American Univesity of Beirut

New Members join FAFS for Academic Year 2021-2022

Cristelle Iskandar, Full Time Lecturer – NFSC

Dr. Iskandar joined the department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFSC) as a full-time lecturer and specialist in food microbiology and food safety. She graduated from Saint Joseph University of Beirut (2013), with a diploma in Food Industry Engineering and completed her PhD (2015) in Biotechnology and Food Processing at the University of Lorraine, France. In 2018, Iskandar received a Fulbright Junior Faculty Development scholarship to enhance her teaching and research skills, participating in the program at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. Since 2016, she used her expertise in food production and food safety as a lecturer and researcher at several universities in Lebanon. She published 3 articles in the domain of food microbiology and genomics and conducted research projects in the fields of animal sciences and food technology. Iskandar gives back to the community as a member of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Lebanon (FAAL) where she serves as a member of FAAL's executive committee since 2019.

Youssef Doughan, Full Time Lecturer - AGRI

Dr. Doughan graduated from the American University of Beirut (1989) as an Agricultural Engineer (BS in Agriculture and Diplome D'ingenieur Agricole) and holds two master's degrees: Animal Science (1992), and Agricultural Economics (2006), both also from AUB. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) (since 2009) by the Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania, USA, and holds a PhD in economics from Beirut Arab University (2017). Dr. Doughan has earned over 40 Certificates in six sigma, management, feasibility studies, administration, project appraisal & evaluation, budgeting, policies & procedures, team work, engineering techniques, safety & field security, agriculture practices, and organic farming.  He has authored chapters and articles on energy consumption, ecosystem management, economic growth, and sustainability. Doughan began his career at AUB, where he worked (1989-1993) as a FAFS research assistant. Between 1993 and 2010, he held managerial positions ranging from operations to management and administration. In 2010, Doughan opened a consultancy office and continued teaching management and economic studies at several universities and professional training institutes. Since 2011, he has worked as a senior consultant with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on agribusiness projects in Africa, Pakistan, and Lebanon. Between 2014 and 2017, Dr. Doughan was an advisor to the Minister of Environment in Lebanon; since 2016, he serves as member of the board of directors of the Council of the South in Lebanon.

Caroline Rajeh, Research Assistant – Dean's Office

Ms. Rajeh joined the team at the FAFS Dean's Office to handle research support for the Faculty. Caroline is a FAFS graduate (MS, Food Technology, with emphasis on food engineering, packaging, sensory evaluation, and safety) and has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from MSFEA with a minor in Food Science and Management. Rajeh worked as an RA at NFSC before taking on her new role at FAFS Dean's Office. 


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