During his tenure as Lebanese Minister of State during the time of the development of Lebanon’s Free Zones, Marwan Salim Kheireddine was instrumental in attracting large numbers of multinational corporations to invest in Lebanon.
A graduate from Harvard Business School and Dartmouth, he has built a distinguished career as a banker. He became Chairman of Lebanese American Bank in 1987, and he has made special efforts to develop Lebanon’s private banking sector. He is currently the Chairman of AM Bank in Lebanon.
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His long-standing association with former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri led him to become involved in humanitarian causes. He founded the non-governmental organization “Development Foundation for Lebanon” (DFL) in 1995, and chaired the board of directors of the MacArthur Foundation-supported Beirut Economic Forum. He also founded and continues to chair the “Ambassadors of Peace”, an organization dedicated to promoting dialogue among religions.
He is a founding member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a member of its executive committee, and a commissioner on its Alternative US Commission on International Religious Freedom. He was formerly chairman of that organization’s Middle East Council. He is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and sits on the board of directors of its Global Agenda Councils. He has been a member of the Arab Thought Forum Executive Committee since 2006, and served as its vice president in 2007-2008. He has participated in meetings with senior US Congressmen, including Senator John McCain, whom he met in March 2008 to discuss Lebanon’s reconstruction efforts.
He is also the Chairman of An Nahar Group (1992) and Vice President of the Lebanese Transparency Association. Furthermore, he is the President of the Kheireddine Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue and its annual Marwan Salim Memorial Lectures on Middle Eastern Culture in Paris. He currently sits on the board of several companies and organizations including MBC Group, Arab Bank, Banque du Liban, and Arab Bankers’ Association. He is a member of the Alumni Council of Harvard Business School, where he was president of the class in 1966.