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About LCPS

Our mission

We aim to produce independent, high-quality research relevant to policymaking and to promote active reform through advocacy and raising public awareness.

What we do

Based in Beirut, we at LCPS have established ourselves as a respectable voice that contributes to the national and regional debates on issues pertaining to transparency and accountable governance. Established in 1989, LCPS operates as an independently managed, politically neutral, non-profit, and non-governmental think tank with extensive experience in research, advocacy, and training.
Over the years, we have initiated many advocacy initiatives for judicial reforms, transparent budget process, decentralization and local governance, and the enhancement of the role of business associations in policy making.


Yasser Akkaoui

Chairman of Capital Concept
Editor-In-Chief of Executive Magazine
Founder of Capital Concept and PrimeJob
Management and Entrepreneurship Instructor at the American University of Beirut

Chadia el Meouchi

Managing Partner at Badri and Salim el Meouchi Law Firm
Founding member and head of the Lebanese Corporate Governance Task Force’s Legal and Regulatory Committee
Member of the Lebanese Committee for Human Rights Watch
Co-founder and member of Les Journées des Sciences Association
Co-founder of the Middle East Leadership Initiative
Founder and member of Young Arab Leaders Lebanon

Mohamed Alem

Acting Managing Partner of Alem & Associates Law Firm
Chairman of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Lebanon
Secretary General of the Lebanese Transparency Association
Vice-chairman of the Licensing Executive Society –Arab Countries
Founding member of Human Rights Watch’s Beirut Committee

Marwan Kheirredine

Lebanon’s Minister of State
General Manager of Al Mawarid Bank
Former board member of the Beirut Stock Exchange
Former board member of the Association of Banks in Lebanon
Finance lecturer at the American University of Beirut
Founding member of the Young President’s Organization-Lebanon

Paul Salem

Director of Carnegie Middle East Center
Founder and former Director of Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (1989-1999)
Former General Director of the Fares Foundation
Former member of the Lebanese Commission for Electoral Law Reform

Ziyad Baroud

Lawyer and Partner at HBDT Law Firm
Former Minister of Interior and Municipalities
Lecturer at the Saint Joseph University
Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite de la Republique Française
Officier de la Légion d’Honneur
Former member of the Lebanese Commission for Electoral Law Reform
Former Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections


Sami Atallah
Executive Director

Rania Abi-Habib
Development and Communication Officer

Suzanne Massaad Sfeir
Administrative and Program Assistant

Michele Boujikian
Researcher .

Jana Harb
Researcher .

John McCabe
Editor .

Research associates

Ata Elias

Department of Geology
American University of Beirut

Aziz El-Maoula El-Iraki

Architecte et Géographe 
Institut National d'Aménagement et d'Urbanisme de Rabat

Ibrahim El-Badawi

Acting Executive Director, Economic Policy & Research Center
Director, Macroeconomics Research & Forecasting Department
Dubai Economic Council

Leila Dagher

Department of Economics
American University of Beirut

Mona Harb

Department of Urban Planning
American University of Beirut

Muhammed Yildirim

Post-Doctoral Fellow , Growth Lab
Center for International Development
Harvard Kennedy School

Myriam Ababsa

Associated Researcher
Institut Français du Proche Orient

Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj

Independent Consultant
American University of Beirut

Sami Yassine Turki

Directeur du Département d'Urbanisme
Institut Supérieur des Technologies de l'Environnement, de l'Urbanisme et du Bâtiment

Sebastian Bustos

Doctoral Fellow, Growth Lab
Center for International Development
Harvard Kennedy School

Research fellows

Bassam Fattouh

Dr. Bassam Fattouh is the Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford University; and Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has published a variety of articles on the international oil markets, the oil pricing system, natural gas markets in the MENA, and the dynamics of oil prices and oil price differentials in refereed journals such as Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, and Energy Policy. He has also published in non-energy related areas where his papers have appeared in the Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, Empirical Economics, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics and in other journals and books. He is also a Consultant for a number of international oil companies, and a Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, and WU Executive Academy (Vienna University of Economics and Business). Bassam holds a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London.

Jad Chaaban

Dr. Jad Chaaban is an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut. Previously, he was an economist in the World Bank’s Middle East regional office, where he undertook research related to poverty reduction and economic management in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Dr. Chaaban’s research interests are in development economics and industrial organization; and his extended interests include public economics of health, education and labor policies, in addition to environmental economics and population studies. His work has been published in several academic journals. Dr. Chaaban has served as an economic policy advisor to various Lebanese ministries and public agencies. He is also the president and founding member of the Lebanese Economic Association (LEA) since 2007, an active member of the Middle East Youth Initiative, and regularly contributes to economic policy analyses of the World Bank and various UN agencies. Dr. Chaaban holds a BA in Economics from AUB, an MBA from the European School of Management (2000), a master’s in Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (2001) and a PhD in Economics (2004) from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France. 

Nisreen Salti

Dr. Nisreen Salti is the Chairperson of the Economics Department at the American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on development economics, political economy, and inequity and inequality in health and income. Salti’s work has been published in several refereed journals including the International Journal of Equity in Health, the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Salti earned her PhD in Economics from Princeton University and joined the faculty at AUB in 2006.

Carole Nakhle
Energy Economist

Dr. Carole Nakhle is an energy economist based in London. She specializes in international petroleum contractual arrangements and fiscal regimes, world oil and gas market developments, and energy policy. She acts as Economic Consultant at the Commonwealth Secretariat and External Expert for the Fiscal Affairs department at the IMF advising host governments on their legal, regulatory and fiscal framework for the oil and gas sector. She is also the Director of Crystol Energy Limited (UK); Associate Lecturer in Energy Economics at the University of Surrey (UK); Program Advisor for the International Tax and Investment Centre (Washington); and serves as Special Parliamentary Advisor in the House of Lords, UK. She makes regular contributions to the Geopolitical Information Service, based in Liechtenstein. She has published extensively particularly in the field of energy policy and petroleum fiscal regimes. Carole holds a PhD in Energy Economics from the University of Surrey.

Political Scientists

Reinoud Leenders

Dr. Reinoud Leenders is Reader in International Relations and Middle East Studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. His research interests and teaching are focused on Middle East politics generally and Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in particular. His work deals with the political economy of corruption, authoritarian governance, refugee issues, and conflict. He authored several articles in academic journals and edited volumes, and the book Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State Building in Post-War Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2012). He formerly worked for the International Crisis Group based in Beirut, and for the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Leenders obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University.

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