Ms. Mireille Chrabieh
Mireille Chrabieh holds a BS in Nursing from University of Balamand and an undergraduate Diploma in Special Education from the American University of Beirut (AUB). She worked as a registered pediatric nurse for 5 years at AUBMC and since 2005 as a special education teacher, coordinator and head of department at Eastwood International School (EIS). She has developed a reputable well-structured special needs department that attained a commendation from “AdvancED International - Accreditation (USA)” for two intervals (5 years each). Ms. Chrabieh is the Founder and Managing Partner, and special education consultant of Special miles (S-miles) center, an educationaland therapeutic activity center in Lebanon for students with learning disabilities and special needs. She is also the co-founder and president of a non-profit organization for special needs students: Special Needs Activity Programs (SNAP). She is the co-founder of the Lebanese Social Enterprises Association (LSE)? Check// to support the affiliated social enterprises, and a member of the United Nations Global Compact Lebanon (SDGs: Quality Education, Health and well-being, etc...). Ms. Chrabieh has won international and UN social and entrepreneurship awards: 1st prize award of Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC), the blessing foundation for women empowerment, UNIDO, MedGeneration, GESS Award in UAE for best inclusion initiative, UN Global Compact SDG 2020 pioneer and International round SDG 2021 pioneer for Innovation in Education, and SPARK in partnership with Berytech to support MSMEs in Lebanon. She has also participated in WEPs (Women Empowerment Principles): A United Nations Program to Target Gender Equality: Empowering Women in the Workplace, Marketplace, and Community, Organized by the UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
Ms. Chrabieh moved to Sydney in 2022 because she was granted an Australian Global Talent Visa as a reward for her achievements which is given for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia. Working with people with different challenges is truly her calling and her passion.
Dr. Salah Breidi
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Dr Salah Breidi is an experienced Forensic Scientist and Expert in Forensic Toxicology. Dr Salah Breidi is Currently the Head of Toxicology and Lab Director in one of the leading companies in the healthcare and testing industries in the United Kingdom. He is a University of Balamand alumnus. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. and his dissertation was entitled "Development of Methods to Determine Analytes in a Variety of Matrices with Application to Forensic Science." In 2010, he was awarded his Master’s degree in Forensic Analysis by Kingston University - London. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree (2008) in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Balamand in Beirut-Lebanon.
Dr. Breidi has acted as a forensic expert witness at the United Kingdom and international courts, including the High Court, Magistrates Court, Family Court and Tribunals. He has reviewed and reported both civil and criminal cases. He was also a Forensic Analysis Lecturer at Kingston University and the University of Balamand. He has investigated, reviewed, and reported more than 10,000 cases of toxicology investigations in criminal, family, and civil proceedings mainly in drugs andalcohol. He has written several papers, presented, and published abstracts in the UK and internationally about his research in the field of Toxicology and Forensic Analysis. Salah has presented his research at national and international conferences and meetings around the world.
In October, 2014, Dr.Breidi was awarded a certificate of completion from the Justice Rapid Response (JRR) in conjunction with the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS). The goal of this workshop was to increase the pool of forensic experts that can be rapidly available to the international community and that can regularly assist States, the United Nations system, as well as other international institutions such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) that have the jurisdiction to carry out investigations into such crimes. He is also active in several scientific societies: Registered at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK ; Fellow member at the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS) ; Fellow member at the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) ; Member of the EUROTOX Register of Toxicologists (ERT) ; Member of the British Toxicology Society (BTS) ; Member of the International Association for Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) ; Member of the International Alliance of Clinical and Forensic Toxicologists (IACFT) ; Member of Society of Hair Testing (SOHT) ; Member of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS) ; and Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) ; Registered on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses.
Ms. Maya Farah
Master in Laboratory Management Alumni
After attaining a BS degree in Biology and an MS degree in Molecular Biology from the Lebanese American University, M was recruited as the Biology Research Labs’ Supervisor at LAU Byblos. Growing with the department, I gained vast experience in various biological research fields, equipment types, administrative processes, and lab design and renovation procedures.
To further develop my career and transition into the biotechnology industry, I pursued the professional Master’s degree in Laboratory Management offered at the University of Balamand, Faculty of Health Sciences. Here I sought to enhance my years of practical lab management skills with a more theoretical and structured background, as well as gain familiarity in current topics of Quality Management Systems (QMS), such as ISO standards, and Good Manufacturing Practices and other GxPs.
Lately, my profile matched an opportunity to manage the labs at an international stem cell therapy and drug discovery company in Germany. The knowledge I had gained at UOB offered me a competitive advantage. With the knowledge I gained from the University of Balamand, I am able not only to manage and coordinate all aspects of research laboratories, but also to contribute and fit into a quality and GMP team that the company is building.