University Officers

  • Tarek Mitri, PhD
    Tarek Mitri, PhD

    Dr. Tarek Mitri was Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (2014-2019). Previously, he was the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya (2012-2014). Has served in four Lebanese governments as Minister of Environment, Minister of Administrative Reform, Minister of Culture, Minister of Information, and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-2011). Prior to the government service, he was Coordinator of Interreligious Relations at the World Council of Churches in Geneva (1991-2005) after having held various regional and international positions in the areas of mediation, Christian-Muslim relations, and intercultural dialogue. Dr. Mitri has taught at Université Saint Joseph, University of Balamand, the University of Geneva, Amsterdam Free University, Harvard University, and the American University of Beirut (1983-2015). He has authored a number of books and articles on contemporary Arab issues, religion and politics, and interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Dr. Mitri chairs the Boards of Nicolas Sursock Museum and the Institute of Palestine Studies, is a board member of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.

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  • Antoine Haddad, PhD
    Antoine Haddad, PhD
    Vice President

    Dr. Antoine Haddad has 40 years of experience in research, university teaching, and consultancy to national and international institutions.
    From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Haddad was CEO of HBC, a private consultancy providing services in the broader field of Public Policy with a main focus on Economic and Fiscal Reform, Conflict Resolution, Inter-Religious Dialogue, Refugees and Governance. Previously and for 17 years, he was the managing partner of Dar al Tanmiya Ltd, a consultancy specialized in Socio-Economic and Human Development, Demography, Education, Employment and Labor Policies. Both firms provided services to International bodies (UNDP, ESCWA, ILO, World Bank), Governments and Public Administrations in Lebanon and MENA countries, NGOs/INGOs, and the private sector.
    In parallel, Dr. Haddad taught Industrial Chemistry at the Lebanese University (1981 – 2012) and was in charge of the relation between the Faculty of Sciences and major Lebanese industry players.
    Haddad holds a PhD in Applied Chemistry from Paris-6 University. He authored and contributed to a number of publications, including books and reports on: “Industry of Oil and Derivatives”, “Reforming the Lebanese University”, “Vocational Training in Lebanon”, “Poverty in Lebanon”, “Christian Responsibility in Economic Life and Development”.
    Dr. Haddad served as board and committee member of a number of organizations including World Vision, Middle East Council of Churches, World Council of Churches and Lebanese Association of Democratic Elections (LADE).
    Dr. Haddad regularly contributes to local and international newspapers and media outlets. In July 2019, he was appointed Vice President of SGUB.

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  • Nassib N. Nasr
    Nassib N. Nasr
    Vice President for Advancement and Business Development

    A seasoned fundraiser with over 32 years of experience in higher education and healthcare, and a passionate leader with expertise in developing, executing, and achieving strategic fundraising and communication plans, and capital campaigns for profit and not-for-profit institutions. Mr. Nasr has a proven record of accomplishments with one of the biggest and most influential networks of donors in Lebanon, the Middle East, Europe, and the USA.

    Mr. Nasr served as the Assistant Vice President for Development at the Lebanese American University (LAU) from 2011-2023 where he led the Development office in planning and implementing long and short terms strategies to secure funds from individuals and organizations through principal, major and annual gifts. He secured principal and major gifts for facilities, endowment funds, and financial aid at LAU through coordinating between various divisions of the University Advancement Office which constitutes in addition to the Development Office, Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, and Strategic Communications in order to increase the number of donors, whether alumni or non-alumni, and hence empowering the image of LAU locally and worldwide. Mr. Nasr initiated, managed, and executed the successful closing of three Capital Campaigns which raised tens of millions of dollars for Annual Scholarship Grants and Endowment Scholarship Funds.

    Mr. Nasr served as the Founding General Manager and International Outreach Director of the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) affiliated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, at AUB Medical Center from 2001-2011 where he launched and developed the strategic growth plan of the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) with the board of directors in both Lebanon and the region. He developed and implemented the strategic fundraising plans to raise vital funds for the CCCL in both Lebanon and the region.

    Mr. Nasr served as the Hospital Administrator of “Kuwait Clinic” in Kuwait from 1992-2001 where he was responsible for creating and implementing policies and procedures, including those related to quality assurance and patient services. He administered the overall management of the medical center.


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  • Hanna Fares, PhD
    Hanna Fares, PhD
    Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    Dr. Fares earned his doctoral degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, and subsequently carried out his postdoctoral studies at Columbia University, New York, USA.
    From 2001 until 2017, Dr. Fares was a faculty member, and for two years Interim Chair, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, where he taught several courses, was an active biomedical researcher, and served on committees of several national and international agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in the USA.
    He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in established journals on various topics, including the biogenesis of cellular organelles and the molecular basis of lysosomal storage disorders.
    Dr. Fares has presented his scholarly work at several international venues and is the past recipient of several grants/awards from private and public organizations, including March of Dimes, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation.

