Salwa Siniora Baassiri, currently the director general of the Rafic Hariri Foundation, is a graduate of economics at the American University of Beirut. She has started her career as a researcher in econometrics. she then she ventured in several other domains which empowered her with multi-dimensional capabilities and equipped her to assume key responsibilities in the domains of education, science, culture and communication, also in the realms of cultural and religious dialogue as well as in bioethics.

She actively participated in more than 200 conferences and fora held at the national, regional and international levels, in the capacity of main organizer, keynote speaker, lecturer, panelist, rapporteur and chair. The most prominent participation was the chairing of two commissions of two successive UNESCO general conferences – the PRX commission during the 34th session in October 2007, and the social and human sciences during the 35th session in October 2009, in her capacity as secretary general of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.  She produced several research papers, wrote newspaper articles, reviewed and edited several publications, and had several TV interviews, at the national, regional and international levels. In recognition of her outstanding stature and professional attainment, she got the WAAAUB Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2015.