Demachkieh Family Bibliography
This page describes the lives and contributions of family individuals who have left a mark in public life. For each person, we give a brief biography of his/her life and achievements from the information we have about these individuals.
Allama Sheikh Hasan Demachkieh
His name and lineage:
Sheikh Hasan was the son of Hasan son of Abdul Majeed son of Omar son of Mustafa son of Abdul Razzaq son of Sheikh Ahmad Demachkieh. Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh's great-grandfather was born in Damascus, but his family originally was from Al-Medina. His family migrated from Medina to Damascus during the Tamerlane's siege of Damascus. They sought refuge from the people of Damascus. Then Sheikh Ahmad and his family migrated later to Beirut, in the eleventh Hijreh century AH, and settled there. Sheikh Ahmad was the imam of Masjid Al Omari for about 70 years until his death.
Birth and upbringing:
Sheikh Hasan, may his soul rest in peace, was born in the city of Beirut in (1337 AH / 1918 BC), for a highly regarded family in Beirut. His father had died while his mother was pregnant with him. He grew up an orphan under his grandfather's care. Suffering from illness, he lost his vision at the age of two. His family was very saddened by his sickness, but God had compensated his sickness with an insightful, bright and powerful memory. He started memorizing the Book of Allah in the first stages of childhood and had shown remarkable traits of intelligence.
His thirst for knowledge:
Sheikh Hasan began seeking knowledge at a very young age. He began his journey with the recital of the Holy Quran. He was especially well informed about the doctrines of Imam Al Shafii. After that phase, he studied about the Islamic doctrines – Islamic jurisprudence, monotheism, the Arabic language, Qur'anic interpretations, Sunnah, Hadeeth and logic – from seniors of the field in Beirut and Damascus. During this journey of knowledge, he read about the Sunnah and Hadeeth.
His mentors and instructors:
Sheik Hasan was educated by highly regarded and knowledgeable individuals. He attempted to memorize the Qur'an since he was 6 years old and memorized it all by the age of 13 under the guidance and supervision of Hajj Yousef Soubra. Sheikh Hasan learned about grammar and syntax from Sheikh Khalil Al Katerji who was an Imam for Masjid Al Omari Al Kabir at that time. From Sheikh Mohammad Al Arabi Al Azouzi Al Idrisi, Sheikh Hasan learned about history, famous people and the Hadeeth. Sheikh Ahmed Mukhtar Al Alayli, secretary of Fatwa, taught him about monotheism, rhetoric and interpretation. In Damascus, Sheikh Hasan learned about al shatibiyya and al durra from Sheikh Mohammad Salim Al Halwani. After this immense educational journey, Sheikh Hasan was dubbed the Sheikh of Readers in Lebanon.
A Glimpse of Sheikh Hasan's Life:
After his enlightening journey to Damascus and Aleppo, Sheikh Hasan returned to Beirut to educate youngsters and individuals there. For a span of 18 years at the Azhar in Beirut, he taught people about several religious teachings: readings and interpretations of the Qur'an, Hadeeth, and rhetoric. He also taught the Qur'an, Hadeeth, jurisprudence and monotheism at the Union for the Conservation of the Holy Qur'an for 6 years. He lectured at different mosques in Beirut and tutored students and important figures. When he retired, he continued to tutor at his home. Sheikh Hasan was endowed with a great memory that he could remember all the details, page numbers and even sections of different hadeeths and Qur'anic verses. At times, when he sat with his pupils, he would ask them whether they felt the presence of greatest Islamic mentors; he was indeed very spiritual.
