Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Kulluna Irada's Board of Directors is composed of 15 members. Every two years, the Global Council elects 10 new members to the Board, in order to ensure rotation. The Board of Directors relies on collegial decision making and follows strict rules to avoid any conflict of interest: members of the board have vowed not to run for elections and to renounce to participate in any public auction.

Below are the profiles of our current Board members.

Firas Abi-Nassif

Managing Partner – Teleios Capital Partners


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Firas Abi-Nassif is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Teleios Capital, an activist hedge fund based in Switzerland with over $1 billion in assets. He currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of Kongsberg Automotive, a publicly traded company and leading global automotive supplier. He is also a board member of LIFE. From 2008 to 2011, Abi-Nassif served as Director of Investments at Vision Capital, a New York-based special situations hedge fund with $1 billion in assets, after working in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse in New York. Formerly, Abi-Nassif was a member of the founding team of Airvana, a leading global telecommunications equipment vendor, acquired for $535 million after going public on the Nasdaq. Prior to that, he held senior engineering roles at Motorola. Over the course of his career, Abi-Nassif produced seven internationally patented inventions in the field of telecommunications. Firas Abi-Nassif obtained an Engineering degree in Computer and Communications with Distinction from the American University of Beirut, an MS in Telecommunications Engineering from Northeastern University, and an MBA in Finance and Economics with honors from Harvard Business School.

Labib AbouZahr

Cardiothoracic Surgeon and CEO - Labib Medical center


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Labib AbouZahr is a Cardiothoracic surgeon and CEO of the Labib Medical Center in Sidon. He established the Cardiac Surgery program at the Labib Medical Center and the Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut, where he also practices. Prior to that, he had a career in Cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Toronto from 1997 to 1999 and McMaster University from 1999 to 2005. Labib AbouZahr is a medical graduate from the American University in Beirut. He specialized in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Diane Assaf

Partner - Assaf & Associates Law Firm


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Diane Assaf is a partner at Assaf & Associate Law Firm. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at DS Avocats in Paris and briefly worked at Dewey & Leboeuf in London. Her practice focuses on real estate, corporate and commercial, employment law and dispute resolution. Following the Beirut Port explosion on August 4, 2020, and after having lost one of her closest friends, Assaf launched a platform to spread legal awareness. Through this platform, she plays an active role in shedding the light on the flaws of the Lebanese judiciary. Assaf has been a member of a number of committees of the Beirut Bar Association and is currently a member of the Beirut Bar Association legal team in charge of reviewing the National Action Plan for Human Rights in cooperation with the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Diane Assaf earned her Master’s degree in Media and Communication Law from Université Paris-2 Pantheon Assas and a law degree from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut.

Amer Bisat

Global Head of Emerging Markets - BlackRock


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Amer Bisat, PhD, is the Global Head of Emerging Markets at BlackRock and a member of the firm’s Global Fixed Income Executive Committee. In this capacity, he leads a team managing approximately $40 billion in government and corporate bonds. Dr. Bisat's service with BlackRock dates back to 2013. Prior to that, he was a partner in two macro hedge funds, and held portfolio management responsibilities at UBS and Morgan Stanley. Between 1991 and 1998, he was a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he helped negotiate high profile programs with Russia, Ukraine, and Egypt. Dr. Bisat taught graduate level economics courses at Columbia University, co-authored a book on globalization and academic and policy papers on growth and financial sector development. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the Advisory Council of the Carnegie Middle East Center. He is a trustee of a number of Middle Eastern cultural and art institutions. Dr. Bisat earned a bacherlor's degree in economics from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Karim Bitar

Director - Institute of Political Science at USJ


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Karim Bitar is the Director of the Institute of Political Science at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut (USJ) and Senior Fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations in Paris (IRIS). He is an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) and a Research Associate at Brussels’ Institut Medea. In addition, Bitar is the Vice-President of the Circle of Arab Economists and the secretary general of the Emile Bitar Foundation. Karim Bitar graduated from France’s National School of Administration and from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. He also studied Law at the University of Paris Sorbonne and obtained a BA in Economics and International Relations from McGill University. He spent his senior year at Harvard where he studied Government and specialized in Middle East Studies.

Henri Chaoul

Co-Founder - Levantine Partners


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Henri Chaoul is the Co-Founder of Levantine Partners, a financial advisory firm. Prior to that he served as the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Asset Management of Al Khabeer Capital, overseeing the investment of approximately $1 billion. He serves on the board of several companies in the Middle East and the United States. Currently, he serves on the board of EnvisionTEC in the U.S.A. as an independent board member, and is the Chairman of the board of FXBFI in Cyprus. Chaoul has more than 15 years of investment banking and asset management experience and more than 10 years of consulting experience across the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Henri Chaoul has a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, New York City, and B.A. Honor's Degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut.

Hassan Kabbani

Board Member - TogoCom


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Hassan Kabbani is a seasoned senior expert in the telecom and technology industry with extensive experience in business strategy, business development, transformation, and corporate governance. He has accumulated more than thirty years of leading successfully large telecom operations in multiple countries and various cultures in the Middle East and Africa regions with proven track-record in building high performing organizations delivering significant value. Hassan is currently the advisor to the Minister of Digital Development in the Republic of Togo and a board member of TogoCom. He is also advisor & Director of the Board of multiple companies in the MEA region. Previously, he was the CEO of Zain, Saudi Arabia, the CEO of Orange Egypt (Mobinil), as well as the CEO of Orascom Telecom Algeria (Djezzy). Prior to that, he served as the CEO of Telcel International, a group of 12 telecom companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hassan Kabbani has completed the IFC - World Bank, Corporate Directors Certification Program, and the International Director Program (IDP), at INSEAD. He has also completed the Strategic Management of Services program of INSEAD and he is a holder of a BSc in Business Marketing from the Lebanese American University.

