assistant professor at several universities, and has been
the director of training and development in Saad National Schools, Saad
Group, Al-Khobar, in Saudi Arabia since 1996. Khattab helped to organize
in-service teacher training programs in many countries in the MENA region
in cooperation with Ministries of Education, UNICEF, UNESCO and UNRWA.
He can be contacted atsmakhattab[at]hotmail.com.
(BS 76) writes to thank the University and his teachers at FAFS
(Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences) for a beautiful and well-organized
reunion in 2006. El-Saghir noted that a highlight of the event was the
tour of the AUB Museum, which has been extensively renovated and is much
improved since he first visited as an IC student in 1962. Since 2002,
he has spent his summers visiting family and friends in Beirut. He has
been living in Canada since 1984, but still contemplates returning to
Lebanon. He can be contacted athelsaghir8[at]hotmail.com.
Rima Kassantini Zantout
(BA 78) writes that after working in the Development Office at AUB,
she joined the banking sector and works at First National Bank in Beirut.
She is a certified anti-money laundering specialist and a consultant and
speaker for the Association of Certified Money Laundering Specialists
(ACAMS). She is also a Rotarian. She can be reached at rzantout[at]fnb.com.lb.
Fadi K. Haikal
(BBA 81, MBA 87) has been working in Nigeria for the past
seven months as a general manager in the snacks/confectionary business
of the Zard Group of companies. He can be reached by phone at 00 234 8055750510
and 00 234 27505008 or by e-mail atfadihaikal[at]hotmail.com.
Abdur Razzak Muhammad-Bashir Abyad
(BS 82, MD 86, MS 88) is the editor of Middle East Journal
of Age & Aging and of Middle East Journal of Business; the chairman
of Middle East Academy for Medicine of Aging; the coordinator of Middle
East Primary Care Research Network; the coordinator of Middle East Network
on Aging Research; and the president of Middle East Association on Aging
and Alzheimers. You can contact him by e-mail at aabyad[at]gahs.ae.
(BS, TD 91) writes that he worked as a teacher for a while until
he got his current job as a weatherman at Directorate General Civil Aviation
at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut. During the first few
days of the July war, he stayed at home with his wife Lina and their one-year-old
daughter Hala. When his house sustained damage during one of the air strikes,
he had to move in with his parents. He later discovered that his house
had been completely destroyed. Hassan says that he is grateful to be alive
and hopes for a more peaceful future for Lebanon. He can be contacted
Diala Fayssal Arslan
(BA 93) reports that she was a technical manager of the Blindness
Prevention Program funded by IMPACT Middle East which
screened 10,000 students from Aley´s 44 public schools and distributed
575 free pairs of eyeglasses to students with poor eyesight. She is a
member of the Committee for Women Political Empowerment that
promotes women´s political status in Lebanon. She is also the author
of six children´s stories, written in Arabic, which promote democracy,
good governance, and the preservation of the environment. Diala is married
to Ghassan Talhouk and is the mother of Adel (born 2000) and Omar (born
2005). Her email isghassant[at]microsoft.com
(MD 94) writes that he is board certified in the United States in
internal medicine and nephrology, and did his specialty in transplantation
nephrology at Indiana University. In January 2006 he opened a new state-of-
the-art dialysis center at the Middle East Institute of Health in Bsalim,
Lebanon, a 200-bed tertiary care center in the Beirut suburbs. He can
be reached atabouj[at]excite.com
Abd Al Rahman Itani
attended AUB for two years as a graduate student in chemistry (1995-97)
and again in 2001-03. He completed his studies in chemistry at the Beirut
Arab University, where he earned his degree in June 2005. He then moved
to Saudi Arabia where he is the plant manager of the Bomanite Corporations
Middle East Division in Jeddah. The company produces architectural concrete
and operates under a license from Bomanite USA. Itani was recently awarded
a scholarship from King Abdul Aziz University to study for his masters
degree and hopes to be able to earn a PhD as well. He sends his greetings
to all his friends at AUB. He can be reached on his mobile phone at 00966502200279
and by e-mail atalrahmanitani[at]yahoo.com
(BS 97, TD 01), a professional artist, recently launched a
new brand of textiles called Tantana, and a new line of poufs
(BS 99) received her PhD in physical chemistry from McGill University
in 2004. She then joined the National Research Council of Canada as a
research scientist working in the area of biophysical chemistry. She recently
moved to Rhode Island and can be reached at mirachoucair[at]hotmail.com.