Some of His Students:
Sheikh Hasan taught and tutored a lot of students. We will list a few:
- Sheikh Mohammed son of Abdul Nabi Rahaawi Al Masri
- Sheikh Salem Abdul-Salam
- Sheikh Mohammed Almanasfi
- Sheikh Saad Ramadan
- Sheikh Hussein Osseiran
- Ramzi, Sheikh Saad Eddin Al Dimashki
- Dr. Yousef Al-Marashly
- Beginners' Guide to Recite the Qur'an (Hidayat Al Mubtade'en Ila Tajweed Al Kitab Al Mubeen)
- A Preview of the Lives of Sahabah and Followers who Memorized the Qur'an and the Muslim Religious Leaders who Were Well-known for their Recitals (Al Huffath Min Al Sahaba wal Tabieen wa Aaimmat al Quira'at Al Ashr)
- Facilitating the Journey by Scrutinizing the Children's Phenomenon (Taqreeb Al Manal bi Sharhi Tuhfatil Atfal)
Sheikh Hasan, may his soul rest in peace, died in 1412 AH / 1992 AD at the age of 74.
Ulamau'una (علماؤنا) by Kamil Al Daouk.
Arslan or Ruslan bin Abdul Qader Bin Abdul Razak Sheikh Ahmed bin Demachkieh
Arslan Demashkieh assumed the presidency of Beirut during the Ottoman rule. He was also one of the founders of Makassed Charitable association and the Sanayii School that later became the Government Palace and Law School.
Badr son of Arslan or Ruslan son of Abdul Qader Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Badr was elected in 1922 as mayor of Beirut. He made the utmost effort to secure the services of the beloved people of his city. During his reign, Manara, Cornishe and Hamra Streets were renovated. He established an industrial factory in Ruwaysat Sawfar and was elected as the first president of the industrial committee in Lebanon.
The following is an excerpt from a newspaper article (12/10/1993) describing Badr as an "exceptional man endowed with farsightedness. His establishment of the Sawfar industrial company is a proof of his hard work and commitment. He managed to bring success to the company despite the losses and troubles they faced."
His love for his country and faith in its potentials pushed him to activate tourism in Lebanon; collaborating with his colleagues Emile Edde, Najib Abu Sawan, Sheikh Amin Gemayel, Dr Fouad Ghosn and Eldona Maria Sarsaq, they created the "Society for Promoting Tourism" and he was among the first who demanded the existence of Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon. Not only was he interested in marketing for his country, but also in beautifying his country and making it greener. He was one of the founders of the Trees' Friends' Association and was the president for that association until his death in 1952.
In July 23rd 1942, Badr founded the Dimashkie Family Association that is still active today headed by Hisham Mahmoud Dimashkie. Based on Badr's request, the Dimashkie family tree was drawn by artist Sami Muhammad Ali Alkalaa in 1951.
We cannot talk about Badr Dimashkie without mentioning his wife, Julia Jiryis Tohme. As a young girl, Julia did not suffice with the education offered in her town, Mukhtara, and went to Sidon and then Choueifat to complete her studies with honors at the age of 18. After graduating from school, she taught at several schools including the Shafa Amro School in Palestine, Brummana School, and few schools in Beirut.
Julia was an active young girl who sought to promote women's rights and voices. She lectured and gave several speeches at different occasions and locations asking for women's rights. Her elegant speeches made her quite famous amongst the academic and social circles in Lebanon.
In 1910, while she was walking on Bliss Street, a horse kicked Julia causing bruises and sprains in her hands and back. Mr. Ali Salam, the father's adolescent who was riding the horse, was concerned about Julia and checked upon her health regularly at the hospital. These checkups familiarized Mr. Salam – who was president of Makassed Organization back then – with Miss Julia's dynamic personality, skillful intelligence and impressive educational background. He offered Miss Julia the position of principal at the Makassed Girls' School. This offering was spectacular for several reasons: 1. The school was the first official school for Girls in Lebanon 2. Miss Julia was a Christian lady who supervised an Islamic School. This combination resulted in creating an unprecedented Girls' School.
