Fall 2007 Vol. VI, No. 1
(BA ’41, MD ’48) Dr. Haddad recently moved to California from Arizona.
He is in the process of publishing his Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography
which indexes the more than 1,800 articles and books he has written. He
has published 1,400 articles and 64 books in 73 journals in 28 countries
and was recently elected to the WAAAUB Alumni Council.
(BA ’50, MA ’52) In May 2007, Ryad Azhari celebrated the golden jubilee
of his marriage to Mirjana Mitrovic in Lattakia, Syria, where he lives
with his wife and runs a shipping agency with his daughters. He recently
retired after serving as honorary consul of the Netherlands for 30 years;
his daughter Yasmina was nominated to assume his consular functions at
Lattakia and Tartous. He can be contacted either by e-mail (r.azhari[at]tco-sy.com)
or fax at 963 41 360102.
Theodore D. Youssef
(BA ’58) writes: “I have been working in insurance since I graduated in
1958. I left Lebanon in November 1977 to join Consolidated Contractors
Co. in Athens- Greece, as head of insurance. I am still living and working
in Greece as an insurance consultant. I would like to get in touch with
a few very old friends from AUB including Zaki Ghosheh, Souheil Ella,
Husein Hamameh, Adel Barbir, Farid Salameh, and Burhan Baradie. My email
Coufoudakis (BA ’62) In October 2006, Dr. Coufoudakis retired as rector
emeritus of Intercollege in Nicosia, Cyprus. In December 2006, he published
his new book, Cyprus —A Contemporary Problem in Historical Perspective,
Minneapolis: Minnesota, Mediterranean and East European Monographs, 2006.
He can be contacted at MMA98[at]aol.com.
(MD ’66), an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) has joined
Emerson Hospital in Westford, Massachusetts.
Massoud Jalili (MS ’67) After leaving AUB, Massoud Jalili lived
in Tehran (1967- 79), Paris (1980-85), Copenhagen (1986-88), Paris (1989),
Brussels (1989-03), Tokyo (2003-07), and is now in Mauritius. He can be
contacted at mjalili[at]
(BA ’68) won the Type Director’s Club (TDC) TDC2 2007 Type Design Competition
for designing the Arabic typeface Midan in 2005. Kameel Hawa, director
of Almohtaraf Assaudi (www.mohtaraf.com),
explains that Midan is a modern Arabic typeface and is part of the Linotype
type foundry. It can be purchased from their website: www.linotype.com.
(BA ’68) writes: “This fall, I gave a course in Salzburg, Austria at the
Salzburg Seminar, a presentation at the World Bank, and a presentation
at the Conference Board. The course in Salzburg was entitled “Breaking
the Glass Ceiling: Women in Politics and Business.” Then I made a presentation
on the importance of investing in girls’ education at the World Bank’s
Global Symposium in Washington DC. The World
Bank’s Human Development Network and its Poverty Reduction
and Economic Management Network convened a symposium entitled “Education:
A Critical Path to Gender Equality and Empowerment.” The second presentation
was at the Business and Education Conference, which was organized by the
Conference Board. The panel was entitled “New Dynamics in Post Primary
Education: Lessons from Practice.”
Charles A. Petersen
(MA ’70) Charles Petersen received his master’s degree in Middle Eastern
history from AUB. He currently resides in Laramie, Wyoming and teaches
high school social studies. While working with the Laramie Plains Museum,
Petersen published a picture history book on Laramie from 1868 to the
present. He can be reached at oldmanmtns[at]
(BA ’71) writes: “I work in real estate investments and development as
a chartered surveyor based in the UK. My work in the last ten years has
taken me to many of the Gulf States, which I continue to visit periodically.
I have met up with some contemporaries from AUB in Kuwait and I would
be delighted to hear from anyone, anywhere in the world who was at AUB
1968-71 and who knew me. I graduated from AUB in 1971 with a bachelor
of arts in political science. Please do contact me by e-mail at g.m.c[at]btinternet.com.”
