Newsletter - Q1 2019


2019 marks our 10-Year Anniversary! 
We will be celebrating with 10 Events in 10 Chapters #10IN10

Sydney opened the series with a dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art, overlooking the Sydney Harbour and Opera House.
A professional community with shared values and a sense of purpose gathered around speeches by New South Wales’ Treasurer the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, as well as LIFE Board Members Wahid Chammas and Paul Raphael #LIFEpics




10-years later and we are returning to where it all began!
Join us for the 10-Year Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 16th November 2019, at the Guildhall, London.

Throughout the year we will keep you updated on our #10IN10 events as well as bringing you more FLASHBACKS from our 2009 newsletter.


  • We would like to welcome Dina Geha as the new Chair of the London Committee
  • Membership update as of 2018


  • We are delighted to announce our new academic partnership with MIT - find out more
  • The new Soft Skills Training (SST) programme is still running strong in 2019 with 2 new sessions added to the exisiting 12 per year. One of the new sessions will be delivered by LIFE Scholar, Ralph Chammas, Managing Partner at Wideboost, entitled "Sales Skills for Non-sales People" - find out more
  • LIFE will be featured in the AUB MainGate magazine with testimonials from our scholars.
"Being selected for this scholarship was an honor, LIFE impacted my “whole life” in many ways. My mentor was there from the very beginning - as an advisor and someone who guided me at every step along the way."
  • The Promote Committee is organising a roundtable event in Washington DC on 13th March 2019 entitled “The Lebanese Diaspora - A Long History of Enabling Trade and Investment” to be co-chaired by Thomas J. Barrack Jr., Secretary Spencer Abraham and Senator George J. Mitchell.
    This event is designed to bridge the Lebanese global finance network with Americans of Lebanese descent active in public life - past and present Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, Diplomats and other senior officials. It will also include officials from the World Bank, IMF, the Fed and selected think tanks.
    This event to exclusive to Premium Members and our Senior Members in Washington DC.
  • The LIFE Board of Directors has approved to empower a Fintech incubator project in Beirut led by Alexandre Harkous “Startecheus”. This incubator aims to build technology enabled companies empowering the financial services industry from the concept stage, while assisting and mentoring throughout their entire life cycle, leading to a successful exit in international commercialisation.


We are tremendously grateful to our Corporate and Individual Donors for 2018, Premium Members and volunteers in all of our chapters. 



Samir Assaf Carl and Celine Faker Tony Tamer
Wahid and Violette Chammas Gilbert Ghostine  








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