Our Vision and Mission

CHE-ME acts as a catalyst for the cultural transformation throughout the Middle East. Our intention is to support forward thinkers who are activating new ways of thinking and doing, opening up the space for new possibilities for themselves, their communities, their countries and the region as a whole. We engage with leaders and organizations committed to enabling the development of an integrative regional perspective that can lead to sustainability, resilience and emergence.

Sustainability, Resilience, Emergence

“It's not that we need to form new organizations. It's simply that we have to awaken to new ways of thinking. I believe it makes no sense to spend a lot of time attacking the current realities. It is time to create the new models that have in them the complexity that makes the older systems obsolete. And to the extent that we can do that, and do that quickly, I think we can provide what will be necessary for a major breakthrough for the future.”

—Dr. Don Beck

About Center for Human Emergence Middle East

The Center for Human Emergance Midle East is a corporation organized in the state of California and is operated exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (Final 1023 advanced IRS ruling is currently pending.) Our projects are funded through donations from people like you who are interested in the success of this innovative Integral application in the Middle East.

The Primary function of the Center For Human Emergence-Middle East is to create the new models that have in them the complexity that makes the older systems obsolete. We identify the underlying value-systems codes that manifest in surface level behavior, thinking and beliefs. In doing so, we can construct methodologies and processes that are culturally appropriate and that will align and integrate all the activities to support the emergence of what is next for the region.

We are focused on identifying, honoring and aligning the underlying cultural codes of the region that contribute to the integration of humanity that has long been fragmented.

Our Perspective

The Middle East is at a pivotal time in its history, a cross roads in its evolution. Old ways no longer seem to be working and new ways have yet to fully emerge. Many solutions to the challenges in the region have been proposed. Some have been implemented, but none have been comprehensive enough to set the region on its way to long term peace, prosperity, and new possibilities for its people. Everyone living in the Middle East feels the need for change, and the world is watching and hoping for solutions that will lead the region towards reclaiming its place as a modern day "cradle of civilization."

This is the time that will set the tone for what's to come in the future. At this critical point in history, the Middle East is experiencing tension between break-down and break-through, tradition and innovation. New alliances are being formed that are based on shared values and worldviews, rather than merely on religion, ethnicity or geographic limitations. Old ways are fading and new ways are emerging—the lay of the land is shifting profoundly.

Welcome from the CEOElza Maalouf

I welcome you to our website!

The Center For Human Emergence-Middle East was established to fulfill a need that we have identified through our decades of work in the region, one that goes beyond research and assessment of conflict to real solutions that fit the culture. The Integral methodologies that we use in research, design and application are successfully applied throughout the world in conflict ridden countries as well as developed first world countries. Our focus is on what makes cultures evolve, change and emerge, and on defining the nature of change: Change from What to What?

Elza S. Maalouf is the co-founder and CEO of the Center for Human Emergence-Middle East. She was born in Lebanon and is a former attorney and business executive. Elza is now leading innovation within the Arab world to identify complex thinking that will unblock many of the stalemates and facilitate the emergence of Arabs into their 21st century Renaissance. She is engaged in various integral projects in Lebanon, Syria, Palestinian Territories and Kuwait.

Read Elza S. Maalouf's biography.

What makes our Center’s work unique is the use of the natural design model, pioneered by Dr Don Beck and based on his Spiral Dynamics integral (SDi) theory. This innovative systemic design empowers our partners in each country to lead with precision and resilience and to develop a clear vision for a brighter future.  Dr Jean Houston’s Social Artistry tools play a vital role in creating the appropriate sustainable development that moves the culture to more complex stages. These integrally designed initiatives are led by people from the culture who understand and live the challenges of their culture.

The closest matter to my heart is securing a better future for our young men and women. My work with young leaders from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Dubai and Iraq restores my faith in human emergence and makes me grow more hopeful of a brighter future for the whole region.

We invite you to engage with us in these projects and initiatives that are making a difference.

Join us,

Elza S. Maalouf

Board of Advisors

The Center for Human Emergence-Middle East Board of Advisors is fully engaged with our leadership in designing the pathways for emergence in the Middle East.

Dr. Don BeckDon E. Beck, Ph.D.

Dr. Don Beck is the Founder of the Global Center for Human Emergence and the National Values Center-Texas. He has developed a powerful, new conceptual system, called Spiral Dynamics integral: The Search for Human Cohesion in a World of Fragmentation. His model provides the essential process of integrating, aligning, and synergizing resources, especially at the community and local levels, to meet the needs of people at different stages of developing. Dr Beck is the coauthor of The Crucible: Forging South Africa's Future and Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership & Change.

Read Dr. Beck's biography.

Jean HoustonJean Houston, Ph.D.

Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is long regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. As Advisor to UNICEF in human and cultural development, she has worked to implement some of their extensive educational and health programs in different countries including Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Thailand. Dr. Houston prolific writer and author of 25 books including " A Passion for the Possible", "Search for the Beloved", "Life Force", "The Possible Human", "A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story", and "Manual of the Peacemaker" . Her website is: www.jeanhouston.org

Saïd DawlabaniSaïd E. Dawlabani

Mr. Dawlabani is The Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Human Emergence Middle East. A real estate developer turned social entrepreneur. He has a prominent 25-year career in the brokerage, development and investment counseling sectors of the real estate industry. He structured complex asset disposition strategies for notable clients such as the Resolution Trust Corporation, the FDIC, US Bankruptcy Court and the Bank of New England.  In addition to his development and brokerage work in Boston, Scottsdale, and San Diego, he advises a select circle of clients on long-term investment strategies. In recent years Mr. Dawlabani has been applying his vision to build sustainable capacities in people as well as sustainable habitats.


Fadwa Al-HomaiziFadwa Al-Homaizi

Fadwa Al-Homaizi is the co-founder and Chairwoman of Kout Food Group and the Co-Vice Chair of Al-Homaizi Group, a dominant market shareholder in various Kuwaiti and Middle Eastern industries from shipping and logistics to diversified consumer products. Mrs. Al-Homaizi is a prominent Kuwaiti business woman, a visionary leader in finance, international franchising, and creative innovation. Her dedication to excellence has led to a distinguished career that spans more than two decades—based on a unique framework that values the importance of people, principles, perseverance, and profit.