The Strategic Council met for the first time in May 1998. It is an advisory body that serves to provide support for the University, enable relationships with companies, help it spread in the Mediterranean basin and the region, and contribute to disseminating the Francophonie.
It is chaired by the Rector of USJ and is composed of a limited number of Lebanese, French, and Francophone members.
The Strategic Council meets at least twice a year, and its meetings are either preceded or followed by a lecture on the critical issues faced by Lebanon or the region. The lecture is delivered by a distinguished guest invited by the Rector.
Members of the USJ Strategic Council
President of Northeastern Univeristy – United States of America.
CEO of HSBC Global Banking and Markets- Lebanon.
Member of the European Parliament, European Commissioner for Internal Markets and Financial Services, Former Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs – France.
Hélène Carrère dEncausse
Permanent Secretary of the French Academy (Académie française) - France.
Salim Daccache S.J.
Rector of USJ - Lebanon.
Victor Assouad S.J.
Adviser and Assistant of the Father-General for Western Europe and the Middle East Rome
Former Minister of Information- Lebanon.
Former Federal Councilor, Former President of the Swiss Confederation, President of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly – Switzerland.
François-Xavier de Donnéa
Minister of State, Member of Parliament– Belgium.
Lawyer, Former Minister of Culture and Higher Education, CEO of LOrient-Le Jour- Lebanon..
Director of the Centre hospitalier Robert-Giffard and of the Centre de recherche Université Laval/Robert-Giffard Giffard- Canada.
Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance– France.
Minister of Education, Deputy for Chouf – Lebanon.
Vice-Rector for USJ International RelationsLebanon.
Dolla Karam Sarkis
Vice-Rector for Research- Lebanon.
Former Chairman and CEO, J.P. Morgan - France.
Member of the French Academy (Académie française), Prix Goncourt in 1993 – Lebanon.
Former Rector of the Catholic University of Paris – France.
USJ Secretary-General – Lebanon.
Former Minister of Information – Lebanon.
Former Minister of Social Affairs - Lebanon.
Vice-Rector of Administration of USJ - Lebanon.
Director General of the Bank of Sharjah – United Arab Emirates.
Former Rector of the Academy of Montpellier - France.
Former French Prime Minister– France.
Vice-Rector for USJ Academic AffairsLebanon
Judge, Director of the University Alumni Association – Lebanon.
Former Minister of Economy and Trade, Former Minister of Industry, Former 1° Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon - Lebanon.
Michel Scheuer S.J.
Vice-Rector of USJ – Lebanon.
Former Minister of Justice - Lebanon.