The LCEC Team

Team members, part-timers, and interns

Rani Al Achkar

Executive Director

Rani Al Achkar is the Executive Director at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), he has been a member of LCEC since its inception.  He is also a member of the Executive Board of the LCEC.  Rani directs and plans engineering projects and activities at LCEC, ensuring high levels of professionalism within the team, compliance with international standards, codes and best practices, and adherence to the highest levels of ethical conduct. He is also responsible for maintaining a well-trained and well-motivated engineering team.

Rani believes that his work at LCEC and the related interactions with local, national and global stakeholders are of a historical value for the country and would also have a positive impact on the global energy transition.

Rani worked in the electrical contracting field before joining the United Nations Development Program in Lebanon (UNDP) in 2009 as a service contractor responsible for the implementation of a project hosted by LCEC targeting energy efficiency and renewable energy in South Lebanon.

Rani holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Lebanese University- Faculty of Engineering.

 

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Farah Mawla

Senior Specialist-PR & Communication Coordinator

Farah Mawla is Senior Specialist-PR & Communication Coordinator at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2014.  She is also a member of the Executive Board of the LCEC. Farah manages the communication and PR with LCEC stakeholders.  She maintains active communication with national and international partners through sharing regular announcements, news and press releases and through her direct involvement in the preparation of events’ agenda, invitation and ensuring smooth running of the events.

Farah believes that integrity, hard work, professionalism, leading by example and taking ownership are needed to secure the trust of others. Farah also believes in the importance of maintaining cohesive teams and creating marketing opportunities.

Farah holds a Master’s degree in International Law and International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Lebanese Law and Political Sciences from the Saint Joseph University.

 

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Farah Mawla

Senior Specialist-PR & Communication Coordinator

Joelle Kachouh

Senior Financial Specialist

Joelle Kachouh is the Senior Financial Specialist at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2020.  She handles all the accounting and financial activities and assists in the preparation of financial reports related to various donor-funded projects.

Joelle believes that team work, commitment and adaptability are the key to success.

Joelle has worked as a Senior Estimator & Project Coordinator at Bois D’Afrique handling the project management department including the procurement and cost control sections.

Joelle holds a Master’s degree (M1) in Business Administration & Management from the Saint Joseph University.

 

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Sorina Mortada

Technical Consultant

Dr. Sorina Mortada, technical consultant to the LCEC, is currently advising the team members and liaising their activities in several projects: BUILD_ME, COOL_ME, BIM for Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector (BEEP), the National Heat Pumps Project, NEEAP (2021-2025), NREAP (2021-2025) and the Energy Conservation law. Sorina is also managing the development and evaluation of the RFP for the CSP feasibility study in Hermel.  Dr. Mortada’s scope of work includes also developing projects proposals and constantly looking for funds to initiate new projects.

Sorina developed the Second National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Lebanon (NEEAP, and was a main author in the National Renewable Action Plan for Lebanon (NREAP) and the Renewable Energy Outlook for Lebanon. She also developed and authored of the First Energy Indicators Report of the Republic of Lebanon.

Her prior experience in France focused on projects related to the design of multi-source heat pumps for low energy buildings, environmental behavior of existing French dwellings and heating/ cooling systems, depollution, heat recovery, organic Rankine cycles, among others.

Sorina holds a Ph.D. degree in Energy from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines-Paris. She has studied mechanical engineering at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Engineering, and has earned a master degree from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France.

Dr. Mortada is also associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the Lebanese University- Hadath Campus.

 

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Sorina Mortada

Technical Consultant

Rola Tabbara

Senior Administrative Director

Rola Tabbara is the Senior Administrative Director at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since its inception.  Rola provides all aspects of administrative, financial, procurement and human resources services at LCEC and is also a member of the Executive Board of the LCEC.  Rola is responsible for the smooth running of all operations at LCEC and for the development of rules, regulations and policies, their successful implementation and constant update and revision to maintain a steady evolution of LCEC towards excellence.

Rola believes that her contribution in promoting and implementing the projects and activities related to renewable energy and energy efficiency is rewarding since it benefits the Lebanese community.

Rola worked at Xerox Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa in U.A.E as the Administrative Assistant before later joining UNDP in Lebanon as the Administrative Assistant for two consecutive projects that contributed to the inception of LCEC.

Rola is a Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the American University of Beirut.

 

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Patil Mesrobian

Senior Environmental Specialist

Patil Mesrobian is a Senior Environmental Specialist at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2014.  She leads the project coordination of the BUILD_ME Phase II in partnership with Guidehouse.  The project aims at increasing the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the building sector in Lebanon. Moreover, Patil leads on the ESCO qualification scheme at LCEC. She is also coordinating the activities of the Lebanon Committee of the World Energy Council hosted by the LCEC with the World Energy Council in London. Patil is the Secretary of the board of the 18 Future Energy Leaders of Lebanon (FELL-18) programme and the Secretary of the Lebanon Committee of the World Energy Council. Patil recently expanded her expertise in digital marketing and is involved in the social media platforms’ management of the LCEC.  Patil is also part of the Technical Support Unit to the Central Bank of Lebanon, leading on the technical and financial evaluation of sustainability projects as part of the LEA (Lebanese Environmental Action) financing mechanism.

Patil believes that renewable energy and energy efficiency are priority actions in order to reach the 1.5 °C climate goal.  She knows that her work with the LCEC is aligned with this goal and is dedicated to push forward sustainable developments’ efforts in Lebanon.

Patil is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a LEED Green Associate.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Energy Studies at the American University of Beirut and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Public Health from the same university.

