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PARIS, FRANCE. December 17, 2013. The Phoenician International Research Center, Inc. (PIRC) represented by its president, Dr. Habib Chamoun presented to Dr Maha El Khalil Chalabi, founder of the League of Canaanite, Phoenician and Punic Cities (LCCPP) and the Tyre Foundation (TF), a plaque of honor and recognition for her achievements in the objectives dearly valued by the said organization.  Dr. Chamoun acted on behalf of PIRC's Mr. Salim Khalaf, CEO and Dr. Nick Kahwaji, CAO, who highly value Dr. Maha’s great contribution in the said field.  The cultural dinner, at Al Mankal (Lebanese restaurant), was organized by the the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) in France.  The president of WLCU/France, Mr. Edmond Abdel Massih, organized the dinner.

Dr. Chamoun & Dr. Chalabi
Dr. Chamoun presenting the PIRC Honorary Plaque
to Dr. Maha El Khalil Chalabi

The cultural evening commenced by Mr. Edmond Massih who welcomed the guests and presented Dr. Habib Chamoun-Nicolas.  Thereafter, Dr. Chamoun addressed the purpose of the evening that was recognizing the role of Phoenician women throughout history and the present.  His talk covered the highpoints of this role in the stories of Princess Elissar/Dido of Tyre, founder of Carthage, and the myths of Europa and the goddess Astarte, in addition to other Phoenicians.  Dr. Chamoun’s specifically recounted the stories of the great women of ancient Phoenicia. Further, he affirmed the same in modern Phoenician women in the person of Dr. Maha El Khalil Chalabi, and therefore, demonstrated that the role of these women continues in the present.  At that time, President Chamoun presented, on behalf of PIRC, a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Maha for her contribution in promoting and disseminating information on the Phoenician culture and heritage around the world.  Thereafter, Dr. Maha presented the vision of her foundations' projects. Both doctors agreed to work, with their respective centers, to promote future Phoenician heritage projects based on outlines to be determined subsequently in a written agreement.
Among the participants who attended the dinner were:  the Lebanese Cultural Representative to UNESCO in Paris, Dr. Bahjat Rizk, professors at NOVANCIA Business School of Paris, Dr. Doudou Sibide, Emmanuelle Khvatov, Emile Chamoun, Wagih Ghossoub, Artemis George Kairouz, Riad Tabet, Dr. Rachid Timeri, Joumana Chahal Timery, Elie Chalhoub, Jocelyne Mermoux, Nada Boutrous Ghanem, Nicolas Fiani, Samar Youssef, Toufic Farah, Jean Stephan, Randa Lteif Stephan, Antoine Daccache, Fawzi Rassi, Dalal Hoballah, Farah Mroue and others.

The evening was a great success thanks to Edmond Abdel Massih of WLCU/France and Roger Hani of WLCU/Europe. Also, Randa Lteif Stephan, represented the Lebanese Woman of France and Antoine Menasse.   Antoine Daccache and family, owners of Al Mankal restaurant -- ranked best Lebanese restaurant of Paris in 2012 by Padlo Gourmet Guide -- generously provided exquisite Lebanese food, making the evening an unforgettable one.


Chamoun-Nicolás: From Cádiz to Puerto Vallarta - The Phoenician Exhibition! Presented by IMADEC
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Dr. Habib Chamoun Nicolas, president of Phoenician International Research Center (PIRC) proposes to Puerto Vallarta Mexico Ambassadors to become a sister City of the Phoenician Port of Cadiz, Spain.   

Dr. Chamoun with Ambassadors to Mexico

On a mission to entertain the idea and to propose the ports of Vallarta, Mexico and Cadiz, Spain as sister cities, Dr. Habib Chamoun-Nicolas, President of PIRC arrived in Puerto Vallarta.  The visit aims to participate in the Festival of the Sister Cities of Puerto Vallarta, held the weekend of November 17th.   President Antonio Lugo Morales of the Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities International Association welcomed Dr. Chamoun.

Dr. Chamoun-Nicolas presented a Sister Cities project between the cities mentioned earlier.  Since childhood, Dr. Habib Chamoun-Nicolas has been passionate about the ports of Vallarta and Cadiz.  Both cities are charming centers of culture, language and job opportunities.  They also have the mystique of being founded as ports for trade into their regions respectively.

