The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut held the third annual Aana Prizes in Agribusiness on April 27, 2016. The event celebrated agribusiness, through student poster presentations and an awards ceremony.
The Aana Prizes recognize outstanding achievement by agribusiness students at the American University of Beirut in the categories of benefit to community and innovation, and encourage students to launch careers in the field following their studies. The event featured student poster presentations, gathering agribusiness students and alumni, faculty and staff, together with jury members drawn from the private sector and honored guests, providing an opportunity for students to discuss their business plans and network with professionals from the agribusiness sector.
During the awards ceremony, two student teams were awarded the Aana Prizes and a $1,000 prize. Gianni Hammoudeh and Shadi Srour won the prize for benefit to community with their forestry project, “Pilner,” to produce wood and fruit products in rural areas of Lebanon. Khalid Ismail won the prize for innovation with his project, “BioNeem,” to introduce a locally-produced organic pesticide to the Lebanese market. Speakers offered remarks, with Mr. Carlos Eddé encouraged students to build on their studies by engaging in the agribusiness sector through internships and post-graduation employment. Dr. Shady Hamadeh, Chair of the Department of Agriculture at AUB, emphasized the importance of agribusiness to the Lebanese economy and the potential impact of students’ current and future efforts on the sustainability of the sector.
The jury members included Ramy Boujawdeh of Berytech, Yolla Serieddine of Kafalat S.A.L., and Khaled Sinno of Karma Lebanon S.A.L., as well as AUB faculty members Ali Chalak and Bettina Bastian. Jury members assessed students’ presentations and posed tough questions to better understand the financial viability and innovative or social impact of their proposed ventures.
Students are eligible for the Aana Prizes for Agribusiness through their participation in the course Agribusiness Final Year Project (AGBU 292), and the students’ projects were supervised by Dr. Makram Bou Nassar, Dr. Gumataw Abebe, and Mrs. Rachel Bahn from FAFS.
The Aana Prizes in Agribusiness have been made possible with the support of Mr. Carlos Eddé and through an anonymous contribution to the Agribusiness Program at FAFS.
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