For the purpose of breaking the cycle of political inheritance, the National Bloc eliminated the "supreme leader" position and transferred his absolute powers to an executive committee presided by a Secretary-General.
Bechara Mouannes was born in Jbeil in 1961. He is an architect who graduated from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon, in 1986 and was awarded his Master of Advanced Studies in architecture and archeology from France in 1989. In addition to engineering projects at his own office, he worked at the TRIAD CONDAS INT in Paris, graduated from the Faculty of Archeology in Greece and Cyprus, and engaged in works for France’s Autun and others.
He has been a member of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut since 1987 and has already been elected for four consecutive sessions as a member of the Order’s Council of Delegates for the category of architects since 1998.
In the public sector, Bechara Mouannes was elected as a member of Byblos City’s Municipal Council and served as Chairman of the Planning and Works Committee throughout the period of his service between 2010 and 2016. Between 2002 and 2003, the Minister of Justice selected him to be a member of the Advisory Committee on the needs and characteristics of Justice Ministries and their equipment. He is a former member of the Independent Engineers office at the Order of Engineers and Architects, elected in 1992, and in the same year, he was appointed by the Minister of Public Transport as member of the Advisory Committee for the rehabilitation and preservation of the Jbeil archaeological port. He also teaches at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik as an associate professor.
In the field of research and publications, he was engaged in several draft development studies in the districts of Jbeil and Zgharta, and made several contributions to the publications of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and in France. He has also lectured in Egypt, Lebanon, and Italy.
Mouannes won several awards for architectural projects he designed such as the Jbeil Garden which won the Barcelona City Projects Award, and for the Municipal Palace design concept in the Halat area in 2012. He also participated in numerous architectural competitions in Lebanon and abroad.
Secretary General Pierre Issa
Pierre Issa was born in Zahlé in 1957. He founded the NGO "arcenciel" in 1985 and served as its General Manager. "arcenciel" is one of Lebanon's largest independent social institutions and the first association to win the 2010 Takreem Award, in addition to other awards. He was formerly the General Manager of Domaine de Taanayel which includes agricultural territories and a farm for dairy products covering an area of 2.2 km2 in the Bekaa region, which is also an eco-tourism destination. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of Lebanon Water Company – “Sannine”, and later on, he served as the General Manager of “Lignes et Couleurs” which produced furniture.
Pierre Issa lectures regularly at universities and forums in Lebanon, France, and Tunisia, and has actively participated in the World Economic Forum – Davos in 2015.
In 2014, Pierre was awarded “Chevalier” in the French “Legion d’Honneur” and “Commandate” in the Spanish “Order of Civil Merit” in recognition of arcenciel’s achievements in Lebanon and abroad. In 2015, he was awarded “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Schwab Foundation, the founders of the World Economic Forum, which was the first time it was awarded to a Lebanese citizen.
Fadel was elected as a member of the Lebanese parliament in 2009 and submitted his resignation in 2016 following the extension of the parliament’s term. He summarized the reasons for this move in a statement he issued, at the beginning of which he said: “A deputy cannot be happy at the expense of the people’s misery”. He previously served, between 2009 and 2017, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors – General Manager of “ABC”, a joint stock company which, through its numerous branches, is a pioneer in the field of retail in Lebanon. He is currently a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to that, Fadel served as a consultant in Boston and Paris at Monitor Group, a global consulting company specializing in business strategy.
Fadel founded and headed the NGO “Bader Foundation” which focuses on encouraging entrepreneurship in Lebanon and reducing brain-drain. He also participates, with his wife, Hala Frangieh, in many charitable activities such as the “Ruwwad Foundation” which has been run by Hala since its foundation. On the anniversary of his father's death, Fadel and his wife launched the “Maurice Fadel Prize” which recognizes the best development projects in North Lebanon.
He co-authored the book "Regards sur la France" published by Seuil publishing house in 2007.
Fadel is currently a member of the International Crisis Group's Board of Trustees.
President Salam Yamout
Salam Yamout was born in Beirut in 1963. She holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in the United States and an MBA from ESA Business School in Beirut.
Yamout has been Internet Society's Regional Manager for the Middle East since November 2016. This organization was founded in the United States and deals with Internet protocols and relevant international policies. Prior to joining Internet Society, Salam served as the National Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Strategy Coordinator at the Office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, a post she held for a six-year period. She brings over 25 years of experience in the development and management of ICT systems domain and their impact on business, governments, and society at large. She worked with industry leaders such as Cisco Systems and international organizations such as the European Union and UNDP.
Salam has founded several associations, the most important of which is "Women in IT". She also serves as vice chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), and she served on the boards of international organizations such as RIPE NCC - The Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.
Abdul-Halim Jabr was born in Beirut in 1962. He is an architect / urban design consultant, a faculty member of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, and previously at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from AUB, and a Master’s degree in Urban Studies and Housing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Jabr works actively on issues of urban design and governance in Greater Beirut, specifically in relation to the environment, old neighborhoods, and public places. Between March 2014 and November 2016, he served as an advisor to the Ministry of Culture with regard to heritage buildings in Beirut and was part of the team that drafted the new law for the protection of heritage.
Jabr's professional experience includes local and international work that demonstrates a commitment to environmentally-friendly design, urban heritage development, and ocean-friendly planning. A number of urban design projects in which he participated were recognized by Arab, European and American agencies. His experience includes work completed for distinguished institutions, real estate developers and public sector clients in Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.
He was the director of the Beirut Airport project from 1992 to 1994 (the design phase).
