Members And Consultants

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Board of Trustees

  • Carlos Ghosn

    Chairman
  • Fahed Hariri

    Vice-President
  • Maher Mikati

    Vice-President
  • Rev. Father Salim Daccache

    USJ Rector
  • Sandra Abou Nader

  • Jean Boghossian

  • Bernard Calil

  • Maroun Helou

  • Abraham Karabajakian

  • Cyril Karaoglan

  • Rita Nammour

  • Lord Palumbo

  • Naila Saade

  • Tanya Saade Zeeny

  • Ramez Shehadi

Artistic Advisory Commitee

  • Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath

    Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath co-founded Art Reoriented, a multi-disciplinary curatorial platform that operates from Munich and New York, in 2009.
    Their ongoing collaboration in terms of exhibitions, research and publications have involved museums and cultural institutions in the United States (MoMA and the De Paul), Qatar (Mathaf), France (INHA and The Institut du Monde Arabe), Spain (IVAM and Casa Arabe), South Korea (the Gwangju), Belgium (BOZAR), China (Today Art Museum) and the United Arab Emirates (Tashkeel). Curatorial projects include ItaliaArabia, Iran Inside Out, Told Untold Retold, Tea with Nefertiti and the Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

    They are members of several art prize and residency committees, including Dar Al-Ma'mun (Marrakesh) and the Boghossian Foundation (Brussels).

    Additionally, Bardaouil and Fellrath have taught at the New York University, the American University of Beirut and the London School of Economics and contribute regularly to publications like Artinfo, the Huffington Post, Canvas and Flashart.

    Fellrath holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, an MSc. from the London School of Economic and an AAS from Parsons the New School for Design. Bardaouil holds an MA in Art History from the University of Bristol, an MFA from the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London and is currently pursuing a PhD in Modernist Studies at the University of Munich.
  • Jack Persekian

    Native and resident in Jerusalem, Persekian is the former Head Curator and Director of the Palestinian Museum and was responsible for leading the development of the museum into an agent of empowerment and integration for Palestinian culture. He is also the founder and director of Anadiel Gallery and the Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem.

    Persekian has previously served as the Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2009-2011), Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial (2007-2011), and Head Curator of the Sharjah Biennial (2004-2007). His curated exhibitions include: 'Disorientation II', Manaret Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (2009), 'Never-Part', Bozar, Brussels (2008), 'Dubai Next', co-curated with Rem Koolhaas at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2008), 'Reconsidering Palestinian Art', Cuenca, Spain (2006); 'Disorientation - Contemporary Arab Artists from the Middle East', Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2003).
  • Venetia Porter

    Dr. Venetia Porter began working at the British Museum as the curator of Islamic coins in the Department of Coins and Medals. She is currently Curator of the Museum’s Islamic Art collection in the Middle Eastern Department and is also responsible for developing its collection of Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art.
    br> With expertise in number of different areas, including Medieval ceramics and tiles, aspects of Islamic coins and the history and architecture of Tahirid Yemen, which was the subject of her Doctoral thesis, she is the author of a series of books and scholarly articles that examine the artistic traditions of the Middle East, with a particular focus on calligraphy, tile-making and seals.
    br> She has also curated a number of international projects, including ‘Mightier than the Sword’ (2004), a travelling exhibition organized in conjunction with the Ian Potter Museum in Melbourne and the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East (2006), organized in conjunction with the DIFC in Dubai and Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam (2012), which was held at the British Museum.
  • Christine Macel

    Christine Macel born in Paris in 1969. Following her studies in art history, Christine Macel was a curator of the heritage and inspector of artistic creation for the “Délégation aux Arts Plastiques” of the French Ministry of Culture (from 1995). Since 2000 she has been Chief Curator at the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris, where she is responsible for the Department of “Création contemporaine et prospective”, which she founded and developed. She was the curator of the French Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2013 (Anri Sala) and the Belgian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2007 (Eric Duyckaerts).

    She also served as artistic director of the Festival du Printemps de Cahors for two years (ExtraetOrdinaire, 1999; Sensitive, 2000), and curated the exhibitions by Jeppe Hein at the Moore Space Miami (2005), by John Bock at the FRAC in Marseilles (2006) and by Ziad Antar at the Sharjah Foundation (2012). In 2015 she curated Nel Mezzo del Mezzo. She is the curator of Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner with Elisabeth Sussman, inaugurated at the Whitney Museum in New York in November 2015 and scheduled to open at the Centre Pompidou on June 10th 2016.

    She also recently worked on two exhibitions for the Centre Pompidou: Dear Friends, donations of the last 5 years (March 2016); Melik Ohanian, Marcel Duchamp Prize (May 2016).

Artistic Consultants

  • Saleh Barakat

    The owner of the Agial Art Gallery, which he launched in 1991, Saleh Barakat has long been active in the promotion of Modern and Contemporary Arab art, effectively starting the careers of some artists, amongst them Syria’s Sabhan Adam and Lebanon’s Ayman Baalbaki. In addition to amassing an extensive collection of his own, brings with him more than two decades of experience in the field.

    Amongst his most important curatorial projects are the 9th Francophonie Summit Art Exhibition in Beirut (2002); the World Bank Summit in Dubai (2003) and The Road to Peace: Painting in Times of War 1975-1991 (2009). He also co-curated the first national pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale and more recently Art from Lebanon: Modern and Contemporary Artists 1880-1975 at the Beirut Exhibition Center.

    In 2006, Barakat was a Yale World Fellow.
  • Maya Hage

    Maya Hage holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) as well as a Masters in Art Criticism and Curatorial studies from the USJ (Université Saint Joseph).

    She is currently Head of Internship Programs at the USJ, where she also teaches and serves as an art and art history teacher and program coordinator for Secondary schools. Hage also works as a curator at Atelier Hapsitus, a multidisciplinary think-tank founded by artist and sculptor, Nadim Karam.
  • Amanda Abi Khalil

    Temporary Art Platform

Consultants

  • Abniah

  • Avesta Group

  • BAKS Art Advisory

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • El Khoury Law Firm

  • Fitz and co

  • Hanan Sayed Worrell

  • Phase Eins

  • Rafik el Khoury and partners

  • Quantum Communications

  • BDO, Semaan, Gholam & Co

  • Soapbox

  • White & Case

  • Ralph Appelbaum & Associates