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Lamia Mubayed Bsat's pioneering career


L’Orient Le Jour devoted a special feature last Thursday to highlight the professional and academic journey of the head of Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan (IoF), Lamia Mubayed Bsat after being awarded the national order of Legion of Honor from the rank of Knight last April. In an interview with the newspaper, Bsat spoke about her educational achievements. She said she graduated in 1988 with a BS in agricultural engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB). Eventually, she discovered that she is attracted more to the field of economics and development, which she studied and graduated in 1990 with an MS degree in agricultural economics and development, noting that she won Sana Najjar-Zahr award for the best student performance given by AUB. After that, she worked as a university professor at the state-run Lebanese University School of Agriculture, before settling permanently in the field of economic development. She told L’Orient Le Jour reporter that she worked for a private sector economic institution, before moving to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where she was introduced to good governance, public administration and institutional development programs. She mentioned her contributions to a rehabilitation and modernization state institutions project. In 2000, Bsat said she became deputy head of the Finance Institute at the Ministry of Finance (later known in 2006 as the Basel Fuleihan Institute for Economy and Finance), boasting that her team is mainly comprised of women. She concluded by expressing her trust in the State and its institutions and in bringing about change in society, including a revolution in public schools, promotion of the citizens financial awareness and promoting competence in positions of responsibility. )L’Orient Le Jour, May 11, 2017(

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