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LAU announces its 2017 commencement honorary degree recipients

Four eminent figures from the fields of finance, media and advertising will be awarded honorary degrees by the university.


From left: Naaman Azhari, Marcel Ghanem, Joseph Ghossoub and Salim Sfeir.

In its June commencement ceremonies, LAU will present honorary doctorates in humane letters to four outstanding achievers in their respective fields: innovative banker Naaman Azhari, award winning journalist Marcel Ghanem, regional advertising pioneer Joseph Ghossoub, and visionary financier Salim Sfeir.

Naaman Azhari

Former Minister of Finance, Economy and Planning in Syria, Naaman Azhari is the chairman of BLOM Bank Group. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Sorbonne, a Bachelor of Law and a Diploma in Political Science from the Institut d’Études Politiques (SciencesPo) in Paris. An innovative banker, his significant impact on the banking sector is highly recognized in Lebanon and abroad. In 2013, the Arab Bankers Association presented him with its award for Distinguished Service to Banking. 

Marcel Ghanem

Award-winning journalist Marcel Ghanem boasts more than 25 years of experience in political talk shows. His style revolutionized local live television debates in Lebanon. After graduating with a Bachelor of Law from the Lebanese University, he practiced as attorney for ten years before moving into broadcasting. Through his popular Kalam Ennas show, which first aired on LBC TV in 1995, he has been a powerful and influential voice for democracy, freedom of expression, social justice and political autonomy.

Joseph Ghossoub

Joseph Ghossoub is considered as a pioneer in the MENA region’s advertising industry. Former Chairman and World President of the International Advertising Association, he is the founder of what is now known as MENACOM Group, one of the region’s most successful communications groups. He was the first recipient of the first-ever Dubai Lynx Advertising Person of the Year Award in 2008. He was awarded Lebanon’s Knight of the Order of the Cedar and the Vatican’s Pontifical Order of Knighthood.

Salim Sfeir

Visionary Salim Sfeir is the chairman and CEO of Bank of Beirut. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the Université de Montréal and an MBA from the University of Detroit. Under his leadership, the financial institution has steadily expanded in Lebanon and abroad, being recognized in 2014 for being the “fastest growing bank in Lebanon” by Banker Middle East. Sfeir received the Best Banker for the Year 2015 in the MENA Region award from Banker Middle East magazine. 


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