Beya Abdelnour was born in Algeria. She studied medicine in Constantine (Algeria) and France. She worked in the Constantine and Biskra hospitals for many years. In 2000, she followed her passion and started a career in Arts. She studied Art History at L’Ecole du Louvre pour Amateurs and a training course on Antique Furniture Dating at Drouot in Paris, France. She now lives in Beirut, Lebanon.
Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta - Palestine
Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah MBchB, FRCS(Plast) is the Head of Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. He graduated from University of Glasgow Faculty of Medicine in 1994. He pursued post-graduate medical training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in London where he continued to work until he relocated to Lebanon.
He is on the board of trustees of several health and welfare organizations in Lebanon and has worked as a war surgeon in many of the conflicts in the region including Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.
Mr. Kamel Al-Asmar - Jordan
Kamel Al-Asmar is an Arab social entrepreneur and Founder of Nakhweh, the first development and volunteerism network for the Arab world. Founded in 2009, Nakhweh is concerned with connecting people working in the development sector to expand opportunities, exchange ideas, share knowledge, as well as promote and share a culture of civic engagement and volunteerism in the region.He is also the Founder and Impact Communication Strategist at Ideation Box and joined Wamda, the enabling platform for entrepreneurs in the MENA region, as the Head of Communications & Community Engagement in 2014.
Al-Asmar previously held a number of positions at Akhtaboot, the leading career network for the Middle East, and Jawaker, the largest card gaming community in the Arab world. Actively involved in social entrepreneurship and development in the Arab world, Al-Asmar received Takreem’s 1 of The Year Award for the year 2014 and was named as one of Forbes Magazine 2014 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.In 2012, he received the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs and has was a finalist for the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement (KAAYIA) award in 2011. In 2007, Kamel was a finalist in the Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition.
Kamel holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman.
Mrs. Mona Al-Husseini - Palestine
Mona al Husseini is currently a Communications Advisor at the Jordanian Embassy in France. She is also the Secretary for “le Prix du Roman Arabe” a prize that aims at consolidating intercultural dialogue between France and the Arab world by highlighting excellent writers of Arab origin, whose books have been translated to French. Born in Amman, raised in Beirut, Mona al Husseini is a member of one of the oldest families of Jerusalem and has lived in France since 1986.
Educated at both the American University of Beirut and Syracuse University, she holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.A. in Mass Communications.
She is a strong advocate for the preservation of Arab cultural heritage, and is active in efforts to safeguard the “Al-Khalidiyyah” or the Khalidi library in old Jerusalem, established in 1889, the foremost and finest private Palestinian library, with one of the largest collection of manuscripts and books on Islamic history, sciences and law in the Arab world. She is also the Secretary and Treasurer of the Jordan River Foundation in France, and has participated in organizing large cultural events for UNESCO as well as fundraising campaigns for important projects of the foundation in support of child protection and women’s economic empowerment.
Mrs. Seema Al-Langawi - Bahrain
Seema Al-Langawi is a consultant with the Land and Property Management sector of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Government of Abu Dhabi. She holds honorary positions as a survey engineer and property expert in the Court of Justice of the State of Bahrain and the Gulf Coordination Council Commercial Arbitration Centre.
Al-Langawi is currently completing her PhD at the Civil Engineering and Science College, University of Newcastle, UK. Mrs. Al-Langawi has a Master’s degree in Geographic and Geodetic Information Systems (GIS) from the University College London, a post graduate diploma in Automated Cartography from the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Science, ITC, Netherlands, and a Survey Engineering graduate degree from the University of Baghdad. Seema Al-Langawi is a member of many professional associations including the Project Management Institute, the International Cartographic Association, the Bahrain Society of Engineers and the Women’s Union of Bahrain.
Mrs. Rana Al-Nibari - Kuwait
MBA degree holder from the London Business School, Rana A. Al-Nibari is currently serving INJAZ Kuwait as its Chief Executive Officer since 2012. Injaz-Kuwait is an international member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide, with a mission to empower young people to own their economic success.
Rana has contributed an abundance of board experience in strategic planning, business development and business operations. Under her leadership INJAZ Kuwait has flourished reaching a significant amount of student’s, thus creating a massive impact on the life of students in Kuwait by educating Kuwait’s future workforce, the youth on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.
Mrs. Al Nibari ’s most recent significant addition has been the implementation of a bold new incubator program, an initiative designed to provide start-up funding and support to 1s in the country. Rana Al-Nibari also served in Global Investment House climbing her way to Vice President of Business Development prior to INJAZ Kuwait for ten years and was responsible for the company’s MENA region subsidiaries. She has also served as an independent board member of Kuwait domiciled funds.
Mrs. Al Nibari has also represented numerous companies as a board member in numerous jurisdictions including, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman. These experiences gave her a unique skills set that she has echoed in her current endeavors.
Dr. Alanoud Al-Sharekh - Kuwait
Dr. Al-Sharekh conducts research on regional sociopolitical, cultural and security issues.
She has been a gender and citizenship Consultant Researcher at the Supreme Council for Development and Planning in Kuwait, a Visiting Fellow conducting research on GCC demographics at the LMEI and SOAS, a Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, a Senior Political Analyst at the Kuwait National Security Bureau and worked as a gender politics consultant for UNIFEM, Freedom House, and the UNDP on academic and social outreach projects in Kuwait and the GCC.
She has published several books and articles on gender and kinship policies in the GCC, examining the persistent importance of family and tribe in modern Gulf politics and society.
Her work has won the Arab Prize for Best Publication in a Foreign Journal for 2013-2014, and the Voices of Success Kuwait Award in 2012. Dr Al-Sharekh co-directs the Abolish 153 campaign to eliminate honour killing legislation and the "Friends who Care" project, which aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for vulnerable girls under the age of 21.
Dr. Walid Alami - Palestine
Dr. Walid Alami, Interventional Cardiologist at CMC, who graduated from American University Beirut in 1984 with a BS in Chemistry and from the University of Oklahoma, School of Medicine in 1989. Dr. Alami completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor college of Medicine and then fulfilled his Cardiology fellowship in 1994. He then pursued a fellowship in heart failure and transplantation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
In 1996, he completed his Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Interventional Fellowship at St. Vincent’s Heart Institute in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Alami was in practice in Arizona since 1996. He was involved in multiple research projects, especially those pertaining to interventional cardiology. During his tenure with the Arizona Heart Institute and Hospital, he was Director of the Cardiac Catherization Laboratories, Chairman of the Medicine Department, and Director of the Heart Failure Clinic.
In addition, Dr. Alami has invested special interest in coronary and peripheral vascular disease diagnosis and intervention. He is also specialist in treating varicose veins with minimally invasive techniques, using laser technology. He founded Heart, Arteries and Veins in 2004 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He returned to Lebanon in July 2012 after 26 years of absence from his motherland.
Dr. Alami is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Subspecialty of Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. He was voted as Top Interventional Cardiologist by “Phoenix Health and Wellness Magazine” in 2010 and voted Top Doc in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by his peers in “Phoenix Magazine.”
