Monday, May 07, 2007

Upcoming Event: Outlook on Lebanon

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Speaker Biographies

Mr. Riyad Salameh
An American University of Beirut ( AUB) alumnus, he has been at the head of Lebanon Central Bank since 1993. Publishing group Euromoney Investor awarded him the 2006 prize of the World's Best Central Bank governor at a ceremony in Singapore, on the sidelines of an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Euromoney Institutional Investor president Padraic Fallon, in presenting the prize, praised Salameh's 13-year stint as the head of the central bank, particularly during the month-long war that ended on August 14. Prior to this award Mr.Salameh was named three times in a row as the best Central Bank governor in the Middle East. In 2005, the award was granted to Salameh after polls showed that an elite of Middle East experts have selected the governor in appreciation of his distinguished performance in handling the economy in the aftermath of the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.

Dr. Tarek Mitri
Before joining the Lebanese political arena in 2005, Dr. Tarek Mitri was the Coordinator of Interreligious Relations and Dialogue at the World Council of Churches, Geneva, since 1991 and Program Secretary for Christian-Muslim dialogue. From 1982 till 1991, he taught at the Université Saint Joseph and at Balamand University in Lebanon. He also occasionally taught at the University of Geneva and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. In 1996, he was Helder Camara Visiting Professor at the Amsterdam Free University.

Dr. Mitri has published in Arabic, French and English. His main areas of interest are the history and sociology of Christian-Muslim relations, and the modern history and sociology of Christianity in the Arab and Muslim world.

Dr. James J. Zogby
Founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. Since 1985, Dr. Zogby and AAI have led Arab American efforts to secure political empowerment in the U.S. Through voter registration, education and mobilization, AAI has moved Arab Americans into the political mainstream. For the past three decades, Dr. Zogby has been involved in a full range of Arab American issues. A co-founder and chairman of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign in the late 1970s, he later co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. In 1982, he co-founded Save Lebanon, Inc., a private non-profit, humanitarian and non-sectarian relief organization which funds health care for Palestinian and Lebanese victims of war, and other social welfare projects in Lebanon. In 1985, Zogby founded AAI. Throughout the year, Dr. Zogby worked with a number of US agencies to promote and support Palestinian economic development, including AID, OPIC, USTDA, and the Departments of State and Commerce.

A lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U.S.-Arab relations, and the history of the Arab American community, Dr. Zogby appears frequently on television and radio. He has appeared as a regular guest on all the major network news programs. After hosting the popular "A Capital View" on the Arab Network of America for several years, he now hosts "Viewpoint with James Zogby" on Abu Dhabi Television, LinkTV, Dish Network, and DirecTV.


  1. Nicole!10:40 AM

    What is the date of the event?

  2. Anonymous9:50 PM

    Will they discuss the terrorist activities of Hassan Nasrallah?

  3. aipac1:03 AM

    will they discuss the terrorist activities of israel?

  4. Good job commentators...good job...

  5. Philippe9:00 PM

    Looks good. I have been reading your blog for a while now and never bothered to check that both of you guys where in Montreal, even less at Concordia! I will call and try to attend this event. Jade are you part of the LSA and helped organize this? If so we might have some friends in common.

  6. Hey Phillipe, I actually got this by email from a friend and decided to put it up seeing as theres a big Lebanese community in Montreal.

    Credit for organising the events goes to those at the LSA and AAANA as far as I know (and not us).


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