Dr. Chamoun proposes to bring Phoenician traveling exhibition from Cadiz to Vallarta

The Phoenicians, those great sailors and merchants of the Mediterranean, could also become ambassadors of Puerto Vallarta.  To act upon this purpose, business consultant and expert Dr. Habib Chamoun, indicated that while a sisterhood between the ports of Vallarta in Mexico and Cádiz in Spain is very feasible a more challenging idea is to organize the exhibition.  The proposed title of the exhibition is  "Valentin, the Phoenician traveler.  The return of a legend; Rediscovering America from Cadiz to Puerto Vallarta."  This project will promote the two ports globally, affirms Dr. Chamoun-Nicolas.

Dr. Chamoun has presented this PIRC project to 18 Ambassadors to Mexico from different countries such as Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Cypress, Morocco, Italy, Portugal and others.   The Ambassadors are excited and willing to help welcome into Mexico such an exhibition.   Herewith is a picture of Dr. Chamoun with ambassadors from Cypress, Italy, Portugal, Egypt and Morocco who major supporters of this initiative at the 1st Festival of Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities.


Experts in genetics at the University Complutense of Madrid, analyzed the mitochondrial DNA of the remains of two individuals located during the archaeological excavation at the Comedy Theater in Cádiz.  They have found that both skeletal remains are from Phoenicia.  One of the remains was found to be of mixed blood with the indigenous people while the other is of pure Phoenician descent. The result of the interaction of these populations, demonstrated the maternal or paternal ancestry of individuals studied vis-à-vis Phoenicia proper.

Full skeleton
The skeleton from the sixth century B.C., which is now called "Valentin." Genetically he is son of a Phoenician father and European native mother. He still lies in the same position where he violently died 2,600 years ago.


Presenting PIRC plaque
Dr. Chamoun and Dr. Carlos González Wagner

MADRID, SPAIN.  July 20, 2012.  Dr. Habib Chamoun, President of the Phoenician International Research Center Inc. (PIRC) of Chapel Hill, NC, USA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation with Dr. Carlos González Wagner of el Centro de Estudios Fenicios y Púnicos (CEFYP) de la Universidad Complutense (Center for Phoenician and Punic Studies at Complutense University) de Madrid, Spain.

The agreement aims to establish and mutually support cooperation between the two centers and emphasizes the development of collaborative on educational projects.  Both institutions will encourage direct contact between their faculty members and other research centers to include faculty, administrative and professional staff internships exchanges for teaching and research.  Further, it promotes joint sponsorship of courses, study tours, conferences and seminars.  Further, it promotes applications for funding, educational and scientific cooperation. 

Others present during the signing ceremony were: Dr. Angel Paredes Algarra, President of the CEU Business School, Faculty Chaplain, Reverend P. Enrique Martin Baena, in addition to Mr. Antoine Menassa representing the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) with which PIRC is affiliated.

PIRC, established in July 2009, has been working on establishing relations with CEFYP to promote mutual cooperation between the two centers.  However, this did not come to pass until Dr. Chamoun, who was on an MBA Phoenician related academic trip to Cadiz, established contact with Dr. Wagner and had the agreement drawn up and signed by the two centers.


CADIZ, SPAIN.  July 9-24.  Dr. Habib Chamoun, Professor and Consultant of Business School International Negotiations, as well as, President of the Phoenician International Research Center Inc. (PIRC) completed The Study Abroad MBA Summer 2012 special topics course called: International Trade and Business Diplomacy. – Exploring the Phoenician Route in France and Spain following the Libano-Phoenician heritage.

Dr. Chamoun is a Professor and Consultant of Business School International Negotiations.  He has been including in his MBA teachings the Phoenician Philosophy.  Dr. Chamoun has conducted an MBA Study Abroad Program from July 9 to July 24, which is a variation of his yearly successful MBA summer course International Trade and Negotiations at the University of St Thomas Cameron School of Business in Houston, Texas:  

Visit Prado museum  
Students' visit Museum of Prado  
Attendents and lecturers  

The program started in Houston, Texas with an ICONS Project International Negotiation Simulation from the University of Maryland where the MBA students from Cameron School of Business, at the University of St Thomas in Houston, had an opportunity to explore real time online diplomatic negotiations during the month of May 2012:   

After the International Online Negotiation was over the students traveled together with Dr. Chamoun to several countries in Europe to have a face-to-face MBA course.  The travel program started in Paris for a week at NOVANCIA Business School from July 10 to July 13.   In Paris students visited the Mexican Embassy and had a lecture on Diplomacy between Mexico and France by Minister Jose Felix Polanco.   In Novancia Business School the students were welcomed by Emmanuelle Khvatov, Pilar Gomez de las Heras and Corinne Blostin from International Studies office at NOVANCIA and had a business diplomacy and cross cultural negotiations course with Dr. Doudou Sibide, Dr. Charles Tenenbaum and Dr. Habib Chamoun.  