Dr. Alami is the current president of Palestinian Health Care Society and a current Board Member of International College of Beirut Alumni Association (ICAA). He is also a former member of Palestine Children Relief Fund (PCRF), Arizona chapter.
Dr. Samar Alhomoud - Saudi Arabia
Dr. Samar Alhomoud is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon & Director of the Awareness Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She is also an Associate Professor at Al-Fasial University. Presently, Dr. Alhomoud is also a member of The Ethics Committee at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the WHO. She is Agency’s first member from the Middle East.
Dr. Alhomoud completed a fellowship in colorectal surgery at St Mark’s Hospital in the UK and is certified with the European Board of Coloproctology. She was the first female surgeon in Saudi Arabia to receive a scholarship for training as a fellow in colorectal surgery at St Mark’s Hospital. She is also an Honorary Visiting Consultant Surgeon at St. Mark’ Hospital.
Dr. Alhomoud was the first surgeon who is not a full-time staff to receive this title at St. Mark’s Hospital. Dr. Alhomoud is a founding member of the Saudi Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery (SSCRS), a member of Executive Board of Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention (GCCCP) and a member of the American, European & British Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Dr Alhomoud has presented at numerous national and international conferences in the USA, UK, Ireland, Germany and China and has authored or co-authored several articles in international medical journals. She is also the Director of the Awareness Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Mayada Baydas - Lebanon
Dr. Baydas is a leading expert in the field of development finance with over 25 years of research and management experience. Today, she is the Executive General Manager of Emkan Finance, sal, a pioneer financial institution engaged in the provision of microfinance services all over Lebanon and the Executive Director of Emkan, a leading Lebanese NGO managing economic development projects and subsidiaries in the North of Lebanon as well.
Additionally, she serves on the board of Tameer Bank in Pakistan, the largest microfinance bank in the country and a majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Pakistan. Previously, Dr. Baydas was a founding partner and board member of the Development Innovations Group where she served as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for five years.
Moreover, she had established and served as the Director/General Manager of AMEEN sal where she pioneered partnerships between an International NGO and three leading commercial banks. Dr. Baydas previously served as a Professional Researcher and Lecturer at the University of California, Davis, as well as a Research Specialist at The Ohio State University. She also served frequently as a lecturer at the Boulder Microfinance Training Program at the ILO. She has working experience in over 40 countries, in several regions around the world, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, as well as in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
Mrs. Lamia Ben Ayed - Tunisia
Lamia Ben Ayed is the owner and founder of Musk and Amber, a design gallery and lifestyle concept store based in Tunisia, which promotes global designers, with particular focus on those from the MENA region. Ben Ayed opened the store in 2013 and has since launched an associated foundation to support local crafts and artists and ensure quality to launch local designers onto an international stage.
Ben Ayed’s interest in design, contemporary art and fashion grew from her experiences in Tunisia, Switzerland, France and Saudi Arabia. Born in Tunis, Tunisia, Ben Ayed completed her secondary education in Jeddah and Geneva and obtained a DEUG in Law from Pantheon-Assas University. She continued her studies at the American University in Paris, in the field of International Affairs and Political and Comparative Studies.After graduating, she joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Riyadh.
In 2003, Ben Ayed pursued a Master in Political Science from the University of Law and Political Sciences of Tunis. She taught International Institutions and Organizations at the Institut des Langues Vivantes in Tunis until 2008. In October 2014, Musk and Amber Gallery participated in Downtown Design Dubai and curated in partnership with Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, an exhibition showcasing designers’ artworks from Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Saouma BouJaoude - Lebanon
Dr. Saouma BouJaoude graduated from the University of Cincinnati, USA in 1988 with a doctorate in Science Education.
From 1988 to 1993 Dr. BouJaoude was Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, Syracuse, USA. In 1993 he joined the American University of Beirut (AUB). At AUB he served as Director of the Science and Math Education Center (1994-2003 and 2009-2013), Chair of the Department of Education (2003-2009), and is presently the Director of the Center of Teaching and Learning. BouJaoude has published in international journals such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST), Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, Journal of Science Teacher Education, the Science Teacher, and School Science Review, among others. In addition, he has written chapters in edited books in English and Arabic, edited one book, and has been an active presenter at science education conferences.
Dr. BouJaoude is member of several international science education research associations and has served as the International Coordinator and a member of the Executive Board of National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Presently he is an associate editor of JRST and serves on the editorial boards a number of science education journals and is a reviewer for others.
Dr. Fred Boustany - Lebanon
Dr. Fred Boustany is the founder and CEO of BUMC in Lebanon. A trained surgeon, he specializes in Facial and Maxillofacial surgery with an emphasis on Facial Reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Boustany previously worked and trained at Boston Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital. He received degrees from Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Sorbonne University in Paris, Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston University with doctorates in Medicine, Dental Medicine and Business Administration.
Dr. Boustany has received certifications from several American specialty Boards in Medicine and Radiology and is a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Boustany is an internationally recognized scholar and has held several academic appointments at the Universities of Paris VII, Tufts University and Boston University, where he previously served as a Professor, Dean and Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences.
Mr. Salah Brahimi - Algeria
Salah Brahimi is President and CEO of Grey Matter International Ltd. (GMI), a global boutique strategic advisory services firm, operating as a “network of networks” and focused on integrated multi-sector business development based in Washington DC, USA. Brahimi, who co-chairs G-MI’s Board, is a Board Director at Water Safe Solutions, and was also an Independent Board Director of ACWA Power International, the Arab World’s leading international power and water investment partnership and operations management firm.
He was previously a Partner with Empire Capital Partners (ECP, and its subsidiary, ECP Advisors), which had a merchant & investment banking advisory practice with a strong partner, origination and client base in the GCC, Europe and the Americas and portfolios with robust growth in Asia and Africa. He was also a Partner at International Financial Advisory Solutions, a Washington, DC-based firm focusing on financial services from the standpoint of regulatory advice and guidance. Mr. Brahimi also manages a number of family-owned assets in portfolios invested in areas such as financial investments, international realty, industrial & commercial assets and agribusiness; he was also a Board Director of Braatz, an international business advisory and operations firm with partners from the GCC, Europe, the USA, North Africa and the Levant, and is active in philanthropy and civil society.
For over a decade, Mr. Brahimi was a senior executive at the World Bank, with responsibility for the Bank’s largest global public goods multilateral Trust Fund portfolio, within its sustainable development area. Prior to that, he worked as a Consultant and led Transtech International Inc., a Europe-based global consulting group involved in negotiating corporate and institutional North-South partnerships. He was also a Vice President of EPI and Financial Board Director of EPI-North Africa Ltd., which at the time was Algeria’s first and leading private diversified conglomerate. Mr. Brahimi also owned Solman Inc., a consulting firm focused on international business development.
