Administrative Board

Hassan Choubassi Ph.D
Founder /Director

Hassan Choubassi is a visual artist born in Beirut in 1970 holder of a PhD. in Communication Media from the European Graduate School, Switzerland 2014 with a thesis on the politics of mobile connectivity, “The masses: from the implosion of fantasies to the explosion of the political”, he also holds a Masters degree in Scenic Design from DasArts in Amsterdam 2005, and a BA in Fine Arts from the Lebanese American University 1996. He is currently the Chairperson of the Fine Arts & Design department at the International University of Beirut (BIU) and the founding director of the Institute of Visual Communication (IVC).

He has several research studies in the field of communication media, digital and information technology in arts, augmented reality, new media in urban context, anthropological and intercultural city mapping, mobile media, alternative education, new modes of perception for university students.

His art projects including ‘Oeuvres Bacchiques’ 2000, ‘Barcode’ 2001, ‘Written Visuals’ 2002, ‘I am not the others’ 2003, ‘I am elsewhere’, ‘Lost in the city’ 2004 and ‘Beirut metro map’ 2005 were presented in Beirut, Cairo, Amsterdam, Milano, New York, London, Belgium and Spain.

His video works: ‘In the void’, ‘Freefall at 180’. ‘The Other Orange’ 2005, ‘Talk to Me’, ‘Well and Surviving’ 2006, ‘I am the all Knowing the Deceased’ 2008, ‘Dismantling a Weapon of Mass Destruction’ 2008 were screened in Beirut, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Seoul and Copenhagen.

Joe Elias
/Associate Director

Based in Beirut, Joe Elias is a full time volunteer in diverse art disciplines in and around the city.

After completing his studies in visual design at the Notre Dame University (NDU) in 2001, he started working as a visual communicator, art director, and consultant with local / international agencies and clients around the Middle East. His skills include -but are not limited to- publication, typography, branding, animation and digital design. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Educational Management (M.Ed.), expected to be completed during summer 2018, with an emphasis on arts and music education.

In 2005, Elias co-founded “nimslabs”, a multidisciplinary design laboratory operating in Beirut (lb) and Cologne (de). The portfolio of “nimslabs” is diverse and encompasses communication work for both cultural and corporate entities, including international dance, cinema and music festivals, NGOs, filmmakers, as well as TV stations, banks, in addition to local and international brands.

In 2007, Elias joined the International University in Beirut (LIU/BIU) as a lecturer and juror. He helped institute curricula covering conceptual design, communication art, fundamental studies, animation, branding and typography. He has also organized symposiums, workshops, seminars and research presentations on both the undergraduate and graduate level. He is currently Coordinator of Graphic Design Affairs and Associate Director at the Institute of Visual Communication. In addition to his activities at LIU, Elias was invited as a guest speaker at the Lebanese University (LU) on numerous occasions; he is also a TED speaker.

In 2013, Elias co-founded “onomatopoeia – the music hub”, a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of musical culture in the Lebanese community. His work with onomatopoeia has resulted in the creation of a self-funded cultural space, hosting various music-related projects. These include the music skills development program (MSDP), an educational program allowing individuals from various walks of life to study and exchange music knowledge. Elias has organized music talks led by local and international musicologists, and curated numerous musical performances encompassing a wide variety of genres, from traditional Arabic folk music and jazz to electronic and experimental music.

Sahar Sharara
Media & Communication Manager

Sahar Sharara is a coordinator, a full-time university instructor and a freelance journalist. She gives training workshops on Specialized Communication, and consultations on Image Building and Media Relations.

She has been working at the Lebanese International University where she advises, teaches, and designs courses and helps shape curricula since 2005. Her teaching experience goes back to 2001. She has taught classes in the departments of: English and Translation, Public Relations, Journalism (at the Lebanese Univbersity’s Faculty of Information and Documentation, and the center of Translation and Languages there.

Her journalistic experience is tri-lingual with articles published in French, Arabic and English in the Lebanese local publications and in regional print. She follows cultural events, especially music and theater. She earned a Masters in Journalism jointly from the Lebanese University (Lebanon), and Universite Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas, CFPJ and IFP (France). The focus of her thesis was on the environment.

