Introducing the New Chair of LIFE’s Nurture Pillar: Khalil Barrage

19 May 2020

Dear Fellow Members,

After more than 4 years as the Chair of LIFE's Nurture Pillar, Sasha van de Water is stepping down from the role. I am pleased to announce that fellow Board member, Khalil Barrage, has kindly agreed to take on the mantle and Chair Nurture for the upcoming period.

Please join me in thanking Sasha for her great leadership, enthusiasm, dedication and commitment during her time as Chair of Nurture. With more than 300 scholars (including the January 2020 intake) now benefitting from LIFE’s financial and mentoring support, Sasha took Nurture to another level. Sasha will continue her leadership work within LIFE through her ongoing Board participation.

I am grateful for Khalil's acceptance to lead this important Pillar and I am sure that with Khalil’s energy and excitement to direct and support Nurture’s objectives, the Pillar will continue to thrive. Now more than ever our continued efforts and work with scholars is needed, particularly within Lebanon and amongst the undergraduate community and post-graduation job opportunities. I know Khalil is already focusing on these challenges and opportunities. 

I would like to further note that for the upcoming period, Mouhammed Choukeir will continue to Chair the Connect Pillar and Paul Raphael will continue to Chair the Promote Pillar.

I would like to thank Khalil, Mouhammed and Paul for their commitment and leadership and I look forward to working with them on the opportunities that lie ahead. LIFE’s 3 pillars are driven by the voluntary work and dedication of its chairs, without whom the strategy, vision and plans for LIFE would not be realised.

Best Regards,
May Nasrallah
Chair of the LIFE Board

Khalil Barrage is Managing Director at The Invus Group, New York and serves on the LIFE Board.
He joined Invus in 2003 to start and head its Public Equity activity globally in New York, Paris and Hong Kong. Since its inception, Invus Public Equity has concentrated its investments in the emerging innovative biotech companies. Prior to joining Invus, he worked at The Olayan Group in New York and ran their US equity portfolio for 15 years. He holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut. He is a member of the board of Protagenic and Celtaxsys. As part of his philanthropic engagement, Khalil serves on the board of the Children of Armenia Fund and Solving Kids’ Cancer.