We are delighted to announce that Abla Mehio Sibai, Professor of Epidemiology, has been appointed as dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), effective July 1, 2022. Professor Sibai has been serving as FHS Interim Dean since 2020.
Professor Sibai received her BSc in Pharmacy and MSc in Epidemiology from AUB and went on to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for her PhD studies ('97). She has led a distinguished career as an educator, a researcher and an activist. She has vast experience in researching health and wellbeing of older people, with focus on cardiovascular disease in the context of wars and socio-political unrest. She has made inspiring contributions in the field of aging and has led the way to placing older adult issues at the forefront on the national agenda and international scientific community. Dr. Sibai has authored over 200 papers in refereed journals and nearly 100 book chapters, scientific and technical reports, and briefs, and has been among the world's top two percent most-cited scholars for the past two years.
Dr. Sibai is the co-founder of Lebanon's Center for Studies on Aging and the co-founding director of AUB University for Seniors (2010), a lifelong learning program for older adults providing a strong in-the-field evidence on the value of intellectual stimulation and social interaction in promoting wellbeing in old age.
The recipient of several prestigious awards, she has been selected as the 2020 Laureate of the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award for Africa and Arab-States. She has also been awarded the State of Kuwait Prize for the Control of Cardiovascular Diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (2019) and the WHO Shousha Award for her 'significant contributions in the field of public health in the Region (2014).
Professor Sibai serves as a consultant for several NGOs and Governmental agencies, including WHO, UNFPA, ESCWA, and Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon. She is a Board Member of HelpAge International, UK and serves on the World Economic Forum - Global Future Council on Healthy Ageing and Longevity and the recently established WHO Science Council.