|January 2008 Vol. 9 No. 4|
Ayman Asfari, Carol Bellamy, Carlos Ghosn, and Gabriel Rebeiz have been
elected to join the American University of Beirut's 37-member Board of
Trustees in New York. Three alumni, Yusef Abu Khadra, Abdulsalam Haykal,
and Raja Trad were also proposed for nomination to the Board as a result
of global alumni elections held earlier this year. The announcement was
made by Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Q. Morris, who stated: "We
are proud to welcome these new Board members, who are international leaders
in their respective fields. Their collective, diverse expertise will prove
invaluable to providing guidance for the future of the university. Our
new alumni trustees will serve to strengthen ties and increase communication
between the Board of Trustees and the Worldwide Alumni Association of
the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB)."
Gabriel Rebeiz (BS '82) is a leader in research and development of the technology used in ultrasmall radio frequency and micro-electromechanical systems (RF MEMS). He is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1991 he was the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.
Yusef Abu Khadra (BBA '69) is non-executive director at the European Islamic Investment Bank (EIIB), the first Sharia'a compliant Islamic investment bank regulated in the United Kingdom. He was previously a member of the management committee of Investcorp Bank EC in Bahrain and an executive director of Investcorp Securities in London for 22 years. Abu Khadra was director of the Bahrain Alumni Chapter (1986-89) and the UK Alumni Chapter (1995-99) and is currently a member of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business Middle East Advisory Board.
Abdulsalam Haykal (BA'01) lives and works in Damascus, Syria where he is the vice president of Haykal Group. He is managing director of Transtek, a high-end software house, and founder and CEO of Haykal Media. The cofounder and president of the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association, he also sits on the steering committee of the United Nation's Small Grants Program in Syria. He is the president of AUB Alumni Association in Damascus.
Raja Trad (BBA '80) is the chief executive officer of the Leo Burnett Group of Companies, Mediterranean, a leading integrated communications network headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is a board member of the Dubai Media Incorporated and International Advertising Association UAE Chapter. In 2004 Trad was awarded the Lebanese Order of the Cedar (Knight). Trad was the president of the AAA Dubai and Northern Emirates from 2005-06.
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