Fuad El-Hibri

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Fuad El-Hibri
Born Hildesheim, Germany[1]
Ethnicity German-Lebanese
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Stanford University; Yale University
Occupation Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emergent BioSolutions[2]
Board member of U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Yale Healthcare Conference; El-Hibri Charitable Foundation; International Biomedical Research Alliance; National Health Museum; Heifetz International Music Institute[3][4]
Awards See Awards and recognition

Fuad El-Hibri (born March 2, 1958) is an American businessman and philanthropist, and founder of Emergent BioSolutions.


Early life[edit]

Fuad El-Hibri was born in Hildesheim, Germany.[1] He spent his childhood equally in Europe and the Middle East before coming to the United States to get an economics degree from Stanford and an MBA from Yale.[5]


El-Hibri earned a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University and a Bachelor's degree with Honors in Economics from Stanford University.

Early career[edit]

El-Hibri worked most of his career in the telecommunications industry. Between graduate school and working for BioPort and Emergent, he worked abroad, in countries including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and El Salvador.[6]

El-Hibri served as president of Digicel from August 2000 to February 2005. He served as the president of East West Resources Corporation from September 1990 to January 2004.

He was a member of the senior management team of Speywood, LTD. in the United Kingdom and organized and directed the management buyout of Porton Products Ltd. El-Hibri reorganized Porton, and was advisor to the senior management team involved in the oversight of operations and served as a senior associate and resident project manager at Booz Allen Hamilton and as a manager of Citicorp in New York (Mergers and Acquisitions), and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Operations and Credit).

El-Hibri has been chairman of East West Resources Corporation, a venture capital and financial consulting firm, since June 1990. He served as the chairman of Digicel Holdings from August 2000 to October 2006. He serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Emergent BioDefense Operations Lansing Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions and BioPort[edit]

El-Hibri has been the Emergent BioSolutions board of directors executive chairman since April 2012. He was both the board chairman and the CEO of the company from 2004 to 2012. He was the board chairman and CEO of BioPort Corporation from 1998 to 2004. Emergent acquired BioPort in 2004.[3]

His main role as the chairman of Emergent is to develop corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions.[7]

After the 2001 anthrax attacks, some conspiracy theorists posted Internet websites that tried to imply that El-Hibri was connected to Osama Bin Laden and was connected to the anthrax attacks. USA Today interviewed El-Hibri in 2004 for an article about Muslim CEOs of companies helping to fight terrorism, and wrote, "El-Hibri calls the Web sites annoying and jokes that he's lucky to be in the vaccination business so that he can inoculate himself from the pain of accusers who can't be confronted."[1]

When El-Hibri was the CEO of BioPort (which eventually become Emergent BioSolutions[3]), BioPort recruited Admiral William Crowe, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to serve on the board of directors.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

El-Hibri received a number of leadership- and philanthropic-based awards and recognitions, including:[8]

  • Biotech CEO of the Year — from the World Vaccine Congress (2011)
  • Citation for Public Service from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (2012)
  • Distinguished Community Service and Achievement Award from the Rene Moawad Foundation (2007)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Washington from Ernst & Young (2009)
  • Executive of the Year from the Tech Council of Maryland (2012)
  • International Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute (2010)
  • Shining Stars Award from Dar Al-Aytam (2012)

El-Hibri Foundation[edit]

In 2001, El-Hibri and his family started a foundation as a tribute to El-Hibri's father, Ibrahim El-Hibri.[9] The goal of the foundation is to increase peace education and cooperation between members of different religions. To work toward this goal, the foundation provides grants, gives awards and runs several programs.[10] The foundation awards an annual El-Hibri Peace Education Prize, as well as graduate scholarships to students studying peace and conflict resolution studies.

Through its programs, the foundation aims to advance collaboration between the cognitive social neurosciences and peacebuilding, and hosts events and activities in support of interfaith collaboration.[11] El-Hibri is currently the chairman of the foundation.[12]

The El-Hibri Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.[13]

El-Hibri Peace Education Prize[edit]

The purpose of the annual El-Hibri Peace Education Prize is to celebrate the outstanding achievements of peace educators and advance the field of peace education by awarding a cash prize of $30,000 an individual who has demonstrated leadership, impact and innovation in the field of peace education.[14]

Boards and leadership activities[edit]

El Hibri serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Biomedical Research Alliance, and National Health Museum. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Heifetz International Music Institute and Yale Healthcare Conference.[15]

Personal life[edit]

El-Hibri's mother is a German Catholic, and his father is a Lebanese businessman.[1] As a child, he lived in Germany and Lebanon.[6] He became a U.S. citizen in 1999.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Beiser, H. Darr (18 May 2004). "Muslim CEOs of U.S. firms fight terrorism, 'stop evil'". USA Today. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Shay, Kevin James (March 30, 2012). "Emergent’s Fuad El-Hibri, an entrepreneur at heart". Gazette.net. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fuad El-Hibri". Forbes. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "People: Fuad El-Hibri". El-Hibri Foundation. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Jones, Del (May 18, 2004). "Muslim CEOs of U.S. firms fight terrorism stop evil". USA Today. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Censer, Marjorie (3 January 2011). "CEO took roundabout path to Emergent". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Eckert, Barton (21 December 2011). "Emergent BioSolutions Fuad El-Hibri to retire as CEO". Washington Business Journal (Washington, D.C.: American City Business Journals). Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Corporate Governance - Biography: Fuad El-Hibri". Emergent BioSolutions. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "El-Hibri Foundation | Background". www.elhibrifoundation.org. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  10. ^ "El-Hibri Foundation | About". www.elhibrifoundation.org. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  11. ^ "El-Hibri Foundation". www.elhibrifoundation.org. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  12. ^ "GuideStar Report Generated For: EL-HIBRI FOUNDATION" (PDF). GuideStar. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Latin American Peace Educator and Activist Will Be Awarded The 2014 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize" (Press release). PR Newswire. 19 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Peace Education Prize". El-Hibri Foundation. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fuad El-Hibri - East West Protection, LLC". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 

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