About Us


Message from the VP

Dear Colleagues, 

This academic year has been a successful year with a geographic spread of over 14 countries and 23 locations throughout the region with a total of 83 projects of consulting, executive education, training, workshops and special & corporate programs. 
On its 40th anniversary, REP boasts the successful completion of over 1,000 projects, and an outreach to 30 countries in the MENA region and well beyond. 
We are working with governments, institutions of higher education, multi-national corporations; international and non-gover​nment organizations in an effort to elevate the standards of education, in all its facets, in all sectors. REP provides the American University of Beirut (AUB) with a unique ability to offer consulting services; a service that distinguishes AUB from other outstanding educational institutions in the region with a pool of over 2,000 consultants. Most of all, REP plays a major role in advancing AUB’s academic mission. We utilize the entire scope of expertise available at AUB to provide the highest level of services to all our clients, while adopting international evaluation standards using key performance indicators. 
The road ahead is based on a strategy that encompasses market intelligence, maximizes human and material resources, and builds REP as a premier brand in training, on-line education, consulting and management services. 
REP’s goal for the next phase is to widen AUB’s horizons through expanding its mission to many countries across the world, to prepare future leaders, innovators, and life-long learners who charter new courses and become agents of change in their communities, so that AUB’s motto, “That they may have life have life and have it more abundantly” will be shared by all those who have been fortunate enough to have experienced an AUB education and /or training. 
We look forward to exploring new territories and venues of cooperation while continuing to offer outstanding performance and dedicated services. We promise to plan strategically, work diligently, and execute efficiently and conscientiously to help our clients overcome all their challenges with confidence. We move ahead with the mindset that the bigger and more extraordinary the challenge, the greater the opportunity for innovation. 

Hassan B. Diab, PhD
Vice President for Regional External Programs

Our People

Hassan B. Diab, PHD
Vice President 
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Sami Gheriafi
Director of  Institutional Consulting
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Iman Tannir
Executive officer
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Email: it09@aub.edu.lb

Ziad R. Shaaban
Director, Continuing Education Center
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Iman Jurayj Wakim
Contracts and Projects Information Manager
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Email: ij00@aub.edu.lb​

Samir Kfoury
Projects Financial Manager
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Marwan Al Arabi
Corporate Programs Manager
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Hala Barakat
Education Manager
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Maya Abi Chahine
Program Manager - University of Seniors
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Afif Tabsh
Business Development & Projects Manager
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Amani Zaidan
Program Assistant– University for Seniors
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May Abi Haidar
Administrative  Assistant
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Lina Khayat
Projects Administrative Coordinator
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Roger Boulos
Projects Financial Officer
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Samer Salam
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Zahraa Shaito
Projects Administrative Coordinator
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Nourah Khaled
Projects Administrative Coordinator
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Elias Aoun
Office Clerk / Driver
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Pierre Dagher
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Our History

Dr. Abdul Hamid Hallab (left) negotiating initial REP Projects

AUB’s Regional External Programs, initially established in 1975 as the AUB Services Corporation (AUBSCO), was the brainchild of the late Dr. Najib Halaby, who was then Chairman of AUB’s Board of Trustees. As the civil war broke out in Lebanon, Chairman Halaby worried about how AUB would be able to preserve its regional position. Prior to the war, almost half of the University’s students came from countries other than Lebanon, and there was widespread agreement that this diverse student body was an important part of what made AUB unique. Chairman Halaby and others - including Professor Abdul Hamid Hallab of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences who has been involved with REP since the outset - knew that the University would no longer be able to attract students from the region. They hoped, however, that by creating the Office of Regional External Programs (REP) they could open a pathway for AUB to extend its presence into the region. This decision resulted in strategic advancements for the university with various institutional benefits.

Establishing REP was seen as a feasible way to help the University remain locally viable and regionally engaged during the war. The rationale was that by putting the professional skills of its academics to work, AUB would be able to hold on to as many of its faculty members as possible and simultaneously retain its regional stature.

Already existing at the time was the AUB Services Corporation (AUBSCO), which Chairman Halaby viewed as the ideal organization to serve the region as the precursor for REP. AUBSCO, which had been created in 1975 as an independent legal entity and incorporated in the state of Delaware, was solely owned by AUB but had its own Board of Directors chaired by AUB BOT Chair Halabi, and included Trustees Kamal Shair, Ali Ghandour, and Fouad Bardawil as members.

