Basil Fuleihan Foundation is pleased to announce that the private
benefit performance of the Greek tragedy Antigone, staged the
Theatre Le Salon in Geneva, on Wednesday 12 November was a great
success. Oznerol turned the tragedy of Sophocles play into a comedy
comprised of three short but intense scenes which kept the audience
captive until the final moment of the performance. The large
audience coupled with the mesmerizing talent of Ozernol contributed
to the immensely enjoyable and humorous reproduction of the
Sophocles classic. The Basil Fuleihan Foundation would like to
extend a great thank you to Mr. Majid Khoury, Mr. Lorenzo Pedrazzini
and to Colliers Ami for their sponsoring of the event. In addition,
we would like to thank all those who contributed directly or
indirectly to the organization of this evening and to the great
success of the performance.
The Basil Fuleihan Foundation announces the launch of "WHO AM I?", a
children's book promoting a message of peace and tolerance, by Yasma
The first place 2007 BFIGG winner, Ms Hana Hamade successfully
completed her three-month paid internship with the NSSF, where she
worked on a project in collaboration with the World Bank. Ms. Hamade has
submitted her required internship brief, detailing her complete
On 17 April 2008, LBCI aired a special dedication program with Kalam El Nass and Marcel Ghanem in the memory of martyr Basil Fuleihan. Also featured on the program were past and present BFIGG winners who discussed their winning papers and experiences as BFIGG winners. The 2008 winners took part in an academic discussion with the panel on the good governance ideas presented in their winning papers.
The 2008 Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance (BFIGG) Competition
The second annual Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance competition was launched in December 2007. The goal of the competition was to solicit innovative, sustainable ideas from young Lebanese people in the area of public reform. The final date for submission of papers was 29 February 2008. For the sake of impartiality, all competition entries were electronically assigned a number and were referred to by that number only from the time of submission and throughout the competition, until presentations were made before the Final Jury. A Selection Committee consisting of:
reviewed all submissions and chose by consensus the top five papers to be
presented before the Final Jury.
Owing to the exceptionally high quality of the winning entries and the growing international reputation of the BFIGG competition, it was decided jointly by the Chairperson and the BFF Board of Directors that the amounts of all the cash prizes would be increased. The first prize was increased to $12,500, the second prize to $7,500 and the third prize to $5,000. The fourth and fifth place Honorable Mention papers were also rewarded with a cash prize of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The winners of the BFIGG competition are as follows:
Paid internships have been secured for the first and second place winners in the Public Sector as part of the prize package.
Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance (BFIGG) competition winners announced at Press Conference on April 17, 2008
The winners of the 2008 Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance (BFIGG)
competition were announced on Thursday 17 April 2008 at a press
conference held at the Press Syndicate, Corniche Mazraa, Beirut.
2008 BFIGG Launched in December 2007
The Basil Fuleihan Foundation in collaboration with the Middle East
Institute of Columbia University announced the launch of the second
annual Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance competition.
2007 Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance (BFIGG) Competition
The Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance competition was launched
in May 2006, with the goal to solicit innovative, sustainable ideas from
young Lebanese people in the area of public reform. The final date for
submission of papers was 28 February 2007. For the sake of impartiality,
all competition entries were electronically assigned a number and were
referred to by that number only from the time of submission and
throughout the competition, until presentations were made before the
Final Jury. A panel of good governance experts consisting of Ragheda
Jaber, Bijan Azad, Salah Sadek and Akram Zuhairi, acted as a Screening
Committee and made a preliminary evaluation of all submissions.
It was jointly decided by the Chairperson and Board of Directors of the
BFF that, because of the exceptionally high quality of the winning entries,
the second place prize should be increased to $5,000, and the third place
prize to $2,500. The first place prize remained at $10,000.