In 1913, Julia married Badr Dimashkie, an acquaintance of Ali Salam. They lived in Bliss Street, Beirut, with Badr's children from a former marriage (Ihsan, Baheira, and Samya) and got Salwa (1914) and Nadeem Dimashkie (1919). Julia and Badr's house served as a convention center for the educated elite of Lebanon. Both Julia and Badr called for nationalism and supported the National Party. They celebrated the Arabic language and arts associated with the Arabic culture. After their marriage, Julia still focused on her call for women's rights and she established the "Ladies' Organization" that called for liberating women and empowering them. The Organization expanded beyond its initial cause and became involved with talks about problematic social epidemics. These talks encouraged Julia to launch a women's magazine named "The New Woman". First published in 1921, the magazine became a famous best-selling magazine throughout the Arab world for 5 years. Constantly supported by her husband, Julia was encouraged to launch other magazines entitled "Young Samir" (a weekly magazine that deals with issues concerning kids) and "Nadeem" (a magazine concerned with literary discussions). These works familiarized the world with Julia's rich education and, accordingly, she was invited to represent the Lebanese Woman on several regional, Arabic, and national conferences.
In 1935, Julia's health deteriorated due to back pain and, thus, she had to stay at home often. Despite this ailment, Julia and Badr's home remained a gathering place for the educated minds. In 1947, Julia was honored with Cedar's Medal for her unprecedented efforts in serving her country.
In his book "Les Arabes D'hier", Jack Braque wrote the following: "Mais , à Beyrouth, il trouve un Liban intensement receptive, Julia Ta’mé, femme du chef de la municipalité, un Dimachqiyé, favorise le movement feministe. Elle dirige même une revue, “ La Femme nouvelle.” (p.163).
And in the "Arab World" Magazine (May, 1958), they wrote the following of her: "Julia Toumeh Dimeshkie was a rebel at heart, a rebel against tyranny of any kind. Julia was born a teacher whether in the written or spoken word. Her excellent magazine, “Al Marat al Jadeeda” , (The new woman) contained a treasury of informative, challenging and inspiring material.
No wonder the magazine was popular in Baghdad , Cairo, Jerusalem and Damascus as well as in Beirut. It had in it a touch of genius. Julia was a person of genius and a beautiful one."
Salwa daughter of Badr son of Arslan or Ruslan son of Abdul Qader Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demashkieh
Salwa is the daughter of Badr and Julia. She got married to Fouad Al Saeed. She was quite passionate about art, heritage and folklore. She headed the committee for Baalbak festivals and the Arab Folklore association. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Ambassador Nadim son of Badr son of Arslan or Ruslan son of Abdul Qader Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demashkieh
Nadim Dimechkie was born in Beirut in 1919 and attended the IC and later AUB where he earned his BA in Economics in 1940 and his MA in 1955. Nadim Dimechkie’s diplomatic career spanned 35 years from 1944 to1978. He served as Counselor to the Lebanese legation in London (Lebanon’s first Embassy after independence) from 1944 to 1949 and then as Consul General in Ottawa 1949-51. Between 1952 and 1955 he served as head of mission in Cairo and from 1955 -57 was named Minister Plenipotentiary to Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia. He served as Ambassador to the US between 1958 and 1962 and then served as Director of Economic and Social Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut (1963-66). His last diplomatic post was at the Court of St. James in London where he served as Ambassador between 1966 and 1978 and as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps (1977-78).
As representative of Lebanon, Nadim Dimechkie participated in many international organizations and conferences. He attended the first preparatory session of the UN in London in 1946, and all UN sessions in NY between 1957 and 1974. In 1968, he headed the Lebanese Delegation to the UN and was Vice President of the General Assembly. Nadim Dimechkie participated in the Arab League Sessions (1952-55 and 1963-66) and was President of the Arab League’s 22nd session. In 1965, he headed the Lebanese Delegation to the Board of UNCTAD and was Vice President and Chairman of the Committee of the Developing Countries (The Group of 75). Nadim Dimechkie also participated in the Khartoum Summit (1967), the Algerian and the Moroccan Summits (1974).
