The Power of Forgiveness
Alexandra Asseily bio

Alexandra Asseily

Alexandra Asseily is a governor and founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Oxford and on the Board of the Guerrand Hermes Peace Foundation, Balamand University and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.  In 1978 she was co-ordinator of International Aid Organizations.

As witness of the pain of the civil war in Lebanon, (1975 to 1991), Alexandra Asseily decided to explore her own responsibility for war and peace and became a psychotherapist.  Her focus is conflict resolution- whether in the individual, family, tribe or nation. She helps people to transform beliefs and behaviour associated with painful memories and inherited experiences- from the smallest personal tragedy or illness to national traumatic events, past or present.

In August l997 she had a vision concerning the repetitive nature of conflict; that consciously and unconsciously held grievances are received by each new generation through an ancestral ‘contract’ that can only be released  through forgiveness and compassion. This vision inspired the Garden of Forgiveness in Lebanon to which Alexandra has been committed.   She has helped groups of internationally acclaimed archaeologists, architects (Gustafson Porter) and engineers to come together under Solidere’sleadership (the Central Beirut redevelopment company) and begin to construct this garden in the heart of Beirut among three cathedrals and three mosques.

Alexandra Asseily is a governor and founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Oxford and on the Board of the Guerrand Hermes Peace Foundation, Balamand University and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.  In 1978 she was co-ordinator of International Aid Organizations.

She is married to George Asseily O.B.E. and lives between Beirut and London.  She has five children and eleven grandchildren.