Board of Trustees

Ahliah Board of Trustees

As per the bylaws of Ahliah School and its governing body,

“The Board of Trustees of Ahliah School consists of individuals who participated in the establishment of the school in Beirut, supported it financially, academically, and created the first Board of Trustees, and those who subsequently have been or will be invited in the future to join it, by the self-perpetuating Board.

 Ahliah Board of Trustees selects distinguished citizens with high ethical and moral values, with a track record of service to the community and of various backgrounds, qualifications and skills to meet all the needs of the school, the BOT, and activities associated with both: Individuals who are determined and committed to assume the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees consists of 9-21 members and is considered the General Assembly of the not-for-profit governing association that is registered in Beirut, Lebanon. It includes at least five members with academic backgrounds and one member from the Alumni Association”.

The members of Ahliah Board of Trustees are:

Dr. Nadim Cortas (Chairperson)
Mr. Ibrahim Khoury (Vice President)
Dr. Nadim Daouk (Treasurer)
Dr. Abdallah Bouhabib (Secretary)
Mr. Abdo Sabban
Dr. Amin Nasr
Ms. Hana Almuddin
Ms. Hanan Fakhoury Haddad
Dr. Hisham Nashabe (Emeritus)
Dr. Huda Zurayk
Ms. Leila Khauli
Ms. Kulthum Husseini (Emeritus)
Ms. Mishka Mjabber Mourani
Ms. Mona Iskandar (Emeritus)
Dr. Najla Hamadeh
Ms. Nora Shawwa
Ms. Salma Dabbagh (Emeritus)
Dr. Saouma Boujaoude
Dr. Shadi Saleh
Ms. Susan Shawwa
Mr. Toufic Mouawad
Mr. Victor Najjarian
Ms. Zeina Akar Adra

         Trustee Nadim Cortas

Nadim Cortas MD is Emeritus Dean and Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is actively involved in developing a syllabus for the medical curriculum at AUB, in teaching and in consulting on issues of education, health care administration, and strategic planning. From 1999-2009 Dr. Cortas was the Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). He is well published and internationally well known in academic medicine.

 Dr. Cortas received his MD degree at AUB in 1967. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at AUB Medical Center, and three years of postdoctoral fellowship in Pharmacology and Endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore MD (USA), 1969-72.  In 1972, he joined the Faculty of Medicine at AUB and rose to the rank of Professor. He chaired the committee that changed the pre-medical requirements and, during the mid1970s was active in developing the discipline based curriculum with significant increase in non-didactic teaching.

 After taking an appointment from 1984-1994 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) of Columbia University in New York City, initially as Visiting Associate Professor of Biochemistry and then as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, he was recruited back to AUB in 1994, as Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Associate Dean for Research & Development .  He was appointed Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, of the Faculty of Medicine and the AUB Medical Center, 1999-2009.

At P&S, he pursued his research career and established a distinguished research record in Biochemistry and Pharmacology.  He received a number of research awards including the prestigious Ludwig Schafer award. From 1990 to 1994, he also served as Director of the Par-enteral Nutrition Service at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

At AUB, he has been responsible for building a multidisciplinary Core Research Facility in the Basic Medical Sciences and established its infrastructure. He was Chairman of the Inter-Faculty Committee and Coordinator of the pan-university Graduate Environmental Sciences program (1994-2000). He established the Environment core research analytical chemistry facility.

As Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, Dr. Cortas worked tirelessly and passionately in restructuring both academically and financially, the Faculty of Medicine, the school of Nursing and the Medical Center. He changed the landscape of Medical Practice by introducing a Medical Practice Plan (MPPwhich fuelled the recruitment of 110 highly credentialed faculty members in Medicine and 10 in Nursing. The MPP provided initiation and ongoing funds for research, resulting in a 4 fold increase in research output, both in quality and quantity, which led to a five-fold increase in receipt of competitive external funding.  He introduced a system for effort analysis and evaluation which provided standards for recruitment and promotion and established an ongoing Performance Improvement process and led the process that made AUB Medical Center (AUBMC) acquire the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditations and receive the prestigious Magnet designation. He built the foundations for revamping the Curriculum at the Faculty of Medicine. During this period, the faculty of medicine became accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools, USA; and the School of Nursing, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He forged Partnerships with the St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, The Cleveland Clinic, MD Anderson, Sloane Kettering and Johns Hopkins University and established exchange programs with many prominent academic centers abroad. A joint AUB and MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) MD/PhD program is successfully ongoing which has several graduate students enrolled in it, 4 graduated so far. He presented to the Board of Trustees in 2009, a detailed Strategic Plan for the Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing and the Medical Center, with 5, 10 and 20 year landmarks.

Dr. Cortas is very active in his community and has chaired and served on the Governing Boards of two of the well known not- for- profit k-12 schools in Lebanon, Al Ahliah and Brumana High School. He, currently, chairs the Al Ahliah Board of Trustees.  He served on committees of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Lebanon, and as a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant.


Trustee Ibrahim Khoury

Ibrahim F. Khoury is presently a Public Relations and Media Consultant. Since 2010, he has been the media and public relations adviser for the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), headed by the Lebanese First Lady, Wafaa Sleiman, he renewed his connection with the American University of Beirut (AUB) by becoming a consultant to the dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, he is the responsible director of The Daily Star, the only and reputable English daily newspaper in Lebanon, and is the advisor for the Japanese Kyodo News Service in Beirut.

From 1992- 2010, and after about 22 years in journalism, Khoury was recruited as the director of AUB's Office of Information and Public Relations. During these 18 years, he significantly strengthened AUB’s relations and communications with the national and international media. He also supervised AUB's main publications as responsible editor of AUB Bulletin, and as co-founder and co-editor of Maingate.

As a student at AUB, he served as education and student reporter in Al Anwar, a known Lebanese newspaper (1969-1973) and in the paper’s Foreign Desk (1973 to 1981), after which he was promoted to become its responsible director until he joined AUB in 1992. During the period from 1975-1992, Mr. Khoury also worked with the Japanese Kyodo News Service in Beirut.

Khoury is a member of the Editors’ Union(Lebanon) since 1973 and of the Press Syndicate (Lebanon) since 1981, where he served as a member of the Press Syndicate Council (1990 - 1994) and as treasurer from 1992-1994. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Tele Liban from 1992 to 1999.

Ibrahim F. Khoury received his BA in Economics in 1973 from the American University of Beirut.


Trustee Nadim Daouk

Dr. Daouk is the President of Infoel Financial Systems, Inc. which markets, sells and operates banking software in the USA. He is the Director of High Technology Automation, Inc. (HTA) specializing in commercializing patents purchased from the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

Dr. Daouk serves on the Board of Advisors of The Venture Alliance (TVA) in Southern California, specializing in Due Diligence and rating of non-listed startup companies. He is also the treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Ahliah School. He served on the Board of International Advisors of the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon, on the Board of Advisors of Angel Strategies in Irvine, California, (specializing in deal reviews and facilitation for start up companies) and on the Board of Directors of Societe Fonciere Byblos (the St. Georges hotel annex). He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of Metra Insurance and Re-Insurance Co., and has served previously on the Board of Directors of Middle East Airlines, on the Board of Directors of Alis Technologies in Montreal, Canada and on the Board of Directors of Intergraph Al-Khaleej in Bahrain.

From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Daouk was a Director at QuanTech s.a.l. (IBM Lebanon)

Prior to 1995, Dr. Daouk was the President of High Technology Automation, Inc. (HTA) in Los Angeles, California.

In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 1980 to 1988, Dr. Daouk started as the Marketing Director of Arabian Data Systems (ADS) (1980-1981). From 1981 until 1985 he was the founder and General Manager of Computer Aided Systems and Hardware (CASH). After selling CASH to Intergraph, he founded Middle East Electronic Systems (MEES) and became its Managing Director until his return to Los Angeles at the end of 1988.