In taking action to realize his plan, Chairman Halaby asked Professor Hallab to become one of AUBSCO’s two vice presidents, along with Professor Nadim Haddad of the Faculty of Health Sciences. In the late 1970s, the Board of Trustees decided to dissolve the AUBSCO affiliate and place its activities under the auspices of the University. What eventually became REP was first formed in 1979 as the Research and Development Administrative Center (RADAC) under the directorship of Professor Hallab. By the early 1980s, as Halaby’s operational planning took shape and prospects for work in the region began to emerge, the name of the organization was changed once again from RADAC to the Vice President’s Office for Research and External Programs (1980) headed by VP Hallab, and then finally and permanently to the Office of the Vice President for Regional and External Programs (1997). This resulted from exporting REP’s operations pertaining to the research component to a new independent Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) that reports directly to the Provost.

The first contracts were concluded in 1976 in Bahrain with the Ministry of Health and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) with the government. The Bahrain contract was to help establish the Ministry of Health’s College of Health Sciences, Office of Professional Standards and Systems Analysis, and the Family Practice Residency Program. The contracts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia culminated in a US$30 million, four-year (1982-86) contract to assist the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in the development of regional agricultural research centers, and to provide ongoing advice to individual department heads in the Ministry. The on-site team grouped over 50 professionals possessing expertise in agriculture, engineering, and economics.

Although REP was initially established to provide services to the region, it has always had an extensive presence in Lebanon. In addition, REP manages AUB’s Continuing Education Center (CEC), a community outreach program offering courses at an affordable price since the 1970s and hold training seminars and workshops in various disciplines for Lebanon and the region. REP’s CEC upholds AUB’s motto “so that they may have life and have it more abundantly” by extending the resources of the University into the community and region to provide high quality educational opportunities for people of all educational and professional levels.

Furthermore, AUB’s strategic plan states that CEC will play a role in revitalizing AUB’s commitment to serve its local and regional community by attracting more regional students from diverse backgrounds through professional programs. Today, in addition to the 15 full-time REP staff and the 130 consultants that REP oversees, REP also administers the Continuing Education Center which includes over 720 students and 30 instructors.

REP celebrated its 40th anniversary​ on 2015. Check this pa​ge for more details.

Organizational Overview and Scope

​Since 1976, REP has delivered practical, measurable results to both private and public sector organizations throughout the Middle East.   Drawing on the resources of the American University of Beirut allows REP to offer the highest concentration of technical expertise and professional resources in the region.   The AUB faculty includes national and international experts who are recognized for their knowledge, innovative research techniques, insightful analyses and timely recommendations.

REP provides consulting and technical assistance on a wide range of issues in agriculture/food sciences, arts/sciences, business, education, engineering/architecture, management consulting, journalism, and medical/health sciences.  REP merges academic expertise and advanced professional ingenuity in a customized manner to meet the needs of specific organizations and their unique situations.  This is coupled with AUB’s intimate knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa that has developed since its founding in 1866.REP has a presence around the region with over 20 current project sites in ten countries.  It is an incomparable resource for understanding and solving difficult challenges in the Middle East and North Africa.  Since its founding in 1976, REP has remained close to the original vision of an organization that could establish AUB as the premier provider of consulting, training and related professional services in all areas of specialization offered by its six faculties and make an important difference in the lives of people and nations.


REP applies its expertise in consulting, technical assistance, data collection and medical/life sciences to a wide variety of problems in the public and private sectors.  In Lebanon, REP has helped shape many important and complex public programs, including environmentally appropriate rural technologies, administrative reform in the public sector, integrated computer technology in schools, and water quality monitoring. REP is also an acknowledged leader in providing technical assistance to facilitate policy reforms throughout the region.  REP has extensive experience in advising countries on economic growth and educational systems strengthening.  REP has taken the lead in providing consulting and technical services to start major educational institutions in the regional such as Bahrain University, University of Sharjah, the College of Health Sciences in Abu Dhabi, Dhofar University in Oman, and the Prince Fahad Bin Sultan University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  In addition REP partners with major international development organizations to help regional governments improve service delivery and implement sustainable market-based reforms.  REP has working relationships with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Hariri Foundation, the Save the Children Federation, the International Bank for Reconstruction, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, and AMIDEAST.