Argentina’s First Lady of Lebanese origin

November 23, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Baalbek – Juliana Awada, an Argentinian of Lebanese origin, has become Argentina’s First Lady after final results of the Argentinian presidential elections revealed the victory of Liberal Mauricio Macri, former mayor of the capital, Buenos Aires, as the country’s new President.

Macri has been married since 2010 to Awada, daughter of Lebanese emigrant from the city of Baalbek in the Bekaa, Ibrahim Awada, who in turn is married to Elsa Esther Baker, of Syrian origin.

The grandfather of the new Argentinian First Lady, who hails from the deeply-rooted Awada family in Baalbek, left his hometown 80 years ago to Argentina, in search of better life opportunities like many other Lebanese during that era.

Across the years, the family accumulated wealth and fortune, becoming prominent businessmen in Argentina after establishing one of the biggest fashion houses which carried the name “Awada” in the capital, Buenos Aires.

Juliana Awada graduated from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and worked alongside her husband, the newly-elected President, in political affairs and the implementation of his liberal policies in the country.