Born in 1948, Nadim Fawzi Daouk graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1972 with a BE degree in Electronic Engineering, and received his Master (MSE) and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in 1973 and 1979 respectively. After his graduation, he held technical, managerial and executive jobs in the USA including project management with large companies like Anaconda and Atlantic Richfield (ARCO, now BP Petroleum).


Trustee Abdallah BouHabib

Abdallah BouHabib is presently the Managing Director of the Issam Fares Center for Lebanon, which he founded in April 2007; and a Lecturer at La Sagesse University (since 2002). He began his career at the World Bank in May 1976 as an Economist and then a Senior Loan Officer in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

From May 1983 to February 1990, Dr. BouHabib served as Lebanon's Ambassador to the United States. He had been joining the World Bank as an economist and Senior Loan Officer in the MENA Region (1976 – 1983) then,  rejoined the World Bank in February 1992 as Adviser to the MENA Vice President and Regional Communication Unit Chief. In March 2001, Ambassador BouHabib returned to Lebanon and served until August, 2005 as Senior Adviser to Lebanon’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Dr. BouHabib authored a book “Ad Daou’ al Asfar” in Arabic (1991) on US Policy Towards Lebanon. He is a frequent visitor to Lebanese TVs talk shows. He is married to Julia Cole and has three children.

Dr. BouHabib is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.


Trustee Abdo Sabban

Abdo Sabban founded AGS Realty, a real estate management, brokerage and investment company in Washington DC, in 1987, and is currently its President. He sold a part of the company in 2004 to Long & Foster Co., one of the largest real estate companies in the US.

 He served as the Chairman of the Rene Moawad Foundation-USA, for 11 years (2004-2015) and as a board member since inception in 1993.

He currently is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the El-Hibri Foundation, the Al-Ahliah School in Beirut, Lebanon, and the American Lebanese Foundation, a US based think tank that focuses on issues that concern the American Lebanese community. 

 He was the President of the American University of Beirut Alumni Association – Washington chapter (1999-2004), and a member of the board of the North American Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (AANA) (2002-2004).

 He also served as the co-chair of the endowment committee of the center for Global Peace at the American University in Washington DC (AU), and as a member of the Board of the Karamah Foundation, a non-profit US foundation, and the “Min Ajl Lubnan” committee in Washington DC.

 Mr. Sabban was chosen as one of the top three American immigrant business entrepreneurs by the US magazine “BusinessWeek” in 2002.


Trustee Amin Nasr

Based in Lebanon, Dr. Amin Nasr specializes in Eye Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery and Orbital Diseases and operates his practice, Middle East Surgical Clinics (MESC), in several countries. He is also a professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the American University of Beirut. Since 1996, Dr. Nasr holds the title of Senior Academic Consultant (Professor of Ophthalmology) at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Nasr had his elementary education at Ahliah and his secondary education at IC. Dr. Nasr is a graduate of the American University of Beirut where he received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1979 and continued his residency training in Ophthalmology until 1982. In 1982, he was a Clinical Fellow in the Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Surgery Department of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Harvard Medical School; Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and a Fellow Associate of the Diagnostic Ultrasonography and Orbital Diseases in 1983 and in 1984, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of the Orbits in the University of Iowa, Iowa City, U.S.A. Dr. Nasr was Editor-in-Chief of the “Middle East Journal of Ophthalmology” (MEJO), the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology in Cairo, Egypt between 1992 and 1996.

Dr. Nasr’s dedication to his field is evident in the numerous honors and awards he has received during his career, spanning from 1971 till 2004, when he received the American Medal of Honor in Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Nasr received an Honor Award from ORBIS, International Ophthalmic Aid Program, from New York. The following year, he received an Honor Award from the Pan Arab African Congress of Ophthalmology (PACO) in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Nasr joined the Board of Directors of the International Society of Orbital Disorders (ISOD) and became the president in 1999 and to this date. Dr. Nasr’s vast experience also includes his contributions as a lecturer and surgeon to over 100 medical and surgical facilities. Dr. Nasr imparts his knowledge to education in particular, to the medical community through various orders, associations and societies as well as through over 360 scientific publications, chapters and texts in major peer reviewed journals.


