In Memoriam: Abdul Ghani Hammour

LAU President Michel E. Mawad pays tribute to a friend of LAU whose generosity will sustain the education of underprivileged students for years to come.

By Dana K. Haffar

Mr. Hammour “advocated for LAU’s values and principles and its mission to make education accessible to all,” said LAU President Michel E. Mawad.

LAU has lost a devoted supporter of its community, businessman and philanthropist Abdul Ghani Hammour who passed away in Paris on Tuesday, October 17.

The late Mr. Hammour established the Abdul Ghani and Inayat Hammour Endowed Scholarship Fund at LAU in 2014 for academically deserving students in financial need. Since then, the fund has supported well over 60 students in their education, and this year alone benefited eight of LAU’s brightest students.

As the scholarship is an endowed fund, its proceeds will remain a source of aid in perpetuity to sustain more students in the years to come.

Hammour was chairman of Capital Guidance, an investment management and real estate company which he established more than 50 years ago with a group of families deeply rooted in the Middle East. He was also associated with L’Institut de Recherches et d’Applications des Méthodes de développement (IRAM) an association that promotes societal and ethical engagement. In addition, Hammour was a co-owner of Hammour Cap d’Antibes, a real estate company based in France, and had previously served as a director of Oilrise Corporation.

“Mr. Hammour recognized the transformative power of higher learning and was determined to pave the way for academically deserving students who could not afford it,” said LAU President Michel E. Mawad. “Through his generous Endowed Scholarship Fund, he advocated for LAU’s values and principles and its mission to make education accessible to all. For that, we at LAU are eternally grateful. His legacy will endure in the many lives he touched and the bright futures he has helped to shape.”