Summer 2007 Vol. V, No. 4
(BA 64) is now living in Cairo and would love to hear from former
classmates and friends. His email address is: johngcairo[at]yahoo.com.
Youssef Zaki Daaboul
(BA 65) writes that he just got back from abroad and is planning
to retire in Lebanon. He can be reached by email at mdaaboul[at]inco.com.lb.
(BA 67) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Scorpio
Capital Corporation in Toronto, Canada, where he has lived since 1971.
Lorenzo is the president of Innomarque (Canada) Inc., a private equity
investment and management company whose shareholders include Saudi Arabian
and Kuwaiti families that Mr. Lorenzo has worked closely with for the
last 30 years. Innomarque has investments in bio-extraction technologies,
site-specific equipment and processes for oil recovery, and remediation
of oil-contaminated sites and solids, oil drilling equipment and control
systems, real estate, and cafés and restaurants.
(MA 72) was appointed chief executive officer operating out of Dubai
for Deutsche Banks Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In
addition to its presence in the major international financial centers
of the world, Deutsche Bank has been quite active in MENA with operations
in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Egypt,
and Algeria. Azzam will be leaving his current position as CEO of Amwal
Invest, which he established in May 2005. He is currently the chairman
of Dubai International Financial Exchange and vice chairman of Majed Al
Futtaim Trust, Dubai. Professor Azzam worked with the Arab Fund in Kuwait
and taught economics at AUB in the early 1990s.
(former student, 1973-74) writes: I studied at AUB the freshman
year of my undergraduate studies. I cannot think of anything that would
be more joyful than being able to locate and communicate with the specific
1973-1974 AUB freshmen who were my close friends while I attended AUB.
I lost contact with all of these friends by 1980. Is anyone in touch with
Nabil Audeh, Alison Rodgers, Pamela Link, Roseanne Sheehan or Mengesha
K., all freshmen 73/74? I can be reached at rmhicks4[at]yahoo.com.
(MD 76) has been appointed chief of the Division of Endocrinology
and Diabetes at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts. Abourizk came
to the United States in 1978 to complete a fellowship in diabetes and
metabolism at the Joslin Clinic Diabetes Center and New England Deaconess
Hospital in conjunction with a research fellowship in diabetes and endocrinology
at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Womens Hospital. He returned
to AUBMC from 1981 to 1984 as an assistant professor and then went back
to the United States in 1984 as professor of medicine at the University
of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Abourizk is a recipient of a Certificate of Recognition
from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the Delivery of
Quality Diabetes Care, and of a number of awards for service to the University
of Connecticut School of Allied Health and the American Diabetes Association.
He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Abourizk
will have an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and a secondary
clinical appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Charles N. Zaher
(BS 80, MS 82) has joined HydroPoint Data Systems as business
development manager. Zaher is a member of the Irrigation Association and
a past board member of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants.
He resides in Orange, California with his wife and three children.
(BA 81) recently launched her blog, marayagalleries.blogspot.com,
which is full of rich and descriptive articles on art, artists, art techniques,
and creative ideas. Koleilat-Barrage is managing partner of Maraya Galleries,
an on-line showcase for international artists and artisans. If you are
an art lover, be sure to visit her blog and website:marayagalleries.com.
André B. Sassine
(BE 82) was promoted to senior vice president of the Project Management
Group of Hill International, the worldwide construction consulting firm.
Sassine will continue as regional manager for Qatar in addition to being
responsible for developing new business throughout North Africa. He has
over 20 years experience in the construction industry in project management,
construction claims, and contract administration.
Wissam Al Ghawi
(BS 84) has been working for the State of Florida Department of
Health for 19 years as a human services program consultant. The department
was recently awarded the governors Sterling Statewide Excellence
Award for the second time in a ceremony that was sponsored by Florida
Governor Jeb Bush. Al Ghawi can be reached by email atw_alghawi[at]hotmail.com.
(BA 85) is a contributing editor for the libertarian monthly Reason,
named one of The 50 Best Magazines three out of the past four
years by the Chicago Tribune. Young is also opinion page editor of the
Daily Star newspaper in Beirut where he writes a weekly column. He formerly
edited the Beirut Review, a publication of the Lebanese Center for Policy
Studies, where he was English publications editor until 2000. He contributes
regularly to publications in Lebanon, the United States, and Europe,
and has published in the New York Times Magazine, Tech Central Station,
and The International Herald Tribune. Young lives in Beirut with his wife.
(BE 85), the award-winning Lebanese-born Canadian photographer is
one of nine photographers and artists taking part in My Fathers
House, a lens-based media commission founded by the British Council
to explore cultural heritage and the legacy of contemporary redevelopment
of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. Zakharia will represent Bahrain and
Oman. A touring exhibition of the artists work is expected to open
in Bahrain in January 2008 and continue to Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
and Yemen, with a grand finale in the United Kingdom in early 2009.
Zakharia, an engineer by profession, spent the last six years compiling
Distorted Memoriesa set of photomontages inspired by the urban landscape
of Bahrain where he has lived for the past 12 years. Besides his engineering
degree from AUB, he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College
of Arts and Design. He is the recipient of a number of art grants and
awards, the latest of which is first prize in the collage category of
the International Photography Award for 2006.
Birjis G. Akhund
(MD 86) was recently named chief of the Department of Oncology at
Huntington Hospital, Long Island, New York. He completed his residency
in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center where he also served
as chief resident. Akhund is board certified in oncology, hematology,
and internal medicine. He serves as a board member of the Long Island
Division of the American Cancer Society.