A televised round table discussion was taped at the studios of LBC on
Saturday 14 April 2007, highlighting the winning competition entries as well
as discussing good governance in general. The show, hosted by Marcel Ghanem,
featured a panel of prominent Lebanese public figures and also included the
participation of the first, and third place winners of the BFIGG competition
(the second place winner was unable to attend). A documentary of the
contributions Basil Fuleihan made to Lebanon's economic landscape was
screened. This documentary not only covered the professional accomplishments
of Dr. Fuleihan, but also touched on the more personal aspects of his life.
This latter part of the documentary was accompanied by Mrs. Yasma Fuleihan
reading a poem which she had written specifically to accompany the video.
Consumer Protection Law
The Basil Fuleihan Foundation participated in a workshop held during the Lebanon Opportunities annual conference on 21 June 2006 at the Dbayeh Conference Center. The Consumer Protection Law, which was authored by Dr. Fuleihan, was the subject of the special session dedicated to the late Minister and MP.
Trade Liberalization in the Arab World: Multilateralism vs. Regionalism
The launching of `Trade Liberalization in the Arab World: Multilateralism vs. Regionalism, ´ written by Dr. Basil Fuleihan and published by Dar An-Nahar took place on 19 May 2006. To launch the book, a conference featuring a distinguished panel of speakers was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora at the Assembly Hall at the American University of Beirut. Speakers included:
Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance Award
The Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance Award (BFIGG), a research paper competition to solicit innovative ideas on good governance, was launched on 3 May 2007. The BFIGG was born from the collaboration between Mrs. Yasma Fuleihan, Dr. Bijan Azad and Ms. Ragheda Jaber as part of the Lebanon Development Marketplace (LDM) project launched in 2006 with the theme Youth in Governance : Shaping the Future. The objective of the BFIGG research paper competition was to solicit innovative, sustainable ideas in the area of public reform and good governance from young people between the ages of 18 and 30. These ideas had to have potential for implementation in Lebanon or have already been implemented (in or outside Lebanon) and could be replicated in other settings.
Commemorative Postage Stamps
Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh unveiled new commemorative postage stamps to honor former Economy and Trade Minister Basel Fuleihan on Wednesday, April 19th in Beirut. Mr. Hamadeh addressed a news conference, stating that the three stamps "symbolize Basel the university student and high-class professor, the economic expert and economy minister, and the martyr of Lebanon and its independence."
The Telecommunications Ministry wants to mark the second anniversary of Basel Fuleihan's death in its own way," Hamadeh said. "Through the issuance of these stamps, we wanted to remember Basel Fuleihan as the martyr of bright Lebanese youth," he added. "Fuleihan was a symbol of Lebanese youth through his culture, education and ethics."
10th anniversary of the Basil Fuleihan Economic and Financial Institute
A ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Basil Fuleihan Economic and Financial Institute was held October 30th at UNESCO Palace. Notable representatives of Lebanon's private and public sectors, as well as a delegation from the French Industry, Finance and Economy Ministry, attended the commemoration, entitled "Ten Years of Oxygen, Ten Years of Perseverance".
The Institute was co-founded in 1996 by Dr Fuleihan and then Minister of Economy, and current Prime Minister, Mr. Fouad Siniora. The main goal in the formation of the Institute, which was a favorite personal project of Dr Fuleihan's, was to establish a training institute that served as a model for training and enabling civil servants to better assist the Lebanese citizens.
Mrs Yasma Fuleihan, who attended the ceremony honoring the efforts of her late husband, remarked, "Of all of his projects and accomplishments, Basil was especially proud of the work done by the Institute so to not participate in this celebration and honor his contribution to it, would be unthinkable to me .Basil worked diligently toward the progress and development of his beloved country Lebanon, and the best way to honor his sacrifice is by continuing his work. Every program sponsored by this Institute, every publication, every symposium and conference organized by this Institute, and every training seminar does just that - it continues the work Basil started with Prime Minister Siniora ten years ago with the ultimate goal of making Lebanon stronger."
