Lola Nashashibi Grace

Venture Philanthropist


Venture Philanthropist Lola Nashashibi Grace has led an active career in finance and is engaged in a number of philanthropic and community interests relating to education and biological research. Prior to spending 15 years in the investment management and financial advisory business as Managing Director of Sterling Grace Capital Management, she was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and First Boston in corporate finance.

In 2005, Lola founded the Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI), a non-for-profit focusing on women’s empowerment, economic development and educational programs for women and children victims of war in the Middle East. The programs have served tens of thousands of Syrian and Palestinian refugee women and children through its holistic comprehensive child-centered community development programs. MECI partners with UNICEF on education programs in Jordan.

Lola serves on the Advisory Board of Citi Private Bank EMEA. She is Honorary Trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a genetic and cancer research institute, where she served as Vice Chairman and Treasurer.  In Switzerland, she founded the Women in Science initiative for the Center for Integrated Genetics at the University of Lausanne. Recently, along with her husband, she co-founded the Impact Cancer Foundation to support innovative research and treatments in immunotherapy at the CHUV, UNIL and EPFL in Lausanne.

Lola is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women Moving Millions and received the global humanitarian Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.

She received BA, MA and MBA degrees from Stanford University.