Minister Dr. Hassan B. Diab

Former Prime Minister of Lebanon


Prof. Dr. Hassan B. Diab is the former Minister of Education and High Education of Lebanon, a position to which he was appointed in June 2011 until February 2014. Prof Diab was the Prime Minister of Lebanon from 2020 until 2021.

Prof. Diab received a B.Sc with Honors in Communications Engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1981. He also holds an M.Sc with Distinction in Systems Engineering from the University of Surrey, and a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Bath, Uk. He is a chartered engineer in the UK Engineering Council and a registered Chartered Professional Engineer in the National Professional Engineers Register of Australia.

Prior to entering politics, Prof. Diab pursued a career in academia, eventually becoming Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. In 2004, he was appointed as Founding President and Dean of the College of Engineering of Dhofar University in Oman. In 2006, Prof. Diab was appointed as Vice President for Regional External Programs (REP) at AUB. After leaving his ministerial position in 2014, he returned to his position as VP at AUB and was also the COO during 2014 at the same University.

Prof. Diab has over 30 years of experience in the academic field. He has over 130 publications for national and international journals, and has led over to 30 research projects sponsored through local and international grants. Prof. Diab has also served as a member of over 50 organizing committees of international conferences, and is an honorary member of the Advisory Board in several international biographical organizations. He has received 13 international and regional awards, including the Fulbright Research Award in 1988, and the Young Arab Scientists Shuman Prize in Engineering in 1992.  Prof. Diab is also a Founding Member of the first Arab Computer Society established in 2001, as well as the Founding Member of the IEEE Student Branch at AUB in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, UK and the Institute of Engineers, Australia as well as a Senior Member in the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, USA.