Fouad M. Makhzoumi

Mr. Fouad Makhzoumi has both an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

In 1984 Mr. Makhzoumi founded Future Pipe Industries with other investors.  He became Chief Executive Officer in 1986 until 2003 when his son, Rami Makhzoumi, assumed the role.

Between 1995 and 1997, Mr. Makhzoumi served as acting President of the International Desalination Association and he has been a member of the International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project since 1996. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Makhzoumi acted as Vice Chairman of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1997 Mr. Makhzoumi founded the Makhzoumi Foundation, a private Lebanese non-profit organization that contributes through its vocational training, health care and micro-credit programs to Lebanese civil society development.

Mr. Makhzoumi has been Executive Chairman of Future Pipe Industries since 2003 and he reassumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2011.



General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Does America really ‘share values’ with today’s Israel?

In the late sixties or early seventies, when I served as the executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, the coordinating body for certain social action and interreligious activities of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform national rabbinical and congregational organizations in the United States, I had a private conversation—one of many—with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who was considered the leader of modern Orthodoxy in the United States, if not the world.

Rabbi Soloveitchik had just completed a high-level seminar attended by a select group of rabbis and Christian ministers. I asked him if he would agree to lead another such a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.

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