Hassan Diab (minister)

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Hassan Diab
Minister of Education and Higher Education
In office
13 June 2011 – 15 February 2014
Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Preceded by Hasan Mneimneh
Succeeded by Elias Abu Saab
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Beirut, Beirut
Nationality Lebanese
Spouse(s) Nuwar Mawlawi
Children Three
Residence Beirut - Lebanon
Alma mater Leeds Metropolitan University
University of Surrey
University of Bath
Website Official Website

Hassan Diab (born 1959) is a Lebanese engineer and academician. He served as the minister of education and higher education between June 2011 and February 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Diab was born into Sunni family in Beirut in 1959.[1] He has a bachelor of science degree in communications engineering, which he received from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1981.[2][3] Then he obtained a master's degree in systems engineering from the University of Surrey in 1982,[2] and a PhD in computer engineering from the University of Bath in 1985.[3]


Diab was an electrical engineering professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He also served as vice president for regional external programs at the AUB from October 2006 to June 2011.[4] On 13 June 2011, he was appointed minister of education and higher education as part of Najib Mikati's cabinet, replacing Hasan Mneimneh.[1] Diab's term ended on 15 February 2014. He decided not to run again and Elias Abu Saab was appointed education minister.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Diab is married and has three children. He currently lives in Beirut, Lebanon.


  1. ^ a b El Basha, Thomas (13 June 2011). "Mikati forms 30-member Lebanon Cabinet". The Daily Star. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Official Website. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Our People". American University of Beirut. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Mroueh, Wassim (22 June 2011). "New education minister eschews political spats". The Daily Star. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lebanese cabinet formed after 10-month stalemate". Al Arabiya. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.