Nadim Dimechkie received several decorations including:
- Lebanon: Commander of the Order of the Cedar
- Egypt: Grand Cordon of the Egyptian Order of Merit and Grand Officer of the Egyptian Order of Ismail
- UK: Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
He also received several appreciation letters and decorations from Greece, Tunisia, China and other countries.
After retiring from the Foreign Service he continued to serve Lebanon and Arab causes as an adviser to the League of Arab States and the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, and was an active member in the Institute of Palestine Studies and the Arab Cultural Club.
Nadim Dimechkie also served the AUB community for many years as President of the AUB Alumni Association (1995-98), Chairman of the AUB College Hall Fundraising Committee (1994-98), Chairman of the Scholarship Fundraising Campaign (1998-03), and received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Voluntary Service to AUB in 2006.
Nadim Dimechkie was married to Margaret Sherlock for 63 years. He has two sons Riad, Director of the Executive MBA Program at AUB, and Ramez, Ambassador of Lebanon to Germany and president of Tamam Salam bureau.
Riad son of Ambassador Nadim son of Badr son of Arslan or Ruslan son of Abdul Qader son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Since 2007, Riad Dimachkieh has been the director of the Executive MBA program (EMBA) in the Business School at the American University of Beirut (AUB). His role is to monitor the progress of the program and improve it, supervise the courses, recruit instructors and recruit students from the MENA region.
Before assuming the role of Director at the EMBA program, Riad worked in the strategic consultancy domain in Europe and the USA. In Europe and the MENA region, he worked on research and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and strategic development of several companies like Dutch. In the USA, he worked in senior strategic management positions studying the market, finding ways to penetrate it successfully, developing business plans, and aiming for Total Quality Management (TQM). He dealt with multinational companies like Kellogg's, Heinz, Nestle, and Land O'Lakes. Riad also assumed several executive and administrative roles in several renowned companies and was appointed CEO for 2 major American companies from 1985 to 1994. In the first company in 1985, he developed the business and increased the revenue from 60 million to 300 million dollars in 8 years – an excelling growth in the field. Riad increased the company's profits at a rate of 25% per year and its value in 110$ per share. In the second company, he was able to increase the value of the company's share three times. The profits increased from 7 million to 25 million dollars.
Initially, Riad had earned his Bachelor degree in Economics at AUB in 1970 and his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, in 1979. He also attended the advanced management program (AMP) at Harvad Business School in 1992.
Mr. Riad has 3 kids: Talal (1978 - ) who is currently an employee at an investment bank in New York; Kenza (1982 - ) who worked formerly at the International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization in Geneva and Africa and is now working for Doctors Without
Borders in Africa and South America; and Karim (1984 - ) who is working on his Master's Degree in Writing in Texas. Karim recently published a novel entitled Lifted by the Great Nothing.
Ramiz son of Ambassador Nadim son of Badr son of Arslan or Ruslan son of Abdul Qader Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Ramiz, born in London in 1949, is the second son of Embassador Nadim Dimachkieh. He is married to Claude Hajal and they have 4 children: Hala (1972 -) is currently working in the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUB; Maysa (1974 -) is a Professor of Psychology; and Nadeem (1977 -) is a Professor of English in England; and Maria (2008 -).
Ramiz had studied in England as a young man and earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from AUB in 1972. Between 1972 and 1988, Ramiz worked in the private banking and finance sectors. From 1988 to 1993, he worked as an economic advisor and director of the touristic bureau in London and was later appointed the Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1994 through 1998. In 1999 – 2000, he was appointed director of protocol and relationships at the Council of Ministers. Between 2000 and 2002, he was a member and director at the committees of the Francophone Summit and the Arab Summit. He was then appointed an advisor for the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 – 2004. Then, he was reelected as the director of protocol and relationships at the Council of Ministers. From 2007 onwards, he has served as an ambassador of Lebanon in Berlin, Germany. He has also been appointed Director for the office of Ministry of Interior under Tamam Salam's management. He participated in several conferences for the United Nations and remains an active member in them. Ramiz was granted Award of Merit from Italy, Ukraine, and Argentina.
