Abbas Sibai is a Policy Advocacy specialist with a master's in Global Public Policy and a distinguished background in promoting social change and community development. Since 2013 Abbas has been a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington DC and selected as Leader of the Democracy Fellow by the US State Department – MEPI Program.
Abbas has worked with governments, NGOs, and the private sector, leveraging his expertise in various critical areas, including employment and economic participation, social integration and political participation, health and hazardous social behavior, and environmental conservation.
At the age of 21 years old, Abbas co-founded Aie Serve, a youth empowerment organisation to foster social cohesion in Lebanon. Subsequently, in 2012, he co-founded Live Love Lebanon, an initiative promoting positive communities. His dedication to advancing social impact extends to his role as a founding Global Board member of Fast Forward 2030 and an Associate Member of Catalyst 2030. In addition, Abbas is recognised as a Global Shaper Alumni at the World Economic Forum.
Abbas served as the technical focal point for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) in Lebanon, the first Global health treaty for tobacco control. Furthermore, he has served as the Environmental & Social Standards focal point for a World Bank project centered on Cultural and Creative Industries Recovery in Lebanon. As an advocate for youth rights and avid supporter of UN Agenda 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals, he actively engages through YouthInk the private sector in peacebuilding.
As a Policy Leader Fellow, he will examine the current state of civil society in specific countries relevant to the European Union's (EU) neighboring regions. His primary objective will be to propose recommendations for sustainable reform, aiming to strengthen the EU's engagement with civil society in alignment with the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and sustainable development goals.