About LAU

Governance and Administration

Mr. Elie Samia

Assistant Vice President for Outreach and Civic Engagement

Mr. Elie Samia was appointed Assistant Vice President for Outreach and Civic Engagement in 2014. He has served at LAU since 1991 as a lecturer of diverse courses in the Social Sciences department (a position he fills to this day) and as Director of Guidance on the Byblos campus (from 2005 to 2010). He was named Executive Director of Outreach and Civic Engagement in 2010.

Most notably, over the past decade Mr. Samia has successfully led key special programs at LAU that underscore the university’s commitment to civic engagement and outreach: Global Classrooms-LAU Model UN in Lebanon, Global Classrooms International in New York, LAU’s Model Arab League, LAU’s Model European Union, LAU’s Model African Union and the USAID-funded University Scholarship Program. 

In his role as AVP, Mr. Samia manages the Outreach and Civic Engagement department, overseeing the above-mentioned initiatives, training the students participating in the Harvard World Model United Nations. He is also responsible for forging strategic alliances with influential civic engagement and philanthropic organizations and for coordinating the strategic plan related to his area.

Mr. Samia is the author and co-author of several books and journal articles. He has given more than 750 workshops to a wide audience ranging from youth associations to corporate employees in Lebanon and abroad about educational leadership, negotiations, emotional intelligence, team building and project management, strategic thinking and educational management.

Mr. Samia holds a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Political Development (both from the American University in Cairo), and a DEA in Political Sociology from Saint Joseph University with a prospective doctorate from Paris I-Sorbonne.

Mr. Elie Samia
Assistant Vice President for Outreach and Civic Engagement
Lebanese American University
Tel: +961-9-547254, Ext. 2328