Dr. Mohammed-Ali son of Mohammed Hashim Son of Abdul- Qader Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Mohammed-Ali was born in 1932. Only few days after his birth, his father, Mohammed Hashim Dimachkieh, passed away. Mohammed-Ali studied medicine at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Baylor in America and specialized in diabetes and endocrine diseases and internal medicine. Alongside being a Doctor in the hospital, he was a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at AUB. For some time, he headed the administration at the Barbir Hospital, Beirut. He was the personal doctor of Rashid Karame's mother and several Beiruti families. He was also the doctor of the ruling family during the reign of the late King Faisal and the royal family doctor in Bahrain and the personal doctor of Abdullah Darwish in Qatar. Dr. Mohammed-Ali passed away in 2002.
Ihsan, daughter of Muhammad Ali Hashim Son of Abdul Qader Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Ihsan was orphaned at an early age. Despite her father's early death, she grew up with a big love for bringing her family together; she was an icon of support to all the members of her family. Ihsan was one of the more prominent personalities of her era scientifically and socially, and one of the more distinguished women of her times in her degrees, positions and activities.
She was one of the first women to obtain advanced high degrees. She holds a law degree from Saint Joseph University (Jesuit) in Beirut with high honors and a philosophy degree from the Alba University. She then continued her post-graduate education in the United States of America where she obtained a specialized degree in childhood criminality law from the University of Wisconsin and a degree in education from the University of Austin in Texas. She was also granted the American honorary citizenship from the state of Texas in recognition of her exceptional excellence and distinction.
She occupied high managerial positions. She was the head of the direction of formation of the teachers in Lebanon; she founded and directed several official related centers and then became the president of the private education direction in the Ministry of National Education. Subsequently, she was the general education inspector of Lebanon and the United Nations representative in Lebanon for culture and education. She was distinguished for her humanity. She empathized with the needy and the poor and made every effort for humanitarian and social welfare and relief.
She was a leading woman in her social activities for she was the first woman to be on the administrative board of Al Riyadi sport club of Beirut. Plus she was on the board of direction of the Muslim Orphanage Charity (Dar el aytam al Islamiyya). She was also member of the direction board of the Society for Child and Mother Welfare and a board member of the Demechkieh Family Society, where she activated its women’s branch.
She was the widow of the Lebanese Ambassador Zeidan Bitar, holder of the Cedar National Order Medal in the rank of Knight, the Cedar National Order Medal in the rank of Officer and the Medal of the French Order of Honor (Legion dHonneur). He was also the holder of the greater Italian Sash medal and the greater Spanish Sash medal as well as the Polish medal of merit. She accompanied her husband to most of the countries he was appointed to as France, Italy, Germany, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where she was friends with many Saudi princesses.
Her children are Dr. Mohamed, the engineer Imane and Rimane. She was a virtuous wife and mother,and a prominent administrator and socialite. She passed away in 2013, leaving behind fond memories and good deeds.
Nadia daughter of Muhammad Ali son of Hashim son of Abdul Qader son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Nadia, Ihsan's sister, was born in Beirut in 1930. She was a prominent lady as well. She passed the exam for appointment of judges but was denied the position for political and gender related issues as it was seen that a woman shall not hold a manly position. Thus, she taught at the College for Teachers.
Nadia married Judge Mohammad Issam Wassef Baroudi. She passed away in 2005.
Khalil and Abdul Aziz sons of Abdullah son of Salim son of Abdul Rahim Son of Suleiman Son of Sheikh Mustafa Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Khalil (1912-1984) and his brother Abdul Aziz (1914 - 1989) were famous shoe merchants. For a considerable period of time, they handled the making of shoes for the police, gendarmerie and the army.