As of 2013, Abdul-Halim Jabr became a co-founder, with Dr. Jala Makhzoumi, of Unit 44, which engages in architecture, landscape design, ecological planning, and urban design.
In 2013, politically, he was part of a successful campaign to stop the highway project on the “Sagesse-Turk” axis (also known as Fouad Boutros Highway).
In May 2016, he was one of 24 candidates running for municipal council elections on the “Beirut Madinati” list.
Guitta Chami Germanos
Guitta Chami Germanos was born in Jbeil in 1951. She obtained a law degree and a specialization degree in French and Lebanese law in 1972, and a mediator degree from the Professional Center for Mediation at Saint Joseph University in 2010.
Guitta owns an eco-friendly guesthouse and an organic farm in the Lebanese Akoura mountains.
She heads the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), a non-governmental organization dedicated to eliminating racial discrimination and empowering women, and which calls for the promotion of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. She also worked through YWCA with "Université Pour Tous” at Saint Joseph University to launch cultural seminars on cinema, history, culture, religion, and psychology.
In 1999, she volunteered in a number of associations, namely in the section devoted to the elderly at the Missionary Nuns of the Holy Sacrament, the “Resalat Hayat” association in Antelias, and the “Bonheur du Ciel” association in Bourj Hammoud.
Frederic Khair was born in Beirut in 1983. He is a political advisor and analyst. He holds a BA in Administrative and Political Sciences from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut (USJ), a Master-Grande Ecole from the “Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris” (ESCP Europe), and is a graduate of the Foreign Service Programme (Diplomatic Studies) from the University of Oxford.
After 2005, he worked as a consultant for political figures and parties in Lebanon as well as in a consultancy firm in the Gulf states. In 2012, he was part of the US State Department's IVLP program for young leaders in the world.
He ventured into politics early on and was one of the leaders of youth and student organizations between 2005 and 2008. Between 2010 and 2016, he was elected member of the municipal council of “Wadi Shahrour” area. He was also appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of the Racing Club Beirut in 2015. He is currently a member of the Maronite League and the Maronite General Council.
Fadlallah Dagher was born in Beirut in 1961. He is an engineer who works and lives in Lebanon. His practice, Dagher Hanna and Partners, has designed more than 150 projects. Dagher is considered to be one of the leading experts in the architecture of heritage buildings. His projects cover various types of buildings, including residential and commercial buildings, educational and cultural institutions, religious monuments, the renovation of historic buildings, construction of clay brick structures in the Bekaa, etc. More recently, he completed the "MIM" mineral stone museum in Beirut.
As a painter, his main work was illustrated in the book "Histoire illustré du Liban" published by Larousse in Beirut in 1987. He also worked as a caricaturist for several Lebanese newspapers in Lebanon during the 1980s.
In addition to his work, Dagher is also an instructor at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and the American University of Beirut (AUB) and has been a member of the APSAD (which aims to preserve architectural heritage) since 1994. He also gave numerous lectures on engineering. He has directed the publication of “L’homme, la Terre et la Pierre” (Fondation Nationale du Patrimoine, 2001), which was an exhibition and a book on architectural heritage in Lebanon.
Philippe Pierre Helou was born in Beirut in 1955. He received his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Applied Research from the University of California-Berkeley in 1977, and his MBA from the same university in 1978.
He is the General Manager and Business Development Officer at Murex SAS, in addition to being one of its founders. Murex has been present in the capital markets for nearly 30 years with more than 300 customers and 50,000 users in more than 60 countries. It is a multinational information processing company employing more than 800 young Lebanese engineers (it employs more than 2,200 employees of 60 different nationalities around the world). Murex has developed unprecedented competencies in the design and implementation of risk management solutions for the financial and capital markets of banks and financial institutions.
Philippe Pierre Helou travels around the world as a covert ambassador to the Murex Group in order to provide clients with the support they expect. Collective work, perseverance and the pursuit of optimal quality and performance constitute the principles of his work.
Carlos Eddé was born in Beirut in 1956. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, in 1981, his Master’s degree in Political Science from Georgetown University in 1983, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Getulio Vargas in 1987. He is fluent in Portuguese, French, and English, in addition to his knowledge of Arabic.
He served as a foreign delegate to the Lebanese newspaper L'Orient-Le Jour between 1983 and 1984. Between 1985 and 1992, he was responsible for financial planning at one of the largest paper mills in Brazil. Subsequently, he served as a private financial advisor between 1992 and 1995 and later worked at Merrill Lynch between 1995 and 2000.
Carlos has been managing, since his return to Lebanon in 2000, the farm owned by his family for more than 150 years, producing wheat, vegetables, and grapes for wine production.
In 2000, he succeeded his uncle Raymond Eddé as the supreme leader of the Lebanese National Bloc party.
Naji Abu Khalil
Naji Abu Khalil was born in the city of Tyre in 1985. He holds a master's degree in international security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a master's degree in international law from the University of Lille II. He is an expert on the reform of the security sector and the political economy of armed groups and has specialized in the affairs of Libya and North Africa.
Between 2015 and 2018, he was part of a team of experts working on Libyan affairs in affiliation to the UN Security Council. He was entrusted with following up on the implementation of the international sanctions imposed on Libya and detecting violations and submitted six reports to the UN Security Council. Previously, he had worked with Altai Consulting on projects aiming to reform the security sector and governance. Prior to that, he had worked in Paris with Total Co. as an analyst for political and security risks relating to its work in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Naji Abu Khalil is a founding member of the NORIA Research Network which was established in 2011 and headquartered in Paris. He has also completed research on armed groups and contributed to a number of publications in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).