Kamal Abi Salloum
(BE 04) is currently an oil and gas business analyst for Total,
a French oil and gas company. Kamal splits his time between Dubai and
Paris and can be reached at kamal[at]hotmail.com.
(BBA 04) now lives in Houston, where he has been the finance manager
of a car dealership for the past two years. He can be reached at ramii64[at]hotmail.com.
Mouhammad Salah Eddine Itani
(BBA 04) writes that he is the head of the accounting department
and the marketing manager consultant at Salah Eddine Itani Motorcycle
Stores (YAMAHA) a family business. He recently got engaged to Rayyan
Mekdashi. He may be contacted atmsi92[at]hotmail.com.
(BBA 05) thanks MainGate for keeping readers informed and updated
on AUB and its alumni. Since graduating in June 2005, she has had several
different jobs, and now works as a member of Kuwaits Permanent Mission
at the United Nations in Geneva. Mariana can be reached at 004179 7875868
or by e-mail atmariana_d13[at]hotmail.com.
(BA, TD 05) graduated with double majors in nutrition and science
education for secondary levels. While at AUB, she trained as a ninth grade
biology teacher at the American Community School (ACS). After graduation
she worked at Al-Baba Al Moumtaza Sweets in Saida as a hazard analysis
and critical control points coordinator (HACCP). She moved from there
to Hammoud Hospital, where she worked as a dietician for Sodexho Company.
She currently works in the Nutrition Department at Raee Hospital in Saida
and part-time at their clinic. She can be contacted atmaz16[at]aub.edu.lb.
(BA 06) is in the UK at the University of Manchester, where she
is pursuing her masters degree in Middle Eastern studies. She hopes
to study for a PhD at another UK institution and has just finished writing
her PhD proposal. She was recently hired as an editorial assistant to
work on a book on Islamic law that will be published by Oxford University
Press in 2007. Her email is zahraleb[at]gmail.com.
(MBA 06) is pleased to hear news about AUB. He recently got married
and moved to Kuwait. His wife, Hiba Itani, is also an AUB graduate (BA
Economics 02, MA Financial Economics 05). They both work at
the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK ) in Kuwait where Amer is product manager
in the Consumer Loans and Marketing Department and his wife is an assistant
economic researcher. They have just received the good news that they are
expecting a baby!
Joelle M. Abi Rached
(MD 06) has been awarded the highly competitive PJD Wiles Scholarship
by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Only ten
scholarships are awarded to candidates from 22 countries in the Middle
East, North Africa, and South Asia. Abi Rached is pursuing a masters
degree in philosophy and public policy and can be reached at oelleabirached[at]yahoo.com.
Recently honored alumni:
Riad Salameh (BA 56)
On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh was
named Best Central Bank Governor in the World (2006) by Euromoney magazine.
This is the first time Euromoney has awarded this title to an Arab official.
At a reception held in Singapore at the Raffles Plaza Hotel during the
2006 IMF/World Bank meetings, Chairman of Euromoney Institutional Investor
PLC, Padraic Fallon presented the award to Salameh. Fallon said that Salameh
now faces yet another challenge in his 13-year tenure as Lebanons
Central Bank governor after the Israeli war on Lebanon, but added that
Salameh had dealt with previous challenges with flying colors and would
likely do so again.
Bernard Ghanem (BE 05) Rami Abdallah (BE 06)
Each year, FEA presents the Charli Korban Award, which was established
by the family of an ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) graduate
who died prematurely, to an outstanding graduating ECE undergraduate and
graduate student. In 2005, the recipient of the undergraduate Korban Award
was Bernard Ghanem. Ghanem, who is now a graduate student at the University
of Illinois, also won the Henderson Award in ECE at Illinois in 2006.
The 2006 recipient of the undergraduate Korban Award at AUB was Rami Abdallah,
also a graduate student at Illinois. The person responsible for administrating
the Korban Award is the late Charli Korbans brother, Safi Korban,
who is a professor of genetics in agriculture at the University of Illinois
Fouad Kronfol (BS 57, MS 70)
was awarded a medal For the Cause of Population, Family and Children
by the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The award honors
his outstanding contribution to the care and protection of Vietnamese
children during the period 1980-83 when he was the UNICEF Representative
in Hanoi, Vietnam. Fouad can be reached at 120 Ferland, 10-D, Ile Des
Soeurs, Verdun, Quebec H3E1L1, Canada.