Board of Trustees

His Beatitude Patriarch John (Youhanna) X (Yazigi)

His Beatitude is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Balamand. On 17th February, 2013 He was enthroned Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox Church.

He previously served as Dean of the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology at the University of Balamand from 1988 till 1991 and from 2001 till 2005. He is the author of a number of spiritual and liturgical publications.​​​​​​​​​​​

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph (Zahlawi)

His Eminence is the Archbishop of New York and All North America and also the Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, serving since his election by the Holy Synod of Antioch in 2014. His Eminence was previously the first bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.

His Eminence Metropolitan Antonios (El Soury)

Mr Sami Abi Esber

Mr Sami Abi Esber is a shareholder and President of MDS Gulf Group and a board Member of Midis Group (a leading IT Group with companies in Middle East, Africa & Central Europe). He’s also a Member of the Advisory board of major Technology companies (Microsoft, HP, Dell/EMC) and Member in the World Economic Forum.

Dr Nicolas A. Chahine

Dr Nicolas A. Chahine is the Chief of Plastic Head and Neck Surgery, Medical Director, and the President of the Board at the Medico Surgical Hospital in Damascus, Syria. He is the author of several publications in his specialty: the diseases of the Ear, Nose, and Throat & Plastic Facial Surgery.

Mr Marwan Chedid

Mr Marwan Chedid is the Group Chief Operating Officer of Petrofac with responsibilities including all the Group services. His previous responsibilities include Chief Operating Officer of the Engineering & Construction International Business, Managing Director of Engineering & Construction Ventures and Chief Executive, ECOM.

Mr Jamal Daniel (Honorary)

Mr Jamal Daniel is the President and Chairman of Crest Investment Corporation. He is the founder and director of the Levant Foundation in Houston, Texas and Al-Monitor (, a news website focused on in-depth coverage and fresh perspectives from the Middle East. He is also co-founder of the Center for the Global South at American University in Washington DC.

Mr Fares I. Fares

Mr Fares Fares is the Director and Executive Vice President of WEDGE Group Incorporated, and the Senior Vice President and Chairman of WEDGE Real Estate Holdings. He is a member of Tufts University’s Board of Trustees and Board Member of the Houston World Affairs Council. He is also the Director of the East West Institute, founding Board Member of the Lebanese International Finance Executives, and Chairman of Endeavor Lebanon.

Mr Bassam Said Freiha

Mr Bassam Freiha is the CEO of Dar Assayad, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Kuwait and Riyadh, and service offices in London and Paris. In addition to Assayad, the flagship weekly, Mr. Freiha oversees the creation and production of 11 publications. He established The Said and Hassiba Freiha & Sons Foundation for Humanitarian Services.

Mr Samir N. Hanna

Mr Samir Hanna is the General Manager of Bank Audi since 1986 and member of its Board of Directors since 1990. He is also the Chairman of Odea Bank A.Ş., Bank Audi’s subsidiary in Turkey, and member of the Board of Directors of several other affiliates of Bank Audi. Additionally, he is the Group Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Group Executive Committee, heading all aspects of the Bank’s Executive Management.

Mr Mounir Issa

After years of working with C.A.T, Mr Mounir Issa founded and managed TRAGS, Qatar (Trading and Agency Services Ltd), a company specialized in the field of Industrial/Mechanical Engineering and Contracting for the oil and gas sectors. He is also a founding board member of the Lebanese School in Qatar.

Dr Salwa Said Khoury

Dr Salwa Khoury is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics at the American University in Dubai. Dr Khoury is a member of the International Board of Regents of Bethlehem University in Palestine, of the Board of Directors of World Links – Arab Region in Jordan, and of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Cancer Center in Lebanon.

Mr Farid Makari

Mr Farid Makari is the former Deputy Vice President of the Lebanese Parliament. He served as the Vice President of Saudi Oger. In 1992, he ran for the parliamentary elections for the Greek Orthodox seat in Al-Kurah, North Lebanon, and has been successfully re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2009. He held several seats in the government including Minister of Information in 2005.

Dr Georges A. Makhoul

Dr Georges A. Makhoul serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Holdings. He is the Former President of the Middle East and Africa at Morgan Stanley. He was also Managing Partner of Consulting Practice at PWC Japan. Dr Makhoul serves also as a Director of Al-Daman Securities LLC and the Female Health Company.

Mr Elias Michel Murr

Mr Elias Murr is the Chairman of the Board and President of the Interpol Foundation for a Safer World. He served in the Lebanese Government as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense and Minister of the Interior and Municipalities, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a Former President of the Lebanese Interior Security Council (2000 - 2004) and the Arab Interior Ministers Council (2002-2004).

Mr Anis Nassar

Mr Anis Nassar was elected deputy for the Greek Orthodox seat in Aley on May 6th, 2018. He is the founder and owner of the Anis Nassar group of companies which includes a variety of businesses ranging from civil engineering, construction, landscaping, information technology, trading, and hospitality. He recently wrote an autobiographical Book entitled “Rehlati min Souk El Gharb - Ila Al Shark Walgharb”.

Dr Hassan Risheh

Dr Hassan Risheh was the Minister of Higher Education in Syria from 2000 till 2003. He is Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Russian Federation. He is also a faculty member at the University of Damascus, and a Former Visiting Professor at the American University of Houston.

Mr Hanna Shammas

Mr Hanna Shammas is the Founder & General Manager of IMAR Trading and Contracting Company with offices in Lebanon, Qatar and UAE. He is also the owner and General Manager of Alusteel SAL and Interprojects Investment LTD. He is a member of the Lebanese Order of Engineers, Lebanon.

Mr Adnan Naiim Takla

Mr Adnan N. Takla is a developer and general contractor with projects in Syria and Europe. He is a member of the advisory Board of Bank Audi Syria. He also served as a Director of Bank Audi Syria.

Mr Nicolas Tueini

Mr Nicolas Tueini was appointed Minister of State for Combating Corruption in December 2016. He is the Founder and CEO of Orient Manufacturing & Trading Co. SARL (Omatra), involved in trading and sales of spare parts of vehicles and industrial equipment. He is the Founder of Al Khayriah Jean Tueini.

Mr Abdallah Zakhem

Mr Abdallah Zakhem is the co-founder and president of Zakhem International Construction Group. He is a member of the board of directors of the Arab-American Chamber of Commerce and the former President of Association of Banks in Lebanon (ABL).

Mr Salim Zeenni

Mr Salim Zeenni is the owner of Zeenni's Trading Agency, a manufacturing and distribution company of insecticides, detergents, cosmetics, and others. He is the President of the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Lebanon), Vice President of the Chemical Industries Syndicate and member of the Executive Committee of the Children Cancer Center of Lebanon.