(BA ’72) has recently taken up his new post as Lebanon’s ambassador to
Germany. He served as chief of Protocol at the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign
Affairs from 1994 to 1998, and later worked as chief of protocol at the
Presidency of the Council of Ministers under Prime Ministers Salim Hoss
and Omar Karame. He rejoined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 2005
when he was reappointed by Prime Minister Fuad Siniora as chief of protocol
and speechwriter. He remained in that position until he moved to Berlin
in July 2007. Ramez Dimechkie is the son of Ambassador Nadim Dimechkie
(AUB ’55). His daughters, Hala (MA ’98) and Mayssa (BA ’95) are AUB alumni.
Hala is the communications coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Ramez Dimechkie’s brother, Riad, is now the director of the EMBA program
at the Olayan School of Business.
(BS ’73, MS ’76) works for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
as head of Immunohaematology Research and Development. He is based in
Edinburgh and was recently admitted to the Royal College of Pathologists
based on his published research papers. Dr. Bessos can be reached at bessos[at]blueyonder.co.uk.
(BBA ’73), senior audit partner at Ernst & Young, was elected as a member
of the firm’s Global and North Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa
(NEMIA) Advisory Councils. He was also elected as a member of the Institute
of Management Advisory Council (IMA) to the International Federation of
Accountants. He is married with four children. His son Basil graduated
from AUB in 2007; his daughter Dena is currently a junior.
(BS ’75) the new Palestinian prime minister, is a former official at the
International Monetary Fund and World Bank who has been widely praised
for his efforts to bring greater transparency to Palestinian finances.
Fayyad served as finance minister from 2002-05 and then again in the short-lived
Palestinian unity government formed in March. Fayyad was introduced as
“a professional and dedicated person” who combines “a great commitment
to the Palestinian people with an integrity and a professionalism that
is much needed,” before a speech at Washington’s respected Brookings Institution,
a think tank in Washington, DC, in 2002. He is married and has three children.
Walid Atef Chammah
(BBA ’76, AUB Trustee) was recently promoted to the position of chairman
and chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley International. Morgan Stanley’s
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John J. Mack commented, “Walid will
help us build upon the growth of our institutional businesses, strengthen
regional authority outside the US and sharpen our focus on global clients.”
Before joining Morgan Stanley, Chammah was a managing director of Credit
Suisse First Boston, responsible for US taxable fixed income capital markets
and structured finance groups. He was previously senior vice president
with Blyth Eastman PaineWebber, responsible for liability management swaps.
As’ad Abu Khalil
(BA ’81, MA ’83) was a commentator at the first annual Houston Palestine
Film Festival this spring. After coming to the United States in 1983,
Khalil received his PhD from Georgetown University and went on to teach
at various universities in the United States. He also served as free-lance
Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News. He is now a professor
of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, and visiting
professor at University of California, Berkeley. The festival has been
described as bringing an honest and independent view of Palestine and
its diaspora’s society, culture, and political travails through the art
Nabila Abla Madhun
(BS ’83) graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in urban
studies administration with magna cum laude honors.
(BA ’84) has been living and working in the Gulf for the last 18 years.
She left Lebanon in 1989 to work at the Higher Colleges of Technology
in Abu Dhabi Women’s College. There she met another AUB graduate, Hani
Itani (BArch ’88). They married in 1990 and moved to Dubai where she continued
to work with the colleges in Dubai Women’s College until 2001. In 2002
she moved to Saudi Arabia with her husband and two boys: Wissam (16) and
Rami (13). They lived in Riyadh city for four years where Saadeh worked
at Kingdom Schools. Last year the family moved again to Al Khobar. This
year she joined the faculty of Prince Mohammad University as an English
instructor. She welcomes any contact from AUBites and can be reached at
(BArch ’88) writes: “After my graduation in 1988, I stayed in Lebanon
and worked with Khatib & Alami C.E.C. Due to the war, I moved to Greece
in 1989 and started working with a Greek contracting company which is
mainly involved with tourist complex developments. In 1992 I became a
freelance architect, involved in the design and supervision of residential
houses and buildings.