Trustee Hana Alamuddin

Ms. Alamuddin is a senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut and a board member of the Lebanon Green Building Council. She is also a member of The Royal Institute of British Architects and the Order of Engineers Lebanon.

Ms. Alamuddin studied at Ahliah School from 1960 till 1971. She graduated from Greenwich University in the UK with a full professional degree, R.I.B.A 3, (with distinction) in 1985. She then went on to do her Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMarchs) in Designing for Islamic Societies at the Aga Khan Program, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T, U.S.A) 1987. 

Ms. Alamuddin started her practice, Almimariya, Architects and Designers for Sustainable Development, which works on architectural, urban design and landscape projects within the perimeters of sustainable development and energy efficient construction in Lebanon in 1999. Almimariya won the International Properties Award Arabia in 2015-2016. She has projects built in Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. As a member of the executive committee of the Association Pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeures Liban (APSAD) from 1999 to 2008, she worked on several heritage preservation projects in Lebanon and published several articles on the built environment. Ms. Alamuddin served as a technical reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for three consecutive cycles. (998, 2001, 2004). She was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for region Africa Middle East in 2005. In 2014, she qualified as a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Design and her children's book "Qusat wa Hykayat wa  Beit" a story about the peasant house of the region its building and way of life, was published in that same year.


Trustee Hisham Nashabe

Hisham Nashabe, present and since 2011, is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Makassed University, he is its president since 2008, and the Chairperson of the Administrative Board of Higher Education at the Makassed Association from 1998 till 2010. He served as representative of Lebanon on the Executive Board of the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) as its chairperson from (2002-2006). Dr. Nashabe was the General Secretary of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO (1989-1998). He was appointed professor of Muslim thought at the American University of Beirut (AUB) (1974-1997) and at the St. Joseph Univesity Institute of  Islamo - Christian Studies (1978 -1994). He served on the Internal Review Board (IRB) at AUB from its founding in 1995 till 2005.

Dr. Nashabe was a visiting scholar at Mercer University –Macon, GA, USA March till April 2004, Davenport University – Grand Rapids, MI, USA, October - November 2004, Scranton University and Marywood University, Scranton, PENN, USA, September - October 2005 and visiting Professor  April- May 2006.

Dr. Hisham Nashabe received his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut and an M.A. and PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. His thesis about Muslim Educational Institutions and worked for his  degree at Harvard University, USA.

Dr. Nashabe published over 100 articles on educational subjects in academic journals in Arabic, English and French and his publications include:

  • Muslim Educational Institutions...

Beirut, Librairie du Liban, 1989 (in English).

  • Studia Palaestinae. Editor and co-author,

Beirut , 1988 (in English and Arabic).

  • Muslim Educational Tradition,

Beirut, 1988 (in Arabic).

  • Questions de bioéthique au Regard de l’Islam et du Christianisme (in French), in collaboration with Rev.A. Dupré Latour, Dar al-Machreq, 2000.

He received the following medals and prizes:

  • Officer of the Order of the Cedars (Lebanon) 1968 .
  • Commandor of the Academic Order (France) 1970 .
  • Officer of the National Order of Merit (France) 1985 .                                
  • Makassed Gold Medal of Service (Lebanon)1979.
  • Medal of Competence--Scouts of Lebanon, 1995 .
  • Saniora Prize for Academic Research, American University of Beirut, July 1990.


Trustee Huda Zurayk

Dr. Huda Zurayk is presently Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) of the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. She is associated with the FHS Center for Research on Population and Health. She was Dean of FHS from 1998 to 2008. 

Dr. Zurayk earned a BA in Statistics from AUB in 1965, and an MA in Statistics from Harvard University in 1966. She completed her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1974.

