Certified Innovation Trainer, Chartered Financial Marketer, Internal QMS Auditor External Lead Auditor ISO 9000/2001, Bachelor in Finance - Saint Joseph University (1996) MBA in Business Administration - Newport University (2001), Masters in Marketing - ESA Business School (2006) Masters in Marketing and Communication - ESCP Europe (2007)
Maher is regarded as one of the top experts in innovation and his ideas have been widely used throughout the world. He has launched the Fertility Loan, the first of its kind, gaining international recognition and positioning First National Bank as the most creative and innovative in its products. Consequently, he spread worldwide recognition after being interviewed by more than 160 media stations like CNN, BBC, Reuters, Figaro, M6, RUSSIA Today, and many others. Maher is a sought-after Innovation keynote speaker who presented at Harvard Club New York-USA, Utah State University-USA, Prague, Rome, London, Oslo-Norway, Stromstad-Sweden, Lisbon-Portugal, Dubai, Kuwait & Lebanon delivering state-of-the-art conferences.
He is a pioneer in the field of Innovation as he launched 3 Innovative Retail Banking products, which were worth being included as case studies in Harvard’s Business Review and Professor Philip Kotler’s “Principles of Marketing”, a textbook that will inspire future marketers during their university studies. The creative products were recognized by receiving several awards from financial and academic parties.
As one of today’s top innovators and to further reflect upon his known expertise in the field of Innovation, Maher was selected to be a jury member in the Ideaz Prize TV show broadcasted on MTV Lebanon, a program that encourages young entrepreneurs to kick off their business start-ups. He filed a number of patents and Innovations in different industries (Financial Services, Education, Civil Rights, Entrepreneurship, Arts, Human Behavior, Coaching & Training, Entertainment and many others). Maher is finalizing his first book on Innovation “Leading Through Innovation” believing that nowadays the only way to lead and grow is through Innovation & Leadership. He spent time researching aspects of Innovation & Happiness all along with their impact on Human Beings by activating the Dopamine & Serotonin in the brain.
Maher occupies an academic role as Professor at Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon, an instructor at the Bankers Academy in New York, a lead trainer at the American Academy of Financial Management, the only Certified Innovation Trainer in the Middle East by SolutionPeople - USA, world’s best Creativity & Innovation firm. He has advised and trained in different countries a substantial number of professionals and organizations in the field of Innovation. Maher began a research on making Dubai the best place to Live & Work in the world: “The Happy City”: Create & Live Happy.