Dr. Abdullah son of Khalil son of Abdullah son of Salim son of Abdul Rahim Son of Suleiman Son of Sheikh Mustafa Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
He born in 1951. He earned a Master's in Pharmacy. He was appointed Chairman of the Beirut Governmental Hospital from 1999-2001 and later became Director of Operations for the Middle East and Africa at General Electric from 2001-2006. He currently owns and runs the Lea Pharm in Lebanon.
Arif son of Abdullah son of Salim son of Abdul Rahim Son of Suleiman Son of Sheikh Mustafa Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Arif Demachkieh is a professional in making Arabic sweets. He had a well-known shop in Bab Idriss, Beirut. Both his sons Khaled and Abdul Rahman have taken their father's profession and have a confectionary shop in Nouiri, Beirut.
Mounir Ben Najib son of Khalil son of Omar son of Mustafa son of Abd al-Razzaq son of al-Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Mounir Demachkieh (1925 - 2008) traded in olives and olive oil manufacturing industry in downtown Beirut. He then relocated to Istiklal Street when the war broke out. His son Najib took his father's profession. Najib not only trades olives and olive oil, but also trades spices and dried fruits.
Adnan son of Najib son of Khalil son of Omar son of Mustafa son of Abd al-Razzaq son of al-Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Adnan (1931-1996) studied Aeronautical Engineering in the United States and worked in the Middle East airlines until his death.
Sheikh Mustafa Son of Suleiman Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
And Sheikh Ahmed son of Suleiman son of Sheikh Mustafa Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
We have very scarce information about these individuals. We only know that they are Sheikhs.
Ahmad son of Mahmoud son of Ahmad son of Sheikh Ahmed son of Suleiman son of Sheikh Mustafa Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Ahmad Demachkieh was a journalist who founded the Newspaper, The Arab's Loyalty (Wafaa Al Arab), and wrote several articles that focused on the true spirit of national unity and Arab nationalism that does not know intolerance and discrimination. Co-existence was a recurring theme in his writings. Ahmad Demachkieh is a virtuous writer who called for morality and faith. He also wrote lyrics for the Subaiyyat about the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
He was not only a great writer but also a great poet. He wrote different poems of different meters. One of his poems may be read in Arabic in the Arabic section. We could not translate it for fear of losing its poetic language and rhythm.
Dr. Afif son of Ahmed son of Mahmud son of Shaikh Ahmad Son of Suleiman Son of Sheikh Mustafa Son of Abdul Razak son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Afif Demachkieh was born in 1931. He is the son of journalist and poet Ahmad Demachkieh. Afif struggled in life to educate himself and earn his high degrees. His was able to overcome difficult circumstances and secure higher education due to his dedication and resolution to learn. In 1969, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Arabic literature and in 1970 he earned his Master's Degree in the same field. In 1972, he earned his Doctorate's Degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Afif first taught Arabic at the Makassed Islamic School then became a Professor in the Literature Department in the Lebanese University. He not only taught at the university but also edited the letters sent by the University. He published 2 books, Language Rhetoric (Al Balagha Al Lughawiyyah) and The Solace of the Hearts and Minds (Mu'unis Al Kuloub Wal Oukoul). He had also translated several studies, research and novels to Arabic.
In October 1996, Afif passed away. His death was a shock and loss to the Literature department at the Lebanese University, his students at university and school and the Writers' Union in Beirut.
Ms. May Daughter of Samih Son of Khalil son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed
May Demachkieh was born in 1954. She earned her Master's Degree in Economics from AUB. Since her graduation in 1979, she worked in the General Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries. She is today the Director of economic research in that Union. She is married to the engineer Ali Serhal.
Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
We do not have information about this virtuous Sheikh.