Dr. Zurayk joined FHS at AUB in 1974 as Assistant Professor and became Professor in 1985.  In 1987 she joined the Population Council Regional Office for West Asia and North Africa in Cairo for over 10 years, as Senior Representative first and then as Senior Research Associate.  While in Egypt, she participated with a multidisciplinary group of researchers to produce the landmark Giza Study on women, reproduction and health in rural Egypt. Dr. Zurayk has contributed in many areas of public health research and has numerous publications. She has participated in a number of advisory boards and professional organizations locally, regionally and internationally.


Trustee Leila Khauli-Hanna

Ms. Leila Khauli is a full time Lecturer at the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut since the year 2000.

Ms. Khauli studied at Ahliah school for a period of time. She is the grand-daughter of Boulos Khauli, a founding member of the Ahliah School BoT. She holds a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and Econometrics from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Ms. Khauli has taught courses at the Undergraduate and Graduate level in the fields of Marketing and Economics. She has introduced and coordinated several highly specialized courses at the school and was nominated three times for the teaching excellence award at AUB. Her research interest lies in how brands and organizations are adopting digital strategies in the region. Ms. Khauli is also a Communication Consultant and has worked with local and regional brands specializing in Brand Strategy and communication. She conducts workshops and lectures on digital branding and developing social media presence for local and regional organizations. She has been nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award for the academic years 2007-2008, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013.


Trustee Kulthum Salam Husseini

 Kulthum Salam Husseini joined the American University of Beirut (AUB) after she graduated from Ahliah School and received her MA in Arabic literature in 1957. From the early 1980s, Ms. Husseini engages herself in the community service and philanthropy. She has been an active member on the Board of Dar Al Aytam Al Islamiyah, later called The Social Welfare Institution which provides specialized services to abandoned children in addition to those mentally retarded. The institution’s diversified specialized services cover 30 locations in Lebanon. Since 1986 she was among the women who started the committee of (Ashghalouna), the friends of the Social Welfare Institution which teaches widows sewing, embroidery, handicraft, and cooking and provides venue for their sale. At present and for the last 30 years, Ms. Husseini has been a member in the AUB President’s Club  which generates funds to enable the president of AUB to significantly enhance the execution of projects that he thinks are important to the University.  In addition she was an active member on the AUB scholarship Fund Raising Committee in the 1980s and early 1990s.


Trustee Mishka M. Mourani

Ms. Mishka Mojabber Mourani is an educator and writer. She is currently the Senior Vice President of International College of Beirut. She is a member of PDAC [Professional Development Advisory Committee], Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) and a board member of the NGO Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action (CRTD-A).

Ms. Mourani holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and a diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision from the American University of Beirut-Lebanon.

Ms. Mourani was a member of the cycle coordination committee of the National Educational Reform Project, undertaken by the National Center for Educational Research and Development, Republic of Lebanon. She serves on a number of boards and international committees and has been active in gender awareness training through the activities of the Collective for Research and Training in Development, and its link with the Women’s Learning Partnership in Washington DC. 

Ms Mojabber Mourani has taught at AUB and LAU, and has authored a number of articles on the teaching of Arabic, curriculum reform, teacher training, and collaborations between the private and public sector that have appeared in The Guardian and the Daily Star, as well as presented papers at conferences organized by Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, Columbia Teachers’ College, the Alliance for International Education in Dusseldorf, the Lebanese American University, UNESCO Lebanon and UNICEF. 

Ms Mojabber Mourani has edited and co-authored a series of books on the teaching of English and has published two books: BALCONIES: A MEDITERRANEAN MEMOIR and ALONE, TOGETHER, a bilingual book of poems with Aida Haddad. She has a number of fiction and creative non-fiction pieces published in short story collections including Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women; Lebanon Through Writers’ Eyes; and Exquisite Corpse, as well as the journals Studio Voice, Arabic Literature in English, Slag Glass City, Sukoon Magazine, Your Middle East, Mused, and Rowayat.