He started his career in consulting in 1990 for a number of third party consulting mandates, operating internationally out of European bases. Brahimi, an Engineer by training with a Harvard Business School post-graduate Certificate in Institutional Leadership and a couple other specialty degrees, is also active in various area of civil society and philanthropic development cooperation. He was the youngest and first non-EU expert within the EC’s Peer-Review Panels for Research & Technology for Development Framework Programs, on which he still serves now as an EU expert, as well as being a Board Director of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the largest US-based Peace & Security umbrella organization covering more than 100 US, European and global institutions dedicated to Global Peace & Security.
Brahimi, referenced in the Strathmore Edition of Who’s Who and the recipient of Multiple World Bank Professional Performance Awards, including The World Bank President’s Award for Leadership of Diversity, belongs to a number of professional societies, such as The World Bank’s PBA – Professional Bankers’ Association, its AAFP – Association of Accounting and Finance Professionals, ABANA – the Arab Bankers’ Association of North America, the Brussels University Alumni, Brussels University Society of Engineers, Harvard Business School Network, AAI, ADC, American-Arab Women’s Empowerment Forum and a number of other organizations.
Dr. Jad Chaaban - Lebanon
Dr. Jad Chaaban is an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). His primary research interests are in development economics and industrial organization, and his extended interests include public economics of health, education and labor policies, in addition to agricultural and environmental economics.
His work focuses mostly on using tools in micro and applied economics to tackle public policy issues that affect the lives of the most vulnerable groups in society. His interdisciplinary work has been published in several academic journals in disciplines including Economics, Area Studies, Demography, Agricultural Policy and Public Health.
Dr. Chaaban has served as an economic policy advisor to various Lebanese ministries and public agencies. Prior to joining AUB in September 2006 he was an economist in the World Bank’s Middle East regional office, where he undertook research related to poverty reduction and economic management in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. He was also the president and one of the founding members of the Lebanese Economic Association (LEA) 2007-2014. Dr. Chaaban regularly contributes to economic policy analysis on Middle Eastern and global development issues to various international institutions and UN agencies, and his research and advocacy work has often been featured in local and international media. In 2014-2015 he served as the Lead Author of UNDP’s forthcoming Arab Human Development Report 2015, a flagship publication authored by leading scholars and policymakers working on the Arab countries.
Dr. Chaaban holds a BA in Economics from AUB, an MBA from the European School of Management (2000), a master’s in Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (2001) and a PhD in Economics (2004) from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France
Dr. Nabil Dajani - Palestine
Dr. Nabil Dajani is professor of communication and media studies in the department of sociology, anthropology and media studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Dajani helped found the Mass Communications Program at AUB and served as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences between 1979 and 1984.
Prof. Dajani also served as Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Mass Communication Research at Leister University, and as Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University. Between 1971 and 1975 Prof. Dajani served as a member of UNESCO’s International Panel of Experts on Communication Research that contributed to initiating the international debate for a new world communication order. He is a founding member and first chairperson of the Board of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) and board member of the Center for the Freedom of the Press in the MENA region.
Currently he is serving a second term as President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAA-AUB). Born in Jerusalem he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a PhD in mass communications theory and research from the University of Iowa in the United States of America.
Mr. Tarek Dajani - Lebanon
Tarek Dajani is the Chairman and CEO of DNY Group at the head of various new media and technology companies servicing the MENA region and acts as an incubator, investment and advisory arm for some of the region's most innovative and creative ventures.
Tarek Dajani was initially trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut. He branched out into the new media and software domain and founded Cleartag in 2000. Later, he went on to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to specialize in information technology and earn a Master of Engineering degree.
Dr. Ahmad Dallal - Lebanon
Ahmad Dallal is former Provost and Professor of History at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He received his PhD in Islamic Studies from the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.
Prior to joining AUB, Dr. Dallal served as Chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University; and he occupied various teaching positions at Stanford University, Yale University, and Smith College. Throughout his career, Dr. Dallal served on the advisory and editorial boards of several professional organizations and journals, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. He has received numerous honors including fellowships and awards.
In 2008, he was invited to deliver the Dwight H. Terry Lectureship in Religion, Science and Philosophy at Yale University. Dr. Dallal’s scholarship primarily focuses on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. Dr. Dallal published several books, as well as many articles and chapters in peer reviewed publications. His notable books are: An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy; Kitab Ta‘dil Hay’at al-Aflak of Sadr al-Shari‘a (E.J. Brill, 1995); Islam, Science and the Challenge of History (Yale University Press, 2002); and The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, and the Extinction of the Grayzone (Tadween Publishing, George Mason University, 2017).
Mrs. Loulia Damerji - Egypt
Loulia Damerji is the Partner and Chairwoman of the Egyptian Cairo based company Alef Gallery Creative & Decorative Arts. Having studied at l’Ecole du Louvre and I.E.S.A (l’Institut Des Etudes Superieures Des Arts) and worked with ARCOLE a prestigious auctioneer company operating sales a in the Salle des Ventes de Drouot in Paris France. Damerji holds a degree in History of Arts and Restoration of Antique furniture specializing in VXIII the century French Furniture.
During her studies she was sponsored by the late Pierre Gianadda of The Martigny Foundation in Switzerland. Damerji returned to encourage Egyptian workmanship, incorporating cultural revival moods for Interiors, Design and Decoration, private residences, and boutique hotels. Each piece has its story.
Since 1991 the company resulted in successful regional and international markets with a worldwide clientele from Royalties to heads of states.
Mrs. Nada Doughan - Lebanon
Since 2003 Mrs. Nada Dallal Doughan is the Executive Director of at Kitab Fi Jarida Project, a cultural NGO working under the patronage of UNESCO. Previously, she worked as an advisor to UNESCO in various cultural programs and a free-lance essayist.
Furthermore, Mrs. Dallal Doughan has chaired and organized the PR and Protocol Committees of major international cultural and sports events, including the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, the 2003 Beirut International Marathon and the 1997 Pan-Arab Games. She has also organized and participated in various cultural and sports Seminars and Conferences, in Beirut, Cairo, Kuwait, Amman, Tunisia, Oman, Sana’a, Paris, Vienna, Sicily, Torino and Bangkok.
Mrs. Dallal Doughan received an MA in History from the Lebanese University and a Diploma of Business Management from Haigazian University. Since 2010, she has continued her studies at AUB’s University for Seniors Continuing Education Program. She lives in Beirut and is fluent in Arabic, English and French.
Mr. Nagy El-Khoury - Lebanon
Nagy El-Khoury is the Head of International Relations at Notre-Dame de Jamhour College and is the General Secretary of the Alumni Association. He is also President of the Lebanese Federation of Alumni associations of Catholic Schools and Vice President of the World Organization of the Alumni of Catholic Education.
El-Khoury has been responsible for organizing numerous major public, national events in Lebanon. Significantly, he was responsible for the ceremonies of the Feast of the Annunciation, which led to the creation of a Muslim-Christian Lebanese national holiday on March 25. In 2010, he received the International Prize Sergio Viera de Mello for promoting cultural dialogue at a ceremony in Krakow, Poland. In 2005, the Vatican awarded him the Medal of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great.
