Lisa LaBonte

Career Expertise & Areas of Passion

*Internationalist: 20 years specializing in global business, work experience in 21 countries (Asia, Middle East, E. Europe)
*Start-up/Launch Architect/Consultant: strategic planning, revenue/biz models, launch execution
*Angel/Investor: 76 companies - Medical Devices, Software & Internet (18 IPO, 8 M&A)
*Socially Responsible Technology Entrepreneur: pioneering, high-impact, socially rewarding ventures
*Cheerleader: trendsetting and innovative science, tech, engineering & entrepreneurship education for youth
*Globe-Trotter: 72 countries & daydreaming about #73

About Lisa LaBonte:

Typically you can find me wherever in the world the action is! creating and launching new companies, brands, and programs and delivering measurable value for personal ventures, for key individuals, corporate clients, governments or in partnership with synergistic and reputable entities.

Lisa LaBonte Professional Affiliations:

  • Secretary General, United Nations Association UAE (organized under WFUNA U.N. HQ)
  • Board, World Space Week Association, Vienna, Austria
  • Space Education & Outreach Committee, International Astronautical Federation, Paris, France
  • Emeritus Director, Takitani Foundation (Hawaiian Host Macadamia/Chocolates), Honolulu, USA


  • Founder & CEO - ARAB YOUTH VENTURE FOUNDATION (AYVF) - - 2007- present
    *[Not up to date. Over 75 additional pieces since June 2010 incl. TV and Radio segments + over 100 Arabic news stories]

  • • Expanding Opportunity - NASA Arab-Youth Exchange Program - The White House

    • AYVF Company News Preview - AME Info

    • MEPI Partner NGO Pioneers Youth and Civic Education at GCC’s First Model United Nations - U.S. Department of State

    • Arab Youth Venture Foundation - The White House

    • UN Comes to the UAE Young - Khaleej Times Front Page, May 2010

    • Astronauts Fire Up Students' Space Dreams - Khaleej Times Online

    • Ask an American Astronaut - U.S. Consulate Dubai by Special Invitation of AYVF

    • NASA Astronauts At GEMS Schools For First Middle East visit - Dubai City Guide

    • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentions AYVF & NASA - Islamic World Forum Speech, Doha, Qatar

    • UAE Planetarium Society planning underway

    • NASA and Arab Youth Venture Foundation Launch Student Program -

    • Scientists at Nasa to coach UAE students - The National

    • UAE students to be coached by Nasa scientists - The Muslim Weekly

    • UAE Space Investment Lauded (by Saudi Prince and Astronaut) as New NASA... - Parabolic Arc

    • Emiratisation: create jobs that Emiratis want - The National

    • For one, 'a really great chance' to represent Arabs and UAE - The National

    • Emirates urged to train space age workers" The National

    • Space experts call for regional agency - The National

    • Regional space industry sky rockets, Forum says" Saudi Gazette

    • NASA to launch space education program for Arab youth - Tehran Times

    • NASA launches space education program for Arabs - Al Arab online

    • NASA signs deal to train UAE students Technology - Arabian Business

    • NASA Launches Program for Students in the UAE - Elan Magazine

    • NASA Starts U.S-Arab Student Program - European News Network

    • Ambitious plans for foundation - The National

    • UAE, NASA sign deal on student training - China View/News China

    • Arab Youth Venture Foundation introduces its five week summer program - AME Info

    • Arab Youth Venture Foundation teams with Magrudys/Jerboa Books - AME Info

    • Under Patronage of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, AYVF opens five week RAK... - AME Info

    • 25 Emirati teens in Abu Dhabi embark on designing spacecraft for Nasa's... - AME Info

    • Mall of the Emirates hosts S.T.E.A.M program for youth - Khaleej Times

    • Portable SkyLab Planetarium debuts free for kids at Mall of Emirates - AME Info

    • Free youth robotics workshops and mission challenges for aspiring.. - AME Info

    • Robotics, astronomy, tech simulations, mechanics activities for youth... - AME Info

    • Read, Write & Embrace Arabic! featuring story-telling and creative... - AME Info

    • Arab Youth Venture received science grant - The National

    • Mars Drop Zone Challenge for youth ongoing at Al Jimi Mall... - Arab Capital Online

