Elias Bou Saab is the Executive Vice President of the American University in Dubai (AUD). He provides guidance and support for all AUD operations. He oversees the implementation of institution policies and long-range planning to ensure a quality environment for AUD students, administration, faculty, and staff.
Elias earned his Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing (Magna Cum Laude) from The American College in London and his Masters of Arts in International Relations from Boston University, where he was twice elected President of the Student Government Association. In addition, in 1992, he founded and served as the first president of The Lebanese Graduates of Britain (LGB).
In 1995, he moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where he co-founded The American University in Dubai, the first US accredited university in the Gulf region.
In the years since establishing AUD, he has garnered vast experience in international higher education, working in such varied areas as establishing new institutions/programs; negotiating and implementing educational collaborations with many major universities; and advising governments on higher education and other investment projects throughout the Arab world.
Elias works closely with the Clinton Foundation, with which he set up an important partnership agreement which provides 40 US students with scholarships each year, through The Clinton Scholars Program, to study abroad in the Middle East by attending AUD.
Elias has been an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative since its inception in 2005 where he has made commitments to action on several occasions.
Through these commitments and the establishment of a series of partnerships with leading American and European Universities, Elias has paved the way for AUD to play an important role in addressing global challenges, all in an effort to bridge the gap between the East and the West and to promote intercultural harmony and understanding.
Among his many other accomplishments, Elias is also the co-founder of the Emirati Lebanese Friendship Association and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the Young Arab Leaders.