2017 Mentor: Jason El Koubi

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Jason El Koubi serves as President and CEO of One Acadiana, formerly Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. El Koubi joined the organization in September 2013 and leads the largest business organization in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, with over 1200 members, in pursuit of the mission to improve the regional business environment and cultivate diversified economic development.

Under El Koubi’s leadership, the organization began substantial consensus‐building outreach efforts, developed and successfully launched “The Campaign for One Acadiana,” a five‐year, $15 million initiative to deliver a new, highly professional and proactive, nationally competitive regional economic development program for the nine‐parish region.  In 2015, the organization formally adopted the new name, One Acadiana, transforming into a regional organization, while continuing general membership to the organization’s members.

Prior to joining One Acadiana, El Koubi served as assistant secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED).  El Koubi led the development and execution of industry cultivation strategies and other high‐profile projects that helped secure projects that are creating more than 63,000 new direct and indirect jobs, $28 billion in new capital investment and dramatically improved Louisiana’s position in virtually every state business climate ranking.

Jason El Koubi serves as President and CEO of One Acadiana, formerly Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, El Koubi provided leadership and managed initiatives and programs related to state economic competitiveness, business intelligence, community development, small business development, emergency response and recovery, and entertainment industry development.  Prior to his appointment as assistant secretary, El Koubi served as LED’s director of state economic competitiveness, where he pursued opportunities to enhance Louisiana’s business climate and led development of the state’s long‐term economic growth strategy.

El Koubi previously served as policy director of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), where he directed policy and research operations and played an integral role in transforming BRAC into one of the leading regional economic development organizations in the nation. Under his leadership, BRAC’s policy research team won the top economic development research award in the nation for two consecutive years. Prior to graduate school, he practiced environmental engineering for two years with Trinity Consultants. He has lived, worked, or traveled in more than 30 countries and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

El Koubi earned a B.S. in Biological Engineering from LSU (2000), where he was elected speaker of student senate and awarded Chancellor’s Medal for exemplary student leaders and outstanding senior of College of Engineering.  El Koubi earned a M.S. in Public Policy from London School of Economics (2003), where he received Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship and highest LSE Graduate Merit Award.

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