Visiting Humphrey Scholar from Lebanon Works to Empower Lebanese Citizens and Strengthen Local Government

“An excellent opportunity” is how Pierre El Haddad, a Humphrey Fellow visiting scholar from Lebanon to Mason for spring 2017 describes his visit to Mason and stay in Washington.

While at Mason, El Haddad is working on two projects, doing research and writing a paper on enhancing the role of private sector in government betterment in Lebanon and also laying the groundwork for a Lebanon initiative to empower citizens and strengthen local government.

Part of the Fulbright Program through the U.S. State Department, the Humphrey Fellowship provides ten months of study and professional affiliations for mid-career scholars and professionals from developing countries. Fellows are selected based on “potential for leadership and dedication to public service” and alumni have made contributions in their home countries ranging from serving as government Ministers to starting schools and leading trans-formative policy initiatives.

The 2016-2017 Humphrey Fellowship Program consists of 168 Fellows from 95 countries.   

“When I go back to Lebanon, I plan to take my knowledge from here and improve the situation in my country, professional life, and with my civic engagement. My professional life has gained a lot from being here in the U.S., and I hope to have partnerships with people here for many years to come,” continued El Haddad.

El Haddad’s Humphrey Scholar focus relates to participatory and collaborative institutional development towards sustainable organizations and communities. He hopes to build his research, teaching and consulting capabilities, and to develop a Corporate Social Responsibility decision-making model.

El Haddad’s talk on Corporate Social Responsibility can be found here:

Before becoming a Humphrey Scholar, El Haddad was most recently president of an NGO promoting environmental awareness, youth engagement in local government and corporate social responsibility advocacy in Lebanon. He was also a consultant, professor of management at University of Balamand, Lebanon, and has twenty years of experience in private business management. El Haddad also earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Saint-Joseph University, an MBA in Economics and Finance from Notre-Dame University in Lebanon, and is finalizing his doctoral dissertation in business administration from Jean Moulin University-Lyon 3.

“ICT and mobile are key enablers for empowering citizens and strengthening municipalities and local government. Pierre’s work contextualizes these possibilities to Lebanon and has promise as Lebanon strengthens their economy and institutions,” says Professor J.P. Auffret, Director, Research Partnerships, School of Business and Associate Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering.

El Haddad is the fourth Humphrey Fellow to visit Professor Auffret at Mason. Last year, the university hosted a scholar from Nigeria and Russia and, in 2014, an executive from Namibia.

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