Former Minister of Culture
Raymond (Rony) Araygi is a lawyer and a former Minister of Culture (2014-2016). Araygi graduated from Saint Joseph University and has been a member of the Beirut Bar since 1989. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Araygi & Maalouly Law Firm and is regularly consulted by major international law firms. Araygi’s areas of expertise cover commercial and civil law, taxation, public tenders, litigation before the Lebanese courts, as well as domestic and international arbitration.
In parallel, he has a strong experience in public affairs, having served several years as a Senior advisor to the Minister of Public Health (1996-1998 and 2000- 2004), the Minister of Agriculture (1998-2000) and the Minister of Interior and Municipalities (2004-2005).
In 2016, Araygi was awarded the “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” civilian distinction from the French Republic.