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A very motivated, industrious individual with an eclectic experience.On one hand, a multilingual, seasoned executive who has founded, developed, and/or managed several enterprises in the US and the Middle East in a plethora of sectors ranging from healthcare to oil to security to information systems and manufacturing.On the other hand, an experienced pro bono trustee and fundraiser for institutions which strengthen society, particularly public and private schools in the Middle East.Worked and/or negotiated business and lectured in the US as well as in Switzerland, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, and Pakistan.

Work experience

Vice President and General Manager

Saudi Hospitals Company

Co-founded and lead this hospital management company which built a major hospital complex that was leased to the Ministry of Health. Achieved completion of the hospital project at 17% below budget and leased the hospital complex to the Saudi Health Ministry providing a return on investment of 25% per year. Established a subsidiary company in Chicago which supplied the company-owned hospital and others hospitals in Saudi Arabia with equipment and consumables.

Aug 2005Jan 2009

Executive Vice President

Cardiovascular Hospitals of America

I ran the day-to-day operation of the CHA, led its business development activities and supervised the management and the operation of the various company projects.A great deal of my time and efforts were spent on overseeing the management of around 1,150 employees at Hawaii Medical Center (HMC), on coordinating HMC’s turn-around activities and on developing Kentuckiana Medical Center, a joint venture of CHA and several local Louisville, Ky. physicians, which is scheduled to open in April 2009.

I was instrumental in negotiating the asset purchase agreement of the two St. Francis Hospitals in Oahu, Hawaii, which were subsequently re-named Hawaii Medical Center, coordinated HMC’s application for a certificate of need, and then worked on implementing a turn-around plan.

Jan 1998Jun 2005


Ministry of Finance

As an adviser to the Lebanese Minister of Finance (who is currently Lebanon’s Prime Minister), I worked on structural reforms in various sectors of the government; on the introduction and the implementation of the value added tax; on formulating fiscal and economic policies and national priorities; and I marketed the government’s policies.

Mar 2002Dec 2004

Council Member

Lebanon's National Audio Visual Media Council

Adjunct Professor of Economics

Lebanese American University


Farha Trading & Contracting


Syscon Saudi Arabia

I founded then headed this American-Saudi joint venture whose objectives are to provide the full range of system development, system engineering and system services; to design and provide computer system hardware and software; to develop and provide integrated turnkey systems, including system effectiveness engineering and configuration, engineering operations, documentation, training, facilities management, operations and support, modeling and simulation, lie cycle support and maintenance; and to provide and in engage in project management related to the same.



Kassab International Trading and Investments

I was responsible for managing this diversified holding company with activities in oil, information systems, trading, security and defense, fire trucks and firefighting equipment, manufacturing, advertising and art. Built the company from a small single product focus to a successful and profitable operation with a diversified portfolio. Marketed and concluded sales involving a number of high tech projects to the Saudi government. As an independent contractor, served as a business development advisor to several multinational companies including Baribbi, s.p.a., a company that is by now owned by Fiat, Hospital Corporation of America, Westinghouse, the White Group of England and Sales Engineering of Zurich.


Agent/ Buyer

The Coastal Corporation

 I was in charge of facilitating the purchase of crude oil, oil products and LPG from Saudi Arabia. I was in charge of facilitating the sale of certain Coastal assets to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was considering the purchase of refineries outside Saudi Arabia at that time.


Business Development Consultant

National Medical Enterprises

Negotiated a US$84 million operations and management contract with the Saudi Ministry of Interior for the newly built Security Forces Hospital in Riyadh. Subsequently worked on mobilizing approximately 1,200 people.


Manager, Health Services


Responsible for advising and assisting the Minister of Health of Bahrain on the commissioning of the newly built 620 bed Salmania Medical Center, the main hospital in Bahrain representing 70% of the ministry's budget.



Jan 1975Jun 1977

PhD Candidate

University of Iowa
Oct 1964Jul 1971

High School Diploma