Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Lara Hanna-Wakim is the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, (Lebanon) since 2013. She is the first scientist to represent the MENA Region as a regular member at the Governing Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) since 2014. She is nominated by the Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education as National Contact Point (NCP) for Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials for the EU Commission within Horizon 2020 Framework Programs. She is the Focal Point for Lebanon of the Arab States Green University Network (ASGUN) at UNEP, and the National Food Safety Expert at UNIDO. She has been honored, at the Lebanese Parliament, as Women Leader in Lebanese Universities and Research Pioneers, by the National Initiative for the Centennial of Greater Lebanon. She has been honored as well by the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture to acknowledge her major accomplishments and outstanding leadership and performance, and for obtaining the American accreditation ABET for the Diploma of Agricultural Engineering at the faculty, the first in the MENA region. Dr. Hanna-Wakim holds an Agricultural Engineering Diploma from USEK (Lebanon), an MS in Quality Assurance from INAP-G (Paris, France), an MA/PG Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from University of Chester (UK), and a PhD in Food Process Engineering from AgroParis Tech (Paris, France).
Food and Agriculture research.