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Alumni in 87 countries vote in WAAAUB 2022 elections

Thursday, May 12, 2022

​As President Fadlo R. Khuri noted recently, “Our alumni are doers of deeds, well prepared by the university and by life to make a difference.” AUB’s more than 74,000 alumni are making a difference in 115 countries around the world – in government and the private sector, in their professional lives and in their private contributions to the community. AUB alumni are also making a difference at their alma mater – as faculty and staff and through their participation and support for alumni chapters and the Worldwide Alumni Association of AUB (WAAAUB), which was established by the AUB Board of Trustees in 2019 as “a mechanism to engage with university alumni around the world.”

Through their participation in AUB’s global alumni association and the 67 chapters around the world, alumni are supporting current students and recent graduates as mentors, helping to identify and secure internships, and with career advice. Alumni also help to increase awareness and appreciation of AUB and the truly unique – and critical – role that the university plays in Lebanon and the Arab world as, in the words of President Khuri, “the oldest and finest American institution of higher learning abroad.” 

WAAAUB recently concluded elections for three alumni-elected positions on AUB’s Board of Trustees and four elected positions to the WAAAUB Advisory Board. A Nominating Committee (Rim J. Bassil, BBA ’05; Fuad El Rassi, BS Chemistry ’02, MD ’06; Hamdun A. Hameed, BA Economics ’85; and Haya Imam, BBA ’99) and chaired by Abdallah Darwiche, (BE ’75) developed the slate of candidates. More than 4,700 alumni (out of 49,000 alumni for whom AUB has valid email addresses) in 87 countries voted in the WAAAUB 2022 elections, yielding a participation rate of 9.6 percent. “We were delighted that many more alumni voted in these elections than in fall 2019, but we will be working hard to get even greater participation in future WAAAUB elections,” commented WAAAUB General Secretary and alumna Lina Jazi. 

The three alumni elected to the Board of Trustees (Ricardo Karam, BS Chemistry ’91; Sarine Karajerjian, BS Environmental Health ’04, MS Environmental Sciences ’11; and Kamel Wehbe, BA Political Studies ’21) will join the board in March 2023, replacing Ghassan Abou-Alfa (BS Biology ’88, MD ’92), Leila Bissat (BA Sociology ’76), and Salwa Darraj (BBA ’13), who currently represents young alumni. 

The four alumni elected to the WAAAUB Advisory Board and five alumni appointed by the president will join the nine alumni elected and appointed to four-year terms in the fall 2019 elections. (See below for a full list of current and incoming Advisory Board members.)


Current Members of the Advisory Board

  • Haytham Kaafarani (BS Chemistry ’99, MD ’03); North America; elected; term ends June 30, 2024; current Chair
  • Haya Imam (BBA ’99); MENA; appointed; term ends June 30, 2024; current Vice Chair
  • Wael Abdul Malak (BA Economics ’94, BBA ’99, MMB ’03); MENA; elected; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Rania Afiouni Monla (BEN ’95, MBA ’01); North America; appointed; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Rim Bassil (BBA ’05); Europe; elected; term ends June 30, 2024
  • Randa Bdeir (BBA ’79, MMB ’93); Lebanon; elected; term ends June 30, 2024
  • Christina Bilalian (BS Biology ’06); Europe; appointed; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Tarek Bolbol (BBA ’05); MENA; elected; term ends June 30, 2024
  • Abdallah Darwiche (BEN ’75); Lebanon; appointed; term ends June 30, 2024
  • Karam Doumet (BBA ’78, MBA ’80); Lebanon; appointed; term ends June 30, 2024
  • Adham El-Khalil (BBA ’85); Rest of the world; appointed; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Racha Itani (MEM ’18); Lebanon; Young Alumni/Recent Graduate; elected; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Amin Nadim Khalaf (BA Economics ’90); North America; appointed; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Nabil Kronfol (BS General ’65, MD ’69); Lebanon; elected; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Eliza Markidou (BS Biology ’84); Europe; appointed; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Elias Melhem (BS Chemistry ’84); North America; elected; term ends June 30, 2022
  • Darine Najem (BS Biology ’01, MPH ’03); Lebanon; appointed; term ends June 30, 2024
  • Nada Safa (EMBA ’11); Lebanon; elected; term ends June 30, 2024

The following alumni were elected in spring 2022 and will begin their four-year terms on July 1, 2022.

  • Walid Ali-Ahmad (BE ’88); North America, appointed 
  • Muwaffak Bibi (BBA ’77); Europe, appointed
  • Nour Bitar Hajj (BBA ’07, MBA ’12); Lebanon; elected 
  • Maya El Hajjar (BBA ’09); Rest of the world; appointed
  • Wadad El Housseini (BA Sociology ’88, MA Educational Psychology ’94); MENA; elected
  • Asma Ghannam (BS Nursing ’82); North America; appointed
  • Eliza Markidou (BS Biology ’84); Europe; appointed
  • Nour Ramadan, (MS Animal Science ’18); Young Alumni;/Recent Graduate; elected
  • Antoine Tayar (BA Political Studies ’89); North America; elected​​

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