Trustee Mona Iskandar

Mona Iskandar graduated from Ahliah School and received her BA and MA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

 Ms. Iskandar took an active career in writing. Since 2000, Mona has been an art editor of ArabAd, a monthly communication magazine, and a founding member of Lebanon Art , a not-for-profit organization that promotes Lebanese Art and Culture. She has been serving on the Ahliah Board of Trustees since 2001 as a member and the secretary of the Board. Since the early 1980s, Mona lived in Paris and was a regular contributor to Arabiesmagazine, a monthly political and cultural publication. She also co-wrote a book entitled “Profiles from Lebanon” with her husband Marwan Iskandar.

Between 1977 and 1982, Mona taught English to the upper secondary classes at Ahliah School. From 1980 till 1982 she was a lecturer in English literature at the American University of Beirut.


Trustee Najla Hamadeh

Dr. Najla Hamadeh graduated (with distinction) from Ahliah School (for Girls) and received her BA and MA from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and her PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University.

Dr. Najla Hamadeh is presently focusing on her research interests that cover issues in gender, citizenship, philosophy of psychoanalysis, education, and value systems. She has several publications which include : Articles in Feminism and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives, ed. Mai Yamani, Ithaca Press, 1996; Intimate Selving in Arab Families: Gender, Self, and Identity, ed. Suad Joseph, Syracuse University Press, Clinical Studies: International Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol 4, No.1, 1998, in several volumes of Bahithat and in some Lebanese University publications, and a chapter about her experience at Ahliah School in al-Muwatiniyah fi Lubnan baina al-rajul wal mar’a, Dar al-Jadeed, 1999. She edited the al-Raeda Vol. XXIII “The Status of Women in Lebanese Legislation” 2005-6 and co-edited several volumes of Bahithat.  Her national and social engagements include: The National Committee of UNESCO, The National Committee for the Beijing Conference on women (1995), Committee for the Unification of the Lebanese Baccalaureate, Internal Review Board (IRB) at the American University of Beirut, and Friends of the AUB Museum.

She assumed the following positions:

1986-1999 Teaching in the Civilization Sequence Program, also often borrowed by Philosophy Department – American University of Beirut

1999-2005 Principal of Ahliah School

2000-2011 Teaching philosophy (part-time) at the Lebanese American University

And lectured in many international, Arab, and national conferences.


Trustee Nora Shawwa

 Nora Shawwa is renowned in the communications world for over 30 years and has held a number of senior positions in international publishing companies. She founded Rimal Publications in 1993 in Cyprus. The emphasis of Rimal publications is in history, art, culture, travel and children books. Rimal aims at building bridges between cultures and enlightening the world at large about the rich history, culture and traditions of this part of the world.  Ms. Shawwa brought to the attention of the public, important but neglected events and situations, by publishing comprehensive history books spanning over 3000 years. Among the books published “Life at the Crossroads: A history of Gaza”, “Historic Nicosia”, and “Syria: A historical and Architectural Guide”. During this period Ms. Shawwa was also the publisher of Middle East International, first issue appeared in November 2009. She also was the partner, managing director (2007-2009) of Middle East Economic Survey, a weekly newsletter published by Middle East Petroleum and Economic Publication in Cyprus. From 1979 - 1990 she worked at Mass Consultants and Services in Kuwait as an assistant manager for production and administration.

Ms. Nora Shawwa graduated from Ahliah School for Girls with a High School Diploma in 1973 and received her BA in political sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1979.


Trustee Salma Dabbagh

Salma Dabbagh graduated from Ahliah School and received her BA (1962) and MA (1967) in Sociology from the American University of Beirut.

