Elie Samia

Executive Director of Outreach and Civic Engagement, Director of USAP/USAID

Elie Samia has been assistant vice president (AVP) for Outreach and Civic Engagement since 2014. Since 1992, he has served as a lecturer of diverse courses in the Department of Social Sciences.

Most notably, over the past decade Mr. Samia has and still successfully leads key special programs at LAU that underscore the university’s commitment to civic engagement and outreach:

  • Global Classrooms-LAU Model UN in Lebanon;
  • Global Classrooms International in New York;
  • LAU’s Model Arab League;
  • LAU’s Model European Union;
  • LAU’s Model African Union;
  • Global Outreach & Leadership Development in New York; and,
  • USAID-funded University Scholarship Program/Higher Education Scholarship.

In his role as AVP, Mr. Samia manages the Department of Outreach and Civic Engagement, overseeing the above-mentioned initiatives, training the students participating in the Harvard World Model United Nations in close coordination with the DSS. He is also responsible for forging strategic alliances with influential civic engagement and philanthropic organizations and for coordinating the strategic plan related to his area. He recently obtained a grant funded by Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy, “Reliable Methodology for Right Majors” (RM2) which aims at guiding high school students through a reliable career and education decision making model to choose their majors, explore occupations, plan career development and make informed decisions about their careers.

He is the author and co-author of several books and journal articles. He has given more than 750 workshops to a wide audience ranging from youth associations to corporate employees in Lebanon and abroad about educational leadership, negotiations, emotional intelligence, team building and project management, strategic thinking and educational management.

Mr. Samia holds a DEA in Political Sociology from Saint Joseph University with a prospective doctorate from Paris I-Sorbonne.

Selected publications

  1. Co-authored book: Moubarak Walid, Rouwayheb Marwan & Samia Elie. Towards Political Empowerment of Lebanese Women. Social Science Division of the Lebanese American University in 2005. Byblos & United Nations Development Fund for Women- Arab States Regional Office.
  2. Co-edited book:  A chapter entitled “Global classrooms LAU Model United Nations Teaches Life Skills” in Educators & Youth Building Peace: Stories from in and out of School published by the Institute for Peace and Justice Education at the Lebanese American University and the Mennonite Central Committee in 2010.
  3. Co-edited book with Irma Ghosn:
  4. Weaving the Fabric of Child Peace & Education: Lebanese American University Publication, 2005
  5. Co-authored a book with Ghina Harb:
  6. Global Classrooms LAU MUN changed my life: Lebanese American University publication, 2014
  7. Article in a book: 
  8. Citizenship Building in Lebanon; “The Problematic Relationship between Media and Political Liberties”, Lebanese American University, 1999
  9. Article about the Taef Accord in a book published at LAU about Reconciliation and Forgiveness in 1996.

Selected articles in journals and newspapers:

  1. A journal of the Association of Arab Banks “Modernization of the Mechanisms of Banking Operations: The Challenge of the Future” No. 211 - Volume 18, July 1998.
  2. An Nahar (Arabic) “The Strategy of Integration in the Arab World”, (July 26, 1992).  This article puts the preconditions for economic Integration in the Arab World and states that need Integration, rational-legal leadership, democratic practices, market economies and popular consent are the necessary infrastructure requirements for the functional success of inter Arab integration.
  3. Al Diyar (Arabic) “Political Maronitism has lost its primacy in the Lebanese Political Structure”, (July 11, 1990).  This article compares and contrasts between the period extending from 1826 to 1861, which witnessed the loss of the Druze community of its primacy in the Lebanese Political Society and the period (1875-1990), which witnessed the loss of the Maronites of their ascendancy. It concludes that whenever a community in Lebanon becomes a demographic minority and keeps on acting as if it were a political majority, it faces decline and defeat.
  4. An Nahar Arab and International (French) “L’accord Tripartite “, (July 22, 1989).  This article analyzes the constitutional clauses and provisions of the “Tripatite Damascus Accord” and shows how much they drastically curtail the Presidential prerogatives and transfer the decision making process to the council of ministers.
  5. “Le Document Contitutionnel et L’accord Tripartile” (July 15, 1989).  This article studies the circumstantial setting for the signing of the “Constitutional Document” by late President Suleiman Frangiyyeh on February 14, 1976 and shows that its constitutional principles were consensual, moderate and rational.

Academic degrees

  • DEA in Political Sociology from Saint Joseph University, Lebanon
  • BA and an MA in Political Sociology from the American University in Cairo