Marwan Kheireddine Recap
Marwan Kheireddine believes in empowering young Lebanese by providing quality education. For example, when he started teaching at AUB, only five full-time professors were in the department. Today, there are 30. He also helps students by connecting them with mentors. Over 100 mentees have graduated from AUB since 2014. Many of them join the university after graduation and help other students. To date, seven graduates have started their businesses, and six others are employed full-time.
“It feels great when we see our influence on other people,” Kheireddin says. “We’re happy to see that someone we helped has become a different person. And if that person did something amazing, we might get some credit for that.”
“I’m not sure why, but whenever someone praises me or thanks me for helping them, I feel like I earned this praise,” he says while sipping his coffee. “So if someone wants to thank me for whatever I’ve done for them, I deserve it.”
Kheiriddin was happy to see his alma mater recognized for its efforts to promote student entrepreneurship. For the past 10 years, Kheiriddin has served on the board of the American Community School. As a founding member of the nonprofit Endeavor Lebanese chapter, Kheiriddin focuses on supporting students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial careers. He also serves on the board of trustees of Beirut’s Stock Exchange.
Kheireddine and his colleagues have begun working with universities in Lebanon to create programs for young adults to gain job skills, entrepreneurship knowledge, and access to financing. A project called Youth Inc., funded through a $5 million grant from the World Bank and led by Kheireddine, aims to turn youth unemployment around. In its first phase, Youth Inc. will partner with six universities, including Saint Joseph University, Lebanese American University, and Hariri Institute of Technology, to provide students with opportunities to learn marketable skills and launch businesses. Learn more information about Marwan Kheireddine
The young man joined his father’s company, Kheireddine & Sons when he turned 18. He says it’s “a perfect fit” because he likes working with computers and engineering. He also likes the idea of helping people with technology.