Jerjis T. Alajaji
(MD 86), a radiologist, has joined the medical staff at Memorial
Hospital and Manor in Bainbridge, Georgia. After receiving his medical
degree with distinction from AUB, Alajaji completed a four-year residency
in diagnostic radiology at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania,
and a two-year residency in nuclear medicine at Brigham and Womens
Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified by both the
American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
Alajaji is married with three children; the family enjoys tennis and soccer.
(BA 86) recently launched his web site: www.taleb.ca.
Taleb is a financial adviser working in partnership with Canfin Financial
Group and assists clients to reach their financial goals with a myriad
Fady and Ghada Badra
Congratulations to Fady (BE 89) and Ghada on the arrival of their
first child, Zayan, on April 1, 2007, shortly after midnight. At a healthy
8 lbs. and 10 oz., Zayan is officially the youngest member of their network.
The proud parents are active members of the alumni chapter in Toronto
and look forward to introducing Zayan at a future alumni event.
(BA 97), Toronto Alumni Chapter Executive Committee VP, organized
Authentic Women Networking on May 11 featuring award-winning
Canadian fashion designer Linda Lundström as the keynote speaker.
The event, which celebrated Mothers Day, green-conscious fashion,
and authentic women, offered some impressive door prizes. Lina can
be contacted at 647-293-5462 or lina.badih[at]sympatico.ca.
(MD 97) has joined the Pulmonology Group at Ferrell-Duncan Clinic
in Springfield, Missouri. He is certified in internal medicine, pulmonary
disease, critical care, and sleep medicine. Before joining Ferrell-Duncan
he was in private practice in Branson, Missouri.
(MS 97) recently moved to a new position as marketing manager in
the South Business Innovation Center in Saida, Lebanon. She can be contacted
(BE 98) has spent the last seven years as a civil engineer
in construction in the Gulf. For the last five of those seven years, he
has been working in Qatar for CCC. Wehbi moved back to Lebanon in
April to work with USAID on the reconstruction of the Muderiej Bridge.
In September 2006, he became engaged to Layla Shaar, who graduated from
AUB last November with a masters degree in biochemistry. Wehbis
e-mail address is: ramiwehbi[at]hotmail.com.
(MD 99) opened a family practice, Daou Medical, at the Genesis Health
Center in New Concord, Ohio. She completed her internship and residency
in family practice at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she
was also a professor in the Family Practice Residency Program.
(BBA 99) has been appointed general manager at AME Info (ameinfo.com),
the leading on-line business resource in the Middle East. He will use
his business, marketing, and web expertise to build and strengthen the
already successful AME Info site, which is visited by nearly one million
people every month. Previously, he spent four years in charge of eworks,
the on-line arm of Publicis Graphics, where he oversaw significant growth
and worked with clients such as British Airways and Hewlett Packard. Khammar
has lived in Dubai for nearly 20 years.
Ghina M. Yamout, PhD
(BS 99, MS 02) has a doctorate in water resources management
from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Florida. She
joined Parsons in August 2005, and has developed techniques for managing
various aspects of engineering, project management, and client/subconsultant
relationships. Yamout, who was a senior water resources specialist, currently
works as a drainage engineer.
(BE 00) has joined Searchme, an emerging search company in Palo
Alto, California, backed by Sequoia Capital, as chief software architect.
Previously, Rabbat served as an engineering manager in Yahoo!s search
group. Rabbat has also worked as senior software engineer at Basis Technology
Corporation and as a research assistant at the Center for Educational
Computing Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He has a PhD and an MS in information technology from MIT. Rabbat is a
recipient of the Yahoo! Teddy Roosevelt Award, the MIT Program of the
Year Award, and is an honorary member of Sigma XI.
(BS 01, MS 02) left for Montreal in 2003 to complete her masters
in computer science at the University of Concordia. Driven by an interest
in merging her passion for language and science, she recently participated
in the CBC Literary Awards competition, a literary competition for original,
unpublished works in Canadas two official languages. The competition
includes three categoriesshort story, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
The winning entries are published in Air Canadas EnRoute magazine
and broadcast on CBC radio. In her article, Où Est Baba?
Danias first attempt at French literature, she won second prize
forin the words of the jurythe tragic simplicity of
her text and the strength of its authenticity and coherence.
(BS 04) writes that she is studying Languages and Literatures
for Cultural Tourism at the University of Trieste in Trieste, Italy.
She is also working part-time at a science center conducting physics-related
activities for schoolchildren. Her e-mail address is maysab[at]libero.it.
Hanaa Bou Nasr
(BArch 04) recently married Elie Ltayf and has moved to France.
Her new address is 8 Avenue Anatole France, 92240 Malakoff, France.
(BE 06) has just been appointed project coordinator with EllisDon,
one of the largest construction contractors in Canada with projects around
the world. Bekdash coordinates among the owner, architect, and subcontractors
and handles the electronic project management system for the Art Gallery
of Ontario (AGO) Transformation project, designed by world-renowned architect
Ziad Elie Mounayar
(BS 06) graduated from AUB in February 2006 with a BS in food science
and management. For more than a year he has worked for Gandour Group,
a local manufacturer of mostly confectioneries with plants in various
parts of the world including China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Egypt, Lebanon,
Syria, the Philippines, and soon India. Mounayar wants to pursue his postgraduate
studies soon and is considering a degree in marketing. He can be contacted
at his AUB email: zem02[at]aub.edu.lb.