Our Team

AICE leverages a core team of multidisciplinary experts supported
by local staff and networks in the countries where we operate

Elie

Najjar

Bachir

Abi Salloum

Raymond

Akiki

Naoum

Raji

Jad

ElMurr

Patrick

Abboud

Nancy

Assaf

Toni

Raji


Elie Najjar

CEO

Elie has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. He has also received training in the Natural Gas industry, inspection, and management from various institutions in Europe and Lebanon.

Elie is the general manager and founder of P.S.T. that collaborates with the ministry of power and water supply regarding petroleum standards and regulation 1993. He has more than 45 years of experience in the food, petroleum, and chemicals industries.

He currently holds the position of general manager at AIL (TUV Austria partner) which provides training and auditing services, and is also was the general manager of TUV Hellas branch in Lebanon that mainly executes electrical inspection projects since 2000.

Bachir Abi Salloum

Head of Agriculture & Environment

Bachir has graduated with a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Hohenheim in Germany. He also has a master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Holy Spirit University in Lebanon.

Bachir has more than 24 years of experience in research, project management, teaching, training, and consulting in environmental policies, and the food and agriculture industries. He has worked in Lebanon, Europe, and the United Stated of America.

He is skilled in proposal writing and community-based project with universities and NGOs. Some of the main organizations he has worked with include USAID, UNDP, EU, and the World Bank.

Raymond Akiki

Senior Business Expert

Raymond has a PhD in Business Administration and Human Resources from Menlo University in the USA. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the same university. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University in Lebanon.

Raymond is an expert in leadership, corporate governance, business planning, strategic management, quality management, organizational behavioral, HR and marketing management.

He is experienced in teaching, training, and consulting, and has mainly worked between Lebanon, Europe (SONAF), and Qatar (Al-Wataniah Holding).

Naoum Rajji

Executive Director

Naoum holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. He has more than 30 years of experience in construction, project management, structural engineering, budget analysis, risk management and strategic planning.

Naoum is also experienced in quality control and assurance, health, safety and environment, contract negotiation, and organizational restructuring. He has worked between Beirut and KSA.

He has mainly worked with Salco, Saudi Technical Limited, and Ahead Inspection Lebanon – TÜV Austria partner.

Jad El Murr

Head of Engineering

Jad is a senior Architect executive holder of a Diploma of higher specialized studies (DESS) from the University of Balamand (ALBA) with 20+ years of experience in the Engineering sector specializing in Housing, Industrial and Public Works, Renowned for Creative Designs, Site works management as well as leadership capabilities and the ability to achieve high standards of motivation. Municipality Consultant and  Winner of several Architectural Competitions.

Patrick Abboud

Head of Food & Beverages

Patrick has a diploma of Agriculture Engineer from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon. His experience is mainly focused on training, inspection, and auditing on food safety, quality management systems, and product certification in Agriculture.

He is a Lead auditor in the following standards ISO 9001, ISO 22000, HACCP and Good Agricultural Practices ( GlobalGap) for more than 10 years.

Membership of professional bodies: Technical expert and active Member of international technical committees in Libnor (the Lebanese standards institution) for the following :

TC 122 food packaging, TC 1009 Food hygiene, NL TC 3005 Organic products, TC 34 – SC 3 Fruits and vegetables Products, TC 1018 Pesticides residues, TC 1014 Methods of analysis and sampling, NL TC 34/SC 9 Microbiology, NL TC 1008 Food additives and NL TC 63 Glass containers NL TC 1009 Food hygiene, NL TC 3019 Good agriculture practices, etc.…

 He has attended various workshops and training programs in Europe, Lebanon and the MENA region. He has more than 12 years of experience in operation management,  auditing, training and inspection in Agriculture, food industries.

Nancy Assaf

QA/QC Department

Nancy has a Master’s degree in Agricultural engineering with a background in agricultural projects, pest management, trainings and food safety; she has more than 15 years of experience between food safety, quality assurance and control, marketing and economics, technical engineering management, training, audits and inspection, safety and standards related projects.

Having attended many trainings including food safety standards and auditing, train the trainer, occupational health and safety, skills, customer service, in addition to urban and industrial integrated pest management professionals (one full year course from Purdue University in USA).

Nancy is a graduate of the Lebanese University with a bachelor of science in agricultural engineering and a Master in agricultural economics.

She is passionate about standards, trainings and audits as well as being a devoted mum of two. 

Toni Raji

Business Analyst

Toni holds a master’s degree in Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Engineering from the University of Ottawa in Canada. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame University – Louaize in Lebanon.

Toni is experienced in project guidance and implementation, lean production, road and bridges construction, project management, supply chain, and problem solving.