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  • Alexandre Nehme, MD
    Alexandre Nehme, MD
    Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

    Dr. Alexandre Nehme is a Key Opinion Leader with over 20 years of experience in Orthopedic Surgery, Academia, and Healthcare Administration.
    Born and raised in Anfeh, he started his pre-medicine studies in Biology at the American University of Beirut but had to move to France to restart his medical education at the University of Paul Sabatier in Toulouse due to the Lebanese Civil War. His passion for Academic distinction was realized when he was awarded the University Laureate for Academic Excellence (1990 till 1992), best thesis work in 2000, and the ‘Rieunau Award,’ for the best Junior Orthopedic Surgery Consultant of the year 2002.
    In addition to the MD degree, he obtained a Master of Paleoanthropology degree from Bordeaux University in 1997.
    Dr. Nehme completed his extensive training in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology with a special interest in pathologies of the lower limb, specifically hip and knee surgeries, between Toulouse and the Mayo Clinic, USA.
    In the year of 2004, Dr. Alexandre Nehme returned to Lebanon and was appointed as a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center (SGHUMC). Inspired by the mission of SGHUMC, under the wise leadership of H.E. Metropolitan Elias Audi, Dr. Nehme committed himself to further refine his medical practice and evolve his skills as both an administrator leader and a practitioner.
    In 2017, Dr. Nehme acquired his Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Balamand. That same year, he was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer of SGHUMC leading all aspects related to medical care at the hospital.
    Since his appointment as Interim Dean in 2019, Dr. Nehme is passionately working with his team towards restructuring and optimizing the medical practice at SGHUMC, as well as establishing a state-of-the art medical school at Saint George University of Beirut. He is currently pursuing a Master of Education in the Health Professions at Johns Hopkins School of Education.

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  • Khalil Cotran, PhD
    Khalil Cotran, PhD
    Director of Human Resources

    Dr. Khalil Cotran has 50 years of professional experience in academia, FMCG, Finance, Banking, Pharmaceuticals, and Oil and Gas. Dr. Cotran led a major consultancy project at Hikma Pharmaceutical in Amman, Jordan, to establish a Talent Management Center of Excellence (2016 – March 2019).
    Prior to that assignment, Khalil served as the HR Managing Director of NBK Capital (National Bank of Kuwait) in Kuwait (2007-2016), and as Vice President of HR at Japan Tobacco International (previously R. J. Reynolds Tobacco International), based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was in charge of the MENA region (1992-2007).
    His professional experience in the oil and gas sector started in 1986, where he worked for the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) as Senior Management Consultant (1986-1992).
    Dr. Cotran was appointed Director for Health Systems Planning, a USAid-funded project, at the Lebanese Ministry of Health, Beirut, Lebanon (1983-1986).
    Dr. Cotran started his teaching career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Petroleum and Minerals, Mathematics Department, in Dharan, Saudi Arabia (1976-1978). He lectured at the School of Business & Management at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon from 1978 until 1986. He continued his teaching career from 2010 until present, lecturing in Human Resources at Executive MBA and Master of Human Resources programs at the American University of Beirut and at the Lebanese American University.
    Dr. Cotran holds a PhD in Statistics with a concentration in Quantitative Management from the University of Louisiana, USA.
    Since September 2019, he serves as Special Advisor to the President of Saint George University of Beirut and Acting Director of Administration.

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  • Georges Kehdy, MD
    Georges Kehdy, MD
    Director of the Student Affairs Office

    Dr. Georges Kehdy is an Obstetrician, Gynecologist, and Infertility Specialist with over 30 years of experience. He received his MD degree from Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon, completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, and his training in Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Pitié-Salpêtriere in Paris, France, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA.

    Dr. Kehdy is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. From 2007 to 2015 he was the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Balamand, and at the Saint George Hospital University Medical Center.

    He has provided consultancies for UNFPA and Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon on reproductive health issues and has published several articles in international and Lebanese journals. He also contributed in guidelines to Primary Care Centers in Lebanon.

    Dr. Kehdy was and continues to serve as a board and committee member of several national and international organizations. He was President of the Mediterranean Federation of the National Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FGOM), the Fédération des Sociétés de Gynécologie et Obstétrique de Langue Française (FGOLF), and the Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SLOG). 

    He is Membre d’Honneur du Collège National des Gynécologues et Obstétriciens de France (CNGOF).

    Dr. Kehdy was appointed in December 2022 Director of the Student Affairs Office at SGUB. 


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  • Carla Joun
    Carla Joun
    Director of the Information and Communication Office

    Carla Joun was the founder and Director of the Decision Support Unit at the American University of Beirut Medical Center for over 10 years. She has headed strategically oriented process improvement and evidence-based projects, aligned with the medical center digital transformation, JCI accreditation and Epic implementation. She has also led the IT transformation and readiness for adopting the new electronic health record from Epic systems, and established the new analytics program across AUBMC.
    Previously held the position of HR Operations Manager and Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources at the Lebanese American University for 9 years, leading the HR transformation and automation, and overseeing all human resources functions.
    Ms. Joun holds a Master in Computer and Communications Engineering from the Lebanese American University, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks. She is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare, and a Certified Business Intelligence Professional in Business Analytics. She has also earned the post graduate certificate from Harvard Medical School in Quality, Safety, Informatics and Leadership Program.


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