Mr. Francois Cope, France's Budget and Administrative Reform Minister, reflected on the contributions made towards reforming and strengthening the Lebanese economy by former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and Dr. Fuleihan, stating, "Ces hommes sont tombes en heros dans la force et la grandeur de leur vision et de leur devouement au service de leur pays et, pour reprendre Ie mot du President de la Republique franaise que je cite: «ces hommes etaient des batisseurs inspires, des visionnaires du Liban de demain, des militants inlassables de la reconciliation des Libanais et de la construction d'un Etat souverain, independant, libre et democratique»".
Mr. Cope expressed his country's desire to continue Lebanese-French economic cooperation. "France is keen on helping Lebanon's reconstruction and supporting it in the Paris III (international donor conference) to be held in January," he said.
The Basil Fuleihan Seminar for Burns
The memory Dr. Basil Fuleihan was honored with the occasion of "The Basil Fuleihan Seminar for Burns – State of the Art in Burn Treatment" held this past November in Beirut. Over 500 delegates from 28 countries attended the conference, which was organized by the Mediterranean Council for Burns and Fire Disasters (MBC), the International Association for Humanitarian Medicine (IAHM) and the Lebanese Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (LSPRAS) and included scientific seminars paneled by prominent specialists in the above fields as well as a separate Civil Defense session directed toward civil defense and fire brigade personnel.
Mrs. Yasma Fuleihan spoke at the opening ceremony about her and her family's very personal experiences with burn trauma during Dr. Fuleihan's 64 day struggle to overcome his injuries at the Percy Burn Hospital in Paris. In her speech, she reflected on the power of love, prayers and support in conjunction with medical science. "These 64 days taught me lessons in courage, in reaching out and helping others, in faith and acceptance of God's will as you accept the inevitable in life. As long as there is struggle there is hope. Medicine does not have all the answers, the human heart does. My goal was to convince the doctors not to give up as long as there was hope, the slimmest ray of hope," she said. Mrs. Fuleihan elaborated that she tried to persuade the doctors caring for her husband to grasp the more human side of medicine. "The doctors were talking math, I was talking faith, love and philosophy. With time, they started to believe the philosophy, they became believers and started to fight like me. I learned that the doctors should listen to the loved ones of the victims, math does not work all the time, we should not give up on people easily."
Also speaking at the opening ceremony were several medical professionals who attended to the Fuleihans when they were at the Percy Burn Hospital. Dr. Henri Carsin, a leading specialist in the field of burn treatment, was invited to participate in the seminar by Mrs. Fuleihan who met Dr. Carsin while he was the leading burns specialist caring for Dr. Fuleihan. Dr. EH Mansour, a family friend who came from his home in the United States to Paris upon hearing of Dr. Fuleihan's injuries to assist in his treatment, gave his remarks on the topic of the psycho-social approach to burn injury. Ms. Anne Laure Seyeux, a psychologist at the Percy Burn Hospital, who is trained to assist family members and loved ones of burn victims, and the patients themselves, how to best cope with their emotions as well as the ongoing treatment, was also in attendance at the bequest of Mrs. Fuleihan and spoke of the psychological condition of burn patients.
In combination with the academic aspects of the seminar, a public information campaign aimed at raising awareness about fire prevention and burn treatment/prevention was organized with the assistance of a leading television station in Lebanon. This successful campaign provided a vital community service that was genuinely well received by the Lebanese public, as evidenced by the number of schools and other organizations that were compelled to hold their own special assemblies and meetings on the topic in the weeks following the campaign.
IC Basil Fuleihan Award
The profound respect and admiration felt by the people of Lebanon for Dr. Fuleihan transcended religious, economic and social boundaries. His commitment to taking a leading role in the service of his community and country can serve as an example to all. It is in this spirit that the IC Basil Fuleihan Award was born.
The award was conceived as a tribute to both Dr. Fuleihan’s memory and to his life’s work of community service. It is presented each year to a graduating IC student who best embodies the principles and characteristics of a future community leader. The trophy awarded to the graduate is adorned with a plaque that reads: "In Recognition of
In 2005 the award was inaugurated with the presentation being made at the graduation ceremony by Mrs. Yasma Fuleihan to Khairat Al-Habbal. In 2006, the award was presented to graduate Nathalie Flora Allam.