Sahar also completed the Master’s requirements in Linguistics, a Bachelor’s in Language, and a Teaching Diploma in Special Education at The American University of Beirut. Sahar is active on the Lebanese scene for Public Affairs as well as social injustice. She is a member of Manchette Media Association.

Amal Bohsali
Board Member

Born in Beirut, Lebanon 1965, Amal F. Bohsali is an Archeologist, Ethnologist, Artist, Painter, Photographer and University Instructor. She Holds a Diploma in Social Sciences and Ethnology, France (1986), a Diploma in Modern English Literature, France (1986), a B.A in Archeology & Arts, Lebanese University (1992) followed by a D.E.A in Archeology & Arts, Lebanese University (1996), a D.E.S in Fine Arts, Lebanese University (1997) and a D.E.A in History of Arts, Lebanese University (2001). Mrs. Bohsali also holds a Teaching of the Arts Diploma, TD, AUST (2003) and a Masters 2, in Archaeology & Arts, Lebanese University (2016).

Since 1990, Ms. Bohsali has worked on different archeological projects & ethnic research, with Gent University Belgium, the American University of Beirut & the Lebanese University. She is a senior archaeologist, professional photographer, illustrator, FPU agent and Scientific Director’s assistant with the Lebanese University guiding trainees in fieldwork, through the Directorate General of Antiquities. She is an educator and art coordinator in different high-schools and universities since 1997 till date, among which the Lebanese International University where she guides different courses in the Fine Arts and Design Department and has actively organized 2 Arts seminars in 2014 and 2017. 

Moreover, since 1992, her artwork was exhibited in national and international shows among which Montreal Canada 1994, Paris France 1996, Copenhagen Denmark 1998, Washington USA 2003 and 2004 and Amsterdam Holland in 2006, as a visual artist. Her installations, video, and research covered the Zionist invasions of Lebanon and Lebanese prisoners of conscience in Palestine. Her latest artistic contribution in 2017 was at the American University of Beirut, Contemporary Artistic Revolutions: An Institutional Perspective and short film: The Sanctity of Object, shown exclusively at LIU seminar: Interiors, Time Space and Humans.

Khaldoun Chaya
Board Member

Having lived across the globe — Middle East, Russia, Brazil, Italy, France and Canada to name a few— and with 30 years of Architecture and Interior Design experience, Khaldoun Chaya’s multicultural world-view has lead him to design projects in various countries. A graduate of Architecture from L’École Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris with a specialization in Project Management from L’École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montreal, Khaldoun Chaya’s fields of interests range from Architecture, Interior design, Hotel and Touristic developments, Residential as well as Public and Commercial buildings some of which include: Al Chahba Sham Hotel in Aleppo, Journey’s End Hotel in Montreal, The Mirador Hotel in Khaldeh, Lebanon, The Bahia Beach club in Morocco (first prize winner), the Syrian Parliament building (first prize winner), The El-Badr Hospital in Casablanca, as well as countless luxury residential projects.

With a keen passion for sharing his wealth of knowledge in the humanities, Khaldoun was naturally lead to instructing his first university-level class back in 1994 at College Inter-Dec in Montreal for over 10 years, later moving to Beirut where he would teach at the Lebanese International University. Interior Design, History of Architecture and Furniture, Art Fundamentals, Materials and Techniques are among some of the classes that he has taught throughout his lengthy career.

Anas Maoud
Board Member

Based in Beirut, Anas Maoud is an interior designer, holder of a BA in Interior Design from the Lebanese International University – Beirut Campus (2008) And a Master’s Degree in Interior Design from the Scuola Di Design Firenze – Florence – Italy (2010). Anas has accumulated many years of experience in residential, commercial, and construction fields around Hama, Damascus, and Beirut.

In 2010 he started working at the Lebanese International University – Sana’a – Yemen, as an interior design instructor and coordinator. He moved back to Beirut in 2013 to fill the same position at the Lebanese International University – Beirut Campus. Anas teaching experience covers interior design studio courses in addition to modeling and Autodesk software.

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