Samir Toubassy, MBA
CEO, Global Education Partners
Former President, Olayan Development Corp. and Group Vice President
The Olayan Group
Samir Toubassy, MBA, is currently CEO of Global Education Partners; an Advanced Leadership Senior Fellow at Harvard; and a former President of The Olayan Development Corporation and former Group Vice President. The Olayan Group is one of the largest privately-held global business conglomerates through its Riyadh, Athens, London, and New York offices. After working with The Olayan Group for 30 years, Mr. Toubassy continues to serve as a Senior Advisor and member of the Executive Committee. He served for several years as a member of Coca-Cola Beverages; Coca-Cola Hellenic; and Frigoglass group of companies; and as a Senior Advisor to Crédit Suisse and a member of the Advisory Board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Toubassy is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge University; and a member of the Dean's Council, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also serves on the board of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), a voluntary organization working for the Middle East. For the past 12 years, Mr. Toubassy has been actively involved in the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining The Olayan Group, Mr. Toubassy worked with the Ford Foundation in public administration reform in the Middle East. He also worked for the American University of Beirut and the University of California system-wide administrations. Mr. Toubassy holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut, and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.