Mona Itani is a social entrepreneur, social activist, and academic of a computer and communications engineering background. She worked as a professional in multinational telecommunications companies from 2006 until 2011. After earning her Masters in Engineering Management degree, she joined the Engineering Management program and the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut where she served as a lecturer and researcher since 2011. She is a published author on entrepreneurship, women, ethics, and engineering education. She is the vice chair of IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group Lebanon Section and the co-chair of Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) Lebanon Chapter. She also acts as a mentor for young entrepreneurs and as a consultant on entrepreneurship education, and social entrepreneurship. She co-founded several social initiatives that aim to promote women in technology such as She Develops Hackathon and Girls got IT which hosted more than 500 girls in so far.  She won the IEEE Lebanon section most active member award for 2015, the IEEE Women in Engineering Inspiring Member of the year honorable mention award in 2016, and was a finalist in the McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders award for 2015. She is the managing founder of Riyada (Arabic for entrepreneurship), a social enterprise that aims to provide the youth with practice-based social entrepreneurship education to develop solutions for real problems with the use of technology. She is expecting to complete her PhD degree from the University of Leicester’s School of Management, UK in 2018. Her thesis topic is about women entrepreneurs in the technology domain in Lebanon.