Nadine Massoud Bernheim
Chief Executive Officer
LondonNadine brings to LIFE a wealth of experience acquired through a career spanning 31 years of Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Nadine had previously served as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch where she was responsible for French institutions and later ran the team responsible for the bank’s relationships with Sovereign Wealth Funds in EMEA. In 2010, she founded ESMOD Istanbul, a global French Fashion school franchise which she later sold part of to Vakko Holdings, a major Turkish conglomerate.
Nadine holds a Masters of Economics from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and a Post-graduate certificate in Executive Coaching.
Frédérique Akatcherian Chemali
Director - Head of Connect
Frédérique joined LIFE in February 2015.
Prior to LIFE, Frederique was the General Manager and Deputy Director at the French Alliance in Abu Dhabi. She was organising cultural events in the UAE to promote French culture as well raising funds from local institutions and HNW individuals. Previously, Frederique has worked in different marketing and communications positions for companies including Exotica and Haagen-Dazs. She holds a Masters in linguistics and a Bachelor degree in computer science.
Director - Finance, Fundraising and Business Development
Zeina joined LIFE in January 2014 as Nurture Coordinator.
She has previously worked for 10 years Investment Banking, in the Acquisition Finance team of Societe Generale, in charge of financing the strategic acquisitions of the bank’s major corporate clients. She has worked in Paris, and then moved to London where she became the Deputy Head of the team, in charge specifically of the UK, Russia and the Middle East. She then went on to become an independent financial consultant for entrepreneurs and start-ups, mainly in the Social Enterprise field. Zeina holds a Master in Management from HEC in Paris and a B.A. in Economics from Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.
DubaiRama joined LIFE in September 2014.
She is an active volunteer and fundraiser for several not-for-profit organisations. She has previously worked with START in the UAE and AFEL in Lebanon supporting disabled and underprivileged children. Previously, she was on the Executive team of The Culture Vultures, the premier cultural and charitable foundation in Bahrain. Rama started her career in New York working for UBS in Investment Banking and Haven Capital with a focus on Client Relations. She holds an MBA from George Washington University.
Events Coordinator and General Assistant
Reem joined LIFE in August 2013 shortly after obtaining her degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.
Her role includes supporting LIFE’s CEO and the Board of Directors in all areas of administration, relying on attention to detail and interpersonal skills.
In addition, Reem supports with office administration and IT.
Reem also takes enjoyment in assisting the Membership Team with event organisation and logistics.
In her spare time, she fundraises and volunteers for various non-profit charities, helping children in the Middle East and Africa.
Director - Head of Nurture
BeirutLara joined LIFE in May 2014.
Lara worked for several blue-chip companies like Visa Inc. and Accenture, and worked on consulting projects for Union Bank of Switzerland, Zurich Financial Services, ABN Amro, the Woolwich, and Credit Suisse First Boston. Lara held various positions of responsibility varying from short to long term consulting assignments including coaching and leading faculty for new joiners' training within Accenture induction school in Chicago. She worked in several countries including the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, France, Lebanon, Jordan and the United States of America and has recently moved back to Beirut. Lara has an MBA from the University of Birmingham, UK and a Professional Business Diploma from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director - Head of Promote
Zeina Mhanna joined LIFE in October 2014 as Nurture Coordinator. She relocated to Beirut in June 2015 to head Promote activities.
Her appointment was a key step to grow and institutionalize the Promote pillar, which aims to support job creation and advance economic policy in Lebanon. Promote is also involved in supporting the development of the Lebanese financial ecosystem.
Prior to joining LIFE, Zeina has worked with major investment banks in a variety of capital markets sales roles in London. She started her career at Morgan Stanley, before moving to JP Morgan and later to Santander GBM.
Zeina has completed the Programme for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School in 2018. She also holds a Master’s degree in Finance from ESCP-EAP in Paris and a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut.
JIHANE KORBAN SCHMITT
Director - Global Events and Mentoring
Jihane joined LIFE in January 2016 as coordinator for the LIFE 2016 Gala and from September 2016 assumed the role of Events Coordinator.
She previously worked at Morgan Stanley in London within the Equity Derivatives Sales Team, covering institutional clients for their structured products needs.
She then went on to co-create her company for clothing design, import and distribution of women’s fashion from Austria to the UK, which she ran for 10 years.
She is currently President of the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle London’s Alumni Association, having built up its network, activities and career advice to current pupils over the last decade. She has also organised several events for the Lycée’s anniversaries as well as editing a book on the 100 year history of the school.
Jihane holds a BSc in Mathematics and Economics and an MSc in Management, both from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in French, English, Arabic, German and Spanish.
Carole Wakim (Maternity Leave)
Marketing and Communications Manager
Carole joined LIFE in October 2011 and is currently managing all LIFE’s marketing and communications tools and collateral.
Prior to LIFE, she worked for 2 years at the Lebanese Embassy in London, closely with the Ambassador and on consular matters. Before moving to London, Carole was the Middle-East & Romania marketer for Sunglass Hut (Luxottica) at Azadea Group where she also managed the revamption of the company's website, having started her career at Bank Audi's Head office Communications department in Beirut.
Carole holds a Bachelor in Hotel & Tourism Management from the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, a Masters in Organisational Communication from Lyon II, III and ENS and a Certificate in Marketing from the London Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Besides her professional life, she is a mother of 2 boys and a volunteer for the Lebanese charity Heartbeat (taking care new-borns with Congenital Heart Diseases).