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LAU MEPI TL administration

Program administrators

Dr. Elise Salem

Vice President of SDEM

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. Elie Samia

Program Director

Mr. Elie Samia has a 24 year experience in university teaching at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in the academic fields of political science, sociology and cultural studies. He is a lecturer in Political Science and Sociology at LAU. He was the director of guidance at LAU (2005-2010) responsible of student development and academic welfare. He became the executive director of outreach and civic engagement at LAU in 2010 until 2014 and is now the Assistant Vice President for Outreach and Civic Engagement and is responsible of a plethora of student leadership and civic engagement programs. He is also the program director of the Global Classrooms LAU Model United Nations (2005-present), of the Model Arab League Program (2011- present), and of the USAID University Scholarship Program (2010 - present). He is also the faculty advisor for the Harvard World Model United Nations (2003-2005) and (2014-2015). He is the University Scholarship Program (USP) Program Director. He gave more than 200 workshops to a wide audience ranging from youth associations to corporate employees in Lebanon and abroad about educational leadership, negotiations, emotional intelligence, team building and project management.

Grant administrators

Mr. Simon Sakr

Assistant Vice President For Finance-Corporate Affairs
Grant Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL 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

Senior Grants Officer, Budget and Grants Office
Assistant Grant Coordinator, LAU MEPI-TL 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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