The FAFS Alumni Chapter, in collaboration with the AUB Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS), held the eighth Distinguished Alumni Honoree ceremony. This event is held to honor exceptional faculty alumni across all disciplines of FAFS who have distinguished themselves on a national or international level and have contributed through their profession to academia; the public or private sector; or international organizations. Since the launch of this initiative in 2002, 40 honorees have been recognized by the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB) FAFS’ alumni chapter committee, formed of chapter presidents and FAFS deans.
This year, the honorees included Dr. AbduRahman Saghir who is a graduate of the school, a former professor at FAFS, a dean emeritus of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at UAE University in Al-Ain, and a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other organizations in weed management and sustainable development based in Lebanon since 1995. Also honored was Dr. Amir Ibrahim, a regent’s professor at Texas A&M University, a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Chair of the advisory committee for Texas A&M AgriLife AgriGenomics Laboratory, famous in his profession for the releasing of wheat and oat cultivars. Michel Bayoud was also awarded this prestigious title, CEO of Boecker World Holdings and advisory board member for FAFS. Dr. Mona Chaya, deputy strategic program leader, and officer at FAO in charge of the strategic program “Make Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry more productive and sustainable”, was also awarded this great distinction. Nadine Khoury was also recognized during this ceremony. She is at the forefront of Robinson Agri and works with Elysse WISE in a joint venture for Elysse-Cyprus, which focuses on factories for irrigation and potable water PE pipes. Also honored was Tony Sleiman Freiji, co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Wadi in Egypt; and co-founder and board member of Inmaa in Sudan and Tanmia in Lebanon, focusing on poultry, agriculture, logistics, and allied industries.
During the event, Salwa Al Sabbagh, vice president of the FAFS alumni chapter welcomed the attendees and was followed by chapter president, Said Kaissi, who congratulated the honorees and elaborated on the chapter’s activities during this academic year. During his speech, Dr. Kaissi announced the FAFS Alumni Chapter contribution to a FAFS student scholarship of $17,000 as an outcome of the “Agricultural, Landscape, Nutrition, and Food Industries Exhibit 2019” and “Harvest day”. Dean of FAFS., Dr. Rabi Mohtar, then shared the strategic plan for FAFS 2025 with goals that focus on excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement, as well as impacting and synergizing FAFS-related sectors through partnership.