Commencement 2019

Honorary doctorate recipients

  • JUNE 11 
    8:30 p.m.

    All schools
  • JUNE 14
    8:00 p.m.

    SArD and SAS
  • JUNE 15
    8:00 p.m.


Pierre Choueiri
Chairman and CEO,
Choueiri Group

June 5, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.

Commencement Exercises - Byblos campus


Farah Daghistani
Executive Director,
Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development

June 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Commencement Exercises - Beirut campus 


Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
Founder and Chair,
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization

June 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Commencement Exercises - Beirut campus 

Pierre Choueiri began his career in the media as a junior sales executive after graduating from the American University of Beirut in 1988. He moved to Dubai in the early 1990s to oversee the growth of the Choueiri Group, a media representation company started by his father. During this period, Choueiri accelerated the group’s expansion across the region and across new domains, such as print, digital, radio, TV, apps, cinemas and even exhibition spaces.

The Choueiri Group is a market leader from the UAE to Morocco, and prides itself on its vision of excellence and its ability to exceed the expectations of its partners and clients. Choueiri credits the family spirit of the company with its success over the decades.


Farah Daghistani has dedicated her life to development in the Middle East, particularly her home country of Jordan, where she heads the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD). She began pursuing her interest in human rights and development during her education, which took her to Harvard, Oxford and the London School of Economics. Over the past 20 years, she has worked within multiple frameworks to promote sustainable, rights-based human development initiatives in Jordan.

She has published widely in academic journals as well as in leading newspapers and has spoken at a number of top universities and institutes across the world.



Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is chairman of the Amman, Jordan-based Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org). He began his career in accounting and intellectual property rights. Over the decades since he began, he has set up 140 professional service firms in the fields of management, consulting, legal services, IT and more. TAG-Org itself is a unique organization, a hybrid firm that is for-profit but whose mission is to “contribute to the socioeconomic development of the Arab world.”

Abu-Ghazaleh’s charitable work has taken him to leadership roles on the boards of over 50 international committees, and he is currently chairman of the Arab Coalition of Services and a member of the WTO’s Panel on Defining the Future of Trade.