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LAU MEPI TL administration

Program administrators

Dr. Elise Salem

Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management
Ph.D., Literature, University of North Carolina, US

Dr. Elise Salem joined LAU as the Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM)in July 2008. The SDEM office is committed to the development of LAU students through the offering of student- centered services, program development and co-curricular engagement activities. In her role, Dr. Salem oversees the university’s student development and enrollment management across seven schools. She has restructured her unit to separate enrollment management from student development, while setting admissions deadlines and requiring standardized tests for admissions, in addition to enhancing recruitment efforts to increase the pool of applicants and raise admissions standards. Dr. Salem is also keen on reforming the student election process and on establishing required workshops on democratization and conflict resolution to student leaders.

Mr. Abdo G. Ghié

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
Program Recruiter, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program
Masters, International Management, École Nationale d’Administration Publique, ENAP, Canada

Mr. Ghié oversees the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Registrars on both the Beirut and Byblos campuses. He coordinates with deans and senior administration to identify enrollment goals and leads enrollment management initiatives to achieve those goals. Working towards implementing the university’s new Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, Mr. Ghié develops, modernizes and spearheads all projects related to the Enrollment Management unit, in order to better serve LAU students. Mr. Ghié is working toward increasing standards of admission and works closely on developing LAU’s effort to offer more university services online. He is also implementing the new Financial Aid and Scholarships Plan to offer more financial assistance, in the form of scholarships and loans, to prospective and current LAU students.

Email: abdo.ghie@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786456 ext. 2142/1588/1589

Mrs. Dina Abdul Rahman

International Services Associate Program Manager
Program Director, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program
Master’s in Business Administration, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Mrs. Abdul Rahman joined LAU in 2007 and had a diversified journey within several SDEM departments including academic advising, outreach and civic engagement, and study abroad.  She established the Office of International Services in 2016 and has been working since with LAU Schools and offices on increasing LAU’s international programming, and consolidating LAU’s services to international students. 

Email: dina.arahman@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786456 ext. 1349

Dr. Jean Takchi

Associate Professor of Mathematics
School of Arts and Sciences (Byblos)
Academic Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program
Ph.D., Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, US

Dr. Takchi is an associate professor of Mathematics. He joined the Lebanese American University in 1992. His research interest was Algebraic Complexity, and he is now working in a different area, namely non-smooth analysis and its application to control theory. He teaches Calculus courses, Differential Equations, Numerical Methods. He was a professor at the Lebanese University from 1985 until 1992.

Email: jtakchi@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 9 547262 ext. 2321

Dr. Ramzi A. Haraty

Associate Professor of Computer Science
School of Arts and Sciences (Beirut)
Capstone project Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program
Ph.D., North Dakota State University, USA

Dr. Haraty’s research interests include database management systems, Arabic text processing, and information security. He has written over 120 books, book chapters, and journal and conference paper publications. He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, and the International Society for Computers and Their Applications. He is currently the Faculty Senate chair.

Email: rharaty@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786456 ext. 1285

Dr. Marwan Rowayheb

Associate Professor of Political Science/International Affairs
Chair, Department of Social Sciences
School of Arts and Sciences (Byblos)
Civic Engagement Initiatives Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program
Ph.D., Political Science, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Dr. Marwan G. Rowayheb  teaches courses in cultural studies and history of Lebanon. His research interests include ethnic relations, local government, state-society relations, conflict resolution, Middle Eastern politics and international relations (international organizations). His last two publications are: Walid Jumblat and Political Alliances: The Politics of Adaptation, Middle East Critic and Political Change and the Outbreak of Civil War: The Case of Lebanon, Civil Wars. 

Email: marwan.rowayheb@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 9 547262 ext. 2331

Mrs. Rita Bassil Javaro

Program Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program

Mrs. Javaro graduated in 2010 from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (Alba) with a Masters in “Création Publicitaire”. Mrs. Javaro is responsible for keeping the LAU MEPI  TL website up-to-date and assisting in administrative program-related work, among other tasks.

Email: rita.javaro@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 9 547262 ext. 2822

Mr. Hisham El-Delbani

Administrative Assistant, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program

Mr. EL-Delbani hold a Master of Business Administration from Devry Graduate School of Management in NY with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Brooklyn College in NY. Determined and ambitious. Management Professional with 10 years of experience in multiple industries ranging from Private Business to NGO’s and Education sector. 

Email: hisham.eldelbani@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786456 ext. 3138

Ms. Farah El Hajj

Administrative Assistant, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program

Ms. El Hajj  holds a BS in Business - Management from the Lebanese American University. She joined the MEPI team in October 2017, after a journey of working in the private sector. Farah believes in the importance of intercultural  interactions and knowledge, thus finds it fulfilling to help students from different countries and backgrounds to live and study in Lebanon and enjoy the cultural differences. 

Email: farah.elhajj@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786456 ext. 3132

Ms. Roua Youssef

Administrative Assistant, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program

Ms.Youssef Holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science, International Affairs from the Lebanese American University Byblos, Lebanon, and Master degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.
Have three years of experience in Non-Governmental Organization work, passionate about humanitarian and field work. 

Email: roua.youssef@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 9 547254 ext. 2833

Mrs. Rola El Hajj

Administrative Assistant, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program

Mrs. El Hajj hold a Bachelor degree  in Business Management from the Lebanese American University. Joined the MEPI team in January 2018.
Passionate  about social work and volunteering. 

Email: rola.elhajj@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786464 ext. 1023

Grant administrators

Mr. Simon Sakr

Assistant Vice President For Finance-Corporate Affairs
Grant Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program
M.B.A., Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Maitrise Physics, Lebanese University, Lebanon

Mr. Sakr handles all aspects of central corporate finance and accounting for LAU and its affiliated entities. He Leads the team responsible for LAU’s compliance with American and Lebanese taxation and audit requirements, treasury and Investments, financial reporting, local and U.S. compliance. He also manages the university’s financial data system.  

Email: ssakr@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786456 ext. 1370

Ms. Elsie Lahad

Assistant Director of Grants, Grants & Contracts Office
Assistant Grant Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL Scholarship Program
B.A., Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Ms. Lahad is the senior budget analyst and assists with grants and university budget preparation and reporting. In her role at the LAU-MEPI TL Program, she assists the TL grant coordinator in budget tracking, preparation and reporting.

Email: elsie.lahad@lau.edu.lb
Tel: +961 1 786456 ext. 1335


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