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The Board

Vivianne Debbas

Born in Cairo and married to Mr. Robert Debbas, she chose Paris as a launching ground for her first jewelry collection and boutique. She opened her first boutique in Beirut at Centre Sofil in 1993 and 7 years later she inaugurated another one in the best hotel in town, Hotel Phoenicia.

Sometime later, Viviane Debbas invested herself in social work in Lebanon. She is the founder of Sister Marie Abel Association. In 2008 she took the representation of the association “Innocence en Danger” who works to protect children and is now under the name “himaya”.

 

 

May Makarem

Graduated from the University of Lyon with a degree in History, she has been a journalist at L'Orient Le Jour since October 1984. Her first few years consisted of writting about cultural topics, then updates and reports on the civil war and in 1992 about the heritage, architecture and reconstruction of Lebanon.

She is a founding member and a part of the executive committee of the Beiteddine Festival.

 

 

Fadi Nahas

General Consul of Ecuador in Istanbul. Chairman of NAPLUS, a leading fruit company that made the banana the symbol of free economy in Turkey, Romania, Moldavia, Caucasus and Central Asia. Board member of the Chirac Foundation. Founding board member of Endeavor Turkey. Board member of trustees of Beirut International Marathon. Founder of Act For Lebanon.
Honoured by Princess Diana Charitable Foundation, the OAS with the Excellence in Leadership Award and the Lebanese Government.

 

 

Joe Saddi

Mr. Saddi holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from ESSEC in France. With over 25 years of consulting experience in strategic, organizational, and restructuring services, he is currently Senior Partner and Chairman of Strategy’s Middle East business. Over the years, he ‎has led major privatization programs in such sectors as oil and gas, mining, steel and electricity. He has advised Middle East governments on sector‎ regulation and sector policy and led the reorganization of national oil companies and large corporations. He also works closely with large family-owned ‎companies to help design governance and portfolio strategies. 

 

 

Cherine Magrabi Tayeb

After graduating from Chateau Mont Choisi in Switzerland, Cherine attended Chelsea College of Arts, where she majored in Interior Architecture, and later on, backed it up with a small design course at Inchbald School of Design in London. She is now an avid collector and a founding patron of the Beirut Art Center and is on the council of the Serpentine Gallery, London. She is also the brainchild behind House of Today. Cherine is a natural entrepreneur and brings together an excellent knowledge of both design and business with a vibrant, proactive character.

 

 

Choucri Sader

President Chukri Sader is the president of the State Shura Council in Lebanon since 2009. He used to occupy the position of the chairman of the Legislation and Consultation Committee at the Ministry of Justice and the coordinator of projects of the European Union and USAID on Capacity Building of Lebanese judiciary for several years.

President Chukri Sader was a member of the “Supreme Judicial Council” (SJC) and the General Attorney of Mount-Lebanon court.

He is the author of different publications, and he participates in international conferences, the most recent took place in the Law School of Yale University entitled “A Very Special Tribunal for Lebanon”, as well as “Justice and War” in University of Utah and “Impact of the Lebanese war on the Judiciary” in Columbia University.

 

 

Sami Nader

Dr. Sami Nader is an economist and geopolitical analyst having an extensive knowledge in risk management, corporate strategy, public governance, and finance. Dr. Nader runs the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, and he is also a consultant and guest speaker in various international television channels, whether Arabic or local.

Dr. Nader is the author of various publications and regularly writes for “Al Monitor”, which is the primary media site in the United States.

He occupied the position of a consultant in the Iraqi government as well as the Ministry of Labor in Lebanon and brought various reforms in this regard, including the reform of the pension.

Dr. Nader occupied the position of a CFO for 10 years. In addition, he is an advisor and a member of the board of directors of several large groups operating in the MENA region.

 

 

Lama Tammam Salam

Lama Salam wife of Prime Minister Tammam Saeb Salam, holds a BA in Education Science from Université de Rouen and has been a member of the board of trustees of College Louise Wegmann since 1993.

As a member of the Council of National Heritage Foundation she is responsible for the souvenir shop at the Museum from which all revenues are used to fund Beirut National Museum. Lama Salam contributes to the National Museum of Beirut's events organized every Christmas. She launched the initiative “Date at the Serail” to encourage specialists and NGOs to raise important social, cultural, medical, environmental and educational topics, using the premises of the Grand Serail (office of the prime minister) as a national platform for significant issues related to the life of all Lebanese citizens. Lama Salam chose to organize a kermes for orphans to launch the weekly initiative. On a weekly basis, starting in April 2014, different topics were discussed such as, women empowerment, the inclusion of special needs children in schools, the active aging of the elderly, the environment and the exhibition of young talent for Lebanese artists. Under the title Angels of Compassion, Lama Salam also held an honorary ceremony for senior nurses.

 

 

 

Our other board members consist of Ghida Rabbat, Ilham Raphael, Joe Helou, Maha Makari, Monique Daoud, Ronalda Maroun and Sleiman Merhej.

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