Bahige son of Mohammed-Ali son of Saeed son of Mohammed son of Abdul-Ghani Gannoume Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
And Merchant Fawzi son of Mohammed-Ali son of Mohammed son of Said son of Abdul- Ghani Gannoume Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Bahige and Fawzi Demachkieh are two brothers who worked together in the field of trade in sanitary ware. Till date, their companies survive run by Bahige and Fawzi's children. Both Bahige and Fawzi are experienced and very knowledgeable in their field.
Merchant Afif son of Khodor son of Mohammed son of Said son of Abdul Ghani-Gannoume Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Afif was born in 1926. He began his work journey as a teacher, then worked as a banker in the bank industry to finally settle in Italy where he became facilitator of trade for the Lebanese. He would buy the goods and ensure they reach the Lebanese merchant(s). His commitment, trustworthiness and reliability have enlarged the scope of his business beyond Italy. He now facilitates also in Germany and other European countries.
Trader Mohamed Khair Al Khader Mohammed son of Said son of Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Merchant Mohammad Khair worked in the trade of hardware and supplies for carpenters. His son still runs the business.
Merchant Sami Khodor son of Mohammed son of Said son of Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
And Merchant Abd-al-Hamid Ben Mosbah Saeed son of Mohammed son of Abdul Ghani-Gannoume Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Sami Khodor and Abd-al-Hamid Demachkieh are two well-known merchants of electrical supplies in Beirut.
Engineer Osama son of Mohamed Khair Al Khader Mohammed son of Said son of Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Osama was born in Beirut in 1957 and received his BA in Engineering from Beirut Arab University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Upon completing his degree, Osama worked in Khatib and Alami where he became a partner and director. He works on several local and international projects. Besides his work as an architect, he is a lecturer at the College of Engineering at the Beirut Arab University.
Mohammad Omar Son of Mohammed Son of Rashid Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Mohamed Omar was born in Beirut in 1887. He studied at the Azhari School. He first became an employee at Baabda's Justice department and later became the chairman of the department there. In 1932, he superintended the census of the population in Lebanon. After completing his job, he moved to trade industry where he traded fabrics and textiles. In 1942, he founded, with the help of Badr Bek Demachkieh, the Al Demachkieh family association and he was appointed the family's representative to the government. He recorded the names of all the family members (413 members at that time) and worked on adding them to the family records. In 1951, he sent the names to the artist Sami Al Kalaaji who drew the magnificent family tree (as we had earlier mentioned under Badr Demchkieh's section). Since 2003, his grandson Marwan Demachkieh has been recording names of family members to expand the new family tree.
Dr. Hussein Son of Mohammad Omar Son of Mohammed Son of Rashid Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
He was born in 1907. He studied Medicine in University of Bordeaux in France and specialized in ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat diseases) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He practiced his specialization until his death in 1983. He was married to Helene, a Swiss lady.
Ambassador Hisham Mahmoud son of Mohammed son of Omar son of Mohammed son of Rashid Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Hisham Demachkieh was born in 1943. He was enrolled at the Freres Schools and later got his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He married Hind Bohsali. They have 3 children:
- Dr. Haytham Demachkieh who is a resident doctor in a hospital in South Carolina
- Hadi Demachkieh who lives and works with his wife in Toronto, Canada
- Hilal Demachkieh who currently works at Bank Audi in Beirut
Before becoming a diplomat, from 1967-1972, Hisham supervised the Staff at the Civil Service Council in Beirut. Then, he was appointed secretary of the Embassy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1972 to 1973. Later, his journey to represent the country outside began: from 1973 – 1978, he worked at the Lebanese Embassy in Tokyo; he became head of conferences at the Directorate of International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 1980-1983, he became the Consul of Lebanon in Melbourne, Australia; 1983-1987, he was appointed Permanent Deputy Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; 1987 – 1990, he was the Director of Political Affairs at the Ministry; 1990-1994, he was the ambassador to Lebanon in Accra, Ghana; 1994-2000, he was the ambassador of Lebanon in Cairo, Egypt; 2001-2003, he was Lebanon's permanent representative to the League of Arab States; 2003-2006, he was the ambassador of Lebanon in Berlin, Germany; he sealed his diplomatic career as the secretary-general at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon.
