In 2005, venture philanthropist Lola Nashashibi Grace founded the Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI) to develop and implement programs for children in the Middle East who are victims of war and to provide a network which facilitates partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) actively involved in the region. Today MECI is an NGO which is recognized internationally for its innovative multifaceted, integrated programs addressing the most urgent needs of women and children.
Lola has led an active career in investment banking and asset management and is engaged in philanthropic and community endeavors relating to international development, education and biological/genetic research. She was an investment banker for Morgan Stanley and First Boston in corporate finance prior to spending 15 years in the investment management and financial advisory business.
Lola serves on the Advisory Board of Citi Private Bank EMEA. She is Honorary Trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a genetic and cancer research institute, where she served as Vice Chairman, Treasurer and chaired the audit and finance committees. She founded the Women in Science project in Switzerland for the Center for Integrated Genetics at the University of Lausanne. Lola is a member of Women Moving Millions and is co-leading a task force on the international refugee crisis.
She holds BA, MA, and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Raised in Latin America, Lola speaks four languages. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.