Then the students traveled to Madrid and were welcome by Alejandra Villena and Carmen Fernandez from the CEU San Pablo International studies office.  MBA classes were held at the CEU San Pablo Business School from July 16-21. Celia Resel and Orlando Rodriguez introduced the CEU Business School where students had a very intensive five days program covering the subjects of International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution with Dr. Habib Chamoun, the influence of Phoenicians in Christianity with father Hernán Pereda Bullich, ethics and leadership with a Leadership Spaniard author and speaker Sergio Cardona Patau and Father Enrique Martin Baena, the Phoenician heritage of the Iberian Peninsula with Dr. Carlos Wagner and Social Responsibility with Maria Ruspoli. The students visited El Prado Museum guided by CEU San Pablo Historian Javier Blanco.

The MBA Study Abroad Program had a grand closing ceremony to deliver certificates of completion for the University of St Thomas MBA students on Friday July 20 at 1 p.m. at the CEU San Pablo Business School Auditorium in Madrid.    At the program graduation ceremony, university officials were present such as: the Dean of the CEU, San Pablo Business School, Dr. Angel Algarra, Fr. Enrique Martin Baena, as well as Dr. Carlos Wagner, President of the CEFYP of the Complutense University, Dr. Habib Chamoun, President of PIRC which is affiliated with the WLCU (World Lebanese Cultural Union), and Mr. Antoine Menassa who represented it.

Dr. Chamoun’s European Study Abroad Summer Course trip had a great closing in Cadiz, a Phoenician Port, on July 23 at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Chamoun presented a lecture hosted by the Cadiz City Mayor Teofila Martinez at the Casino Gaditano organized by CADIZ 2012. Dr. Chamoun’s lecture title was  “Phoenician Gifts to Humanity.”  At the end of the conference, he signed copies of his book “Negotiate like a Phoenician” followed.
The book is translated already in English, French; and Spanish  

Press Release by Emile Chamoun-Farah. For more information on the contents of this press release please contact:

Earlier in Madrid, Dr. Habib Chamoun-Nicolas signed a cooperation agreement between PIRC and the Complutense University CEFYP (Centro de Estudios Fenicios y Punicos) with the objective of continuing exploring and promoting the Phoenician legacy and history. The CEFYP works and research focuses on Phoenician history of the Iberian Peninsula thanks to its Director Dr. Carlos Wagner and a group of researchers.


Chapel Hill, NC – October 27, 2009.  Dr. Habib Chamoun, president of the newly incorporated Phoenician International Research Center (PIRC) announced the official establishment in Chapel Hill, NC, USA, of the center during his address to the 16th World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) World Congress in Mexico City, Mexico that ended on Monday, October 26.

The center is a not-for-profit organization which researches the history and contribution to world culture of the Canaanite Phoenicians and Punic people from the dawn of history until our present day. Further, it supports ancient history student scholarships, disseminates information through, builds international and domestic relations with similar centers, publishes books on the subject, creates electronic libraries and databases, and promotes the preservation and protection of Phoenician antiquities and historic sites.

The center is in touch with scholars in Italy to promote collaboration with Italian, Tunisian and Spanish centers and scholars that work in this field. Further, the center looks forward to signing collaborative agreements with Lebanese institutes, centers and universities that are interested in pursuing this subject.

Further, the center plans to compile information about museum treasures of the same, audio-visual materials, fund and promote archaeological digs, be a watchdog over Phoenician treasures from illegal trafficking, and monitor Phoenician and Punic sites from looting and destruction by working with international and domestic bodies to expose dangers that such sites fall prey to.

The idea was conceived by Dr. Nicholas Kahwaji, Secretary General of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, and executed by Salim Khalaf, author of the Encyclopedia Phoeniciana   The two working with Dr. George Haddy formed a Steering Committee that initiated the process, in association with the WLCU.  They elected Dr. Habib Chamoun president of the center. Dr. Chamoun is author of many books including Negotiate Like a Phoenician, Discover TradeablesTM  (see Further, the committee appointed Mr. George Faddoul representative of the organization in Lebanon and the Middle East.

For further information, please contact Salim Khalaf at slim.

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