Ms. Chantal Abou Jaoude is a Mechanical Engineer (AUB 2004) with a Masters in Engineering Management (AUB 2009) from the American University of Beirut.
She started her first company, EDGE, in 2004 during her 4th year of engineering studies and EDGE Middle East in 2010 to cover the Iraqi market.
She also worked in the estimation of mega projects related to the Oil & Gas Industry and grew her companies along the way.
EDGE and EDGE Middle East now offer customized and standard solutions, in Lebanon and Iraq respectively, for setting up and equipping OEM vehicle service facilities (Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi, Nissan, etc…), private workshops, repair centers for organizations with fleets (US Embassy, Sukleen, Oil Companies in Iraq, etc…), and governmental vehicle inspection centers (Periodic Technical Inspection like the Mecanique in Lebanon).
These solutions include: consultancy services, layout design, detailed foundation planning and supervision, high-end equipment supply, installation, after-sales support and extensive training. This is done in coordination with more than 12 European and US workshop equipment and tool manufacturers for which her companies are the official distributors and warranty providers of, in both Lebanon and Iraq.
One recent achievement was introducing the periodic technical inspection, especially to rural areas of Kurdistan, through the development of high-end inspection centers meeting international standards and thus gradually elevating the condition of vehicles driving on the roads there.
Chantal is currently working on growing her companies by adding further upstream and downstream services. She is also looking into assisting new and emerging young entrepreneurs in their endeavors.