National Council for Scientific Research – Lebanon
Mouïn Hamzé, Secretary General
Hamzé obtained his “Doctorat d’Etat – Es Sciences” from the University of Montpellier, France. He started his academic career at the Lebanese University where he established the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and acted as Dean of the faculty from 1985 to1997. He was acting concurrently as Chairman of the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute.
In 1998, M. Hamzé was appointed Secretary General of the National Council for Scientific Research – Lebanon (CNRS-L). He has since given special attention to launching and enhancing new programs including: the Ph.D. Scholarship Program, the Grant Research Program, and the Associated Research Units Program; as well as established the CNRS-L Lebanese Science Journal and acts as its editor-in-chief. In 2011, he established the CNRS-L Annual Research Excellence Award, which recognizes scientists who excel in conducting research in different scientific disciplines in Lebanon. M. Hamzé has also developed and implemented a fundamental science policy programme (Science Technology & Innovation Policy –STIP). While in 2016 he has lead an initiative to develop the Charter of Ethics and Guiding Principles of Scientific Research in Lebanon (signed by 20 universities and adopted as an integral part of all CNRS-L Programmes) for defining basic principles of ethics and regulations for a responsible conduct of research in the different disciplines of science. The charter was recently confirmed as a basis for a regional Arab charter; and in March 2018, Prof. Hamzé was invited to join as a member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).
During his mandate, the CNRS-L celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2012 and in early 2013 was granted the “Islamic Development Bank Award for Science and Technology.” M. Hamzé has been an active member in several regional and international institutions: CIHEAM, IAEA, ICARDA, CEDRE, ESCWA Technology Centre, AUF, IOOC and OCEMO; and has further developed and enhanced CNRS-L bi-regional and international Programmes, networks and projects. He also serves as Jury President for both L’OREAL – UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) Levant and Egypt as well as the Middle East Regional Programs.
In recognition of his work, M. Hamzé received two Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Haute Alsace and from the University of Montpellier and was distinguishly awarded from France and Italy.