Who we are


Jamal Itani

Executive Committee
Dr. Tarek Mitri, Chairman
Dr. Bilal Hamad, Vice-chairman
Nabil Kiwan, General Secretary
Maher Daouk, Treasurer
Rachid Achkar
Maria Melki Fatte
Habib Ghaziri
Noha Karanouh Kabbani
Chadia Tueni

Board of Trustees
Dr. Tarek Mitri, Chairman
Dr. Bilal Hamad, Vice-chairman
Nadim Abou Rizk
Rachid Achkar
Abdel Menhem Ariss
Marwan T. Assaf
Sonia Chekerdjian
Maher Daouk
Abdel Kader Ghandour
Nicolas Gharzouzi
Habib Ghaziri
Rami Halwani
Bouchra Itani
Rachid Jalkh
Noha Karanouh Kabbani
Nabil Kiwan
Maria Melki Fatte
Hind Sinno
Robert Sursock
Chadia Tueni

Structure and staff

Scientific team
Zeina Arida, Director
Zeina Arida's career in the Lebanese cultural sector spans over twenty years. From 1997 to 2014, she was the director of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF), where she set up and managed various artistic and photographic preservation projects. She also served as a board member of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) from 2006 to 2012, and was a member of the Prince Claus Fund Network Partner Committee from 2007 to 2013. She is currently a member of the Board of the Directors of MUCEM, Marseille; a member of the Advisory Board of Darat Al Funun, Amman; and a member of the Scientific Committee of Beit Beirut.

Elsa Hokayem, Assistant Director
Before joinging the Sursock Museum, Elsa Hokayem was the Operations Manager of EFG-Hermes’ Lebanon office, and the executive assistant to the managing director of the Carlyle Group’s MENA Fund. Elsa holds an MA in Anthropology and Development Studies from Université Saint-Joseph (USJ) in Beirut, Lebanon, and an MBA from the MBA International Paris (MBAIP) joint program between USJ, Dauphine Universite Paris, and L’IAE Paris–Pantheon Sorbonne. She worked for several years in the field of development and culture with the Regional office of UNESCO and the Lebanese Ministry of Culture.

Marie-Nour Hechaime, Curator
Marie-Nour has an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. Previously, she worked as a program coordinator at Mophradat (Brussels) and Ashkal Alwan (Beirut). She is a board member of Arts Collaboratory, a self-organized, horizontal ecosystem of 25 socially-engaged arts institutions. At the Sursock Museum, Marie-Nour is in charge of the public program.

Rowina Bou-Harb, Library and Archive Officer
Rowina specialized in photography and musicology at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK). She was previously the archivist and media officer at Hiba Al Kawas International Inc., as well as the library manager at Espace SD. At the Sursock Museum, Rowina provides research assistance and access to archival materials to the public, and is responsible for the digitization of the Museum’s archives.

Technical team
Chahrazad Amr, Receptionist
Lara El Hajj, Accountant
Adel Khoury, IT Manager
Zaher Wajih Alama, Art Handler
Malek Alsteyf, Art Handler
Imad Chnoda, Gardener