An executive team based in Beirut is in charge of carrying out the mission of Kulluna Irada and managing its internal and external operations. The executive team translates the vision and strategy of the board into executive actions, identifies priority policy issues and liaises with different stakeholders on the Lebanese political scene such as decision makers, political parties in power and in opposition, activists, civil society organizations, experts, journalists and academics.
Below are the profiles of our team members.
Hala Bejjani leads Kulluna Irada’s executive team with a long and impressive managerial background, be it as a top executive in Media and Insurance (Al-Akhbar, Planet News Business, Bankers Assurance) as a business consultant (Arthur Andersen Business Consulting), or as a consultant for the non-profit sector (Mouvement Social). Her qualities in networking, problem solving, team building, and business development have ensured a powerful take-off for Kulluna Irada’s executive action. Hala Bejjani holds an M.B.A from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing and Finance from Université Paris Dauphine.
Sibylle Rizk brings in an extensive policy expertise and a wide knowledge of Lebanon’s socio-economic challenges from her former experience as Editor in Chief of the leading Lebanese monthly Le Commerce du Levant. She previously headed the economy and business section at L’Orient-Le Jour and has been the correspondent for Le Figaro in Beirut since the year 2000. She is a board member of LOGI (Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative), founding board member of ALDIC (Association Libanaise pour les Droits et l’Information des Contribuables), and served as board member of Sakker el Dekkené. Sibylle Rizk holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
Rita Bahout is the organizational backbone of Kulluna Irada. With over ten years of experience in the administrative sector, she manages a wide range of functions related to HR, logistics, office management, accounting and procurement. She is currently taking a workshop in the Human Resources Management program as part of the HRM Certificate at the Lebanese American University Continuing Education Program (LAU CE). Rita Bahout holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the Lebanese University.
Stephanie Koussa joined the Kulluna Irada team with a background in both filmmaking and communication. She produced two award-winning short documentaries as part of her academic journey, and studied Mass Communication as an exchange student in New York as part of the Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program funded by the U.S. Department of State. During her exchange year, she interned with the Dean of Diversity and Student Development. Prior to her work at Kulluna Irada, she interned at the Communication and Information Unit at the United Nations-ESCWA. Stephanie Koussa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Audiovisual Arts from the Institute of Theater, Audiovisual, and Cinematographic Studies of Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.
Mohammad Al Akkaoui is well versed in economic and financial theory along with their practical applications. He has gained hands-on expertise in the financial services industry through experiences spanning from trading, central banking, wealth management, public policy, and private equity. Prior to joining Kulluna Irada, he interned in the MENA region Investor Relations department of Colony Capital Inc. This is in addition to internships with the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, W&P Wealth Management, and Banque Libano-Francaise. Mohammad Al Akkaoui holds a Master of Science in Economics and a Master of Research in Financial Economics from the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Enzo El Adm is an economist at Kulluna Irada and believes in making economic and financial information accessible and understandable to the general public, as to better spread awareness and enable public participation in decision-making debates. He started his journey with Kulluna Irada as an intern within the Public Policy team, later joining full time. Enzo had previously worked on different public policy, lobbying, and communications projects, notably through internships with the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative, Adalah Yemen, and Leo Burnett. Enzo El-Adm holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a Minor in Political Science and International Affairs from the Lebanese American University in Lebanon.
Diana Kallas is a policy expert with over ten years of experience in law and public management. Her work with Kulluna Irada revolves around policy analysis and public governance advice. She brings in wide expertise in public sector consulting, ranging from strategic management to social policy and electoral assistance. She worked as legal/electoral advisor at the UNDP Lebanese Electoral Assistance Project and a legal advisor at the Lebanese Ministry of Labor. Diana Kallas holds a Law Degree from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, a Master of Public International Law from the Panthéon-Assas University in Paris and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.