2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Steering Committee

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Chair Jean R. AbiNader Moroccan American Center

Amjad Atallah New America Foundation

Maya Berry

Ahmed Chebbani American Arab Chamber of Commerce

George DeBakey Atomic Learning

William Farah, Esq. Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP

Hani K. Findakly Potomac Capital

Randa Fahmy Hudome Fahmy Hudome International, LLC

Michele Forzley Forzley & Associates

George N. Jalinos The Galen Group

Dr. Raymond Jallow U.S. Omen Trust

Dr. Al Johary Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs

Roxana Chahin Jordan Jordan Development Group

Reema Jweied-Guegel U.S. Jordan Business Council

Victoria Linden Midwest Federation of Syrian and Lebanese-American Clubs

Martha Toma Morrison World Affairs Council


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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Honorees

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Award for Institutional Excellence:

Vital Voices

Vital Voices is a NGO that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

  The Middle East and North African Businesswomen’s Network (in 11 Middle Eastern Countries) aims to increase the number of women in business and the value of their businesses, to advance the role of women in society, and to promote a regional culture of women's entrepreneurship Partners annually with the U.S. State Department and FORTUNE Magazine to provide international emerging women leaders in business the opportunity to develop their leadership, management and...

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The Revolution Has a Soundtrack

Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Blog
Music and politics have always gone hand in hand. From Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (originally titled “Bonaparte”) to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, artists have used music to echo the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of the people. The Arab world is no exception; it’s no coincidence that the Egyptian revolution of 1952 coincided with the rise of Arab greats such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Qultum, and Mohammed Abdel Wahab. Umm Qultum rose to fame partly through songs inspired by the political revolution of Gamal Abdel-Nasser.
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Water Bobble!

Posted by on February 07, 2011 in Blog
Aside from your clothes, can you name the designer of any other items in your house? If you can, chances are that name would be Karim Rashid, alternately known as the Poet of Plastic, the Prolific Designer, and most notably, the Most Famous Industrial Designer in All the Americas.
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In a Land of Opulence, a World of Art Emerges

Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Blog
The 21st century has seen something of a reputation flip for a few of the small emirates in the Arabian Peninsula, particularly Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Qatar. Once sandy flyovers that barely registered on the radars of the jetsetter crowd, these tiny states had become something of an ultra-luxury must-see in the early 2000s.
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