Who Is She

Personal information

Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Arda Arsenian Ekmekji

What I have done for Lebanon

For the past 40 years, as a university professor,  I have exposed hundreds of students to the values of ethics, empathy and tolerance. I taught them that there is unity in diversity and multiculturalism is a blessing and not a curse.

My service to Lebanon also can be summarized as follows: I was appointed as the only woman in the Boutros Commission (NCEL) for  drafting a new electoral law in Lebanon (2016) and have been twice a member of the Supervisory Commission of Elections. (2009, 2018). 

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Haigazian University
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  • Doctorate degree, Civilizations and Archaeology, 1992 - 1994, University of Paris I – Sorbonne, France.
  • Master's degree, Archaeology, 1989 - 1991, University of Paris I – Sorbonne, France.
  • Master's degree, Archaeology, 1971 - 1974, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Bachelor degree, Ancient History,1968 - 1971, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Areas of expertise

  • Ancient History
  • Archeology
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Lebanese Electoral Law
  • English
  • French
  • Armenian
  • Arabic

Work history

  • Dean of Arts and Sciences, 1998 - present, Haigazian University.
  • Professor, Intercultural Studies & Archeology, 1997 - present, Haigazian University.
  • Instructor, Civilization Sequence Program, AUB. 1986-1997.

Honorary office and memberships

  • Member of the Supervisory Commission of Elections, Lebanon, 2018.
  • Chair of the Educational Council of the Armenian Evangelical Schools.
  • Chair of Advisory Council of Word Vision Lebanon (2010-Present).
  • Member of the Supervisory Commission for Electoral Campaigning (SCEC), Lebanon ,2009.
  • Only female member of the National Election Commission for Electoral Reform, (Fouad Boutros Commission) 2005-2006.
  • Founding Member of the Friends of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Advisor to the Society of the Friends of AUB Museum.


Publications highlights: 
  • Ekmekji, A. (2012). Confessionalism and Electoral Reform in Lebanon, Aspen Institute, Washington DC.
  • Ekmekji, A. (2011,2015). Toward Golgotha: Memoirs of Hagop Arsenian (Grandfather) during the Armenian genocide. [Manuscript submitted for publication].


Awards and Distinctions

  • Medal of Lebanese Parliament in honor of Pioneer Women Lubnaniyat 2020, 2016.
  • Medal of the Ministry of Interior for a pioneer role in the supervision of elections in Lebanon, 2009.
  • Haigazian University Award for 10 years of service in promoting culture, 2007.
  • Medal of Lebanese First Lady for prominent female academicians of Lebanon, 2004.