Meet the team of the Center for Lebanese Studies

Alexandra Asseily

Alexandra Asseily

Program Director for ‘Healing the Wounds of History Program’

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.
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Nader Ahmad

Nader Ahmad

Senior researcher

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

Maysa Achkar

Project Assistant

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.

Mirvat S. Bakkour

Mirvat S. Bakkour

Co-active Coach

Mirvat Bakkour is simply a challenger! She uses the Healing the Wounds of History and her life coaching skills for the purpose to contribute in a positive change of peace and love. Believing in the high power of nature, she spends most her time, hiking and climbing mountains. Always in look for more adventures, discoveries and challenges in life to contribute to the growth and consciousness in the world.

Arev Papazian

Arev Papazian

Junior researcher

Arev Papazian is a junior researcher at the Centre for Lebanese Studies. She has a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Oxford, with a thesis entitled ‘Women in Armenia as subjects of praise and victims of subjugation: the effects of Armenian nationalism’.

Her interests include gender studies, ethnicities and nationalism, minorities, activism and civil society, human rights, social class, and public spaces. She has a BA in sociology and anthropology from the American University of Beirut. She has worked as research assistant in projects concerning diasporas, attitudes and memories, social innovation programs for refugees, and artistic initiatives.