Dr. Ounsi el Daif is an academic and environmental civil society expert. A physicist who studied in France and Switzerland, earning his PhD in 2007 from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), he was a researcher in the field of solar photovoltaic energy in world-class scientific labs (EPFL, Lyon Nanotechnology Institute in France, IMEC in Belgium, QEERI in Qatar) as well as a university lecturer until 2015. He has lectured at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the American University of Beirut on solar energy and physics. He is the founder of Eedama, an environmental social enterprise based in Masdar City, UAE, that focuses on sustainable development education and training.
He was part of the board of the Lebanese Association for Another Globalisation (Attac Lubnan) and one of its most active members in 2004. In 2006, he supported and contributed from afar to the founding of what became Lebanon Support. Upon coming back to Lebanon in 2017, he co-founded the Lebanese association for environmental and social justice JIBAL. He was elected as president of Lebanon Support in 2018.
Angela Saadé earned a Master of Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG) and a Master of Applied Anthropology from the University Lumiere Lyon2. She has worked as a photovoltaic (PV) project manager and an energy expert at Hespul in Lyon, France. She has also been involved in national policy consultation between the grid manager and the French government. For four years, she worked in the field of energy and urban planning in different European cities.
In parallel, Angela co-founded the French NGO Tabadol which aims to build a more equitable society, reflecting its diversity, and centering on social justice. She has developed several projects for Tabadol, including training for youth workers, teachers, and journalists on topics related to discrimination, prejudice, and migration.
She resettled in Lebanon in 2016, and became increasingly active in civil society notably as a board member of Lebanon Support in 2018, and as the co-founder of the Lebanese association for environmental and social justice JIBAL.
Ziad Daif has been a board member of Lebanon Support since 2018. He studied at USJ and at ESA in Beirut, and holds a Master degree in Management. He is a supply chain management expert and has extensive experience in many industrial fields, ranging from energy to shipping. In parallel, he is very engaged in local and environmental development, and in the reforestation of his hometown Ehden.
Peter Matar is an architect and holds a Master degree in Architecture from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts ALBA. After 8 years in the field of architecture, he started pursuing an additional degree in International Project Management from ESCP Paris. His goal is to achieve a more efficient approach to working on public/private development projects such as sustainable and smart cities, and community awareness on the social impact of the built environment. He joined Lebanon Support as a member, advising on social architecture and urbanism, and was elected to the board in 2018.
Miriam Younes is the director of the regional office of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Beirut. She has previously worked as research assistant at the German-Orient Institute Beirut, as a research associate at the Middle Eastern Studies Department at the University of Basel/Switzerland, and as a research coordinator at Lebanon Support.
Currently, she is finishing her PhD thesis entitled “Living leftism in Lebanon. A historical anthropology of leftist intellectuals in Lebanon, 1930-1990” at the University of Roskilde, Denmark under the supervision of Sune Haugbolle/Samer Frangie. Her research interests are modern intellectual and transnational history, theories of ideologies and collective action as well as concepts of revolution, leftism and post-colonial resistances. Miriam is a research fellow at Lebanon Support and joined the board in 2018.