H.E. Dr. Manal Abdel Samad Najd
She is Lebanese politician and Caretaker Minister of Information in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, she joined the Finance Ministry in 1997 at the Tax Revenues Authority. In 2000, Manal has been a Pioneer member of the VAT Implementation Project Team in Lebanon, and served as Head of VAT Legislation and Tax Policies Department then Head of VAT Audit and Tax Refund Department.
Also a member in Objection Committees at the Lebanese Tax Administration since 2002. She was also confirmed, since Mar 2016, as a Trained Assessor then a “Lead TADAT Assessor” since 2019, by the Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) Secretariat at the International Monetary Fund (a field mission in Tunisia, March 2018).
She is an active contributor in preparing the Lebanese Government to sign the Multilateral Convention (MLI) to implement treaty related measures to prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), under the OECD/G20 BEPS package. Manal is a trainer in taxation and strategic planning at different public and private institutions. She has delivered many global Lectures about Value Added Tax given to representatives of professional institutions and syndicates, and different courses given to new recruits at the Ministry of Finance, to LACPA candidates in tax law courses.
She’s a part-time lecturer at Saint-Joseph University (USJ) – Beirut, since Fall 2009, and at American University of Beirut (AUB), since Fall 2016 – in courses related to public finance and taxation.Manal organized, led and participated in several conferences and seminars, including contributing, as a speaker, at various conferences and workshops in tax related subjects.
She completed many training sessions and professional missions in Lebanon and abroad, and has a large number of publications in her field of expertise. Manal received her Ph.D. in Law in 2014 from Paris I – Pantheon, Sorbonne (Very honorable distinction with unanimous congratulations from the jury). Her thesis was entitled “Optimization of the tax system in Lebanon”.
An active advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality with 24 years of executive, consulting/advisory, and academic/training experience across all aspects of taxes, mainly VAT implementation, she is currently pursuing her Executive studies in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2019-2022. Elected, in 2010, a lifetime member of BETA GAMMA SIGMA (BGS), the International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business, in recognition of her high scholastic achievement during her MBA studies at the American University of Beirut AUB (overall GPA 95%- Ranking first), her MBA project was about the “Impact of public governance on tax revenues”. A dear Soul Sister who is a passionate pioneer of change and inclusive progress.