Advisory Board Pledges Support for Training and Scholarship Initiatives in Lebanon

Washington, DC, and Beirut, September 20, 2011—Led by new chairman, Dr. Paul F. Boulos, AMIDEAST/Lebanon’s one-year-old advisory board of prominent Lebanese business and civic leaders met in Beirut in September to welcome six new members into its ranks and to discuss strategies to further advance business skills and entrepreneurship training in Lebanon. 

The AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board (ALAB) also pledged $100,000 to support AMIDEAST/Lebanon’s initiatives during the coming year to provide scholarship assistance for deserving youth through the Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund and to expand training and mentoring opportunities for aspiring Lebanese entrepreneurs.  

Dr. Boulos has served since 2008 on AMIDEAST’s board of directors, which unanimously endorsed his selection as the new ALAB chairman. A native of Lebanon, he is president and COO of Innovyze Corporation, a Colorado-based company that is a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure used by utilities worldwide. Also elected were two vice chairs, Salim Sfeir, chairman and CEO of Bank of Beirut, one of Lebanon’s leading commercial banks, and Anis Nassar, chairman of Anis Nassar Group of Companies and a new member of the ALAB. Dr. Marilyn Bezdikian of Los Angeles, California, was elected secretary.

“AMIDEAST is pleased and honored to have the support of the business and civic leaders who make up the Lebanon Advisory Board and to have Dr. Boulos at the ALAB’s helm. We welcome the opportunity to work together to achieve our common goal of expanding training and educational opportunities for Lebanon’s youth through our scholarship search initiative that is opening the doors to higher education for talented Lebanese as well as through our cutting-edge training programs that will advance entrepreneurship in Lebanon,” said AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf.

The new members are:

  • Anis Nassar, founder, owner and chairman, Anis Nassar Group of Companies

  • Amine Georges Abboud, former chairman and CEO, Nestle Waters (Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia)

  • Walid Assaf, chairman and general manager, Societe Moderne Libanaise Pour Le Commerce (SMLC)

  • Hanna Ayoub, chairman, Hameng Holdings Co.

  • Amid Baroudi, entrepreneur, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Moustafa Bissat, general manager and chairman, National Technology Company, Eduware

A full list of ALAB members can be found here.