While working in Geneva, he participated in the conferences and international meetings that took place for the Economic and Social Councils of the United Nations and Human Rights Commission and the World Health Organization and the International Conference for Preserving the Rights of the Palestinian People.
While in Egypt, he also participated in all the Arab meetings that discussed several aspects: political, economic, social, cultural, physical wellbeing and touristic. He also attended several summits in Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Iran, Sudan, and KSA. Hisham was granted the medal of "The Sacred Heart of the Rising Sun" from Tokyo, Japan, and the "High Degree of Maurity" from Berlin, Germany.
Currently, Hisham is a member at the Ambassador's Club in Lebanon and a member of the Board of Trustees at Sandouk al Zakat in Lebanon. He is also the head of the Al Demachkieh family association and the chairman of the Public Relations Committee at the Union of Beiruti Families. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees at the Islamic Cultural Center.
Brigadier Samir Mahmoud son of Mohammed son of Omar son of Mohammed son of Rashid Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Samir Demachkieh was born in 1945. He studied at the Freres School and later joined the military school where he graduated with the rank of lieutenant in the Air Force in 1970. He married Mrs. Nuhad Nassim Khoury and they got three children:
- Samar, married to Ziad Hammoud, is currently the director at the World Health Organization office in Beirut.
- Nisreen, married to Malik Ounsi, is currently an employee at Audi Bank in Beirut
- Rana, married to Alain Baron, lives in Dubai and works from home.
When he was a captain, Samir Demachkieh completed his academic studies and earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Lebanese University. He excelled in both the academic and the military fields. He was continually promoted to different positions at the Air Force command, military police, Martial Administration, and the general Directorate of Military Checkpoints. He earned the Order of Merit. In 2000, he resigned from the military service at the rank of Brigadier General.
Marwan son of Mahmoud son of Mohammed Omar son of Mohammed son of Rashid Abdul Ghani Gnome Son of Sheikh Hussein son of Abdul Wahab son of Sheikh Ahmed Demachkieh
Marwan Demachkieh was born in 1947. He studied at the Freres School and earned his degree in Social Sciences at the Lebanese University. He attended a course about Programming with IBM while working at the Ministry of Civil Defense. Then, he worked at Ministry of National Defense in the rehabilitation center. Later on, he worked at the Ministry of Finance, the automation division. He then took a course in France at the Centre D’études Pratiques en Informatiques et Automatiques (CEPIA) and earned a degree in Information Analysis. He continued to work in the automation division at the Ministry of Finance from 1969-1982.
In 1982, he moved to Saradar Bank, Hamra Branch, as the head of department overseeing the current and savings accounts and money transfers.
In October 1986, he moved to Wedge Bank Middle East as a Deputy Branch Manager at the Sanayeh Branch. He stayed there until 2002 when Wedge Bank was sold to Byblos Bank. In March 2002, he started working in the Automation of Land Registry in the mechanization department. He remained working there until his retirement in 2011.
Alongside his work, Marwan has been an active member in the Al Demachkieh family association. He has been, to date, the Secretary of the family Association. He has been collecting information about the family members and constantly updating the family history and tree. His records and count of family members has increased in the available database from 418 members to 1152 members. His efforts, dedication and work to the family are immeasurable.
Marwan Demachkieh is married to Hiam Mukaddam who is a Deputy Director at BLOM Bank in the Credits Department. They have three children:
- Nada, married to Samer Sweidan, is a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
- Ghina, married to Toufic Bawab, is an Internal Audit Manager the Mediterranean Bank.
- Huda, married to Shadi Bakhour, is an academic writing Professor at the American University of Sharjah.