Ms. Salma Dabbagh joined the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1979 as a part time faculty member, teaching Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the faculty of Arts and Sciences. From 1988 till 2000 she assumed the position of Assistant Dean of Students for Women, in charge of women’s dormitories and coordinator of new students’ orientation program. In addition she was responsible for the folk dance festival and the “outdoors” AUB Spring Festival. She was the supervisor of students’ clubs and a member of the organizing committee of students’ elections. During this period she continued to teach sociology and served on the Arts and Sciences Administrative and Students Affairs Committee (1987-1989). She continued teaching sociology at AUB as a full time faculty member from 2000 till 2004. Ms. Dabbagh served on the Ahliah Board of Trustees from the early 90s and has been its Vice Chair since 2005.

From the early 60s to the 70s, Ms. Dabbagh was an active member of the Arab Cultural Club and from 1965-2000 she was a member of the ”Movement Sociale”, which established youth clubs in less fortunate areas and trained school drop-outs to launch them into sustainable careers.


Trustee Saouma BouJaoude

Saouma BouJaoude graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in 1988 with a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on science education.

 From 1988 to 1993 Dr. BouJaoude was assistant professor of science education at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA. In 1993 he joined the American University of Beirut (AUB) where he served as director of the Science and Math Education Center (SMEC) (1994-2003), Chair of the Department of Education (2003-2009), and since 2009 as director of SMEC and the Center of Teaching and Learning. Dr. BouJaoude has published in international journals such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 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 and has been an active presenter at local, regional and international education and science education conferences. Dr. BouJaoude is member of several international science education research associations and has served as a member and international coordinator of the Executive Board of National Association for Research in Science Teaching.  Presently he serves on the editorial boards of a number of science education journals and is a reviewer for others. In 2009 he was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of Supreme Education Council of the State Qatar. BouJaoude has provided consultations to schools and universities in Lebanon and the Arab world through projects managed by the AUB Office of Regional External Programs such as The D-RASATI project in Lebanon, Qatar University Project, Dhofar University Project in Oman, the Azm School in Lebanon, and the Nibras School in Dubai.


Trustee Shadi Saleh

Shadi Saleh is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Health Management and Policy and the Founding Director of the Collaborative for Leadership and Innovations in Health Systems (CLI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB).  Prior to joining AUB, Dr. Saleh served as a professor of health management and policy at the State University of New York at Albany where he also was the Director of Certificate Programs and the MD/MPH program.

Dr. Saleh areas of expertise are in evidence-based decision-making, strategic planning, quality of health care, health care financing policy, and economic evaluations.  He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and commissioned reports and serves on the editorial boards of leading health systems journals. Dr. Saleh is a recipient of multiple teaching awards.  He serves as a World Bank, WHO and UN advisor for health care financing policy and system strengthening projects.

Dr. Saleh has served in different roles in research centers and health care consulting firms in the MENA Region and the US. He also served on the National Committee on Compulsory Health Insurance and Emergency Social Protection Policy Implementation Support Project Committee in Lebanon. Shadi Saleh holds a PhD in Health Policy (minor in health care finance) from the University of Iowa and an MPH (health services administration) and a BS from AUB.


Trustee Suzan Al Shawwa

Ms. Suzan Al Shawwa:  Owner and Educational Consultant at Swisslinx where she has organized various seminars and presentations for students in the GCC area interested in studying in Switzerland.

Ms.  Al Shawwa is a graduate of Ahliah School (class of 1975) and holds numerous certifications from Concordia Continuing Education (CCE).

Ms.  Al Shawwa is one of the founders and an ex-com member of the Swiss Business Council, Abu Dhabi. Also a founder and organizer of the Swiss Christmas Market for the last 12 years.



Trustee Toufic Mouawad

Me Toufic Mouawad heads multiple executive boards, and participates in several companies which he co-founded in Lebanon and abroad in the areas of information technology, telecommunications and money transfer, including O.M.T (Online Money Transfer) S.A.L which offers numerous financial services such as Western Union money transfer.

Me Toufic Mouawad earned a degree in Law from Saint Joseph University in 1967. He interned in the office of Minister Michael Edde.

