The American Community School at Beirut has appointed Reine Youssef, an academic and a former UN consultant, as its new Director of Development and Alumni Relations.
Youssef, who assumed her new position on January 11, 2016, comes to ACS with experience in teaching at the university level, as well as expertise in education, grant writing, communications and public relations.
“ACS cultivates a spirit of self-advancement, professionalism, and positivity, and this is what attracted me to this culture,” she said. Having spent her early childhood in and around AUB, and currently a Beirut resident, Youssef considers Ras Beirut, including ACS, to be a part of her fabric.
Youssef, who describes herself as “a people person,” hopes to apply her interpersonal skills to help ACS grow through the gifts she will attract. “This is a school that fosters tolerance, open-mindedness, creativity, and graduates students that serve their country and the region, and for this reason; we should all support it and support the quality education it offers.”
Youssef believes that education is the single most important driver of advancement for societies. “If you want to advance, if you want to promote peace, then you need to invest in schools,” she said.
Youssef holds a PhD in Environmental Education from Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and a bachelor’s degree, a teaching diploma, and a master’s degree from the American University of Beirut. She has taught at Lebanon’s top universities a variety of courses addressing environmental topics, education, and public health.
“We are excited to have Reine with us at ACS and know that her previous experience and life skills will serve us well. For the next few months Reine will be trying to meet as many of our constituents as she possibly can to learn about the history and the people connected with our school, and to be able to articulate the case for supporting ACS. Please stop by the Development and Alumni Office to welcome Reine to our community.”