The Fondation Team

  • Diana Fadel
    Diana Fadel Founder and president

    In 1965, Diana started her philosophy studies at L’ecole des Lettres in Beirut. She then Co-founded ABC Department Stores, with late husband Mr Maurice Fadel, in 1972. During the Lebanese civil war in 1975, she moved to Paris with her family where she continued her studies at Paris X Nanterre university from which she graduated in 1988. 10 years later, Diana created Monuments en Musique, in an effort to preserve and salvage important and often abandoned Lebanese heritage and iconic sites, which went on from 1998 to 2008 through 45 variously themed music concerts. After struggling against disease from 2010 to 2013, Diana went on and founded the Diane Foundation in 2015, which she currently heads as president.

Communication & PR

  • Patrick Semaan
    Patrick Semaan Chief communication and creative officer

    Award winning visual communication expert with over 15 years of creative, branding and digital design experience spanned across France, England, the GCC, Lebanon and Dubai. Having worked at the most reputable multinational advertising agencies and most recently at the largest and fastest growing tech startup in the Middle East; Careem.

  • Nada El Kurdi
    Nada El Kurdi PR & Projects Manager

    Nada holds a master degree in “information and communication” and a degree in “sociology & anthropology” (public relations option) both obtained from Saint-Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut. Her previous professional experience ranges from journalism at AFP in Lebanon, asset management at Banque de La Suisse Italienne in Switzerland, marketing officer at Brianza Mobili in Italy and most recently media planning at Mindshare in Lebanon.

The CEEDD at USJ

  • Fadi El Hage
    Fadi El Hage Chair holder

    Previously dean of, current professor; Educational Sciences at USJ. Fadi is also Deputy of the Rector for Regional Development and External Programs at USJ.

  • Rita El Hage
    Rita El Hage Scientific & administrative officer

    Rita specializes in the ecology of conservation. She completed her PhD at the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

  • Gerald Matar
    Gerald Matar Projects Manager

    Environmental Scientist and Water Specialist, Gerald completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He contributed to several academic collaborations through proposal writing and fundraising.

Viridis Investment Fund (VIF)

  • Maria Chatti
    Maria Chatti Senior Advisor

    Graduate of HEC with more than 25 years of experience in Private Equity in France, Maria has built a multi-sector expertise in capital development and transmission capital for SMEs and start-ups.

  • Cyril Rollinde
    Cyril Rollinde Resident entrepreneur

    Cyril has 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and investment in France, India and Lebanon. He has worked in the field of solidarity finance and has turned to the investment sector with a positive eco-sustainable impact.

  • Michel Njeim
    Michel Njeim Investment Analyst

    Holder of a Master’s degree in global climate change from IE and an MBA from UC3M, Michel is an environmental professional. His experience as a Business Development Executive with a deep understanding of the principles of the circular economy are central pillars for investing in start-ups and sustainable SMEs in Lebanon. In accordance with the mission of the Diane Foundation, it plays an active role in the continued growth of the issuing companies while increasing their positive environmental impacts.

  • Tracy El Ashkar
    Tracy El Ashkar Project manager

    With a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Life and Earth Sciences from Saint-Joseph University, Tracy assesses the eco-sustainable impact of the projects presented at the foundation.

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