Me Toufic Mouawad worked as a legal advisor in Paris from 1980 till 1985. He has participated in Geneva and Lausanne Conference amongst the delegation headed by President Sleiman Frangieh and had been appointed as a member of the Constitutional Reform Committee (لجنة الاصلاح الدستوري) in 1984, which had been formed post Lausanne Conference, to represent President Sleiman Frangieh. He participated in the establishment of the Lebanese Permanent Civil Peace Association (الجمعية اللبنانية للسلم الأهلي الدائم) and had been appointed by the Vatican a member of the political committee which had participated in the SYNOD creation for Lebanon. He founded the “White Land Foundation” and “Mutadaminoun Foundation” which provides aid in educational, social, athletic, and municipal activities. He has a number of publications, articles, and national political interviews.


Trustee Victor Najjarian

Mr. Victor Andrea Najjarian is the Chairman of CARE GROUP a leading company in Real Estate consultancy and investment in Lebanon and the Middle East, that manages exclusively a portfolio of over 3 Billion $ of prestigious projects in the City Center of Beirut, and offers its services to national and multinational companies worldwide. Mr. Najjarian is an author of several articles in Real Estate investment topics in economic magazines, published in Lebanon and abroad.

He is the Chairman of CARE INVEST HOLDING (Financial Sector), CARE EQUITIES HOLDING (Technology Sector) and CARE TELECOM HOLDING (Telecom Sector). He is a Board Member of The Harris School/Chicago Harris of Public Policy/The University of Chicago, Partner at "Myth Maker Productions” (Hollywood Production House), Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIABML), Board Member of LIBANK (Investment Bank), Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce “ICC”, Founder Member of Levant Business Union (Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Jordan), Member of the Young Arab Leaders “YAL”, Member of the Lebanese Business Association “RDCL”, Member of the “Real Estate World Federation”-Paris, Ex-Board Member of the Lebanese Economic Forum. Mr. Najjarian holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph University - Lebanon.


Trustee Zeina Akar Adra

Mrs. Zeina Adra, holder of Social Sciences degree in Marketing/Management from the Lebanese American University (formerly known as Beirut University College), has over 18 years of practical, management and research experience.  As a Partner and Executive Director for Information International, Ms. Adra leads the Beirut-based research and consultancy firm in survey research, database collection and analysis of projects for the Arab World and the Near East in the areas of health, education, agriculture, infrastructure facilities and demographic and socio-economic studies (including project evaluation and impact assessment).

In addition to working with Information International, Mrs. Adra is Founder and Program Director of the Social and Cultural Development Association (INMA), a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was established in 1997 and services clusters of villages and specific neighborhoods throughout Lebanon. For INMA, Mrs. Adra directs national, sustainable projects in tourism and agriculture that focus on health, education, environment, cultural and income generating activities.

Prior to 1995, Mrs. Adra worked for 8 years with Save The Children Federation (USA), where she occupied many supervisory and administrative positions. She became a food coordinator responsible for a $16 million USAID funded Food for Peace Program, supervising shipping, warehousing, transporting and disbursing 2,000 metric tons of commodities on annual basis. Her promotions led her to a Finance/Administration and External Relations managerial position. At the same time, she was appointed as Acting Field Office Director for Save the Children Federation (USA) in Lebanon.

Mrs. Adra has significant experience working on international development and donor-funded projects, through which she has conducted needs assessment, reviews of literature, qualitative and quantitative studies, structured questionnaires for surveys based on random sampling, field visits, training and supervising of field surveyors, analysis of data and preparation of reports. She has also established and maintained close contacts with international donors, NGOs and UN agencies, local banks, financial institutions, auditors and Government of Lebanon ministries and local municipalities, which provide her with the ability to coordinate and meet with key stakeholders and city officials throughout Lebanon.  

During her professional years, Mrs. Adra has assisted in a variety of workshops and seminars organized by major NGOs in Ethiopia, Egypt, USA and Jordan covering management and strategic planning, compliance methods, budgeting, credit finance, as well as gender issues.