BEIRUT – The Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB) Board of Directors honored HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization with the prestigious WAAAUB Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2016 during the Association’s Reunion Honoring Ceremony held at AUB Assembly Hall.
The WAAAUB Committee for Awards granted Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh the Award for his outstanding worldwide stature and professional attainment in the field of "Business and Entrepreneurship" as well as his many contributions to professional and education services, corporate and social responsibility and patronage of many valuable civil initiatives, which deserve the recognition and pride by AUB Alumni.
During the ceremony, AUB President Dr. Fadlo Khuri said: "HE Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh has typified the AUB tradition of excellence and brought credit to the University by his professional achievement, personal accomplishment and philanthropic service."
Upon receiving the Award, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh expressed his pride in receiving the Award saying: "I am greatly humbled and honored to be receiving this award. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the Board and Committee for this acknowledgement; the AUB has always been a powerhouse in driving the change in the world of education and as a graduate from this great institution which I owe a lot to its futuristic and dedication to education, I say 'thank you'."
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh’s pioneering work has been recognized by the United Nations with whom he became chairman of 14 UN boards and initiatives including: Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN Global Compact, UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force, Advisory Committee on Internet Governance, and UN Committee of Experts on Professional Qualifications Standards, as well as boards of all international accounting bodies.
His many personal honors include ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur', Decoration of Independence of Jordan, and 40 other decorations and awards, as well as five Honorary Doctorate Degrees. Member of the WTO Panel on Defining the Future of Trade, Senator at the Jordanian Upper House, and most recently the Order of Independence of the First Order from Jordan's King Abdullah II.
He is a Patron for Walid Gholmieh Symphonies, Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra and Chair of Jordanian National Orchestra Association; Chair of the globally leading Intellectual Property Rights company, as well as over 30 other chairmanships.