The American University of Beirut held a special ceremony in August 2005 to honor four AUB graduates who were killed as a result of the February 14th attack on Former Prime Minister Hariri’s motorcade. Dr. Basil Fuleihan, and three other AUB alumni, Rawad Haidar, Dr. Rima Bazzi, and Mazen Zahabi, were remembered in poignant speeches given by family members before a large gathering who had come to pay their respects.
Mrs. Yasma Fuleihan spoke of her husband Basil, who majored in Economics at AUB. “A year ago I would never have imagined, even in my wildest dreams, or nightmares to be more accurate, that I would be standing here, in the place Basil loved the most, and talking about my loss, my children’s loss and our family’s loss,” she said. Mrs. Fuleihan reflected on her husband’s accomplishments and remarkable devotion to Lebanon, ending her speech by sharing a painful memory of that dreadful St. Valentine’s Day. “Instead of roses, I received his burned body.”
“Today, we are gathered to remember four heroes and martyrs that will not be forgotten for their contributions to the world,” said AUB’s acting president George Tohme. “A tree will be planted carrying four names on its branches, symbolizing four doves of peace and hope for a better future,” he announced.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the family members of the honorees unveiled the tree, which has been planted on the campus grounds, to the press and public.
The Arab Economic Forum (AEF), organized jointly by Al-Iktissad wal Amal Group and the Central Bank of Lebanon, and in collaboration with the Lebanese Banks Association and IFC, witnessed the launching of the Dr. Basil Fuleihan Award for Young Leaders.
The first recipients of the annual award were Dr. Jihad Azour, Lebanese Minister of Finance, and Sheikh Tarik bin Faisal Al-Qasimi, Head of Commercial and Tourist Development for Sharjah, UAE
The prizes were presented to the winners by Mrs. Yasma Fuleihan, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Saniora, Sheikh Saad Hariri and Mr. Raouf Abu Zaki, General Manager of Al-Iktissad wal Amal Group
The 2005 AEF conference, entitled “Martyr Sheikh Rafic Hariri Conference” observed the launching of two awards, the first one being the “Sheikh Rafic Hariri Award for Investment Pioneers in Lebanon”, as well as the “Dr. Basil Fuleihan Award for Young Leaders”.
Memorial Service, Sursouk Palace
On Tuesday April 18, 2006, a memorial service was held in the garden at Sursock Palace to mark the passing of one year since the death of Basil Fuleihan. The service was held in the garden because Basil Fuleihan loved the outdoors, and nature was an aspect of the many milestones of his life, including his wedding, which took place on a mountain under the clear blue sky, and his children’s baptism, which took place in the same garden at Sursouk. The garden also symbolizes the hope that although Basil Fuleihan is no longer with us, his contributions, like seeds, can be nurtured and flourish in the future. The service was attended by prominent Lebanese and international politicians and dignitaries. Speakers included Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, MP Bahia Hariri, Dr. Ghattas Khoury, Mr. Ross Mountain, Mr. Suhei Korban and Mrs. Yasma Fuleihan.
On Sunday, April 16, 2006, the city of Beirut paid tribute to Basil Fuleihan by dedicating a square to his memory during a ceremony that included a candle-light march. The rally, which was organized by the Basil Fuleihan Foundation, started at 6 pm Sunday, April 16, 2006, from Nijmeh Square in Downtown Beirut and ended at the square facing the Monroe Hotel. The square was renamed “Basil Fuleihan Square” in honor of the slain former Economy Minister. Fuleihan’s widow, Yasma, relatives, friends and politicians including Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, lit candles in front of a plaque in the square. After Basil Fuleihan was injured in the attack on former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s convoy on February 14, 2005, hundreds of Lebanese from all sects gathered in the square, where for 64 days, they maintained a vigil and offered prayers for his recovery. The renaming of the square symbolizes the idea that although the candles that were lit in his honor have long gone out, the hopes that they represented will never be extinguished.
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