 

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Patil Mesrobian

Senior Environmental Specialist

Mohammad Hammad

Energy Engineer

Mohammad Hammad is an energy engineer at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation to work on implementing and facilitating the coordination of several energy efficiency projects such as BUILD_ME, BEEP, and COOL_ME. 

Mohammad believes in the great potentials and opportunities found in the domain of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Mohammad firmly believes that energy efficiency is the most effective way to reduce emissions, improve energy security and competitiveness, and make energy more affordable for vulnerable consumers.

Mohammad has worked as Mechanical Engineering Technical Instructor focusing on the refrigeration and air conditioning systems at UNRWA.

Mohammad holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on the energy systems from the Lebanese American University.

Reem Irany

Senior Energy Engineer-Project Coordinator

Reem Irany is a Senior Energy Engineer-Project Coordinator at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2014.  She is continuously involved in the implementation of rooftop and large scale renewable energy initiatives across Lebanon, namely the 10 solar PV public bids in landmark buildings, the 180 MW solar PV farms, and the solar plus storage project. Reem is currently the project coordinator of the Energy Smart Mediterranean Schools Network (ESMES) targeting the optimization of energy use in public schools through innovative monitoring-based RE and EE pilot actions.

Reem believes that moving to LCEC provides her with a multifaceted experience and a greater impact in shaping Lebanon’s energy transition.

Earlier to joining LCEC, Reem started her career as a lighting engineer at Firefly International.  Her main tasks involved delivering lighting solutions for different types of applications.

When it comes to global networks, Reem joined the Future Energy Leaders’ Programme (FEL-100) by the World Energy Council in 2018 and she is currently a member of the Women in Storage Mentoring Programme. Recently, she was also selected to join the 2021 Climate Ambassador Programme.

Reem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

 

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Reem Irany

Senior Energy Engineer-Project Coordinator

Tony Gebrayel

Energy Engineer

Tony Gebrayel is an Energy Engineer at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2017. He supports with the solar water heater’s projects,  and the development, evaluation, and implementation of a Request for Proposal for the CSP feasibility study in Hermel.  Tony is currently working on the national heat pumps project which aims at enhancing the penetration of heat pumps in the Lebanese market. 

Tony believes that the future of the world is highly dependent on the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency as energy consumption is one of the main causes of global emissions.  Renewable energy and energy efficiency will therefore help reduce global emissions thus mitigating the impact of climate change on our daily life as well as on the global climate. 

Tony has worked previously with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) on a program dealing with storage for solar thermal power plants.  He was also a design engineer focused on HVAC, water, plumbing and fire-fighting systems. 

Tony is a Certified Energy Manager, holds a specialized Master’s degree in Renewable Energy with a focus on solar thermal energy from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University.

 

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Rawad Nasr

Energy Engineer

Rawad Nasr is an Energy Engineer at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2018. Rawad supports the development of renewables in Lebanon through his extensive contribution to renewable energy bids and strategic policy plans for Lebanon. His responsibilities include drafting Request for Proposals (RFPs) and reviewing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy bids with focus on wind and solar PV energy.  Rawad has also worked on the updated National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP 2025), the National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action (NEEREA), a study on the impact of the creation of a regulator on the Lebanese electricity market, and the Renewable Energy Outlook for Lebanon in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

Rawad believes that promoting the development of renewables will positively contribute to preserve the environment, modernize power systems, and sustainably develop the country.

Rawad is a certified Public Private Partnership (PPP) Professional - Foundation Level, an innovation of the World Bank Group delivered by APMG International. He holds a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Loughborough University, a programme delivered under the administration of the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers, EUREC and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

 

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Rawad Nasr

Energy Engineer

Jana Merheb

Administrative Assistant

Jana Merheb holds the position of Administrative Assistant at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2015. She supports the engineering team in its activities including translation of documents and correspondences and is responsible for the smooth running of the engineering office.

Jana believes in the importance of adopting renewable energy, its role in preserving human life and the environment and that investment in renewable energy will lead to job creation and will help reduce air pollution.

Jana has worked previously as an Administrative Assistant at Sainte Famille Fanar before joining the Oil Installations in 2010 where her main role was to coordinate and communicate with governmental authorities within the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Jana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Literature from the Lebanese University.

 

Paul Bou Issa

Senior Technician-Site Coordinator

Paul Bou Issa is a Senior Technician-Site Coordinator at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2015.  His main tasks are to supervise the implementation of solar PV and solar street lighting projects, follow-up on the operation and maintenance of the completed solar PV, solar street lighting and DNI weather stations, participate in the NEEREA site visits and site assessment for new solar PV and solar street light projects, and assist with technical studies.

Paul believes that focusing on achieving goals and good planning lead to the best results.

Paul has worked as a Telecommunication Technician at Nokia Siemens Networks between 2008 and 2010 where he was responsible for the installation and maintenance of telecommunication stations, as well as for the installation and maintenance of UPS systems.  Later in 2010, Paul joined the Oil Installations to supervise the different renewable energy and energy efficiency projects launched by the Ministry of Energy and Water including the installation of 2600 PV street lighting systems, 30 Off-Grid solar PV stations, and the distribution of 3 million CFL lamps with EDL and Municipalities.

Paul holds a Technical License in Business Computer from the I.P.N.E.T. Institute.

 

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Paul Bou Issa

Senior Technician-Site Coordinator

Jawad Jawad

Courier and Logistics Assistant

Jawad Jawad is the courier and logistics assistant at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation since 2019. His main tasks include driving staff members and visitors when needed, maintaining office cars, assisting in procuring office supplies and collecting and distributing courier.