Marwan Kheireddine: Founder of the Beirut Institute, Engineer and Entrepreneur

It takes a certain kind of person to start their own institute. It takes an even rarer breed to found an institute that is dedicated to promoting peace and social justice. Marwan Kheireddine is one of those people. As the founder of the Beirut Institute, Kheireddine has worked tirelessly to promote education and understanding in the Middle East and around the world.

He is also an engineer and entrepreneur, which has given him a unique perspective on how to solve problems in the region. Kheireddine has served as the president of the Beirut Institute since its inception in 2009. He has also served on many boards, including those of UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Board, the United Religions Initiative, and Engineers Without Borders USA.

Kheireddine received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from American University Beirut (AUB) and completed his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Kheireddine was born and raised in Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war. After finishing his studies at AUB, Kheireddine returned to Lebanon and was actively involved in the rebuilding efforts following the war. He went on to found a consulting firm called Exergia International. More information About Marwan Kheireddine

In 2001, Kheireddine moved to Silicon Valley to work for Cisco Systems as a senior program manager. After seven years with Cisco Systems, Kheireddine moved back to Beirut and founded the Beirut Institute. In 2008, Kheireddine created a 4-week intensive language program to teach Arabic to non-native speakers. The Beirut Institute was incorporated in 2009 and received its 501(c)3 not-for-profit status a year later.

Since then, the institute has been involved in a wide range of activities, including hosting speakers and events for international visitors in an effort to spread a better understanding of the Middle East. In 2011, Kheireddine was appointed as UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Board member representing Lebanon. In 2014, The Beirut Institute played an active role in the Doha talks regarding the Syrian crisis.