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(from ONE magazine September 2005)

Presidential Recognition
Posted: 22 Jul 2005

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Joined by his family and Maronite Archbishop Roland Abou Jaoude, Issam Bishara receives an award from President Émile Lahoud.  (photo: courtesy, Presidential Palace, Baabda, Lebanon.) 

Issam Bishara, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, was recognized on 14 July for his service to Lebanon by President Émile Lahoud.

The president presented Mr. Bishara with the Mérite Libanais argent avec Palmes, Lebanon’s prestigious silver medal for service.

Mr. Bishara joined CNEWA in 1987 as projects manager for the agency’s operations in Lebanon, later becoming associate director of the Beirut office. In 1991, he was promoted to Beirut office director and eventually assumed responsibilities for projects and programs in Syria and Egypt.