2014 Business Speakers

2014 Business Summit Speakers and Honorable Guests

MR. RANSEL N. POTTER

FOUNDER, MANAGING PARTNER

C3 SUMMIT, LLC

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Mr. Ransel N. Potter has been a guest speaker at financial events in t ...

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MS. MONA ABOELNAGA KANAAN

MANAGING PARTNER

K6 INVESTMENTS LLC.

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Ms. Mona Kanaan has been a successful serial entrepreneur and investor ...

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AMBASSADOR PATRICK N. THEROS

FORMER AMBASSADOR QATAR

PRESIDENT, US-QATAR BUSINESS COUNCIL

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Ambassador Patrick Nickolas Theros assumed the office of President of ...

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MR. MOHAMMED BARAKAT

MANAGING DIRECTOR

US-QATAR BUSINESS COUNCIL

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Mr. Mohammed Barakat assumed his position as Director at the US-Qatar ...

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MS. LAURA LOMBARD

PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA CONSULTANTS ASSOCIATION

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Ms. Laura Lombard is the founding President and Executive Director of ...

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MR. KEN DORPH

PRESIDENT & CEO

SAG HARBOR CONSULTING

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Mr. Ken Dorph is a leading global expert in financial institution and ...

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MR. ROBERT MICHAEL

CHAIRMAN

NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION

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Mr. Robert E. Michael, a globally recognized expert on Islamic Finance ...

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MR. GEORGE LIKOUREZOS

PARTNER

CARTER, DELUCA, FARRELL & SCHMIDT LLP

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Mr. George Likourezos is a patent attorney and partner at the intellec ...

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MR. RON BRUDER

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

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Mr. Ron Bruder is an American entrepreneur and advocate for increased ...

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MS. PAIGE PETERSON

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT HUNTSMAN CANCER INSTITUTE

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON U.S. ARAB RELATIONS

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The Huntsman Cancer Institute, founded by Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., is a l ...

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DR. JOHN DUKE ANTHONY

FOUNDING PRESIDENT & CEO

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON U.S.-ARAB RELATIONS

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Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Of ...

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MS. RANDA EL-SAYED HAFFAR

DIRECTOR

ELMER AND MAMDOUHA BOBST FOUNDATION

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Randa El-Sayed Haffar is an AUB trustee since 2011 and an AUB graduate ...

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DR. MICHAEL MORGAN

PRESIDENT, ST. MARK’S WORLD

FOUNDER, AMERICAN PULSE

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Dr. Morgan moved to New York in year 2000 and graduated from New York ...

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MS. RANDA FAHMY HUDOME

PRESIDENT

FAHMY HUDOME INTERNATIONAL

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As an internationally recognized expert in Middle East and North Afric ...

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MR. KARIM BABAY

FOUNDER, MANAGING PARTNER AND CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

IVIP CAPITAL

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Mr. Babay founded Intrinsic Value Investment Partners (IVIP) in 2009 a ...

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MR. HUSSAIN A. QARAGHOLI

PRESIDENT OF THE US BUSINESS COUNCIL

IRAQ

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Hussain Qaragholi is President and Executive Director of the United St ...

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MS. JUDITH BARNETT

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

THE BARNETT GROUP, LLC

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Judith Barnett (Founder & CEO, The Barnett Group) Judith Barnett bega ...

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MR. EDWARD BURTON

CHEIF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT

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Edward Burton was appointed President and Managing Director of the U.S ...

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MR. JASON B. SCHER

ASSOCIATE, CARTER, DELUCA

FARRELL & SCHMIDT LLP

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Jason B. Scher received a B.S., Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in ...

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MR. JASON J. POULOS

ASSOCIATE, CARTER, DELUCA

FARRELL & SCHMIDT, LLC

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Jason Poulos received a B.E. Computer Engineering, Stevens Institute o ...

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MR. MICHAEL R. BREW

PARTNER, CARTER, DELUCA

FARRELL & SCHMIDT LLP

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Michael Brew received a B.S., Biology, Cornell University, 1988; J.D., ...

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MR. KEN CLOSE

CEO & FOUNDING PARTNER

THE QUINCY GROUP

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Mr. Close is the CEO and Founding Partner of The Quincy Group and a sp ...

