Syracuse University

MENAT Regional Council

AlAjmiDr. Khaled AlAjmi is a leading expert of eGovernment practices in Saudi Arabia. He is currently the general manager of Safeer Program of the Ministry of Higher Education. Prior to his current duties, Dr. AlAjmi was the general manager of the Saudi National Unemployment Assistance Program (Hafiz) of the Ministry of Labor. He has more than 18 years of experience in managing technology organizations in both the public and private sector, including Riyad Bank, AlRajhi Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. AlAjmi has five academic degrees and five professional licenses; all are in the fields of engineering and technology. Among his academic degrees is a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the Management and Leadership of Electronic Governments, which he obtained in 2011 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Iman Al QatamiIman (Al Bahar) Al Qatami graduated from SU in 1979 with a degree from the L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. While at Syracuse, she was a member of the women’s basketball team.

A principal at Al Qatami Trading Compan, Al Qatami has been an active SU alumnus in the Middle East region. She has organized several gatherings for fellow alumni living in the Kuwait area. Recently, she joined the MENAT Regional Council as a founding member. Al Qatami’s professional experience and business connections, as well as her passion for her alma mater and commitment to promoting it to prospective students, have proved invaluable in realizing the council’s objectives of increasing student applications and creating strategic partnerships in the region.

AzarCarol Azar earned her French and Lebanese Baccalauréat from Collège Protestant Français in Beirut. She joined the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 1984 and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She earned an MS and a PhD in electrical engineering from Syracuse University in 1992 and 1996, respectively.

Azar holds an associate professor position at the Lebanese University and has served as an adjunct professor at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University for over 15 years. Her research and teaching interests include microwave, millimeter-wave, optoelectronics and mechatronics. Her dedication to Syracuse University brought her to co-found an alumni chapter in Lebanon and to join the MENAT Regional Council.

Nabil HayebNabil Habayeb is president and CEO of GE Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He is the first Arab to hold this title for GE. Based in Dubai, Habayeb is responsible for developing and expanding the growth of GE’s different businesses across the region.

Habayeb earned his undergraduate and graduate degree in mechanical engineering from SU’s L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS). He joined GE Power Systems' Field Engineering Program in 1982 and held several field assignments internationally. In 1985, he moved to Dubai where he worked in various sales positions covering the region. Another move came in 1989 when Habayeb returned to the U.S., this time to Schenectady, N.Y., where he served as commercial operations manager for the Middle East. The year 1993 brought Habayeb back to the Middle East where he now serves as regional president and CEO for GE.

Ever since Habayeb graduated from SU, he has been an active supporter of his alma mater. He was instrumental in orchestrating the 2011 visit to the university by HRH Sultan to receive the Chancellor’s Medal. He is a founding member of SU’s MENAT Regional Council.

Reda RaadReda Raad serves as chair of the Syracuse University Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) Regional Council, the university’s first regional council outside of the U.S. He earned a degree in advertising and marketing management from SU’s prestigious Whitman School of Management in 1995. Raad currently resides in Dubai where he is COO of TBWA/Raad. TBWA is a world-renowned advertising and marketing agency network made up of 258 full-service agencies internationally. During his 15 years of advertising and communications experience in the Middle East, he has worked with major brands, including Nissan, Axiom, Rothmans of Pall Mall International, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airlines, Virgin Megastore, Tag Heuer and CNN.

Raad is a generous and loyal supporter of Syracuse University. As chair of the MENAT RC, he is working to build on momentum achieved by SU staff in the region. He sees alumni relations as a primary function of the MENAT Regional Council and integral to success in both prospective student recruitment and the development of valuable real-world educational opportunities in the region, such as internships and work-study programs.

VenutoloMike Venutolo is a graduate of the L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at SU. He lives in Bahrain where he serves as CEO of Raymond International Pipeline Services Group. Venutolo is a principal gift donor and loyal supporter of SU. Through Raymond, he sponsors a two-week interactive summer internship in Dubai for LCS students.

His commitment to SU is evident through his recent appointment on the MENAT Regional Council. A native of New Jersey, Venutolo has lived in Bahrain fro 30 years. He is always happy to serve as an ambassador for the Gulf and assist SU representatives who travel to the region. As a member of the MENAT RC, Mike is putting his knowledge of the region and professional connections to work in helping with recruitment and strategic partnership efforts.

YoussedAhmed Youssed is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool), where he earned his masters degree in telecom, media and networks. Youssed is a partner with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he serves investment companies and diversified business groups.

Youssed is passionate about SU and is a proud ambassador of the iSchool. He has recently joined the MENAT Regional Council and is looking forward to supporting the university through his knowledge of the region and his professional network. He currently lives with his wife and two kids in Dubai.