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About the Club
Established in 1986, the MIT Club of Lebanon is the oldest in the Arab Countries. It has grown to become a reference to its peers by moving front and center on the intellectual and professional stages in the region. The Club's activities revolve around four clusters:
- Promoting MIT in Lebanon: Admitted Students Event, Summer Send-Off Event, Hosting MIT Officials and Faculty Members in Lebanon,
- Social Networking: MIT Club of Lebanon & Lebanese Club at MIT End-of-Year Get-Together Lunch, Toast to IAP, informal gatherings,
- Community Development: Seeding the local MIT Enterprise Forum and Educational Council Regional Structure Initiatives, Luncheon with Industry and Government Officials,
- Professional Networking through constant interaction with academia and the business community.
In a nutshell, the club aims to keep the alumni's toolkit relevant in the evolving economy, reinforce their "esprit de corps", and help them become better citizens in the Lebanese society, all while remaining true to the global Institute's message.

Legal Standing

The MIT Club of Lebanon was founded by Nicolas Chammas, Georges Zahar and Karim Salameh (application number 713/2 submitted July 31, 1986; official notification number 72/AD issued by the Ministry of Interior on March 15, 1993) to serve the following ten objectives:
- Promote MIT
- Facilitate networking between MIT alumni who live in Lebanon
- Reunite MIT alumni who live in Lebanon as often as possible
- Exchange ideas, opinions and information between Club members
- Maintain a good relationship between the Club and MIT
- Welcome MIT alumni, faculty members and staff who visit Lebanon
- Encourage Club members to strengthen their professional capacities
- Deploy all resources to attempt to end any potential professional related conflict arising between Club members
- Develop activities of interest to the Club and its members
- Coordinate work with clubs of similar nature

Success Stories
- Nicolas Chammas, President Emeritus of the MIT Club of Lebanon since 2004, was the first director to represent the international district on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and also was elected Vice-President of the MIT Alumni Association Board of Directors, for 3 years effective July 1st, 2010. Nicolas is the first ever non-American in this post.
- The Educational Council for the Arab countries, which interviews regional undergraduate applicants and writes recommendations regarding their admission to MIT. It is presently chaired by Nicolas Chammas, with Diane Zreik as Vice Chair and the active participation of Lebanese Educational Counselors Kamal Azar, Aziz M. Malek, Philippe Fayyad, and Walid Nasrallah (and the previous participation of Nada Mora and Karim Salameh).
- The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region which has the objective to develop and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship in Lebanon and the Pan Arab region covering North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf. It is presently chaired by Hala Fadel, with Ziad Younes as treasurer and the involvement of Raghda Jaber, Tarek Kettaneh and Maha Yahya (and the previous participation of Ziad Ferzly and Gebran Karam).

Current Executive Committee (Jan 2010 – Jan 2013)
-Manal MoussallemPresident
-Aziz M. MalekVice President
-Chakib AzziSecretary
-Ibrahim Abou-FaycalTreasurer
-Daniel NammourComptroller

Former Executive Committees
- Jan 2007 – Jan 2010: Kamal Hayek (P), Manal Moussallem (VP), Daniel Nammour (S), Raghda Jaber (T) & Chakib Azzi (C)
- Jan 2004 – Jan 2007: Kamal Hayek (P), Manal Moussallem (VP), Daniel Nammour (S), Raghda Jaber (T) & Kamel Mukharesh (C)
- Feb 2001 – Jan 2004: Nicolas Chammas (P), Kamal Hayek (VP), Chakib Azzi (S), Manal Moussallem (T) & Daniel Nammour (C)
- Sep 1997 – Feb 2001: Nicolas Chammas (P), Mireille Nassif (VP), Chakib Azzi (S), Kamal Hayek (T) & Georges Zahar (C)
- March 1993 – September 1997: Nicolas Chammas (P), George Zahar & Karim Salameh

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