Charles Chikhani was born on November 27th, 1978
in Beirut, Lebanon to his father Samir Antoine
Chikhani and his mother Noha Emile Azar. He was
the eldest of 3 children. With brother Marc and
Lea the youngest.
Charles went to primary school at the College
Des Soeurs Des Saints Coeurs in Ain Najem, then
at the College Saint Joseph Antoura. He then
finished his secondary school at the College Des
Soeurs Du Rosaire in Mansouriet-El-Metn, where
he obtained the French Baccalaureat in
Literature, Option Mathemathiques, in the June
1998 session. (His Philosophy grade at the
Baccalaureat was 17/20, reflecting the broad
culture he possessed.)
He completed his university studies at USEK,
obtaining a Bachelor of Finance in 2001.
Since his teenage years he undertook all sorts
of social activities, ranging from boy scout to
personal tutor, he always extended a helping
hand out for those in need…
At the age of 18, along with his studies, he
started working to earn some pocket money.
Between the ages of 22 to 24, he worked for
various companies so as to acquire work
In October 2003, he joined CERAM de Sophia
Antipolis-France, one of the most prestigious
business schools, based in the heart of the
biggest European Technopole. He graduated with a
Master in New Financial Technologies of
Information and Communication (NTIC).
Wanting to join his brother and being as
inquisitive as he was, he did an exchange
semester at Concordia Business School-Montreal,
In October 2005, he came back to Lebanon and
started hunting for the job suiting his profile;
he was hired by the multinational “Integration
Marketing and Communication,” that shut down
operations in Lebanon following the
Lebanese-Israeli war during the summer of 2006.
He refused to be transferred to the team in
Cyprus because he wished to stay in Lebanon.
In September 2006, he started working for GDS-GlobalCom
Data Services. After completing his 3 months
trial period, he was confirmed as Financial
On the evening of September 19th, 2007, in Sin
el Fil, as he was going back home from the
office at around 5.10 pm, he was hit by a bomb
targeting MP Antoine Ghanem. Charles was killed
on the spot.
A happy childhood, a glimmering intelligence
(highest IQ amongst more than 3000 students at
his school Antoura, before reaching high
school), and brilliant studies & track record,
summarise Charles Chikhani.
We will always remember his beautiful smile, his
affability, his friendly character and his love
for peace, arts, culture and social work.