President and Founder of the Lebanese for Lebanon Foundation
Sami ElKadi is the president and founder of the Lebanese for Lebanon Foundation, a U.S. non-profit organization, and the owner of Kadi Enterprises Inc., a food distribution company in California.
Sami ElKadi, a true believer in an independent, democratic, and sovereign Lebanon, was forced into exile by the Syrian army in 1988 for his role in organizing a demonstration at AUB against Syrian interference and abuse in Lebanon.
In 2005, he founded the Lebanese for Lebanon Foundation after the assassination of Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri, to promote a free, democratic, and sovereign Lebanon. His goal was to use all available resources to free Lebanon from Syrian occupation. Today, he hopes to work towards freeing Lebanon from Iranian influence and interference.
Throughout his journey, Sami has maintained contact with U.S. officials at the State Department, the NSC, U.S. Department of Defense, various legislative offices, policymakers, and Lebanese community leaders to find common ground that serves the interests of both the United States and Lebanon.
On September 24, 2008, Sami organized a briefing with the Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC) on Syrian Human Rights abuses in Syria and against the Lebanese. He was able to produce expert witnesses, some of whom were victims of Syrian regime torture and extensive human rights violations.
Through the Lebanese for Lebanon Foundation, Sami has held several events to help finance students from low-income families to further their education at the universities of their choice.
During the pandemic, Sami organized multiple meetings and events to support several hospitals in Lebanon. As a result of such efforts, numerous hospitals were provided with medical equipment, such as ICU beds, medication, and PPE supplies. Physicians, nurses, and other key employees received retention plans as well.
To this day, Sami ElKadi hopes to continue his journey in helping the people of Lebanon and the Middle East in any way he can.