For more than a decade Athens was a candidate for the Olympic Games. During
this time a big architectural and structural campaign was launched to
improve general infrastructure, transportation facilities, sports complexes
and tourism development. It provided opportunities for many architects,
engineers, and contractors.
I personally worked for the contractors who constructed the Athens Metro
Lines 2 & 3. My office contributed to the execution designs of most of
the underground stations of this project. Recently I won the execution
design and supervision contract of the two new extensions of the Athens
Metro, which means that we will be responsible for 17 out of 25 stations
constructed in Greece. Along with the Metro, my office is preparing execution
designs for school renovations and industrial buildings in Greece.
I also must mention the support of my lovely wife Chrystelle, to whom
I’ve been married for 11 years. I believe frankly that our architecture
studies at AUB were comprehensive enough to enable us to adapt easily
to jobs and advance ourselves anyplace in the world.
(CCE ’91) lives in Beirut and works at SWORD Group (www.sword-group.com)
as a technical director for the Lebanon branch. He has three children
and would like to hear from his friends in CCE ’91. He can be reached
Zeina Mansou Soueidan
(BS ’92) received her AUB degree in nutrition and dietetics, married Bassem
Soueidan, and went on to earn her MS and RD credentials at Framingham
State College in Massachusetts. She currently serves as a secretary of
the executive committee of the Washington, DC chapter of AANA with Ghada
Rihani (president), Hoda Khoury (vice president), Nada Mufarrij (treasurer),
and Siwar Jaafar, Asma idriss, and Hanan Zurayk as members at large. She
can be reached at zeinas[at]comcast.net.
(BS ’93, MD ’97) has recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He is a neonatologist
with Neonatology Associates, Ltd. His email is zahi_haidar[at]
(BS ’93, BBA ’97) and Corine Sakr (BBA ’94) have been blessed with the
birth of their second baby girl, Karen. The couple has one daughter, Celine
(three years old), who started at International College in September ’07.
The Sawaya family is living in Lebanon where Michel works at Citibank
and Corine works at Standard Chartered Bank.
Zaher Abu Ayash
(BArch ’94) writes: “I am currently in London working at Foster + Partners.
I am an associate partner and I work on Middle East projects. I’ve been
in London for eight years following my master of science in building and
urban design at University College London.”
(BS ’95, MD ’99) is moving to Phoenix, Arizona this fall. He is a pediatric
cardiologist and has joined the Eller Congenital Heart Center of St. Joseph
Hospital and Medical Center.
(BS ’95, MD ’99) has joined St. John’s Clinic-Lebanon-OB/ GYN. Eid finished
her residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia.
She is board certified by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical
Graduates and is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and
(BS ’95, MD ’99) an interventional cardiologist, has joined the
medical staff of King’s Daughters Medical Center and the physicians at
SV Cardiology in Kentucky. In 2003 Elesber completed his residency and
two fellowships at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota.
He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiology
and recently completed the 2007 Examination of Special Competence in Adult
Echocardiography, which determines special competence in the field of
diagnostic cardiac ultrasound.
(BS ’95, MD ’99) just moved to Phoenix, Arizona from Beirut and is doing
his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale,
Arizona. His email is bernard_05[at]hotmail.com.
(MD ’96) recently joined the Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, New Jersey.
Itani is board certified in general and vascular surgery, is a member
of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, a fellow of the American College
of Surgery, and a member of the American College of Phlebotomy. Itani
practiced vascular surgery at the West Palm Beach, VA hospital in Florida
for three years before moving to New Jersey. He and his wife Nadia have
a son, Samir (3), and a daughter, Donya (1½).
(BArch ’96) writes: “Unfortunately I am not working in architecture anymore
(or maybe I should say fortunately!) I am still in the design field, as
a shoe designer. I have started my own label, Esska, and am based in London.
The website is www.esska.co.uk.”
