We have two main cells, one in Lebanon and one in the United States, whose role is to function as coordinators between the rest of the network, which will grow in size and capacity with time. We believe that as an international group, the Lebanese communities have enough time, talent, money and resources to make a vast difference on the ground in Lebanon, and one of our tasks is to re-apportion these assets in order to effectuate real change.Abbas Yaghi
Abbas recently relocated from Turkey to Lebanon in order to put his impressive credentials to work in a local context. A scientist by education, specialized in the biology and philosophy of agriculture, Abbas is a leading figure in his community in the Baalbeck/Bekaa region and is extensively involved in education and social improvement issues. He is currently the CEO of Pollex SAL, a business partner of BASF, a leader in the agrochemicals business, as well as Chairman of Act for Lebanon / Lebanon chapter. About Act For Lebanon:
"The time for talking is over, now is your chance to Act For Lebanon. Through promoting cultural events, local talents, or educational projects in poor rural areas, you would be contributing to giving Lebanon a better outlook on the future. Turn your aspirations into actions, and make a difference with ACT!!!"
Fadi probably first discovered his real vocation of bridging cultures together when, in 1969, as an eleven-year-old Lebanese Christian he was chosen to present the Koran to the late Pope Paul VI.
His business achievements are a testament to the fact that grades are not necessarily an indicator of future success. During his eclectic career, Fadi has helped conquer emerging markets in the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East by introducing Latin American products to markets that had never seen imports from that region. Today he is the Honorary Consul General of Ecuador in Turkey and the CEO of Na Plus. Dedicated to spreading the wealth and making a difference for "heroes in the shade", he has participated in the Rally Raid of Tunisia, sponsored seven Ecuadorians on a bicycle trip from Paris to Cairo to raise awareness about environmental issues, supported the Beirut Marathon, been part of the Galapagos Foundation, edited a book about the Ecuador Panama Hat in an effort to preserve this disappearing artisan. The year 2005 was a busy one for Fadi: he received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Inter-American Economic Council and founded the "Fadi Nahas Scholarship for Inter-cultural Understanding" and "Act for Lebanon", of which he is both President and active participant. About Act For Lebanon:
- "Why Act For Lebanon??
Because everybody "talks for Lebanon" we decided to gather a group and Act For Lebanon.
- Where to ACT??
In disadvantaged neighborhoods: if you don't visit them today they will visit you one day without asking permission.
- How to ACT?
By supporting "Heroes" and talents as role models to look up to. By bridging them through cultural and sport events and by offering them "FREE OF CHARGE" quality education.
You are not just one person you could be the one that makes the difference."
Karine has been living in Geneva-Switzerland since 1995 with her family not interrupting her professional dedication to art and interior design.
Karine found the right balance, rallying her commitment to her family, her profession and major community concerns.
Majority partner in Publi-Graphics (advertising agency) in 1973, Mustapha grew this operation into one of the most successful communication groups in the Arab World. Joining forces with Publicis Group, the fourth largest communication group in the world, Publicis.Graphics still drives growth with specialized services companies as Headline PR, Optimedia, etc.Chevalier of the Senegalese Ordre National du Lion and Chevalier de l'ordre National du Cèdre, Mustapha is an active leader committed to the community at large and the professional business community. President of the IAA Lebanon chapter (1984-1986), he was senior VP and world president elect of the IAA (1990-1992), then world president (1992-1994).
Board director of Pollex SAL, Wadih quickly rose through the ranks of Cynamid International. He joined the company in 1962, working in various sales and marketing positions in the Middle East, and by 1976 was named managing director of Cynamid International's regional operations in Athens, Greece, responsible for the pharmaceutical, agricultural and chemical businesses in the Middle East, North Africa and Near East markets. In 1993, he was made Vice President of the company, serving in that capacity for two years. Today he is a member on the Board of both the "Iraq Medical and Pharmaceutical Company" and ANTIGENICS, Inc., a biotechnology company based in New York. Dedicated to his community, Wadih is also passionate about education, believing that is it is the foundation for any successful society. As such he was President of the Board of American Community Schools in Athens, Greece from 1989 to 1993 and was elected as a trustee for the Lebanese American University in 2003, a position he is still proud to fill today. About Act For Lebanon:
"It is a worthy cause. Through Act For Lebanon, while living abroad, I will be able to give back to my country part of what my country gave to me."