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Rami Majzoub, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement: “Together, we can achieve great developments for AUBG”

AUBG’s new Executive Director for Institutional Advancement has traveled all the way from Lebanon to Bulgaria to become an integral part of the university’s development. A truly multicultural person and an established leader, Rami Majzoub found AUBG to be the appropriate place for his next career step.

“I am excited to be here and I look forward to great achievements for AUBG,” Majzoub said. “I look forward to growing AUBG together with all the community; collaborate with the students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

Majzoub has already been on his first alumni visit to meet with the AUBG community in Brussels.

“It is great to see how much the alumni are excited to be involved and some of them to give back to the university,” he said.

Some of the key aspects to AUBG’s future development lie in optimizing the “human dimension” of the university and reaching “an agreement with the bigger picture, the strategic vision of the board of trustees,” Majzoub said.

“The team [at AUBG] is very talented and we can do so many things together,” he said. “The Board has set to us a very ambitious goal to grow the university and it is only with proper coordination and leveraging the Student/Faculty/Staff/Alumni synergy and Board’s own network that we can achieve this.”

Majzoub has a rich experience in academia to guide his work at AUBG. He spent six years mastering the ins and outs of fundraising as the Associate Director of Development at the Lebanese American University (LAU).

While LAU has a student body of 8,000 and is set in a different cultural environment, there are ways in which it is comparable to AUBG, Majzoub said. “The basics are pretty much similar; it is about a standard American private university in its structure and operations,” he said.

Majzoub got his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from LAU and acquired an MBA in Management from the Paris Chamber of Commerce managed ESA Business School. Prior to returning to LAU as a staff member, Majzoub spent almost 11 years as Media Manager at Thomson Reuters where he was managing the media clients portfolio for 13 countries. He also has experience as Sales Director at Abu Dhabi Media Zone and as the Advisor to the Minister of the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications, where he was in charge of a World Bank project.

A multilingual person who has traveled to 50 countries and is married to a half-Bulgarian, Majzoub said he has “always been attracted to Bulgaria.”

“I speak four languages and now I am striving to learn Bulgarian,” he said. “What captured my attention [at AUBG] is that here we have more than 40 different nationalities of students.”

Majzoub is also passionate for innovation, social entrepreneurship and empowering young leaders. “All my extracurricular activities have been evolving around setting up new NGOs (like Junior Achievement Lebanon and JCI), which empower young people to create positive change,” he said.

In addition to being the founder of several NGOs, Majzoub was elected as the Executive Vice-President of JCI in 2011 (a worldwide federation of 200,000 young leaders) and President of Rotary Club Beirut Cedars for 2012-13, where he focused his work on the theme "Peace through Lebanese New Generations.”

His passion for innovation motivated Majzoub to play a key role in establishing the Beirut Digital District (BDD), a concept very similar in its structure to the Science & Technology Park in Sofia, Bulgaria. The success in this venture prompted the then Lebanese Minister of Telecoms to ask Majzoub to coordinate the implementation of a Mobile Internet Ecosystem Project with the World Bank. Both projects boost innovation among young students and entrepreneurs and allow for jobs creation.

Only days after arriving, Majzoub is already taking pride in his AUBG role.

“I found myself immediately on board chairing a scholarship committee whose task was to fairly award more than 10 generous scholarships to the most needy and academically deserving AUBG students,” he said. “At the end of a long meeting, whilst thanking my faculty and staff committee colleagues for their contribution, there was this huge sense of satisfaction in that we are making our academic excellence accessible for all those who dreamt of it. I would love to see both this feeling and the number of scholarships multiplied by 10 for an even greater impact on AUBG and its students!”

Story by Dimana Doneva

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