    • Sharjah Sheikha kicks off Design booth for youth for Al Ain Summer S.T.E.A.M. - AME Info

    • Grant for scientific research announced - The Gulf Today

  • DIC COO/Launch CEO - ARAB BUSINESS ANGELS NETWORK - Dubai Gov't 2005 Clinton Global Inititiative

  • • A spotlight on Arab entrepreneurship - The 'Challenge' gears up for prime-time Reality TV

    • Angel investors network opening in MENA

    • Forbes' Billionaire Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair to chair Arab Business Angels Network

    • Queen Rania of Jordan, ABAN Honorary President, Opening Message, Arab Business Angels Network Launch Gala

    • UAE Minister of Economy, H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi lauds investment network opportunity

    • ABAN Names Winners Of First Arab Business Challenge: Two Winners Score $1m Start-Up Capital

    • $2 million Arab Business Challenge winners from Egypt and Jordan announced

  • Founder & President - PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUMS - - 2001 to 2005

  • Nanopoint Gets $2M in Funding"Pacific Business News 10.31.05

    Politics Slowed 2004 Venture Capital Action"Pacific Business News 1.03.05

    Entrepreneur Found Capital and Mentor at Unique Expo"Pacific Business News 10.11.04

    Matching Minority Businesses with Investors"Pacific Business News 8.16.04

    Venture Funding Opportunity for Minority Businesses"Pacific Business News 8.06.04

    Increasing Economic Opportunity of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders"The (Bush) White House, Executive Order 5.13.2004

    Act 221 Lures Venture Capital" MSNBC News 1.09.04 & Pacific Business News 1.12.04

    Hawaii's Enterprise Engine goes Live" Press Release - 8.22.03

    Maui Company Wins 3rd Place in Int'l Business Plan Competition" - High Tech Maui News, Fall.02

    Kihei Business takes $20,000 in PBF's Fusion Venture Showcase" - Maui News, Sept.02

    Maui-based virtual community targets home-school families" - Pacific Business News, 9.02.02

    Improved business climate spurs high-tech growth" - Honolulu Advertiser 7.28.02

    Pacific Forums offers winner-and-a-movie" - Pacific Business News 4.18.02

    Dot-com survivor to share with Hawai'i lessons learned" - Honolulu Advertiser 4.18.02

    Business Plan Competitions Attract Local Entrepreneurs" - Honolulu Advertiser 4.7.02

    Blind Woman Envisions Isle Retreat for Handicapped" - Honolulu Star Bulletin 3.27.02

    New Venture ‘Showcase’ for Hawaii" - Pacific Business News Online 3.12.02

    AssistGuide, Inc. Closes Series B Funding Round" - Assist Guide Press Release 10.31.05

    Venture capital - the Japan connection" - Pacific Business News Online 3.12.02

    Entrepreneur Bullish on Business in Japan" - Honolulu Star Bulletin / Hawaii Inc. 3.10.02

    Entrepreneur Contests Emphasize Strong Business Plans" - Pacific Business News / Finance 3.8.02

    So, What's the Deal?" - Hawaii Venture Capital Associate Newsletter March.02

    HPU becomes lead partner in Pacific Business Forums" - Pacific Business News Online 2.27.02

    PBF Recruited to Move in to Support HMSA's Incubator Portfolio Companies" - Hawaii Health Care Business Incubator

    Corporate Strategic Alliances Stimulate ‘New World’ Economy" - Hawaii Business Magazine Nov.01

    Lecture on strategic alliances" - Pacific Business News Online 10.3.01

    Blumberg Energizes UH Finance Faculty" Press Release - 8.29.01

    PBF Innovates providing stage for entrepreneurial 'Elevator Pitches'" Press Release - 8.24.01

    Seminar series raises bar for Hawaii entrepreneurs" - Pacific Business News / Finance 8.17.01

    Crystallizing Hawaii's Venture Capital Economy" - Chamber Commerce / Voice of Business 8.13.01

    Talk boosts high-tech hopes" - The Honolulu Advertiser / Business 7.21.01

    PBF becomes HI Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce Collaboration Partner" 2001

    PBF Announces 'Ask A VC' Column" Press Release - 2001


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