Kristelle Mardini

Kristelle Mardini is the director of LIMS. Her past experience includes three years as regional marketing specialist at IAxcess, a company that offers technologies and IT security solutions. Kristelle also worked for three years in marketing at Al-Jadeed TV, a leading TV station in Lebanon where she developed a handbook on using various promotion platforms: TV, digital, radio, published press releases, traditional media, outdoor campaigns, and much more. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from Notre Dame University- Louaize and a master’s degree in communication and information from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.

Eliane Al Badawy

LIMS welcomed Mrs. Eliane Al Badawy recently and she will be working on challenges posed by the current education system in Lebanon. Mrs. Al Badawy holds a master’s degree in banking and finance from the Lebanese University and she has been engaged in the education field for the past two years. She believes that “Lebanon should move in the direction of education choice to help future generation acquire the needed competency and knowledge in a rapidly changing world.”

Majdi Aref

Majdi Aref is the senior policy analyst at the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies. He has a master’s degree in finance from the University of York, where he wrote on pricing credit default swaps with industry-specific factors. He also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Balamand. He previously worked in research at the Economics & Capital Markets Research Center, where he examined the effects of debt on the economy and the sustainable levels at which a healthy economy can grow. He also worked as a tutor during his studies, where he taught different subjects in economics and finance.

Dr. Mazen Derawan

Dr. Mazen Derawan is a lifelong entrepreneur. He is the founder of the largest meat processing factory in the Middle East and of a successful residential construction business in the Chicago area. Dr. Derawan was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2005. Dr. Derawan is also a lifetime member of American Marketing Association Honorary Society and a member of several chambers of commerce and industry. He holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communication from Northwestern University. After several years, he obtained his doctor of business administration degree at the European University in Switzerland.

Dr. Rajaa Makki

Dr. Rajaa Makki has been a news anchor since 2009 at France 24, an international news channel broadcasting in Arabic, English, and French. Her past experience includes working for Radio Orient in Paris. She holds a Ph.D in mass communication from the Sorbonne University Paris 2 and her research focused on obstacles towards freedom of press and freedom of expression in Lebanon. She is active in the “Civil Marriage Campaign” in Lebanon and in the “No To Sectarianism campaign”.

Dr. Samer Adra

Dr. Samer Adra is an Assitant Professor of Finance at Notre Dame University – Louaize. He holds an MSc in Finance and a PhD in Financial Economics from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on corporate takeovers and their related regulations, asset pricing, behavioral finance, and the effect of inefficient pricing on investment decisions. During his time at the University of St Andrews, Dr. Adra was a prominent member of both the Libertarian Society and the Free Market Association. Furthermore, he delivered various lectures on Business Cycle Theories and the interaction of Law and Economics.

Dr. Saifedean Ammous

Dr. Saifedean Ammous is an assistant professor of economics at the Lebanese American University, and a foreign member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University in New York City. His research interests include monetary economics, political economy, economics of innovation, and free market systems. His research is motivated by a consideration of knowledge problems in economics and social affairs, the concept of spontaneous and emergent order, as well as the limitations of central planning. Dr. Ammous holds a PhD in sustainable development from Columbia University , a master’s degree in development management , from the London School of Economics.

Mr. Nader Sadek

Nader Sadek is a legal observer and legal analyst for a variety of public office individuals and organizations, his support includes the drafting of contracts and managing public relations campaigns. Further work includes legal correspondence for a variety of publications including the Law Society Gazette, Justice Gap, and contributing to a dialogue on a variety of issues which include human rights, national and international law, aviation law, and public interest campaigns. Mr. Sadek holds an LLB in law with honors from Keele University, as well as a international relations and a qualified master’s degree in artificial intelligence.

Dr. Darius Daniel

Dr. Darius Daniel Martin is an assistant professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. His research interests include macroeconomics, labor economics, and financial economics. Much of his research is devoted to understanding inequality, human capital accumulation, and the unexpected consequences of minimum wage legislation from a macroeconomic perspective. Dr. Martin holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has lived in United States, Lebanon, Iceland, South Africa, and the Netherlands.

Dr. Khalil Dayri

Dr. Khalil Dayri is a quantitative analyst in the algorithmic trading group of Bloomberg Tradebook. He is responsible for developing algorithmic trading strategies across global markets. His research focus on market microstructure and the process of price formation in electronic financial markets. Dr Dayri has been involved in algorithmic trading for about 10 years, his past employment includes Bank of America in New York and a hedge fund in Paris. He holds an MA in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Dima Karam

Dima Karam and is a research assistant at the University of Balamand. She also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Holy Spirit- Kaslik. Mrs. Karam participated in LIMS’ training session in 2015 and started generating content for LIMS’ online resources (blog and Facebook). Seeking a growing career in research, her current area of interest is competition in the airline market.

Sarah Neary

Sarah Neary is the English editor at the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS). She has more than five years of global editorial experience in the international media and private education sector. From an academic perspective, Ms. Neary holds an MBA and is currently a PhD student.

Riad Assoum

Riad Assoum is a translator at the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in modern languages and translation from the University of Balamand and is currently studying for his master’s degree at Said University. Riad’s work at the institute is mainly focused on translating videos related to the subject of free economy and free market creation to and from both English and Arabic, typing the content of some videos related to the same topic and proofreading existing translations or unpublished papers.