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Jad Abou Arrage

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Address: Sin El Fil, Lebanon

Mobile: 00961-3-567880, Email: [email protected]


Born                            Feb. 28, 1982

Nationality                 Lebanese

Status                        Single


Academic Experience



Lebanese University, Faculty of Public Health


Feb. 2012-present

Delivered courses

Introduction to Ecology

Since February 2012

Agriculture & Food Economy

Since February 2012

Introduction to Management

Since September 2012

Food & Beverage Marketing

Since September 2012




Lebanese University, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management

Lecturer & Researcher

Oct. 2011-present           

Delivered courses (master program)

Sustainable Tourism Management

Spring 2011-2012

Ecotourism & Alternative Tourism

Since October 2011

Protected Areas Management

Since March 2013

Consumer Behavior in Tourism & Hospitality

Since October 2013

Research Methodology in Tourism

Since October 2013

Thematic Seminars in Tourism

Since October 2013

Other responsibilities

Master students’ tutor: supervision of 8 final projects

Member of the committee for the preparation of the Faculty’s new curriculum

Member of the master program committee

Member of the master thesis defense jury

Member of the research team on rural tourism and innovation




Lebanese University, Faculty of Agriculture


Oct. 2011-present

Delivered courses

Environmental Economics

Since October 2013

Other responsibilities

Bachelor students’ tutor: supervision of 3 final projects




University of Balamand, Faculty of Health Sciences - Achrafieh campus


Feb. 2011-present

Delivered courses

Introduction to Ecology

Spring 2011-2012

Environment, Health & Development

Since February 2012

Project Planning & Evaluation

Since February 2012


Professional Experience

Feb. 2008-Feb. 2012        arcenciel (Lebanese NGO) - Agriculture program

·   Research and Development: project management, procedures development, research on innovation and value chain management in agriculture

·   Agricultural Marketing: market research and marketing studies, preparation and delivery of marketing trainings for cooperatives and farmers

·   Rural financing and agricultural insurance: promotion of micro-credits and research on the possibility on crop insurance introduction in the Lebanese agricultural sector

·   Communication: preparation of presentations and communication tools for partners, donors, and beneficiaries

Aug. 2006-Jan. 2008        arcenciel (Lebanese NGO) - External Relations department

·   Project officer: fund raising, monitoring and evaluation, narrative and financial reporting for more than 15 projects in the following fields: agriculture, environment, youth, education, health, rehabilitation

·   Delivery of training for arcenciel centers’ managers on Project Cycle Management

July 2006-Aug. 2006        arcenciel (Lebanese NGO) - General administration

·   Coordinator of the relief committee during the July 2006 war on Lebanon: management of 2 IDPs centers, preparation and implementation of emergency work procedures

July 2005-June 2006        arcenciel (Lebanese NGO) - Youth and Environment programs

·   Responsible Tourism Project: strategy and implementation of a network of 3 youth hostels

·   Preparation of the management and promotion plan for Ecolodge Taanayel


Oct. 2013-present            DAI-Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (USAID funded project)

·   Preparation of tourism development strategies and action plans for the municipalities of Hadath el Jebbeh and Hammana, using: interviews with key stakeholders, focus groups, public consultation meetings

Oct. 2012-present            Lebanese University - Faculty of Tourism

HELAND project (EU - ENPI European Neighborhood Partnership Initiative funded project)

·   Technical consultant for sustainable landscape and heritage management in the Tourism industry

·   Member of the HELAND project steering committee

Oct. 2012-Feb. 2014           Lebanon Mountain Trail Association LMTA

·   Project management consultant for the Water Awareness on the Lebanon Mountain Trail -  WAT program (USAID funded project)

Feb. 2012-present           arcenciel (Lebanese NGO) & Domaine des Pères Jésuites Taanayel - Lebanon

·   Preparation and implementation of an Eco-park in the Domaine for recreational and educational tourism activities

