BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Charles El-Hage, Chairman
Former Senior Vice President, Booz & Company. El-Hage has 25 years of worldwide management consulting experience, including 15 years as Managing Partner of Booz Allen Hamilton in the Middle East. El-Hage has initiated and led a variety of high-profile national programs in Lebanon and other countries in the Region. These include the Jordan National Agenda, the UAE National Governance Redesign, Egypt Public Sector Reform, and Lebanon Socio-Economic Vision, as well as creation of the Program Office for implementing the commitments resulting from the Paris III Donors Conference. El-Hage is currently involved in governance functions with a variety of Middle East companies and non-profit organizations.
- Malek Mrowa, Vice-Chairman
Mrowa sits on numerous boards of leading Lebanese corporations. He is the former owner and General Manager of Al Hayat Newspaper (London) and The Daily Star (Beirut). Mrowa is a political activist and a board member of the Lebanese Press Association since 1993. He participated in the Cedar Revolution and is a regular host of various charitable NFPs events in Lebanon.
- Nabil Abou Charaf
Abou-Charaf is a Columbia University graduate and a lawyer at Orrick, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in NY. A civil society activist, he actively participated in the 05 Cedar Revolution and the events preceding it. Abou-Charaf played a major role in the humanitarian efforts that followed the 06 Israeli war on Lebanon; he is closely involved in the Lebanese Diaspora’s activities and a key note speaker in forums on youth leadership and empowerment.
- Hayat Arslan
Head of the Media and Public Relations Committee of the National Commission for Lebanese Women, the official organization for women affairs in Lebanon, Arlsan is a well-known women's rights activist and advocate. Her tenure as president of the Committee for Women Political Empowerment, dedicated to gender equality and woman participation in decision making processes, further cements her credentials. Recently, Arslan endorsed the formation of regional advisory council, named Middle East & North Africa Political Process Strengthening, as a signee on a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Democratic Institute. Her contribution to civil and social development has not gone without notice, she was honored by the mayor of Brooklyn for her role in women economic empowerment in 2008.
- Dr. Jihad Azour
In December 2016 Dr. Azour has been appointed IMF Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department. From 2005 to 2008, Azour served as Lebanon Minister of Finance during which he led the preparation and implementation of the Paris III International Donors Conference for Lebanon. He also conducted a comprehensive modernization and reform agenda in various sectors and departments of the Ministry (Customs, Budget, Treasury, Debt Management, Capital Markets, Taxes, Land Registry, etc.) and was granted the prestigious “United Nations Public Service Award” in 2007. From 2006 to 2008, he chaired the G8-MENA Ministerial Group. Azour is involved in the governance of various institutions among which Lebanese American University and Université La Sagesse in Beirut.
- Eli Khoury
Chairman and CEO of Quantum Holding, one of the leading political and mass communication entities in the Middle East. Khoury is a strategic communications specialist and the recipient of numerous communications awards in the region. He is recognized for raising the standard and improving the substance of communications in the region.
Khoury was instrumental in organizing the launch and communication of the Independence 05 (Cedar Revolution) movement. In addition, he has been leading large-scale regional tolerance and nation-building communications programs in the region.
- Firas Maksad
Firas Maksad is a founder and managing director of Global Policy Advisors (GPA), a Washington DC political consultancy. In addition to his role with the Foundation, Maksad was a consultant with law firm DLA Piper and a Middle East analyst at Eurasia Group. He also worked as a Research Associate to former Middle East Presidential Envoy and current Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region, National Security Staff, Ambassador Dennis Ross; for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations; and at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Lebanon. Maksad holds a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and is regular commentator on US politics and the Middle East for global news networks.
- Philippe Massoud
Consultant and CEO of International Hospitality Investments. Massoud is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Resort Development, Middle Eastern Studies and Finance. Massoud was an active participant in the Cedar Revolution of 2005, and remains active among the Lebanese Diaspora in the U.S. He is also a member of American-based non-profits “Seeds of Peace” and “SEAL” (Social Economical Action for Lebanon).
- Dr. Tarek Mitri
Dr. Mitri is a senior fellow at the Fares Institute for Public Policy Studies and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and teaches at the Université Saint Joseph in Beirut. In 2012, he was appointed as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. He served as Lebanon’s Minister of Information from July 2008 to June 2011, and was Minister of Culture((2005-2008), acting Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2008), Minister of Environment, and Minister of Administrative Reform (2005). Previously, he taught at the Balamand University, the University of Geneva, Amsterdam Free University and Harvard University. He also worked as the Coordinator of Interreligious Relations and Dialogue at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, from 1991 to 2005 and was previously in charge of Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue at the Middle East Council of Churches.
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