Ali Ahmad, Director
Ali Ahmad is a faculty member at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and director of the Energy Policy and Security in the Middle East Program at AUB's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. His research and teaching cover nuclear security, energy policy and economics. Prior to joining AUB, Ahmad was a research fellow at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security where he worked on studying the prospects of nuclear energy in the Middle East and informing nuclear diplomacy with Iran. Beside his academic activities, Ahmad is also involved with government and investment advisory on energy issues. He holds a Physics degree from the Lebanese University and a PhD from Cambridge University.
Philippe Chite, Affiliated Researcher
Philippe Chite has worked as team leader of Reconstruction and Economic Recovery, for the National Agenda for the Future of Syria, a project hosted by UN-ESCWA since 2012. Previously, he worked at the Aleppo Chamber of Industry, Syria, in addition to working for more than ten years at the Syrian European Business Center, an EU-funded project for upgrading the SME sector in Syria. Lastly, he also worked as a freelance engineer. His expertise includes the SME sector, export, policy formulation, business incubation and renewable energy. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently an MSc student in Energy Studies at AUB.
Reem Irani, Affiliated Researcher
Reem Irany holds a BE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from AUB. She joined the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) as an energy engineer in 2014. She started working in the technical support unit to the Central Bank of Lebanon, in charge of the evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under NEEREA financing mechanism. Currently, she is working on the implementation of solar PV public bids in Lebanon and assisting in different studies related to renewable energy.
Reem Salameh, Intern
Reem Salameh joined AUB as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar. She started her journey as an Environmental Health student, and earned her undergraduate degree in 2016. Passionate about research, the move to graduate studies was a natural fit. As she believes that the energy sector is affecting the wellbeing of the community and environment, she decided to pursue her Master's Degree in Energy Studies. Grateful for an amazing experience as a scholar, student, and mentee, Reem wants to give back to her community. She has always been curious about renewable energy, especially nuclear energy. She aims at enhancing the 21st century citizen's experience of responsible and cleaner use of energy resources.
Lovisa Mickelsson, Intern
Lovisa Mickelsson holds a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences from Uppsala University in Sweden, with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is currently a Master’s student at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Her interests in the field include causes of war, forecasting violence, and strategies for preventing armed conflicts. Her Bachelor’s thesis assessed the potential of using forcing mediation styles to terminate low-intensity interstate armed conflicts at early stages. At the Issam Fares Institute her research focuses on the Iran nuclear deal (the JCPOA from July 2015).
Tala Kassassir, Intern
Tala Kassassir graduated from AUB with a BA in Political Studies in 2017. She joined the EPS Program to expand her knowledge of pertinent issues affecting the energy sector. Currently, she is assisting in research on energy planning in post-conflict countries at the Issam Fares Institute. She has aspirations to work in the security sector, and is aiming to begin her Master’s in either international relations, conflict studies, or security studies next fall.
Tarek Tabaja, Intern
Tarek Tabaja holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Energy Studies from AUB. His MSc dissertation aims to assess the sustainability of different solid waste management technologies through the application of a multi-criteria decision analysis. Previously, a research assistant at the Chemical Engineering department at AUB, where he developed a simulation model of an Anaerobic Digestion plant for treating organic wastes generated on AUB campus as means to generate energy. His research interests include: Energy security and sustainability, climate change mitigation and waste management.