El-Khoury is a jurist by training and previously served as the adviser to the Minister of Culture.
Mrs. Magda El-Sanousi - Sudan
Magda El-Sanousi is the Chief of Women's Empowerment Section at the United National Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Magda leads on developing strategies to enhance the role of women in the transitional period in Libya focusing mainly of the drafting of the constitution and the National Dialogue. She previously served as the country director of Oxfam GB in Lebanon and managed the Arab Region Gender Equality program that covers: Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territory, and Yemen. She counts networking and coalition building as key factors in empowering women to achieve positive change regarding issues that directly affect their lives.
El-Sanousi has been devoted to developing programs and mobilizing resources to help women succeed and develop equal opportunities. In this vein, she works to educate, advise, and mentor young women and build bridges between young activists and older feminists. In her work has lobbied key institutions and governments about the importance of inclusive development that incorporates women’s strategic and practical needs.
Currently, El-Sanousi is lobbying to include men in gender programming. She has worked on promoting gender sensitive budgets and polices in Yemen; on advocating policy change in Iraq to give widows to access pensions, and on empowering women in remote villages in Egypt to vote and even stand as candidates in the Parliamentary elections.
Ms. Ariane Elmas - Lebanon
Mrs. Caroline Fattal - Lebanon
Corporate Experience Throughout her career in the fast moving consumer goods industry, Caroline has held management roles in Europe, Latin America & the Middle East—learning best practices from the likes of Unilever, Mondelez and Johnson & Johnson. She started her marketing career in Unilever’s European Business Group based in Paris, then transferred to Buenos Aires where she became a Senior Brand Manager handling innovation, product launches, consumer research, advertising and brand development for a key brand.
Caroline later moved to Lebanon where she became the Sales Director of Unilever Levant’s newly established operation. She pioneered by being the only woman Sales Director in Unilever Asia Middle East & North Africa and the only woman Board Member of Unilever Levant. Two challenges she faced were building a sales organization from ground up, and transforming annual sales plans with channel strategies into reliable execution that exceeded expectations and targets. Following her Unilever experience, Caroline joined her family’s business, Fattal Group, first as Assistant General Manager of the Food & Beverage division, later as Chief Operating Officer of the entire group. She serves today as Senior Vice-President and Board Member.
For 3 consecutive years (2014-2016), Caroline has been recognized by the magazine Forbes Middle East as one of the “Most powerful Arab Women in Business”. Recently, Caroline launched the “Stand for Women” initiative advocating for women empowerment and gender equality in the Middle East. Caroline has lived and worked in France, Argentina, and Dubai, and is now based in Lebanon. She is married to Charbel Fakhoury and a mother of four lovely kids. Coaching Practice Caroline combines 20 years corporate business experience with the skills of a certified professional business coach. Her experience as a Board Member of both Unilever & Fattal Group makes her aware of challenges facing shareholders, board chairs, board members and non-execs.
Based on her own experience and her work with many businesses, Caroline can appreciate the complex and powerful relationship dynamics of a top management team at Executive and Boardroom level. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator on the topic of family business, and women’s leadership at the board level — how to get there and how best to contribute.
Qualifications, Professional Affiliations Board Member, Fattal Holding, Lebanon Former Board Member, Unilever Levant Certified Board Director from both the International Financial Corporation & the French Institute of Directors governance certifications Co-active Coaching Certificate, Coaches Training Institute, USA Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching Training, Center for Right Relationship, USA Diplôma in Business Management (Maitrise de Gestion), Université de Paris IX Dauphine, France.
Mrs. Gailane Gabr - Egypt
Gailane Gabr is a columnist, news editor and member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. She has 15 years of experience in news coverage and has worked as a member of the executive production team in television programs, mainly in charge of coordinating meetings with important high-ranking Arab and international dignitaries.
Since 1992 she has worked as a senior presidential news editor and networking director, both locally and internationally. Mrs. Gabr is also a political analyst and weekly columnist, specialized in Lebanese, Syrian and Iranian affairs, for Al-Masry Al Youm independent newspaper. Until recently, she covered the daily Presidential news, conferences and events, both nationally and internationally for the daily bestselling newspaper Al-Alam Al-Yom where she was sole correspondent on all official Presidential trips.
Mrs. Gabr’s previous experience includes working closely with the influential media personality Emad El Din Adeeb, especially on Ala Al Hawa (On the Air) where for ten years she was guest coordinator for this top Middle East news talk show.
Mrs. Gabr has a Masters in Crisis Management from the Nasser Military Academy, Cairo, Egypt and BA in Business Administration from Cairo University.
Mrs. Hajer Ghani - Iraq
Hajer Mohammed Ghani was born in Baghdad in 1971 and graduated from the University of Baghdad with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. Today she is living and working in Bahrain and the Managing Director of Ghani Art, taking care of her father Mohammed Ghani’s legacy. She is also the Founder and Director of Hajer Ghani Fine Jewelry.
Mrs. Dania Haffar Bazzy - Lebanon
Dania Haffar Bazzy is the Chief of Staff of the Chairman’s Office for Barclays in the Middle East and North Africa. She is also the brand custodian for Barclays in the MENA region and the Head of Marketing and Sponsorships, Communication, Citizenship, and Client Experience.
Mrs. Haffar Bazzy leads the Barclays’ Diversity and Inclusion agenda in the MENA and has founded the region’s first Women Initiative Network within Barclays, a networking and mentoring support platform for women in the workplace. Dania joined Barclays in October 2007. Prior to that, she wore several hats at the American University in Dubai (AUD), serving as Acting Dean of Student Services and leading the departments of Career Services, Student Support, Counseling, Student Activities, Housing, Athletics as well as Health.
She was also AUD’s Director of External Affairs and an instructor of Business and Finance. Dania has a BBA and an MBA from the American University in Beirut.
Mr. Antoun Halabi - Lebanon
Antoun Halabi is an independent Advisor and Investor, who sits on the Boards and advises several startups and established companies in the ICT space.
He is the former Head of Business Development of ABC Group and CEO of Verdun Mall, where he was responsible for the setup of ABC Verdun, the largest and most modern mall in Lebanon. Prior to that, Antoun was a Principal at Strategy&, with over 10 years of consulting experience, where he led more than 30 strategy and transformation projects in the GCC and North Africa across Telecoms, Media, Energy and Consumer industries. Antoun holds a BE degree from AUB in CCE, an MSc. in EE from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Nicole Hamouche - Lebanon
Mrs. Lara Hanna Debs - Lebanon
Lara Hanna Debs has long been dedicated to philanthropic work in Lebanon. In December 2007 she co-founded the environmental NGO Green Cedar Lebanon in response to the devastating forest fires that swept through the country.
