Founders of Volunteer for Lebanon

Our Founders

Dr. Patricia Nabti

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Cultural Anthropology, American University of Beirut (1992-98)
  • Visiting Professor, Stanford University Continuing Studies Program (1992- )
  • Founder and Director, Association for Volunteer Services (1998-2012)
  • Director, Learning to CARE Institute, consulting (2012-  )
  • Former IAVE* National Representative of Lebanon (2003-2009)
  • Former IAVE* Regional Representative of the Arab Nations (2009-2015
    *International Association for Volunteer Effort


  • Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. Political Science /M.A. Education, Stanford University


Margaret Jabara

“My main life purpose is working with institutions and individuals where implementing ingenuity, knowledge and experience are done in the process of achieving successful results. In addition, to helping and leading others in both their professional and personal aspects; improving and developing communities (through social entrepreneurship, volunteer work, coaching and mentoring) with the appropriate time needed to acquire the right understanding and aiming for higher objectives every time.”

Professional Experience

  • Head of Group Business Intelligence | Group Retail Banking | Bank Audi sal
  • Co-Founder & Vice President | CHREEK Capital Human Recycling Environmental Economic Kit
  • Chair PR & Media Committee 2015-2016 | Rotary Club Beirut Cedars – District 2452
  • Member | WIF Women In Front
  • Member | LLWB Lebanese League of Women in Business
  • Member | LAU Alumni Association – Byblos Chapter


  • Masters in Business Administration – LAU 2002
  • BSc Business Studies (Management & Marketing) – LAU 1998


Zeina Saab

Professional Experience:

  • Founder of The Nawaya Network
  • Former Consultant for the UN, USAID, and EU
  • Winner of the King Abdullah Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement
  • Member of Global Shapers - Beirut Hub


  • M.A. in City Planning from MIT, 2009
  • B.A. in International Studies from University of California, San Diego, 2006
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