The

Team

Let's introduce you to

Nathlie Jbeily
Nathalie Jbeily
President
Nathalie is a Psychotherapist, performance psychologist, and former athlete that underwent career changes due to Ulcerative Colitis. After a series of medical procedures that halted her athletic career, she decided to combine her passion for sports and her desire to support warriors of this silent illness through her professional degrees. Her goals are to spread awareness of IBD, advocate for the IBD community, and ensure patients’ medical, psychological and social stability.
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Caroline Chalhoub
Vice President
Caroline is a positive, enthusiastic, caring, and passionate Performing Arts instructor and caretaker of IBD patients in her family. She has been supporting her loved ones through their IBD challenges for several years. Caroline is very keen to raise awareness and help warriors fight the disease with a positive outlook. Together we can make a difference and hopefully contribute in finding a cure.
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Lina Skayem
General Secretary
Lina is a biochemist, consultant in the healthcare sector, and an IBD gladiator since 2009. Enthusiastic, strong and passionate, Lina is seeking to spread awareness and to support all IBD warriors. She advocates raising our voice because she believes that “we are partners in health”.
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Rita Francis Tabanji
Treasurer
Rita is a certified midwife currently completing her masters degree and an IBD caretaker since 2000. She supported crohn’s disease patients through severe conditions and battles for 20 years. Rita’s goal is to improve IBD warriors’s quality of life and ease their pain.
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Youssef Kassouf
Accountant
Youssef is an excellent Civil Engineer and brave fighter of Crohn’s disease since 2013. Equipped with positivity, perseverance, and determination he succeeded to mitigate the disease influence on his personal and professional development. Youssef has considerable appetite to fight for the rights of IBD patients. Working hand by hand, powered by the goodwill and hope of real survivors, we will lessen the scars of our battle with IBD.
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Dima Haidar
Communications Officer
Dima is an ambitious Engineering doctorate student and IBD warrior since 2011. She survived a long excruciating battle with Ulcerative Colitis and is currently taking on life with her J-pouch every day at a time. Dima is hoping to spread positivity and to help other warriors through their IBD journey. Embrace your tragedies and let’s fight this disease together.
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Dr. Hazem Khalil
General Consultant
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Cesar El Khoury
Co-Founder
Maître Cesar is our NGO Lawyer and IBD warrior since 2011. He has been able to fight Ulcerative Colitis for many years with the help of medication and the guidance of his doctors. Cesar hopes this association will contribute in finding a cure for IBD and help in leading a normal life.
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Dr. Ala’ Sharara
Co-Founder
Gastroenterologist and Professor of Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center and Consulting Professor at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA. He is the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Clinical Research Excellence Award from the Lebanese National Council for Research in 2012. He is the Coordinator of the IBD Interest Group in the Lebanese Society of Gastroenterology, which developed the national guidelines for treatment of IBD. He is a co-investigator on a number of clinical trials in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. He is a passionate and a consummate advocate of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and was a driving force in the foundation of the IBD patient advocacy organization I Battle Disease.
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