Meet the team of the Center for Lebanese Studies
As witness of the pain of the Lebanese Civil War, Alexandra Asseily decided to explore her own responsibility for war and peace and became a psychotherapist. Her focus is conflict resolution in the individual, family, tribe or nation. She helps people to transform beliefs and behaviours associated with painful memories and inherited experiences. In August l997 Alexandra was profoundly moved by a vision which had inspired Hadiqat As-Samah, the Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut. Alexandra is currently a governor and founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, University of Oxford, a founding member of the Ara Pacis Initiative and an advisor of the Fetzer Institute. Formerly she was a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of World Religions at the Harvard University.
Nader Ahmad is a senior researcher at the Centre for Lebanese Studies. His work focuses on war and migration, public administration, transitional justice, and most recently sociology of education. His studies include: “An Education for Future: The Schooling Experience of Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon and Germany,” (CLS, 2016), “The Politics of Administrative Reform in Lebanon,” (CLS, 2016), and “How people talk about the Lebanon Wars: A Study of the Perceptions and Expectations of Residents in Greater Beirut,” (ICTJ, 2014). He has also carried out a number of mapping studies, assessments, and policy recommendation reports for several organisations including the British Council, UNICEF, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, and Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst. Nader holds a BA in sociology and anthropology from the Lebanese University and a diploma in human resources management from the American University of Beirut.
Maysa Achkar is a Project Assistant at the Centre for Lebanese Studies. She has received in 2016 a master’s degree in Events Management from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, with a thesis entitled “An Investigation on the Asian Migrant Labourer Exploitation in Qatar: A Case Study of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar”. She has completed as well a project management course through executing a live streamed video conference project about “The Impact of Social Media on Events”.
Maysa has earned in 2007 a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Lebanese American University. She has worked in the industry for 7 years and 6 months with the Intercontinental Hotels Group Chain, specifically Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites Hotels, in both Front Desk and Banquet Sales Department handling corporate events.