Who Is She

Areas of expertise: 

Personal information

former MP, President of Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts
Myrna Bustani

Contact information / Work

Al Bustan Hotel
11 - 3764
Al - Bustan Hotel, Beyt Meri
110 72 150 Riyad el-Solh
870400 4 961
972439 4 961


  • Bachelor degree, Psychology, 1958, Faculty of Arts (Lyon University), Lebanon.
  • Training, 1954, Three Wise Monkeys Club finishing school, London
  • French and Lebanese Baccalaureate, 1954, French Protestant School, Lebanon.

Areas of expertise

  • Management
  • Organizing Music and Arts Festivals
  • Arabic
  • French
  • English

Work history

  • President, 1994 - present, Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts.
  • Member of Parliament, 1963 - 1964, Lebanese government.

Honorary office and memberships

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, 1980 - present.
  • Founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies (Oxford), 1990.
  • Founder of the British Lebanese Association, 1980.


Publications highlights: 
  • Bustani, M. (2005). 35 Days. Beirut: Dar An-Nahar.
Major achievements: 
  • Establishing and organizing the first festival of Classical Art and Music in the Middle East, 1994 - present.
  • Organizing concerts in London with the British Lebanese Association for Lebanese Soloists, 1982 - 1990.
  • First Lebanese woman to become a member of the Parliament.
Exhibitions, lectures & performances: 
  • Organizing with the British Lebanese Association the Exhibition “ Lebanon the Artist’s View” at the Barbican Centre London, 1982.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Russian Honorary Decoration from Russia.
  • Lauréat du Grand Prix E.U.R.O.P.A./ Grand Officier de l’Ordre de l’Etoile de l’Europe from the “Fondation Européenne.
  • Hungarian decoration from the Republic of Hungary.
  • Order of the Cedar, officer rank.
  • Merit of Culture from the Ministry of Arts of the Polish Republic.
  • Golden Insignia of the Republic of Austria.
  • Commander of the Isabelle la Catholique Order from the King of Spain.

Medal of the Arab Woman for 2002 from the “Hariri Foundation of the Arab Women".