Organizing Committee Women in Data Science 2019 Conference
  • Lama Moussawi

    Associate Professor of Management Science
    Olayan School of Business
    American University of Beirut

Dr. Lama Moussawi is an Associate Professor at the American University of Beirut, conducting research and teaching in the field of Management Science. Dr. Moussawi graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut, and has an MBA, Master in Supply Chain Management, and a PhD degree in Management Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Moussawi is actively involved in promoting and supporting women in the field of Data Science. She is the founder and Chair of the Women in Data Science conference at AUB, and the founding chair of the AUB Committee on the Lives and Careers of Women at AUB. She is also a co-PI of a $1.5 million funded research project to develop an index on the status of women in the formal economies in the Arab MENA region. She is actively engaged in issues related to women in operations research at the WORMS (Women in Operations Research and Management Science) meetings at the annual international INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science) conference, as well as the WIEA (Women in Industrial Engineering US-Turkey) workshops. Furthermore, Dr. Moussawi played a key role in developing a Master program in Business Analytics in the Olayan School of Business at AUB. Dr. Moussawi is thrilled to be a WiDS Ambassador, and to host the WiDS conference for the third time at AUB and sees it as a great opportunity to inspire young girls to join the field by showcasing global female leaders in Data Science, and educate the community of students, faculty, and business practitioners about the latest developments in the field.

  • Hoda Daou
    Assistant Professor
    Olayan School of Business
    American University of Beirut

A McGill PhD graduate, Hoda is an Assistant Professor in Data Science and Business Analytics at the Olayan School of Business, AUB. She is a Women in Data Science (WiDS) Ambassador and her current research focuses on social media analytics and ethics in Artificial Intelligence. Before joining OSB, Hoda worked for 4 years as a data scientist in a corporate R&D setting in Montreal, Canada.

  • Rasha Bohsali
    Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
    Olayan School of Business
    American University of Beirut
Rasha currently holds the position of Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at the Olayan School of Business at AUB. She assists the dean in coordinating all financial, human capital, information technology and operational analysis, planning, and forecasting associated with OSB’s daily operations and strategy.  She also provides oversight in the follow-up, implementation, and evaluation of strategic initiatives and special projects at OSB.   In her previous role as Executive MBA Officer, Rasha spearheaded key projects such as digitizing the EMBA program, re-inventing administrative and operational processes by simplification, shifting the customer service culture and further streamlining the program.   Prior to joining OSB, when she returned to Lebanon, Rasha counted several years of experience as a project manager for international construction companies operating in Europe, North America and the Middle East.  Rasha was responsible, among other things, for managing large real estate development projects from concept to completion, effectively handling personnel, resources, and budgets, and realizing each project’s intended goals and objectives.   She boasts a proven track record in operations, business development, strategy, and organizational leadership.   Rasha obtained her undergraduate and graduate education at McGill University in Canada and is PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. More recently, Rasha has enrolled in the Executive MBA program at AUB and is a candidate of the 2020 class.

  • Fida Kanaan Kharrat    
    Director of Executive Education
    Olayan School of Business
    American University of Beirut

Ms. Fida Kanaan works closely with partnering organizations to create high-impact, innovative, learning experiences. As such she devises executive education programs for the partnering organizations to develop organizational talent to drive strategy and accelerate business outcomes. Fida is involved in all stages of the AUB OSB Executive Education programs from program inception to overseeing the implementation and post-program activities. Ms. Kanaan has worked with numerous clients in the region including Hikma, AlFardan, Bank Audi, Coca-Cola, Janssen, Aramex and NBK. In addition, Fida works with SMBs targeting the scalability challenge of startups. As such she led the Citi Foundation Women Entrepreneurship Program and Family Business Programs. Most recently, Fida led the Growth Readiness Program focusing on scaling-up high-impact entrepreneurial ventures through a highly tailored program to the participating SMBs in preparation of their second round of financing.

Prior to joining AUB, Fida took on different managerial positions for leading global and regional organizations. She was the marketing manager for the east coast at HDR; a 7,000-employee, US-based A/E company (ranked in the top 20 worldwide). She also held the position of a project manager for multiple technology organizations managing multimedia and large portal projects. Fida holds an MBA with an emphasis on Management Information Systems from George Washington University and a BS in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut.

  • Fatima Abu Salem
    Associate Professor
    computer Science Department
    American University of Beirut
Dr. Abu Salem holds a DPhil in Computing from the University of Oxford. She is Associate Professor at the computer science department and is currently pursuing work in reference to data science and big data processing for the public good, most notably, in detecting fake news around the Syrian conflict, predicting demand on primary health care centers in Lebanon, and analyzing the resilience of the Lebanese power grid in the face of attacks or failures. Her main research interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on parallel and cache efficient algorithm engineering with applications in Computer Algebra, and is currently pursuing work in reference to big data distributed processing using Apache Spark. She has served on a number of professional positions related to Supercomputing, such as secretary of SIAM’s activity group on Super computing, as well as on the committees of related conferences. She is also associate editor for Elsevier's Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.

  • Marriette Awad
    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering
    American University of Beirut

Mariette Awad is an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the American University of Beirut. She received her PhD in electrical engineering in 2007 and she has been a visiting professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Intel Mobile Group, and MIT. Dr. Awad was invited by CVC labs, Google and Qualcomm to present her work on machine learning and image processing. She has published the book “Efficient Machine Learning” in 2015, and has taken part in numerous conferences and as well as managing several grants. She is an active member in IEEE and reviewer for IEEE transactions