He is well travelled, articulate, and one engaging conversationalist. One look at this Adonis will melt your heart. Get to know this striking humanitarian from Lebanon and find out what’s on his agenda this year!
You have travelled to many places. What are your favorite spots and why? Capri and the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. The deep blue of the Mediterranean and the breathtaking topography is still a captivating image in my thoughts. Italy in general is the most amazing country I've been to. The culture… its people. One thing about Italians is that they know taste. Besides their beautiful language, arts and the history has always been significant in influencing cultures around the world.
You were in LA for a bit and just visiting Atlanta for a minute. Where are you heading this year after you leave Atlanta? My next stop is London.
You grew up in Lebanon, what brought you to the States? America has great educational institutions and universities. I came here for school and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in journalism and public policy.
Share your thoughts on America's political landscape? America is a great country however, its democracy is run by corporations and lobbyists. Decision making doesn't happen only in Washington DC. A true democracy should factor more ideologies, beliefs, political parties and not only a two party system. America the world leader certainly has a responsibility towards ensuring the safety of countries it was involved in the process of reforming and restructuring their governments and politics.
How often do you go home to Lebanon? Twice a year, Christmas and summer time.
Things that we need to know about your home country? Lebanon is a beautiful Mediterranean country that has green mountains that get covered in snow in winter. You can snow ski in the mountains or water ski in the Mediterranean in the span of one hour drive. You can go clubbing in a former site of a civil war refugee camp. You can discover ruins of 15 civilizations just across from a Starbucks. The Lebanese speak Arabic, English, and French at the same time.
What have been the most defining moments of your journey? Growing up in war torn Lebanon seeing human sufferings and destruction caused by war lords, competing political and religious ideologies, I knew I wanted to be part of a solution. I was inspired by the work of local and international journalists at the time which planted a seed for me to later in life pursue a career in journalism. However much of the political landscape of my country has changed over the decades, the landscape of journalism has shifted too, which prompted me to leave my job and the corporate world in order to see many of the ongoing realities firsthand versus behind the desk.
We all have certain people that have shaped and molded us. Who has been the strongest influence in yours? My father has been a great influence in my life. In the beginning, I wanted to rebel from his way of thinking but as I grew older and matured in life I've noticed that I'm drawn more and more to his teachings and philosophy of life.
What's on your agenda this year? This year, I'm planning to travel to India and South East Asia along with UNICEF in efforts to help facilitate human conditions and help children in need. I will be visiting Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon as well.
Your passport is stamped by some of the most exotic and dreamy destinations. What are your favorite spots worldwide? In Atlanta Le Bilboquet for Sunday brunch. Los Angeles, Ysabel on Thursday night dinner and SoHo House for drinks afterwards. Few of my favorites around some of the great cities around the world: Paris | Rasputin. Barcelona | Boca Grande, Portofino | Hotel Splendido. Sorrento Bucco Venice| Aman Hotel. Cannes| Baoli. Athens| by The Glass. London | Chiltern Fire House. Check out Casablanca in Beirut.
You’re always well dressed. How do you describe your style? Style is a presentation to your life. It's telling the world who you are. It's a combination of internal and external factors. Depends on my mood, I find my style romantic and chic.
Favorite app is Starguide? I love watching, studying and locating stars usually alongside someone special.
What is your elevator pitch? You don't have a second chance to make a first impression. It's beyond an elevator pitch. Sometimes it's just an eye contact and a smile that leaves a lasting impression. Besides, there is not much time in the elevator to tell how great I am. Lol!
Beyond the great external, there's something so endearing about you with your closeness to your family. Your mom still lives in Lebanon and you talk to her daily. Define what family means to you? Family is everything to me. But like friends in life, we have to be responsible towards our family.
Interviewed by: Maryan Aiken | PaperGlass Media