OFFICERS OF THE CORPORATION

  • Charles El-Hage, President
    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-President
    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.
  • Firas Maksad, Treasurer
    Maksad is a director at The Arabia Foundation and an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. 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 an undergraduate degree in political science at the American University of Beirut.
  • Amanda Nimmer, Secretary
    Nimmer, who resides in the US, joined the Foundation as a volunteer from a start-up strategic communications company where she was involved in activities ranging from business development and marketing to contracting and finance. An East Carolina University graduate in Business  Administration, she enjoys extensive capabilities in supporting private and public sector clients in the development and execution of communications and messaging programs throughout the MENA region; notably within methods discrediting tools uploaded by people seeking violence and radicalization all around the world.
Treasurer