Meet Salim G. Sfeir
Posted on 19/02/2018
 
Early Life and Education
Sfeir was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. After attending l’Institut des Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes in Beirut, from 1950 to 1964, he moved to Montreal, Canada, where he graduated in 1969 from the University of Montreal with a BSS degree in Economics. In 1971 he received his MBA Masters in Business Administration from the University of Detroit, USA. As instructor in Economics, Finance and Marketing, from 1972 over a span of 10 years, Sfeir lectured at the Lebanese University, Beirut University College (presently LAU), Haigazian College and l’Université Saint-Joseph, Centre d’Études Bancaires. This period also witnessed a number of his publications: Economic Development of Lebanon (1968), Lebanon, Crossroad of the Middle East (1975), Economic Review of the Arab World (1976), Working Capital Financing (1978).
Career
He embarked on his journey of intentions and elbowed his way through four decades of a banking career when he joined Bank of Nova Scotia, Beirut, in 1971. From 1980 - 1983 he occupied the position of Deputy General Manager with Banque de la Meditérranée. He founded Wedge Bank (M.E.) in 1983 and was appointed General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors. From 1985 till 1991 Sfeir held the positions of General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Wedge Bank (Switzerland) S.A., Geneva; in 1992 was appointed Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of  Wedge Bank (M.E.).
In 1993 he organized and implemented Management Buy-in of Bank of Beirut leading it to develop into one of the top major five banks in Lebanon, through strategic alliances, bank acquisitions, and expansion into 4 continents.
Sfeir has been a Member of the Board of the Association of Banks in Lebanon since 2006. From 2009 to 2015 he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Lebanese American University (LAU), and from 2010 till 2014, Vice-Chairman of AMIDEAST (American Friends of the Middle East).
In 2014, he was nominated Vice-Chairman, World Patriarchal Maronite Foundation (WPF) founded by His Eminence Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros El Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East. In 2015 he was elected member to the Board of Trustees, the University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik (USEK).
Honors – Vatican
2017 Inauguration of the Library of the Pontifical Maronite College in Rome, where a commemorative plate bearing Dr. Sfeir’s name was placed, with the aim  to restore and preserve the ancient heritage of the Maronite Church
Doctorate Honoris Causa
2017                       Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters Honoris Causa, Lebanese American University
                                (LAU)
2016  Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, American University of Science and Technology (AUST)
 
2014  Doctorate Honoris Causa in Business and Commercial Sciences, University of the Holy Spirit (USEK)
Honors
2016 Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of Pope Saint Sylvester granted by His Holiness the Supreme Pontiff through His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Perfect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute
2015                       Medal of Friendship and High Distinction - The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs               
2014                       Medal of the National Order of the Cedar by President Michel Sleiman
2011  Medal of the Maronite Patriarchate by His Eminence Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros ElRai, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.
Honors – Other
2017 Appointed Honorary President of the Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, Melbourne, by Mr. Fady Zouki, President, Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, Melbourne
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Gebran Bassil, during the Lebanese Diaspora Conference, held on May 5th in Beirut, Lebanon.
2017 Certificate of Recognition from the Honorable John Ajaka,  MLC President of  New South Wales Legislative Council, in Australia                       
2017 Medal of Saint Maroun by His Eminence Mar Bechara Boutros El Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, on Saint Maroun’s Day, in Rome
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Gebran Bassil, for his contribution to the LDE South Africa Conference, in South Africa  
2016 Certificate of Merit from the US Senate in recognition for his leadership and support to the First North America Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference, in New York
2016 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his leadership and support to the First North America Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference, in New York
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award granted by Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Gebran Bassil during LDE North America, in New York
AWARDS
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Mr. Michel Doueihy, Regional President of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, in Australia
2015                     Best Banker for the years 2015-2016 in the MENA Region - Banker Middle East Magazine
2014                     The Lebanese-German Council Lifetime Achievements Award
2014 The Australian-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce Award, for establishing Bank of Sydney and for contributing to the economic relationships between Lebanon and the Land Down-Under
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