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MR. FAREED OSMAN

CHAIRMAN

ANTIGRAVITY GROUP

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Fareed Osman is Chairman of the Antigravity Group, a holdings firm wit ...

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MR. TODD P. SCHWARTZ

DEPUTY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE

COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE)

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Todd Schwartz is the Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and ...

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MR. KHALAF AHMED AL HABTOOR

CHAIRMAN

AL HABTOOR GROUP, UAE

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Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor is a prominent and highly respected citizen of ...

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HONOURABLE EMMA HIPPOLYTE

MINISTER OF COMMERCE

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, INVESTMENT AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, SAINT LUCIA

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Honorable Emma Hippolyte, OBE, is a Certified General Accountant CGA; ...

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MR. EHAB Al SHIHABI

CEO

AL JAZEERA AMERICAS

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Ehab Al Shihabi is the interim Chief Executive Officer of Al Jazeera A ...

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MS. HAIFA FAHOUM AL KALYANI

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

ARAB INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FORUM

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Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman, Arab International Women's ...

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MR. H.E. NASSIR ABDULAZIZ-AL-NASSIR

FORMER PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF QATAR

PRESIDENT OF THE SIXTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser is a Qatari diplomat and the former permane ...

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MR. HRH PRINCE ABDULAZIZ BIN TALA BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD

MEMBER

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, NATIONAL COUNCIL ON U.S.-ARAB RELATIONS

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HRH Prince Abdulaziz is a Member of the International Advisory Committ ...

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AMBASSADOR MOHAMMAD AL HUSSAINI AL SHARIF

CHEIF REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED STATES

LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES

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Mohammed Al Hussaini Al Sharif is a career Saudi diplomat for more tha ...

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MS. SUSAN PETERS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA

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Susan Peters has a long history in nonprofit management and developmen ...

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MR. PAUL SUTPHIN

DIRECTOR, MIDDLE EAST PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Paul Sutphin has served as Director for the Middle East Partnership In ...

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MR. AMERICO "MACK" TADEU

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

ADVOCACY CENTER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

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Mack Tadeu is currently Deputy Director of the Advocacy Center at the ...

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MR. STEVE LUTES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Steve Lutes is Director of Middle East and North Africa Affairs at the ...

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MR. TALAL M. AL KAISSI

CHIEF OF STAFF & ADVISOR TO THE COMMERCIAL COUNCSELOR

UAE EMBASSY'S TRADE & COMMERCIAL OFFICE

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Talal M. Al Kaissi was appointed Chief of Staff & Advisor to the Comme ...

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MR. ROB QUARTEL

CEO & CHAIRMAN

NTEL·X, INC

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Rob Quartel is a former United States Federal Maritime Commissioner a ...

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MR.DANNY E. SEBRIGHT

PRESIDENT

U.S.-U.A.E. BUSINESS COUNCIL

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Danny E. Sebright was appointed in June 2008 to the position of Presid ...

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MS. AIDA ARAISSI

FOUNDER AND CHEIF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BILATERAL US-ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Aida Araissi founded the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in 1997 ...

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MR. WILLIAM KEPPLER

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

BOARD ADVISOR, C3 SUMMIT LLC

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Bill Keppler serves C3 International as a Senior Associate, promoting ...

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MS. LISA ANDERSON

PRESIDENT

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO

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Lisa Anderson (CASA '76) was appointed president of The American Unive ...

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MS. GAYLE JENNINGS-O-BYRNE

VICE PRESIDENT

JP MORGAN CHASE FOUNDATION

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Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne implements the firm's philanthropic vision to b ...

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MS. AMAT AL ALIM ALSOSWA

MANAGING DIRECTOR

THE EXECUTIVE BUREAU FOR THE ACCELERATION OF AID ABSORPTION AND SUPPORT FOR POLICY REFORMS

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Amat Al Alim Alsoswa is a Yemeni leader and activist, who is presently ...

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MR. MOHAMMED ELKHASHAB

CEO & PRESIDENT

REACH MEDIA INC

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Mohamed Elkhashab has been the CEO and President of Reach Media Inc. ...