Together with co-founder Pascale Choueiry Saad, she wrote and published two books, Green Lebanon and The Book and Pledge of Eternity, both of which received the support of former Interior Minister Ziad Baroud, and were sold in Lebanon and overseas to the Lebanese Diaspora. They also launched an initiative to sell bracelets on MEA flight routes. Through these fundraisers, they rised close to USD 500,000 and helped purchase two fire-fighting helicopters. Debs has also employed her handcrafted bracelets in fundraising drives for other charities, including the humanitarian organization Caritas and the Chance Association (Children Against Cancer) to fund cancer treatment for children.
In response to the recent deaths of Lebanese soldiers, Debs worked with Pascale Choueiry Saad again to create special army bracelets to provide financial support to bereaved families. Most recently, in March 2015, Debs worked with fourteen Event Marketing and Planning students from the USJ-affiliated Université pour Tous to plan and host the "J’invite Maman au Music Hall" event, which raised USD 63,000 to assist single mothers with their children’s university fees. Debs holds an MBA from the Lebanese American University and has three children.
Dr. Nadim Hassoun - Lebanon
Dr. Nadim Hassoun is an Associate Professor at Haigazian University, Beirut as well as Chairman of the Natural Sciences Division (Chemistry, Biology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nutrition Sciences and Dietetics and Physics), in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
From 1991 – 2013 Dr. Hassoun was also the Head of Clinical Biochemistry Division, Medical Laboratory Department, Notre Dame de Secours Hospital, Jbeil, Lebanon. His main interest and area of study is the Application of electrophoretic and chromatographic methodologies for clinical diagnosis of diseases related to carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and nucleic acids metabolism. Before joining Haigazian University in 1995, Dr. Hassoun was a full-time lecturer of the Chemistry Department at the American University of Beirut for six years. His post-doctoral work (August - September 1991) was the Construction of T7 expression by PCR systems to express large amounts of the Hepatitis B Virus X gene product for biochemical analysis, which he did at the Biochemistry Department of McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Hassoun received his B.S. in Chemistry, his M.S. Biophysical Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Biochemistry from American University of Beirut.
Dr. Berj Hatjian - Lebanon
Dr. Berj Hatjian is the Director General of the Ministry of Environment in Lebanon and an Environmental and Occupational Health Professional. He previously served as a Director General of Urban Planning.
Dr. Hatjian is an adjunct assistant professor in Public Health & Development Sciences at the University of Balamand, Lebanon and a part-time lecturer in Environmental Public Policy, Political Studies & Public Administration at the American University of Beirut. He is a member of a number of scientific societies and is a registered “EuroTox Toxicologist”. He has published several scientific articles published in international periodicals on topics including gene mutation research.
He holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Health from American University of Beirut, a M.Sc. in Occupational Health & Hygiene and a PhD in Environmental & Occupational Toxicology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Mrs. Rana Idriss - Lebanon
Rana Zaim Idriss has been involved in numerous real estate investment and development projects and companies across the MENA region. Idriss’s most recent project, the Gulf Company for Development and Real Estate Investment, is developing a gated community urban city built on more than a million of square meters.
Rana is a member of Al Zaim Family Group which is one of the largest family owned businesses in the GCC region with investments in many sectors from Energy Transportation Industry, to Telecom, Oil and Gas, Tourism and Construction. Rana is an active member of the Young President Organization (YPO)/ World President Organization (WPO). She served as the YPO/WPO Education and Chapter Chair for Lebanon from 2009 until 2014. Rana is also a member of the Chief Executive Organization, an advisory board member of Amid east Lebanon and a member of the International Women Forum.
Zaim Idriss has a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and two master’s degrees in Earthquake Design and in Engineering Management from the American University of Beirut. She has also attended Executive Education Programs at Harvard University and at London Business School.
Prof. Noha Irani Hakime - Lebanon
Prof. Noha Irani Hakime is a Professor of Clinical Laboratory Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Balamand, Beirut. She obtained her medical degree from Saint Joseph University, Beirut and did her residency at Saint Joseph University in Beirut and in Paris at the Université Paris Diderot, Rene Descartes University, and the Pierre & Marie Curie University.
Prof. Irani Hakime currently holds a professional membership in the following Societies and organizations: International Society of Blood Transfusion, American Society of Clinical Microbiology, European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Lebanese Society of Clinical Pathologist, Lebanese Cancer Society, and the Société Française de Biologie Clinique.
Mrs. Eman Kaskas - Saudi Arabia
Eman Kaskas is an Owner and the Vice President of Operations for American Strategic Healthcare Management based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has over 30 years of broad experience in promotional, retail, healthcare and educational institutions.
She is also a leader in her community, where she uses a considerable part of her business to help those less fortunate by providing healthcare services at discounted prices and by serving the healthcare needs of NGOs in Jeddah. Mrs. Kaskas is also a co-founder of East West University in Chicago and has, for the last 15 years, served on the Board of Governors of the British International School of Jeddah where she works closely with students of the International Baccalaureate program on their community service programs with a focus on creativity, action and service.
She is helping schools in the Jeddah area adapt community service as a major and integral part of their curriculum. Beyond her work in Saudi Arabia, Mrs. Kaskas' passions have been centered on issues related to reconciliation and bringing about a better understanding between various cultures and nations.
She has channeled her energy behind initiatives that aim to bridge the gap between the East and West in the post September 11th era. She has been a regular speaker and participant at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC for the last 15 years as well as other bridging events in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She worked with a team that translated the Qur'an into easy to read English with references to the Bible.
Dr. Tarek Kettaneh - Lebanon
Dr. Tarek Kettaneh is a business consultant and senior lecturer at the American University in Beirut. He teaches courses on small business management, family businesses, startups, venture capital and real estate at the Olayan Business School. He also lectures and presents seminars throughout the region.
He has consulted for SMEs (small to medium enterprises) on turnaround and growth strategies, and has advised executives on financial transactions. He serves on the boards of two privately held firms, consults with a number of others and writes case studies for his students. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and MS in Engineering from MIT.
After 12 years of senior management experience in a multinational multi product line family business, he changed careers and became a venture capital investor in the USA for close to a decade. In his last position prior to joining AUB, he headed a $50 million private equity fund in Luxemburg targeting investment in Lebanese firms.
Mr. Sammy Ketz - France
Mrs. Randa Khalil - Lebanon
Randa Al-Khalil has been in the Haute Joaillerie business since 1987. Her jewelry collections have been presented at international exhibitions in Geneva, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia. Randa discovered her artistic talent in Kuwait’s Museum of Islamic Art and what began as a hobby developed into a full-fledged jewelry design business that has garnered international praise.
Al-Khalil’s designs portray Byzantine, Phoenician and modern stories through the use of precious stones and metals. Al-Khalil is also an active philanthropist, and has adopted numerous causes to donate portions of her success, including ‘Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) the International humanitarian organization. Most recently in 2012, Randa Al-Khalil chose to focus her philanthropic efforts on the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL).