Dina Daher Al-Challe
(BA ’98) writes: “I’m working currently as a French teacher and
I’m married to a biomedical engineer, Walid Al-Challe. I have two beautiful
daughters Zoya (3½) and Layane (1½). I can be reached at dinad_
(BGD ’99) writes that after graduation she did freelance work in graphic
design for a couple of years before founding her own design company in
2001 called Go Graphic sarl, located in Beirut. In 2007, she’s still running
Go Graphic as manager and creative director. She has a team of five people
working for her on a full-time basis. They develop corporate identities,
publications, and packaging for various markets in Lebanon, the Gulf,
Souheila (Fakhoury) El Kurjie
(BA ’00) writes: “I have been married since 2000 and am now Souheila El
Kurjie. I have two children, Leila (3½) and Tarek (6 months). I’m living
in Santa Barbara and have almost completed my master’s degree in mass
communications. I’m now the official on-line distributor of Lebanese Patchi
chocolates at www.patchi.us.
We have already been featured in Santa Barbara. Restaurant chefs and owners
have been requesting the chocolates for their tastings too!”
(BArch ’00) has been living in Australia since October 2004. He writes:
“I was working with a local company until July of last year when I joined
a local architect to create a new company called Design Cubicle Pty Ltd.
So far, we have been involved in more than 20 projects that vary from
designs for single houses to multi-unit residential buildings to commercial
and leisure facilities. Currently we have four employees and a senior
consultant plus my business partner and me. We are located in Parramatta,
which is a suburb of Sydney. Our website is www.designcubicle.ws.”
(BGD ’01) writes: “I had a show last year at the Victoria and Albert Museum
in London for a day and have had some short films in festivals and on-line
galleries.” His email is hattarboy[at]hotmail.com.
(BArch ’03) writes: “For some people architecture is simply the art of
building. But today architecture has many bifurcations. Since I graduated,
I have worked as a consultant, as a client representative, and as a project
After graduation, I initially wanted to explore creative design. The Architecture
Department at AUB oriented us more towards conceptual design and architectural
creativity, so most graduates took that route. I ended up working with
KEO International Consultants in Kuwait, one of the biggest architecture
and engineering firms headquartered in Kuwait City.
Following that I worked with R&K International Consultants in Lebanon,
handling some competition projects and designing for projects in Saudi
Arabia. My next move was to Dubai in 2005 with my husband and child, the
best place to be if you’re in the construction industry. I worked for
a year and a half as a client representative for one of the big Emirati
developers, Al-Ghurair City, developing residential buildings and malls.
Currently, I have deviated from that towards project management of large
developments. I am working with the company EDARA as a project manager
on The Ritz Carlton Hotel and Limestone House in DIFC (Dubai International
Financial Center). I’m handling the architecture and interior packages
and I am also managing our consultants, interior designer, and contractor.
It is a challenging project and a wonderful experience to see the project
under construction, to deal with day-to-day issues, and particularly to
be concerned about the building’s quality, cost, and time frame.”
(BS ’03, MBA ’07) left Beirut for Cyprus where he is a global project
manager in Integration Group, an employee owned consultancy firm focusing
on bringing accountability in marketing and communications. Georges focuses
on a number of multinational Fortune 500 clients and contributes to the
on-going process-improvements and automation of the various functions
in the Integration Group. He can be reached at: gakaoui[at]integration-imc.com.
(BGD ’04) has started his own firm, Penguin Cube (www.penguincube.com).
He writes: “Our process of product creation, development, manufacturing,
and distribution allows us to use eco-friendly and sustainable ingredients
and materials. Design has made its mark on all aspects of a product’s
lifeline. Our principle is to develop simple, well-designed products for
sustainable living at affordable prices.”
Marie-Joe J. Raidy
(BGD ’05) is currently a shareholder and the creative director of Raidy
Printing Group’s Design House, based in Beirut and Dubai. She also teaches
graphic design methodologies and print production at Université Saint
Joseph in Beirut. Her visual work has been exhibited at the International
Museum of Women in San Francisco, Studio 4-11 in Belfast, the ADG, Xanadu,
the Art Lounge, Espace SD, Kent Explora, and Daraj El Fan in Beirut. Selected
for the FORTUNE/State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring
Partnership, she was in Washington, DC, Stanford, Connecticut, and New
York for an International Business Exchange with Pitney Bowes. She also
participated in the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women's Summit in Dana Point,
California in October 2007.