·   Training of the Domaine staff on different tourism and hospitality issues

·   Support in proposal writing and fund raising

April 2013-Sept. 2013     ECODIT Inc. Lebanon - Dannieh Reserve Project (GIZ funded project)

·   Preparation and delivery of environmental education presentation for schools in the Dannieh

·   Training of local guesthouses and reserve rangers and guides

·   Assisting the ECODIT team in the preparation of promotional materials for the reserve: signage plan, leaflets, brochures and website content

Feb. 2012-Sept. 2012      arcenciel (Lebanese NGO) & Eco-lodge Taanayel - Lebanon

·   Preparation and implementation of managerial procedures, promotional plan, and communication materials

·   Training of the Eco-lodge staff on different tourism and hospitality issues

Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012         APJM Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa - Lebanon

·   Rural Development Program: Technical coordinator for project management and implementation; realization of a marketing study for rural products of Jabal Moussa villages (MEPI funded project)

Oct. 2010-June 2011        arcenciel (Lebanese NGO)

.    Environment program: Monitoring and Training consultant for the Syrian Hospital Waste Management Network project in Syria (EU funded project)

March 2010-Sept.2012   Responsible Mobilities - Alternative Tourism & Corporate Events

·   Tour Leader for educational and nature tourism programs

·   Team building and communication skills trainer

October 2007                     MAJAL Academic Observatory for Construction and Reconstruction in Lebanon

Consultant for the LED project (Local Economic Development for Nabatiyeh and Qaa); elaboration of an Integrated Responsible tourism project in Qaa (EU funded project)

Sept. 2007-Jan. 2008       ECODIT Inc. Lebanon - Lebanon Mountain Trail LMT project (USAID funded project)

·   Lodging and Training Coordinator

·   Development and Implementation of the BLT Baskinta Literary Trail

June 2007-Aug. 2007       ACTED Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, Lebanon

Consultant for Agricultural Development Projects: Preparation and realization of field studies and assessments in South Lebanon, project conceptualization and fund raising (EU funded project)


Jan. 2008-Dec. 2010         Ph.D. in Technological Innovation for Food and Environmental Sciences

University of Milan, Faculty of Agriculture - Italy

Thesis: Agriculture and Rural Development in Lebanon, Analysis of the Marketing Strategies of the Lebanese Products, the case of the International Cooperation Development Projects.

Oct. 2004-Jan. 2006         Masters in Development, Environment and Societies

Inter-University program: Gembloux Agricultural University, Catholic University of Louvain, Catholic University of Mons and University of Liège - Belgium

Thesis: Ecotourism and rural development in the Mountains of Lebanon

Oct. 1999-July 2004         Agriculture Engineering Diploma

                                              Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - Lebanon

                                                Thesis: Improvement of cut roses production in Lebanon

July 1999                              Lebanese Baccalaureate in Experimental Sciences

                                                Collège Notre Dame des Anges, Badaro - Lebanon


Delivered workshops and trainings

May 2013-Lebanon           Delivery of a presentation on the Preservation of Local Heritage and Alternative Lodging in the National Forum on Sustainable Development and Local Tourism organized by PRODES an ONAY

October 2012-Lebanon   Participated in the preparation and organization of the International Mountain Day Seminar organized by LMT Association and ECODIT Lebanon

Delivery of a presentation on Water Resources & Springs in Lebanon

March 2012 - Lebanon     Participated in the preparation and organization of the Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Lebanon organized by arcenciel and USJ    

June 2011 - Lebanon         Participated in the preparation and organization of the Roundtable on Agro-Insurance and Access to Financing organized by arcenciel and ACDI/VOCA

Delivery of a presentation on Agricultural Value Chains in Lebanon

June 2010 - Syria                Presentation of a paper on Cultural Identity, Local Architecture, and Tourism during the Forum on the Integration of Culture in Local Development organized by The Danish Institute in Damascus & Syria Trust for Development