Ali Khalil

CEO - Kuwait Financial Center “Markaz”


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Ali Khalil is the Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz” a publicly listed Kuwaiti investment company. He has more than 33 years of investment banking and asset management experience spent between Kuwait and the United States, with the Markaz Group of Companies. He is the Chairman of the Board of First-Equilease, and the Vice Chairman at Kuwait’s Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company, (PLC). He is the Chairman of the Lebanese Business Council in Kuwait since 2020. Ali Khalil holds an MBA from INSEAD, a M.Sc., and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, USA.

Albert Kostanian

Managing Partner - Levant Consult


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Albert Kostanian is an economist and an expert in strategy. He is also the content producer and host of “Vision 2030”, a leading TV show on LBCI that provides a platform for an in-depth debate around politics and policy making in Lebanon. He has founded and is heading the Beirut office of Arthur D. Little, the world premier strategy consulting firm, after having spent years with the firm in France. His main areas of expertise are in Telecom and infrastructure and he worked for major international corporations and governments in a dozen of countries. Kostanian has also established a boutique consultancy “Levant Consult”. He is a Senior Fellow for economy in Issam Fares Institute for Public Policies at the American University of Beirut. He is committed to promoting reforms in Lebanon and regularly publishes articles and studies in various domains in addition to having been active in politics and policy making. Albert Kostanian holds an MSc from the HEC School in Paris and a BA in Economics from the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut.

Philippe Massoud

CEO and Executive chef - ilili & ilili Box


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Philippe Massoud is a leading veteran in the hospitality industry in the US. He is the Executive Chef, CEO, and owner ilili Brands, Philippe and overseas day to day operations and growth plans for both ilili Restaurant (Fine Dining – NYC & DC), and ilili Box (Fast Casual - NYC). Philippe has become a world-renowned executive and leader in promoting Lebanese cuisine and culture in the US, and New York City specifically. In 2007 he started a Lebanese cuisine renaissance with the opening of ilili Restaurant in New York City and gave the Lebanese food culture and hospitality values a seat at the table with world cuisines. Philippe Massoud attended Cornell University in New York, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in Hotel Resort and Restaurant Development, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Finance.

Dalia Salaam Rishani

Owner - Hood Hood Books


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Dalia Salaam Rishani is a publisher, an Educational and Scholarships Advisor and a Human Rights Advocate. After debuting her career in Finance at SG Warburg Securities, she established Hood Hood Books, a publishing house specializing in interfaith and the Islamic and Eastern civilizations. She is Vice-Chair at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, an independent academic research institution, based in Lebanon, and affiliated with St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and more recently with the University of Cambridge. She is also a Global Advisor to the Knight Hennessy Scholarship Program at Stanford University and a trustee of St. Peter’s Foundation at Oxford University. Rishani has a particular interest in advancing Women’s Rights in Lebanon and sits on the committee of Human Rights Watch (Beirut). Dalia Salaam Rishani obtained a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University and a MSc. from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington D.C.

Wafa Saab

CEO - Tinol Paints International


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Wafa Saab is the CEO of Tinol Paints, a leader in the Paint & Coatings industry in the Middle East. She was elected as the Personality of the Year in the Industry Sector in 2012 and was the first woman to be elected as President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of AUB in 2015. She is currently chair of the AMIDEAST/Lebanon Board, and sits on the boards of various non-profit organizations, namely Embrace, the Beiteddine Festival, the Lebanese Red Cross, and Mission Joy. Wafa Saab holds a BA in Human Development from LAU and an Executive MBA from AUB.

Joseph Saddi

Senior Executive Advisor - Strategy& Middle East


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Joseph Saddi is currently a Senior Executive Advisor with Strategy& and previously the former global Chairman of Booz & Company. He has over 25 years of consulting experience in strategic, organizational, and restructuring services. Over the years, he has led major privatization programs in such sector as oil and gas, mining, steel and electricity; advised Middle East governments on sector deregulations and sector policy; and led the reorganization of national oil companies and large corporations. He also works closely with large family-owned companies to help governance and portfolio strategies. Joseph Saddi holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from ESSEC in France.

Kamal Shehadi

CSO - e& International


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Dr. Kamal Shehadi is e& International’s (formerly Etisalat Group) Chief Strategy Officer. He leads e& International’s strategy, portfolio management and regulatory functions. From 2013 until 2021, he was the Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer of Etisalat International. Between 2014 and 2016, he chaired GSMA’s Chief Policy and Regulatory Officers’ Group. Prior to joining Etisalat Group in 2010, Shehadi was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Lebanon. Before that, he was the Managing Director of Connexus Consulting, which he established as the leading consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa in infrastructure strategy, policy, and regulation. He advised governments, regulatory authorities, operators, and investors in several MENA countries, as well as the World Bank and the European Commission on public private partnerships in infrastructure. Shehadi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University. He is also a director on the Supervisory Board of Maroc Telecom, member of the Investment Committee of Dubai Angel Investors, and member of the Advisory Board of RMC Group. He has published widely on privatization, public-private partnerships, public finance, and strategy. Dr. Kamal Shehadi has a BA (Hons) in economics from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University in international political economy.

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