Akram was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and grew up with the Lebanese spirit. The majority of his family is still located throughout Lebanon, and he loves going to visit them every summer. When Akram attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was heavily involved with the Lebanese Club on campus, which later sparked his interest in the LCN. He’s a graduate of the University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Akram hopes one day to take his knowledge in pharmacy and host uniquely tailored educational health clinic seminars for smaller villages across Lebanon in an effort to help them become healthier and prosper.
Even though Jennifer was born and raised in Southern California, her Lebanese heritage is a large part of her life. Since graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2014, double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, she has gone on to obtain a Masters in Applied Psychology from her alma mater in 2016. Her goal is to become an Organizational Consultant to improve the workplace environment based on theories learned in the field of Psychology. Jennifer believes wholeheartedly in the LCN mission of connecting and developing Lebanese students and alumni across the nation and hopes to be a key factor in making it reach its full potential.
Kamal is a Sophomore pursuing a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship at The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania, with a minor in Philosophy. He was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and grew up in the U.K., U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia. Despite living abroad most of his life, Kamal still maintains close ties with Lebanon via frequent visits and a strong involvement in the international Lebanese community. Last summer, he worked for the World Bank iSME Division at Kafalat, a venture capital project in Beirut that focuses on equity investments in Lebanese startups. Kamal is an avid guitarist and music producer. After graduating in 2019, Kamal is looking to enter the world of entrepreneurship.
Riad is a Senior at the University of Pennsylvania where he studies Political Science and Systems Engineering. He was born and raised in Ras Beirut where he attended International College. Growing up in the most cosmopolitan area in the Middle East, where people from different ethnicities, religions and regions coexist has impacted him greatly and taught him how to live beyond labels. As a Sophomore, Riad co-founded the Lebanese Club at the University of Pennsylvania, and was awarded the LCN Excellence and Heritage Award in 2015. As a Junior, he served as President of the LCN Eastern Division. This year, he’s excited to be organizing the 10th Annual LCN Convention at the University of Pennsylvania as the VP of Events. Riad is an avid traveller and skier. He will graduate from Penn in May 2017 and hopes to stay in the US post-graduation.
Tina is a first generation Lebanese American, born and raised in sunny Southern California. At a very young age, she realized what her passions were; writing, educating, building and uniting communities. In 2013, Tina graduated from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. During her time at UCR, Tina not only co-founded the Lebanese Social Club but also a new department on campus, the Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC). She is now the Director for the MESC. She advises over 22 Middle Eastern student organizations on campus, coordinates and hosts campus wide events, educational workshops, leadership retreats, professional panels, and responds to the needs of the Middle Eastern community on campus. Tina is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at UC Riverside, with an emphasis in education and social policy.
As a first-generation Lebanese American and an Ann Arbor native, Rachelle Mehdi fully embraced her Lebanese heritage when she moved to Beirut in 2010 and lived there for three years, studying at the American University of Beirut. She transferred to the University of Michigan at the end of 2013 and double-majored in Sociology and International Studies, graduating in December 2015. Rachelle was an active member of the Lebanese Student Association at Michigan since she first transferred, which was what lead to her first experience with LCN at the 7th annual convention, hosted by Harvard University in 2014. She spent nine months interning with the U.S. Department of State after graduating, and hopes to ultimately pursue a career working towards human rights development in the Middle East. She is currently seeking admission into graduate school.