Sélim El Sayegh is a Professor of Law and International Relations at the Paris-XI University since 1993. He is currently the Director of the Master’s Program in Diplomacy & Strategic Negotiations at Paris XI University & La Sagesse University in Beirut, and the President of CADMOS (Center for the Analysis of Disputes and their Modes of Settlement) since 1994 and 2001 respectively. He has been the Co-Founder and Vice-President of the American Graduate School of Diplomacy since 1995 in Paris. He has been a Visiting Professor in more than twenty universities around the world. His main area of specialization is conflict resolution, negotiation, diplomacy & development studies. 

El Sayegh was the Minister of Social Affairs from 2009 till 2011 serving under the Hariri Government. During his leading position in the government, El Sayegh developed policies and strategies that excelled the social sector in Lebanon. He led the development of the Social Pact & the National Strategy for Social Development in Lebanon; oversaw the implementation of the Good Governance Standards to NGO’s; led the creation of the 1st Middle Eastern Master’s Degree of NGO Management; established the National Documentation Center for Childhood; and developed the elderly care taking centers standards. El Sayegh contributed to the development of many innovative national programs aiming at enhancing the living conditions of the most disadvantaged citizens of Lebanon, such as the National Program for Improving the Living Conditions of the Poor.

EL Sayegh is an internationally and regionally recognized expert in his field. He currently serves as a Senior Adviser for the UNESCO Program on Intercultural Dialogue. He has been on the board of World Bank for Social Politics in the MENA region since 2012. He is a distinguished lecturer and frequently quoted in the national and regional media. He has also obtained a number of international academic professional awards and appointments. He is the author of numerous publications in French, English and Arabic.

El Sayegh received his PhD in International Law & National accreditation to supervise PhD Thesis from Paris University in 1992. He has DEA (M.Phil) in History from the Sorbonne University (Paris 1), and an M.A in Diplomacy and International Relations from Paris-XI University in 1990 and 1989 respectively. He has Bachelor degrees in Political Science, Law & Business Management from different universities in Lebanon in 1986, 1985 & 1983 respectively.