(1997-2000) has just joined Mergers and Acquisitions at Pricewaterhouse
Coopers in New York City. She can be contacted at ghada_ts[at]yahoo.com.
(BA ’48, MD ’52) On the day he turned 81, Dr. Barsamian was awarded the
Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York from the National Ethnic Coalition
of Organizations. The ceremony, which took place on Ellis Island, honored
nearly 100 Americans who have made outstanding contributions to their
own ethnic groups and to American society. Dr. Barsamian spent most of
his career as a physician at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in West
Roxbury, Massachusetts. His many awards include a certificate of valor
from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, countless commendations
from the VA and the Matson Award for teaching as a surgeon at Harvard
University. Dr. Barsamian has four children and ten grandchildren.
Dr. Zaven Messerlian
(BA ’59, MA ’64) was granted the St. Sahag-St. Mesrob Medal by the Catholicos
of All Armenians, Karekin II. The decoration was presented by Archbishop
Hovnan Derderian in a tribute organized in Pasadena, California on August
17, 2007. The event was organized by the Armenian General Benevolent Union
(AGBU), Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), and the Armenian
Evangelical College West Coast Alumni Association, in recognition of his
services to the AGBU, the Armenian community, and his role as a historian
and author. The event also marked his 40th anniversary as principal of
the Armenian Evangelical College in Beirut.
Bert Roughton Jr.
(former student, 1975) managing editor of the print version of the Atlanta
Journal- Constitution, presented the Norman Fries Distinguished Lecture
at Georgia Southern University on September 26, 2007. He discussed his
experiences as a working journalist for more than three decades, and explored
the role played by newspapers and other traditional media in today’s digital
world. He moved to Beirut in 1974 and studied economics and comparative
political systems at AUB in 1975.
Akram Rachad Miknas
(former student, 1963-66) was honored by the AUB Alumni Association of
Kuwait at a large gala dinner at Le Royal Hotel in Dubai. In addition
to key figures in the Alumni Association, the ceremony was attended by
many ministers, MPs, and well-known figures from the political, media,
social, and cultural worlds. Ramzi Alam El-Din, a member of the alumni’s
Board of Directors, introduced Akram Miknas by saying: “Today, we honor
an AUB alumnus, who is the president and CEO of Promoseven Holdings. This
company, which started at a small office in Hamra Road in Beirut in 1968,
has become today the largest advertisement and communications company
in the Middle East and North Africa and ranks 52 in the world…We are proud
to honor our successful and philanthropic friend, Akram Rachad Miknas.”
(BA ’00) won two Gold Lions for excellence in advertising at the 54th
Cannes International Advertising Festival out of 25,700 entries submitted
from 80 countries. She is the first Lebanese to win this prestigious award.
Kaddoura received the awards for her work with the advertising agency
Wieden+Kennedy on a Nike commercial, entitled “I Feel Pretty,” featuring
tennis champion Maria Sharapova. (The commercial can be viewed on YouTube.
com.) Kaddoura graduated from AUB with distinction in Graphic Design in
2000 and then earned a master’s degree in Art Direction at VCU Adcenter
in Richmond, Virginia, again with four stripe distinction. She is in her
sixth year at Wieden+Kennedy, where she is a senior art director on the
Multiculturalism and Arab-American Literature By Ameen A. Rihani
(BA ’65, MA ’71) Platform International Press: 2007. Ameen Rihani examines
the influence of multiculturalism on literary works of bi-lingual Arab
Americans by analyzing some of their most famous and successful publications
such as an early 20th century Arabic newspaper issued in New York, Al
Huda, and the works of “the founding father of Arab American literature,”
Ameen Rihani, and many others.
I believe frankly that our architecture studies at
AUB were comprehensive enough to enable us to adapt easily to jobs and
advance ourselves anyplace in the world.
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