I met Ziad Sankari back in 2012 as we were both speakers at TedxLAU. I remember very well sitting right next to Ziad and asking him about CardioDiagnostics as it was a brilliant idea and by far the most interesting talk we had that day. Ziad has been relentlessly working on his idea since then and his efforts finally paid off as he got invited to the White House two days ago as one of the emerging young entrepreneurs from around the world. Ziad Sankari’s work was recognized by US President Barack Obama who introduced Ziad to the whole world (Yup you heard me right!) and explained how CardioDiagnostics, a heart monitoring technology, “is improving the way we respond to cardiac attack incidents which will have enormous ramifications not just in places like Lebanon but potentially all around the world”.
Being recognized by the US president is a huge deal as it provides a unique opportunity to attract investors and I am positive that Ziad will go very far with his idea and I wish him the best of luck!
Check out Obama’s speech [here].
If you are still wondering who is Ziad and what’s CardioDiagnostics, here’s the full story:
Ziad Sankari started CardioDiagnostics in 2012. Ziad lost his father to a heart attack when he was seventeen and his family lacked access to proper healthcare. He decided to pursue his studies in understanding the electrical activity of the heart and how monitoring and analyzing that activity can save lives. Today, the company uses FDA-approved wearable devices that are 24/7 GPS-enabled heart rate monitors allowing for heart monitoring centers to communicate diagnostic and preventive information to patients in the United States, where the center has over 40 employees, and in Lebanon. In 2008, Ziad attended Ohio State University on a U.S. Fulbright scholarship. After returning to Lebanon, he was selected to pitch his idea at the 2011 Global Innovation through Science and Technology’s (GIST) Tech-I competition where he won first place. Through GIST, a U.S. Department of State funded initiative, Ziad received his first round of seed funding and traveled through various U.S. cities to expand his network, learn how to negotiate, and connect with mentors. Given his experiences, Ziad sees education as essential to successful entrepreneurship and to combat rising issues of poverty and extremism. He hopes to support other startups and build a high-performing educational system in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East that leverages U.S. expertise and connections to open a world of opportunities to younger generations. [Source]
Make sure to check out [CardioDiagnostics] for more info.
Here’s an interview with Ziad before the White House meeting:
“Yup you heard me right” I imagined an African American woman saying it snatching her fingers… Go Girl…
Thats weird mr sankari tought be oral communication last spring at lau jbeil, he was a less than average instructor , i’m suprised !!!
Course was called “Professional Communication” and Ziad was one of the most inspiring instructors I ever had..
Indeed Michel! In addition, the guy has serious issues! He has so much attitude, remarkably pronounced ego, he thinks he’s the king of the world and his knowledge is divine… Then he runs after his superiors seeking shelter and protection because he did something wrong! Plus I am not sure why this device he is creating is making so much noise while there are more advanced once already on the market!!! Well again LAU seeking pride and useless propaganda I believe, as always!
I know Ziad from back in college. He always was brillant. Aced his classes effortlessly, and hanged around with chess players and geeks. I always thought he would go far.
Good for him, but there’s literally zero correlation between someone being mentioned by the US President and his startup becoming a success:
– He was at the White House because he happened to be part of an initiative called GIST that’s led by the Department of State.
– There were only 5 entrepreneurs (2 guys, 3 girls), so he had a 50% chance of being mentioned – for Obama to be politically correct
– Good investors (at least where I am in the US) are only attracted by returns, and can’t care less about media mentions or what Obama says about a company. As a matter of fact, Obama’s praise could be a red flag for the company because Obama isn’t a technology or cardiology expert.
But of course, I can see how this news could be taking Lebanon by storm (“my son was mentioned by Obama ya jame3a!!”). As a matter of fact, have we heard from those who claim they’re behind his “success” or not yet? They’re probably in the hundreds!
Engr. Sankari is a promising young fellow and I wish him the best of success in his field !