Administrative Appointments

Vice President, Regional External Programs (REP), American University of Beirut, Lebanon, July 9, 2013 – present

Returned to my previous position at the Office of REP, which represents the consulting and entrepreneurial arm of AUB. Organized during 2016 four major events, including three galas in Lebanon and the region, to celebrate the Office of REP’s 40th anniversary. This significantly elevated the visibility of AUB and REP. Managed to expand REP’s projects portfolio and secured around $3 million of endowments for AUB. During June 2017, AUB added to REP’s charter two additional tasks: Government Relations and Corporate Relations.

Chief Operating Officer, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, April 4, 2014 – November 24, 2014

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) was established in February 2013 with responsibility for the overall leadership, management and organization of the university’s administrative affairs. The COO oversees the administering of AUB’s annual operating budget of more than $350 million and a workforce of more than 4800 employees between faculty and staff at AUB and AUBMC. The COO Office also supports special initiatives that have a university-wide impact. The COO serves as a key member of the University’s senior leadership team and reports directly to the President. The COO has oversight responsibility for key areas of the administration including: Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal Affairs, Physical Plant, Procurement and Contracts Administration, as well as Protection. The COO collaborates with the Provost, Vice Presidents and members of the Executive Team to foster strong relationships between academic and administrative areas, ensuring strong and sustainable resources to finance academic excellence.

Member of the Executive Committee, International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), September 2014 – present

The IAUP Executive Committee meets twice a year and includes fifty-sixty presidents from across the world. IAUP has been the lead partner in the United Nations Academic Impact [http://academicimpact.org] with around 1000 participants from around the world [www.AcademicImpact.org]. IAUP has continued to be an adviser and partner organization to the Qatar Foundation for the World Innovative Summit in Education (WISE). As a consequence, IAUP, with the Institute of International Education (IIE), has collaborated with the WISE Institute for Education Leadership to new university presidents.

Member of the Advisory Board, Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Ku’damm Karree (Third Floor – Hochhaus), Kurfürstendamm 207-208, Berlin, Germany, December 2012 – present  http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/index.php?en_advisoryboard

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (www.culturaldiplomacy.org) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The ICD´s ultimate goal is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world. The major objectives of the ICD are to extend current research, programs and practices in the field of cultural diplomacy and create a platform to promote and sustain inter-cultural dialogue at all levels. The ICD sees the role of researching, promoting and developing the field of cultural diplomacy as an integral part of its mission.

Vice President, Regional External Programs (REP), American University of Beirut, Lebanon, October 1, 2006[1] – July 7, 2011

The Office of REP represents the consulting and entrepreneurial arm of AUB in the MENA region and beyond. During the first four years (2006-10) of my term as VP for REP, the following was accomplished: (a) Re-establishing AUB as a leading consultant on higher education with the most projects (running concurrently) in higher education, (b) Played a pivotal role in ensuring that Dhofar University is the first university in Oman to complete the Quality Audit process which is the first phase of institutional accreditation, (c) Secured the largest number of almost 80 projects in any one year with a record geographic spread of 20 countries and 24 locations, the largest in REP’s history of over three decades, (d) Secondment for library and student affairs technical assistance for the first time, (e) Moving into the old Medical Sciences building, next to the Medical Gate, and in turn unifying REP operations into one location yielding a long-term space stability for REP offices after being scattered for years in many locations, (f) Largest number of projects with International Organizations, such as UNICEF and UNDP, (g) Highest number of multi-year contracts, (h) Initiation of a new and successful “University for Seniors” program, (i) Re-design and launching of the new REP and CEC web sites with largest number of CEC students in its history, (j) Introduction of a new and very successful journalism training program (JTP) after fund-raising around $1 million for the initiative, (k) Fund-raising $100,000 for CEC which facilitated over 20 scholarships per term for AUB employees, (l) Fund raising an endowment for the first REP Service Excellence Award, (m) Implementation of REP’s 5-year Strategic Plan (2006-11), and (n) Among the first AUB units to implement the Balanced Scorecard in 2006–07 with REP activities assessed using around 50 KPIs aligned to its strategic plan. REP performance with respect to these KPIs was the best since its inception in 1975.

  • Member of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Social Welfare Institutions Dar Al Aytam Al Islamiya[2], Beirut, Lebanon, February 25, 2011 – present

The Social Welfare Institutions (SWI) established in 1917 are a Lebanese NGO which provides diversified specialized services in over 54 institutions and programs spread over the five Lebanese governorates. SWI cater for the needs of the vulnerable population including orphans, children with special needs, school drop outs, elderly, and empowering less fortunate women. SWI embrace around 11,000 beneficiaries from new born to the elderly.http://www.daralaytam.org/en-SWI.htm

Member of the Advisory Board, The Alexandria Trust, 96 High Street Kensington, London, UK, January 2012 – 2014

The Alexandria Trust is a new charitable venture that aims to strengthen tomorrow’s leadership across the Arab world and beyond by providing access to outstanding teaching and thinking in the social sciences. The Trust will work by incubating high caliber projects in three main fields:

  • mobilizing talent through competitions, fellowships and placements which offer young future leaders opportunities to engage in social, economic and political change;
  • transforming teaching methods, targeting both initial training and continuing professional development, equipping teachers with the confidence to become champions of change; and
  • maximizing access to the best possible education to the widest population of learners across the Arab world, drawing wherever possible on developments in educational technology.

