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Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 3 (March)

Centre for Middle East Studies at JSIA hosts public lecture in collaboration with Embassy of Lebanon

The Centre for Middle East Studies, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) hosted a distinguished public lecture in collaboration with the Embassy of Lebanon in India on “Possibilities of War and Prospects of Peace in the Middle East”. The lecture was delivered by His Excellency Mr. Fouad Siniora, Former Prime Minister of Lebanon on 28 February 2020 at JGU. The special remarks delivered by His Excellency Mr. Rabie Narsh, Ambassador of Lebanon to India.

Bio of the Speaker:

Fuad Abdel Basset Siniora was a Lebanese business leader and later a Lebanese political leader. He is a former Prime Minister of Lebanon, a position he held from July 2005 until May 2008; he was re-nominated to be a Prime Minister once more on May 2008, and stepped down on November 2009 upon the election of a new Parliament. He later served as a Member of the Lebanese Parliament from Saida, and served as the Head of the Al-Mustakbal Parliamentary Block (the largest Parliamentary block in Lebanon from June 2009- June 2018).


Mr. Siniora was born on July 18, 1943. He earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. He then pursued a career in banking and finance, first as a commercial banker then as an investment banker, and afterwards as a central banker where he held the position of the Chairman of the Banking Control Commission in Lebanon (the Lebanese Banking Supervisory Authority) from 1977- 1982. After that, he became the Chairman- General manager of the Mediterranean Banking Group operating in several countries in Lebanon and Europe. At that time, it was one of the top largest five banking groups in Lebanon from 1982 until 1992. Later he served as the Finance Minister in Lebanon from October 1992 to October 1998 and later from November 2000 to November 2004. At the present, Mr. Siniora is still active on the political scene in Lebanon and the Arab World. During the 1970’s he also was a part time lecturer in Business Administration at the American University of Beirut and at the Lebanese University.