Dr. Amer Khayatt - Iraq
Dr. Amer Khayatt is the Secretary General of the Arab Anti-Corruption Organization, a non-profit, non-governmental organization.
Dr. Khayatt began his career in academia in 1969 as an assistant professor in Iraq, and in 1972 he established the National Centre for Consultancy, an advisory institution at the Iraqi Board of Planning. There he served as the Chairman and the Director General of the Center.
Later, Dr. Khayatt practiced in London as a consultant in project planning and management for over two decades.Through various executive positions, Khayatt developed an interest in problems associated with corruption in the construction industry and corporate governance, which led him to his current work with the Arab Anti-Corruption Organization. Dr. Khayatt served as a Member of the Board of the Iraqi Organization for Standards and Specification, the Iraqi Society of Engineers and the Policy Group for the 5-Year Iraqi Economic Development Plan. He was also the Chairman of the “The Working Group for the Long term Development Plan in Iraq”. He served as an Iraqi Representative at the Economic Commission for Western Asia (ECWA) as well as a Delegate to the Joint Commission on Arab-European Dialogue.
Dr. Khayatt published various articles, which have appeared in Arabic and English across the UK, Canada and the Arab countries.
Dr. Nadim Khouri - Lebanon
Dr. Nadim Khouri is an Independent Researcher on sustainable development and food security, presently supporting the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a multi-agency investment initiative hosted by the World Bank, as well as the Arab Spatial website on food security, managed by the Cairo office or the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Previously, Nadim held operational and leadership positions at the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the United National Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. His responsibilities included the design and implementation of strategies and investments for economic regional integration, as well as rural development and natural resources management. This included working in economic, social and environmental development in the Middle-East, North Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
He is now based in Washington, DC. Dr. Nadim Khouri has a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), an MSc from the Rural Economics Department of Wye College (University of London-UK) and a BSc and MSc in Agronomy from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon).
Dr. Salwa Khoury - Lebanon
Dr. Salwa Khoury is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the American University in Dubai. She completed her PhD in Economics at the University of California at Davis, with concentrations in Urban and Regional Economics, Monetary Economics, and Development Economics.
Dr. Khoury is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Balamand University, Lebanon, the International Board of Regents, Bethlehem University (Occupied Territories), the Board of Directors, World Links – Arab Region, Jordan, and the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Cancer Center, Lebanon.
Mrs. Nadira Mahmoud - Oman
Nadira Mahmoud Al Lawatia was born in Muscat, Oman. She went on to study Law and worked in the field for several years. She later resigned and dedicated her efforts for painting and later the management of her own Oman Art Gallery which she established in 1993 at the Muscat Intercontinental Hotel.
Her first private solo exhibition was by special invitation from Information & Culture Department in Sharja, 1989. Further exhibitions and special invitations followed by the Beaux-Arts Association in Damascus in 1991, from Tunisian Ministry of Culture, Soosa, Al Qairawan in 1992, from the National Council for Culture and Arts, Kuwait in 1996, from the Ministry of Council of Ministries & Information Affairs, State of Bahrain in 1998, and from the Fagr theater festival part of the “Silk Road” program, Iran in 2001.
Mrs. Mahmoud has also exhibited her work beyond the Arab world. In 1994 she presented her work at the Berlin International Exhibition, Germany and at seminar in Paris on the Creativity of the Arab Women held in the Arab World Institute. She has since had further exhibitions in Germany and Mexico. Mrs. Mahmoud has been part of numerous group exhibitions, spanning the entire globe including Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, the U.S.A., Austria, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, China and Mexico.
She has obtained the following Awards: Third award from Second Biennale Muscat, 1990; Gold Shield award from the Second Exhibition for the Artists of the GCC States; Omani Society for Fine Arts award in its 1995 Exhibition; Biennale Kuwait award in 1996. Beside some other Certificates of Appreciation received during various exhibitions held in and outside Oman.
Prof. Jala Makhzoumi - Iraq
Prof. Makhzoumi is an affiliate faculty member of American University of Beirut, and founding member and senior fellow in the Cambridge Center for Landscape and People.
In 2013 she established UNIT44 with A Jabr, a Lebanon based design and planning practice offering a wide range of services in architecture, landscape architecture, ecological planning and urban design. In her work she advocates for an expansive, developmental landscape approach to mediate community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection and landscape heritage conservation.
Her professional and academic expertise includes postwar recovery, energy efficient site planning and sustainable urban greening. Makhzoumi has served as ecological landscape consultant for the planning of Damascus, Baghdad, Erbil and Saida and in the conservation and revitalization of the historic holy town of Kadhimia and Najaf. Her publications include Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context, co-author Pungetti (Spon, 1999) and The Right to Landscape, contesting landscape and human rights, co-editors Egoz and Pungetti (Ashgate, 2012) and Horizon 101 (Dar Qonboz, 2010) a reflective collection of paintings and prose on landscape and identity.
Jala studied architecture in Baghdad, completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Design at Yale University and PhD in landscape architecture from Sheffield University.
Dr. Zeinab Mirza - Lebanon
Dr. Zeinab Mirza is a political commentator and a lecturer at the American University of Beirut. Previously, Dr. Mirza was a lecturer at the American University College of Science and Technology – AUST, and the American Universal College – AUC, Beirut Campus. She taught courses in Political Science, Diplomacy, Human Rights, Public Relations (in both French and English).
Dr. Mirza holds a PhD in Political Science from Université de Paris. She has also worked as a consultant and conducted a Study on “The Impact of the Euro-Med Agreement on the Olive Oil Industry in Lebanon” for the Lebanese Ministry of Industry, she served as an observer in the Lebanese Parliamentary election, and as a Public Relation Manager at Global Investment Network.
Furthermore, Dr. Mirza has served as the Vice President and a Board Member of the Association Libanaise des Droits de l`Homme (ALDHOM), she is also a member of the Program Advisory committee/Marketing Program at the College of Business at Effat University in Jeddah, the Alumni Board of the Lebanese American University (first in Beirut and then in Jeddah), a representative of the Canadian in KSA Network and a member of BPW Lebanon. Dr. Mirza has also been recognized for her contributions and was named “Ambassador for Peace” by the Universal Peace Federation UPF-IIFWP, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, an NGO in Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. She has also been a guest speaker at several conferences.
Dr. Samy Moubayed - Syria
Sami Moubayed is the founding chairman of The Damascus History Foundation, working to preserve the archives of the Old City of Damascus that are endangered by the present conflict in Syria.
Previously he worked at the Arab Political Documents Center at AUB and was a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment during the years 2012-2014. He is presently a Senior Fellow at St Andrews University in Scotland and one of the co-founders of its Syrian Studies Center, in addition to being a member of The Royal British Historical Society.
Moubayed has published articles in leading international newspapers like The Washington Post, and regional ones like Beirut’s Assafir. He has authored numerous books including “Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria” (Seattle 2005) and the more recent “Syria and the USA” (London, 2012), “Under the Black Flag” (London 2015), and two Arabic books in Beirut “The Forgotten History of Damascus” (2016) and “East of the Grand Umayyad: Damascus Freemasonry” (2017).
