Grace Najjar

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Personal information

Title: 
Managing Director, Consultant, University Lecturer

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
Align Management Solutions
Address: 
Zalka, Olivier Building
Postal code: 
70-1017
City: 
Metn, Mount Lebanon
Country: 
Lebanon
Mobile phone: 
961 3 298970
Work email address: 
grace.najjar@alignms.com

Education

Master's Degree, Telecommunications, 2000-2002, Saint Joseph University in partnership with École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications-Paris (ENST), Lebanon.
Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering/Information Systems, 1995, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Project Management
Planning & Leading Systems
Business Solution Design
Need and Gaps Analysis
Requirement Management
Business Modelling
Business Process Management
Evaluation and Supervision
Coaching
Languages: 
Arabic
English
French

Work history

Corporate Relations Manager for Southern Europe and the Middle East, 2013-present, Project Management Institute (PMI).

Managing Director and Founder, 2010-present, Align Management Solutions.

Lecturer, 2010-present, Saint Joseph University.

Lecturer, 2010-present, Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA).

Senior Consultant, 2002-present, International funded projects (EU, World Bank, USAID) & International firms (GOPA/GIZ, Transtec, ACDI-VOCA).

Honorary office and memberships

Member of the Order of Engineers and Architects-Beirut, 1995-present.

Ambassador, The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), 2013-2014.

Regional mentor at the Project Management Institute (PMI)-Middle East, 2010-2013.

Coordinator of the First Academic Forum Project New Management Teaching Opportunities for Business and Technical School Growth, October 2011.

Co-founder and Vice-president and regional mentor (2010-2013) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Lebanon's Chapter, 2004-2009.

Productions

Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Invited Lecturer, a conference on "Project Management Value in Education: Skills Gaps", organized by the PMI-Arabian Gulf Chapter, Bahrain, 2013.
  • Lecture entitled "Why Leadership is not an Option" at the Order of Engineers and Architects-Beirut , 2013.
  • Keynote speaker at the First Project Management Conference in Lebanon organized by the Project Management Institute Lebanon's Chapter, Beirut, 2012.
  • Lecture entitled "Why Teaching Project Management?" at the British University of Dubai, Dubai, 2012.
  • Lecture entitled "Project Management Value-Required Skills" at the Order of Engineers and Architects- Beirut, 2012.

Awards and Distinctions

Selected as one of the top 100 most powerful women for the year 2013 by the Arabian Business Magazine, a Dubai-based English-language weekly magazine, 2014.

Awarded a special trophy as one of the most inspiring women by the minister of international cooperation and development, United Arab Emirates, March 2014.

Trophy of appreciation by the Project Management Institute-Lebanon's Chapter as founding mentor and regional mentor, November 2012.

Award of appreciation by the Alumni Committee of the College St. Joseph - Soeurs Antonines-Zahle, June, 2012.