March 2009 - Italy              Preparation and presentation of a one day seminar about Lebanon entitled “Le développement agricole et rural au Liban” organized by the University of Milan, Faculty of Agriculture & CICSAA Centro Interuniversitario per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo Agro-alimentare e Ambientale

May 2008 - Lebanon         Preparation and delivery of a training course on “emergency and relief interventions” for the Ecole Libanaise de Formation Sociale ELFS - Saint Joseph University USJ

April 2008 - Italy                 Translation of 3 presentations from Italian to English & direct interpretation during the  workshop La cooperazione allo sviluppo rurale ed agro-alimentare in Libano from Italian to French, organized by the University of Milano-Faculty of Agriculture, AVSI and ICU

Attended workshops and trainings

June 2013 - Lebanon       Mind Mapping techniques application in the academic sector

Workshop organized by the Lebanese University – Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management

October 2010 - Italy        Capacity building training seminar on Integrated Water Management in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean Dialogue on Integrated Water Management MELIA Project 

October 2009 - Italy        Verso la sicurezza alimentare: la ricerca, le esperienze, le buone pratiche Toward Food Security: Research, Experiences, and Good Practices

Workshop organized by the University of Milano-Faculty of Agriculture & CICSAA Centro Interuniversitario per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo Agro-alimentare e Ambientale

Dec. 2007 - Jordan           Swedish International Development Agency SIDA strategy in the Middle East, Methodological issues, Logical Frame Approach and financial management

Diakonia Regional Partner meeting strategic plan 2008-2010

May 2007 - Lebanon       Training course on: Outcome mapping techniques

International Development Center for Research IDRC and the American University of Beirut AUB 

Jan, 2007 - Lebanon        International Conference on CSO Participation in Recovery and Development

UNDP & Oxfam Quebec 

Nov. 2005 - Belgium       Rural Development: Experiences and Perspectives 2007-2013

5th Symposium of the Association Belge d’Economie Rurale, organized by FUSAGX 


September 2013              

Basic Security In the Field II (BSITF II) – United Nations Department of Security and Safety (UNDSS)

Advanced Security In The Field (ASITF) - United Nations Department of Security and Safety (UNDSS)


Conference proceedings:

September 2011               Co-author of the paper: Regional overview on agricultural standards and VSS: their impact and how to promote them in the ESCWA region, during the Workshop on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) to promote sustainable agricultural production, food quality and safety, environmental protection and trade in the Arab Region, ESCWA Beirut, 27 September 2011

June 2010                            Author of the paper: A development initiative based on cultural identity and local architecture: arcenciel’s experience in the Bekaa Valley – Lebanon. Presented during the Forum on the Integration of Culture in Local Development organized by The Danish Institute in Damascus & Syria Trust for Development, Damascus-Syria


Abou Arrage, J. (2013). Sustainable tourism development and built heritage preservation, the case of Baalbek city. Al Dirassat Al Amniya Wal Qanouniya Wal ‘Elmiya Wal Ijtimaiya Wal Nafsiya. No. 56, pp. 162-175 


Fluent in Arabic, French and English; conversational Italian


Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Earth, SPSS, SAP


2013-present     Representative of the Italian Association “Ente Nazionale Giuseppini del Murialdoin” ENGIM in Lebanon

2012-present     Member of Association du Polyliban ADPL for the promotion of sports and culture

2010-2011            Member of the Executive Board of the Lebanese Youth Hostels Federation LYHF

2006-present     Member of the Order of Engineers, Beirut - Lebanon

2006-present     Member of the AIGx Association royale des Ingénieurs issus de la Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux - Belgium

2006-2008            Representative of arcenciel in the Lebanese Youth Hostels Federation LYHF

2002-2006            Member of T.E.R.R.E Lebanese environmental NGO

1990-2005            Member of the Scouts du Liban, Chief Scout for 4 years


Cycling, mountain biking, culture & history, and nature photography

REFERENCES (available upon request)