Mr. Wissam Moukahal - Lebanon
Wissam Moukahal currently leads Macquarie Capital Middle East as Executive Chairman, following 12 years at Deloitte Middle East, including nine years as a partner. Wissam also served as Chairman of Deloitte & Touche’s Middle East Board Advisory Committee and was the financial services industry leader for Deloitte in the UAE.
Wissam recently established the Z.Moukahal Foundation, which aims to provide access to learning environments for Lebanese children without the financial means to pursue top quality education. The foundation also works to assist and support sustainable projects that create long-term educational benefits for disadvantaged local communities.
Wissam Moukahal was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and completed his studies at the Lebanese American University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Banking and Finance. He continued his education by completing his Certified Public Accountant qualification from the State of California.
Mrs.Tania Moussallem - Lebanon
Tania Moussallem has more than 20 years of banking experience and is currently Assistant General Manager heading the Support and Marketing Group at BLC bank after having spent 6 years as Head of Strategic Development and Financial Management Group.
Since May 2015, she is the Chair of the GBA (Global Banking Alliance for Women), an organization that brings together banks and financial institutions from all over the world that develop strategies for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment. In November 2016, she received the Leadership award from GBA (Global Banking Alliance for Women). In 2015, she has been selected among the most influential women in the Arab Banking Sectors by the Union of Arab Banks.
She joined BLC bank in 2008 where she conducted several strategic and innovative development projects involving external and organic growth for the bank among which the launching of the We initiative and SME’s programs. She has been on USB Bank Board of Directors (Cypriot subsidiary of BLC Bank) and sits on several committees in BLC Bank. She had started her career at Société Générale de Banque au Liban where she held several managerial positions in the Corporate and Investment Banking Division. In parallel, she had built a solid experience in privatization of the energy, water and waste water sectors.
She holds a Master’s degree in Finance & Communication from Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales ESSEC, France and a degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.
Ms. Samar Muhareb - Jordan
Adv. Samar Muhareb is the Cofounder and Director of ARDD-Legal Aid. She is a lawyer, Human Rights specialist, and has an MA in Human Rights and Human Development. She has worked with several international organizations and joined Oxfam GB/Amman in 2003, and served as Oxfam’s legal representative in Jordan in 2009 until 2013.
Moreover, she is currently teaching Refugee and Migration Studies at the University of Jordan for undergraduate students. Ms. Muhareb has extensive experience in working with refugees. She started her career in (2000) working in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. She was then part of the efforts which established NCCI (NGOs Coordination Committee in Iraq) in 2003, during the beginning of the war in Iraq. In 2008 she established Legal Aid to provide marginalized segments of society including women, refugees, and poor with legal services, creating a solid partnership with UNHCR mission in Jordan and other international and national partners.
Today Legal Aid has expanded to become ARDD-Legal Aid: Arab Renascence for Democracy and Development. In recognition of her efforts and the impact she has had in civil society, she was awarded the TAKREEM Arab World 1 Award for 2011 by Takreem and the Higher Council for Youth Award. In addition, Ms. Muhareb is currently a board member of the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network, a member for the Scientific Committee for the Queen Aliya Award, a member in the special committee of the Royal Court’s Human Resources Development initiative, and she was also selected as a delegate member to the Arab League under a new initiative to represent the work of civil society in the humanitarian field. Adv. Samar Muhareb was born and raised in Jordan, in May 1980.
Mrs. Asma Mutawa - United Arab Emirates
Mrs. Asma Al Mutawa is the founder and president of Salon Al-Multaqa, a high profile, bi-weekly book club with twenty distinguished female members who meet to discuss outstanding Arab and International literature.
Established in 1999, the Salon Al Multaqa was recently recognized as a member of the UNESCO Book Clubs. It plays an important role as a literary hub for Arab writers and intellectuals. Mrs. Al Mutawa, a graduate in Business Administration Science, also runs the Education Program in the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan Cultural Center.
Mrs. Al Mutawa is an advisor to the UAE Assistant Director General for Culture in UNESCO, a consultant to the UAE Regional Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres, and a member of the Sorbonne University Friends Committee of Abu Dhabi, and Al-Quds University.
Dr. Samar Muwakkit - Lebanon
Dr. Samar Muwakkit is currently a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. She is also the Director of Clinical Services at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.
She sits on numerous hospital and University committees and the Institutional Review Board of AUBMC. She earned her BS and MD from the American University of Beirut and completed her residency training at the American University Hospital. She then pursued a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the State University of New York Medical Center in Syracuse (SUNY). Her research interests focus on childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications in the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Beyond her work in Lebanon to advance success rates for Childhood leukemia, Dr. Muwakkit has joined efforts across the Middle East region to help similar middle-income countries increase their childhood leukemia survival rates.
Mrs. Sibylle Rizk - Lebanon
Sibylle Rizk has been the editor-in-chief of the leading Lebanese business magazine Le Commerce du Levant since 2006. After acquiring a master's degree in economics and finance from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Science Po), she obtained a diploma in journalism and media from Paris Centre de Formation des Journalistes (CFJ).
Rizk began her career as an editor at the news agency Reuters in Paris between 1997 and 1999, and returned to Lebanon in 1999 to serve as the head of the economy and business page at L'Orient-Le Jour newspaper, and as Beirut correspondent for the newspaper Le Figaro. In 2006, she moved to her current position all while contributing to several French-speaking newspapers and radio stations. In 2012, she contributed to the editing and publishing of the first guide of its kind on Lebanese wine, Zawaq, in both French and English.
Dr. Najat Saliba - Lebanon
Dr. Najat A. Saliba is a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the American University of Beirut (AUB). During her studies, her research work focused on Water Chemistry (MS, CSULB), Catalytic Processes and Reactions at Surfaces (PhD, USC) and Atmospheric Chemistry at interfaces (UCI). Saliba joined AUB in 2001 as an assistant professor and is now a full professor at the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).
She established the Atmospheric and Analytical Laboratory (AAL) and currently directs three multidisciplinary parallel lines of analytical research projects focusing on (i) understanding local and regional atmospheric processes, (ii) identifying and quantifying toxins emitted from different tobacco delivery systems, and (iii) isolation and identification of potential cancer drugs extracted from endemic Middle Eastern plants and marine organisms. Her work includes national, regional and international collaborations. It has attracted local and international funding that surpassed 2.5 million US Dollars, thus far, and has resulted in 57 peer-reviewed publications.
At AUB, Saliba teaches analytical chemistry courses to both graduates and undergraduate students. She serves as the Director of the Nature Conservation Center at AUB (AUB NCC) where she also leads several research, education and community outreach programs.
Mrs. Hanan Sayed Worell - Lebanon
Hanan Sayed Worrell is a specialist in the formulation and development of complex international and cultural projects, with an emphasis on the strategic, civic and business objectives. She has over 25 years of international experience in both the public and private sectors including Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Energy and Aviation.
