Mrs. Joelle Akiki Barkanian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance both from Middle East University. She is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration at Beirut Arab University. She is currently a business lecturer and has been for the past 9 years. She is also the academic advisor for Finance students at Middle East University. Joelle is a Lebanese married to Larry of Armenian origins, and together they have three children—James, Peter, and Katelyn.