Many people in America have read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran; however, few of us might also know he is a native of Lebanon.
For all of its size–just over 4,000 square miles–Lebanon has produced many gifted people from all walks of life whose significant contributions have benefitted all humanity. They include surgeons, philanthropists, poets, artists, engineers, industrialists, educators, inventors and scientists.
To mark the contributions that are presently being made by people of Lebanese descent, a publishing house in Lebanon has released a list of Lebanon’s most famous sons and daughters. The firm, LMG Société de Presse, interviewed and selected 100 prominent Lebanese for a book that was released in March 2017 entitled, “The 100—Meet 100 Influential Lebanese Figures Around the Globe.”
Among the 100 Influential Lebanese figures featured in the book are; Richard Shadyac Jr. the CEO of ALSAC, the awareness and fundraising organization of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that allows St. Jude to treat all cancer children patients for free;
Ziad Baroud, a civil servant and a young progressive minister of interior and municipalities who innovated in his approach to government; Ivonne Abdel Baki, an artist, painter, diplomat, peace negotiator, and politician who ran for the presidency in Ecuador; May Rihani an international development expert, author, and former UN official who is presently the Director of the Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland; Dr. Philip Salem, a physician, researcher, and international statement in cancer medicine, serves as Director Emeritus of Cancer Research at Baylor St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, and is president of Salem Oncology Center; Hashim Sarkis an innovative architect and author, who is presently the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and many others.
At the ceremony in Beirut on March 17, Ghassan Omeira, president of LMG, said: “These 100 Lebanese made a positive difference around the world and they make us proud”.
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