Hanan has a deep appreciation for the role of culture and architecture in the cities she helps define. As a native Arabic speaker and long-term resident of the Gulf, Hanan has contributed professionally to several of the most impactful projects in the region including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD).
Currently, she is the Senior Representative for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in Abu Dhabi, with responsibilities for the planning and development of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum in Saadiyat Cultural District. Hanan provides cultural, strategic and development advice to a number of institutions, while also establishing partnerships, relationships and projects in the Gulf region, building on her earlier experience in management consulting with a leading practice in New York. She has held senior positions in the Abu Dhabi government where she was responsible for the strategy, development, master planning, design and construction of the Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion, Presidential Flight, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Conservation and Breeding Centers, Nature Reserves, Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Park.
Hanan received her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management from Stanford University. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi. She served on the Board of the American Community School of Abu Dhabi, NYUAD Mentorship Program and Selection Committee for Sheikh Mohammed Scholars Program. Hanan and her husband Steve have been married for 24 years and have two children in college. Although she travels extensively she makes her home in Abu Dhabi.
Mr. Fady Shammas - Lebanon
After over 35 years of providing high-level strategic and operational consultancy services, and holding several prominent senior executive positions in large multinationals in a number of industries, namely in the insurance, the FMCGs and the retail sectors, Fady Shammas has established his own consultancy and advisory company focusing on the financial institutions and the regulatory/supervisory bodies in the MENA region, with a specific expertise in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. He currently specializes in M&As, valuations, due diligences and operations of insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers.
He is also an expert on regulatory requirements, policies and legislations of governmental, regulatory and supervisory bodies, and on sound corporate governance frameworks, in the insurance sector in the Middle East. Throughout the years, Fady has shown dedication to the regional and multinational corporations he has worked with, and to the boards he has served on, earning the respect of his peers in the industry.
He has served and is currently serving on the boards of several privately held MENA firms, and has held elected memberships to the boards of several industry specialized Professional Associations and Organizations in Lebanon and the Middle East such as ACAL and AWRIS. He holds an MBA in International Business and Marketing from California State University, San Francisco.
Finally, Fady is committed to assisting a number of NGOs and noble causes, and is especially involved in the expansion of the services provided by Sesobel (Lebanese NGO that takes care of children with mental and/or physical handicaps and children with autism).
Mrs. Betty Taoutel - Lebanon
Author and director of theater and comedian on stage as well as on television and film screens. She chose her passion as profession. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Studies of theatrical production , a Master's Degree in Dramaturgy and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Theater ,and has been a lecturer at the USJ (St Joseph University of Beirut ) since 1999 and at the Lebanese university . She is also a Theater Professor and member of the jury at the Famous TV Show “Arab Star Academy” .
She worked as an actress with leading Lebanese and Arab directors both in Beirut and abroad. She has acted as an author and director of numerous highly successful plays such as "Ekher Beyt Bel Gemmayzé", "El orb3a bi noss el Jom3a", "Passport No. 10452", "Masrah el jarima", She is always inspired by Lebanese news to write her plays. "Passport No. 10452", written in dual Arabic and French versions and inspired by numerous testimonies of Lebanese immigrants in Montreal, has been played since 2013: First presented at the Arab World Festival in Montreal, then played in Beirut, Athens, and recently South Africa in Johannesburg ... and other destinations are in sight.
Mrs. Sara Tayeb Khalifa - Iraq
Sara Tayeb Khalifa has worked in finance, patient advocacy and is currently working at Phillips Auction House in NYC in private clients. She lives in NYC with her husband Hussein Khalifa.
Mrs. Rana Wazzan - Syria
Rana Wazzan is a founding member of Salon Al-Multaqaa, an Arabic reading group in Abu Dhabi that has operated under UNESCO’s umbrella since 2007. Salon Al Multaqaa also founded the first United Arab Emirates ladies’ literary salon that hosts live debates open to the public. Wazzan is an active member in the arts and philosophy and has participated in the United Arab Emirates International Fine Arts and Antique Fair.
Rana Wazzan received a Masters of Arts (MA) in Contemporary Islamic Studies.
Mrs. Lana Zananiri - Jordan
Since April 2014, Lana Ghwai Zananiri has served as the Gender and Media Unit Manager at the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) – Legal Aid in Jordan. ARDD-LA promotes and defends human rights through promoting the legal rights of marginalized individuals and communities. ARDD-LA encourages lawyers and firms to provide legal aid to those without access, particularly refugees and migrants.
In her position, Zananiri works to bring gender based issues and projects into the mainstream, and support the protection of women and women’s rights through education of individuals, communities and institutions. She also crafts ARDD-LA’s media and advocacy strategy to reflect the organization’s mission and objectives which includes their lobbying and campaign efforts.
Previously Zananiri worked as the Senior Manager of Program and Resources Development at the Jordan River Foundation and served as the Senior Manager of Development and Communication at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA), a project initiated by his Majesty King Abdullah II. Lana Zananiri is also involved in various initiatives to empower young Jordanians.
She helped found the Arab Women Alliance for Music and has been active with the Start Alliance and volunteers with disadvantaged children in Jordan.
Mrs. Sylviane Zehil - Lebanon
Sylviane Zehil is an American-Lebanese journalist with over 35 years of experience in journalism, research, documentation and public relations. Since 1992, Sylviane has served as the New York and UN Bureau Chief for “L’Orient Le Jour”, a leading daily independent French language newspaper published in Lebanon.
From 2007 to 2009, she was the New York and UN Bureau Chief for An-Nahar newspaper also published in Lebanon. Sylviane primarily covers Lebanon, Syria and the Middle East as well as the art and culture in New York. In 1977, Sylviane launched and directed “CEDRE”, the first computerized documentation and research center in Beirut, Lebanon. She helped establish “La Maison du Futur”, a center for strategic studies where she worked under the direction of President Amine Gemayel. She also launched “Panorama de l’Actualité” (Haliyyat), a quarterly review in three languages covering the war in Lebanon and Palestinian Issues.
She published “La Documentation”, a book commissioned by the Lebanese University of Beirut in 1977.From 1980 to 1986, Sylvian eco-founded and ran the “Société d’Expositionet de Promotion” (SEP), a trade fairs company based in Beirut, Lebanon. Sylviane Zehil is an Executive Board Member of the Dag Hammarskjöld Fellowships for Journalist.
She has been elected UNCA Vice President. In 2012, She received an award from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in honor of the city’s Lebanese Heritage Day.
Dr. Ali Zeidan - Lebanon
Dr. Ali Zeidan is an environmental engineer and has worked for the international consultancy Khatib & Alami since 1994. He is an experienced engineer with a practical and academic background in storm water management.
He has completed EIA work on major projects in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, focusing on implementing solutions for low cost water supply and sanitation, flood mitigation, storm water management, solid waste management, industrial and hazardous waste management, environmental impact assessment, and environmental planning.
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