Who Is She
What I have done for Lebanon
She served Lebanon by informing foreign policy on Lebanese development priorities and human right improvement opportunities. She invested in Zouk Mikael’s youth and local government to close the distance between citizens and politicians by leading a participatory democracy initiative, which was awarded a top 15 world deserving initiative in urban human development. She educated and mentored over 200 young women and supported them on their path to Leadership. She continues to elevate the voice and story of Lebanon and the Lebanese in international fora and raises funds and support for Lebanese non-governmental organizations in the United States and Europe.
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Contact information / Work
- Master's degree (D.E.A), History (focus on Migration), 2006, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK).
- Bachelor degree, History, 2003, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK).
Areas of expertise
- History & Migration
- Activism & Volunteerism
- Youth & Development
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Director, 2018-present, Immigrant and Global Migration Initiative, University of Southern California – Los Angeles.
- CEO, 2015-present, Global Nexus Solutions, LLC – Los Angeles.
- Advisor, 2015-present, Youth and Culture Center (YCC) – Zouk Mikaël.
- President, 2008-present, Lebanon Development Union (LDU).
- Editor, 2005–present, Anwale Magazine.
- Program Manager, 2009-2014, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), US Embassy, Lebanon.
- Director, 2008-2014, Youth and Culture Center (YCC) – Zouk Mikaël.
- History Instructor, 2008-2012, American University of Science and Technology (AUST).
- Assistant Secretary General, 2005-2008, General Secretariat of Catholic Schools in Lebanon.
- Protocol Officer, 2002–2004, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Youth and Sports, Association Libanaise des Bénévoles.
Honorary office and memberships
- LA Chapter Steering Committee Member of Eisenhower Fellowships. 2017-present.
- Founding & Board member of the Lebanon Development Union (LDU), 2008-present.
- Founding member of the Lebanese Association of Volunteers, 2002-present.
- Research Affiliate at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC), 2003-2012.
- Fersan, E. (2010, April). Syro-Lebanese Migration (1880-Present): Push and Pull Factors. Viewpoints (Special Edition, Migration and the Mashreq), 13 - 17. Wachington DC: University of Washington. http://elianefersan.com/2012/09/09/article-2/
- Fersan, E. (2008). Os imigrantes Sírio-libaneses no Brasil entre 1920 e 1926: Percepção do corpo consular Francês [The Syrian-Lebanese immigrants in Brazil between 1920 and 1926: Perception of the French diplomatic body]. In B. Vitar et al. Os Árabes E Suas Américas , (pp. 63 – 97). Brazil: Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS). http://elianefersan.com/2012/09/28/article-3/
Lectures/ papers presented:
- Brain Drain as an Expanding Lebanese Reality, at the American University for Science and Technology (AUST), Beirut, May 2008.
- The Syro-Lebanese Immigrants into the United States of America 1920 – 1931: Perception of the French Diplomatic Body, Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) annual conference, November 18 – 21, Boston, 2006.
- Les immigrés Syro-Libanais au Brésil de 1920 à 1926, Perception du Corps Consulaire Français (in French), International Conference on Arab Immigration in the Americas, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Corumba, M.S., Brazil, September 28 – October 1st, 2005.
Awards and Distinctions
- Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative 2017 Fellow, University of Denver, Denver, August 2017.
- Eisenhower Fellow 2015, Global Women Leaders Program, Philadelphia, October 2015.
- Dutch MSP Fellowship, Radio Netherlands Training Center (RNTC), Hilversum, May 2015.
- Featured among the top 40 Lebanese Female Role Models in the UNESCO Career Guidance from Grassroots, 2013.
- Mission Honor Award, Department of State – USA, US Embassy, Beirut, October 2014.
- Laureate of the MENA Women Leaders Influentials Program Fellowship, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, October 2014.
- MEPI Lebanon Alumni Association Community Ambassador Award, November 2013.
- Mission Honor Award, Department of State – USA, US Embassy, Beirut, October 2013.
- Meritorious Honor Award, Department of State - USA, US Embassy, Beirut, December 2012.
- Benjamin Franklin Award, Department of State - USA, US Embassy, Beirut, January 2012.
- Meritorious Honor Award, Department of State - USA, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, December 2010.
- Recognition Award from former First Lady Mrs. Andrée Lahoud for contributing to the success of Arab 1st Ladies Summit: Arab Women and the Armed Conflicts, 2004.
- Recognition Award from the Minister of Culture for contributing to the success of the 9th Francophone Summit, 2002.