKS, Renault, and Philips)
Joe returned to Lebanon in 1995 to finally establish his own company specialized in website design and development “Netgate”. Netiks sarl started in 2000 only to become Netiks International sal in 2003, when another achiever, Georges Antaki, became partner in the company, joining hands for more success. In March 2016 Joe graduated from the UK Lebanon Technology Hub program aiming at scaling-up successful technology companies. The program relied namely on the Rockefeller business habits and on the way innovation, combined with human capital, leads to profitable growth.