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Lama Bechara


Babilou Investment LLC (The Blossom Nurseries)
Lama Bechara has been the CEO of Babilou Family in the Middle East and India since 2018 and a founding member of the group in the region since 2014. The Babilou Family is one of the biggest early education networks in the world, owning and operating more than 1,150 nurseries and early education centers across 12 countries.
Lama has driven the growth of the group in the region and ensures the delivery of an educational offering that is the best early years segment can offer. Under her leadership, the group has grown organically and through multiple acquisitions. Today it owns and operates 26 nurseries across 3 Emirates in the UAE,  welcoming over 3,000 children on a daily basis. Babilou nurseries in the UAE are known as the Blossom Nurseries.
Lama’s past experience includes multiple Brand Management roles in L'Oréal  and YSL Beaute since 2001.  She holds an MBA from the University of Wollongong and since 2019 has been an active member of APM, a global organization dedicated to the development of the company through the progress of its leader.


30 October, 2023 | 14:20 to 14:40
Ensuring the positive recognition of the Early Years professionals and their professional wellbeing

Lama, the CEO Middle East and India for Babilou Family, and CEO of the Blossom Nurseries in the UAE will discuss the discrepancies in the recognition of the importance of Early Years education in comparison to primary level education and the research that has been done that can address this. Lama will also highlight how these discrepancies impact on the recruitment of quality early years educators, and the salary levels, job satisfaction, professional development and wellbeing of these educators.

Lama will also discuss what the Babilou group is doing globally, and Blossom Nurseries are doing locally, to address the problems and will also suggest ways local governments can support Early Years’ providers and give examples of how other countries are doing this


01 November, 2023 | 11:30 to 12:15
The Future of Early Years - panel session