Member of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman, August 17, 2004 – September 2013

Served on several standing BOT committees during 2004-2006 including the Executive Committee; the Academic Affairs Committee as well as the Finance, Administrative, and Buildings Committee. Also, a member of the BOT since 2004 which meets four times annually.

Founding President and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering, Dhofar University (www.du.edu.om), Salalah, Sultanate of Oman. On secondment from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, August 1, 2005 – September 30, 2006

By September 2006 (only two years after its initiation), DU offered 37 diploma and bachelor majors, one postgraduate program, as well as 5 minors. With over 90 faculty members from 25 nationalities and around 1700 students, the student-to-faculty ratio was around 18:1.  The 2005-2006 President’s annual report can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.du.edu.om/PresidentOffice/AnnualReport.htm

Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Acting President, Dhofar University (www.du.edu.om), Salalah, Sultanate of Oman. On secondment from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2004 – July 31, 2005

Dhofar University (DU) is one of three private universities in the Sultanate of Oman and the only one in the southern region (Dhofar) of the Sultanate. Even in its early years of its official take off, DU was set apart as a high-quality institution of higher learning. In addition to the four minors, 15 undergraduate Diplomas, 18 undergraduate Bachelor degrees, and one postgraduate major offered in the three colleges, the University includes an Orientation Program which offers the following subjects: Arabic language, English language, mathematics, computer sciences, and study skills. The Orientation Program is designed for students who are not sufficiently prepared to join the four-year bachelor programs at DU. The number of DU faculty and staff has increased from 50 in 2003-2004 to 190 employees during the 2005-2006 academic year. The University in its first year of commencement included around 1,400 students with 57% being female and an overall student-to-faculty ratio of 25:1. A new campus which is being built, with a total area of 450,000 m2, will have a unique and attractive landscaped design. The 2004-2005 President’s annual report can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.du.edu.om/PresidentOffice/AnnualReport.htm

On secondment from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman. August 17, 2004 – September 30, 2006

    • Member of the Board of Trustees (BOT).
    • Member of the Executive Committee of the BOT.
    • Member of the Academic Affairs Committee of the BOT.
    • Member of the Finance, Administrative, and Buildings Committee of the BOT.

    International Membership Advisor[3] (for Iraq, Syria & Lebanon), The Institution of Electrical Engineers (http://www.iee.org/), UK, September 1, 2002 – October 1, 2005

Acting Chairman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, September 14-16, 2002

Chairman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, August 1, 1998 – August 31, 2001

During this period, the Department of ECE, the largest academic unit at AUB, has grown over the three-year period by around 37% with respect to number of students to reach 600 students, and by 20% with respect to number of faculty members to reach 36. During my chairmanship, I have initiated a new 12-member External Advisory Board to the ECE Department, prepared and submitted 11 major reports, invited 5 Visiting Faculty, and held over 54 departmental meetings. Furthermore, the ECE Department organized 56 seminars, restructured our three graduate programs, approved new mission statements for all five departmental graduate & undergraduate programs, transformed our two undergraduate programs so that they conform with ABET EC2000 in preparation for applying for accreditation, introduced a new graduate program in Electrical Engineering, introduced 16 new courses, proposed a new PhD program in Computer Engineering, and recommended a proposal for a new undergraduate multidisciplinary program in Information Systems.

Founder and Counselor, IEEE Student Branch (IEEESB) at the American University of Beirut[4], Lebanon, July 2, 1997 – June 30, 2003 

The IEEESB established on July 2, 1997, started out with 77 members and grew to over 400 members (2003). The IEEESB is among the first established in the Middle East and the first in Lebanon. The IEEESB website received the:

    • 1st place (May 2003) in the IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Africa, Middle East) among 26 contestants.
    • 3rd place (June 2003) in the 2004 IEEE Student Branch Web Site Contest.

    IEAust (Institution of Engineers in Australia) Coordinator in the Middle East, Beirut, Lebanon, November 1, 1991 – March 20, 2001

IT Department Head, Hariri Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon. The work involved computerizing manual systems and database applications, March 1986 – June 1990

Chaired several committees at the departmental and faculty levels (Section VII-A) including (listed chronologically), 1986 – 2001: a Committee for the Reappointment of a Full Professor in the ECE Department (May 2003), the External Advisory Board to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (January 2000 – August 2001), Student Aid Committee (October 1988 – June 1989), and Student Affairs Committee (July 1987 – June 1995). I have also served as the Coordinator for the final (4th) year projects for a period of 11 years (1985-1996) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

[1]   http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/archive/preview.php?id=63380[2]   http://www.daralaytam.org

[3] http://www.iee.org/Membership/advisors_brow.cfm#isra

[4] http://webfea.fea.aub.edu.lb/ieee/