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MS. RAHILLA ZAFAR

AUTHORARAB WOMEN RISING

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Rahilla Zafar is co-author of the book 'Arab Women Rising' which profi ...

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MR. ERIC A. SAVAGE

SHAREHOLDER

LITTLER MENDELSON

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Eric Savage is a shareholder in New York City office of the largest ma ...

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MS. CHEMA GARGOURI

CEO

CENTER FOR APPLIED TRAINING, TUNISIA

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Chéma Gargouri has, over the past 18 years, developed an expertise in ...

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MR. FUAD M. SAHOURI

PRESIDENT AND CEO

SAHOURI INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL

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Fuad Sahouri is the President and CEO of Sahouri Insurance and Financi ...

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MR. WALID G. MANSOUR

MANAGING PARTNER

MIDDLE EAST VENTURE PARTNERS, BEIRUT, LEBANON

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Walid Mansour has more than 12 years of experience in venture capital ...

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MS. HALA EL BARKOUKY

FOUNDER & MANAGIBG PARTNER

ALLIED BUSINESS CONSULTANTS, CAIRO, EGYPT

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Hala El Barkouky is founder and managing partner of Allied Business Co ...

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MS. LAURA OWEN

FOUNDER & CEO

PONSICO

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Ponscio is a social networking site that connects and advances women e ...

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Dr. ANDREW SCOTT COOPER

AUTHOR

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Steeped on US-Iran relations and American oil diplomacy in the Persian ...

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MS. HALA FADEL

CHAIRMAN

MIT ENTERPRISE FORUM OF PAN-ARAB REGION, FUND MANAGER,COMGEST

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Hala Fadel started and chairs the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab ...

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MR. RICHARD HOBSON

VICE PRESIDENT

OLAYAN AMERICA, NEW YORK-BASED AFFILIATE OF THE OLAYAN GROUP

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Prior to joining Olayan in 1993, Mr. Hobson held positions at the Saud ...

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MR. MARK JAFFE

PRESIDENT & CEO

GREATER NEW YORK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Mark Jaffe is an attorney and serves as corporate counsel for the NYC ...

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MS. JESSICA BRUDER

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM JOURNALIST & AUTHOR

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Jessica Bruder teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Jou ...

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MR. UMAR FAROOQ

MANAGING PARTNER

FAROOQ & Co LLC

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Umar Farooq has substantial experience advising clients on corporate j ...

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Dr. AARON A. SALZBERG

SPECIAL COORDINATER FOR WATER RESOURCES

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Aaron Salzberg serves as the Special Coordinator for Water Resources a ...

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MR. RICHARD W. WESTERDALE, II

DIRECTOR, POLICY ANALYSIS AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Richard ("Rick") Westerdale has over twenty years of experience in the ...

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MS. RULA SHUNNAR

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE

PALESTINE & JORDAN, SILATECH

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Rula Shunnar has over 20 years of experience in Project Management, Pr ...

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AMBASSADOR STUART BECK

UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR FOR OCEANS AND SEAS

REPUBLIC OF PALAU

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Stuart Beck graduated from Harvard College in 1968 and Yale Law School ...

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MR. FATHI SAEED

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHAIRMAN

YEMEN BUSINESS CLUB

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Fathi Saeed is a leader in a well-known business family in Yemen, HSA ...

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MR. RADWEN TEKAYA

SENIOR DIRECTOR

CARE EU Operations EFE-TUNISIE, TUNISIA

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Radwen Tekaya is a dynamic Tunisian business leader who expressed str ...

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MS. PAMELA P. FLAHERTY

PRESIDENT & CEO, DIRECTOR

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, CITI

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Pamela Flaherty is a longtime Citi employee who has held various line ...

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MR. RICHARD WILSON

PRESIDENT

SAUDI-US TRADE GROUP SUSTG

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Richard Wilson is President of the Saudi-US Trade Group, a U.S. regist ...

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MR. JEAN R. ABINADER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MOROCCAN AMERICAN TRADE & INVESTMENT CENTER (MATIC)

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Jean AbiNader has spent his career promoting stronger political, strat ...

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MR. EMILIO WILLIAMS-LOPEZ

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER

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Before, joining University of Chicago Medicine, E.M. Williams-Lopez se ...

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Dr. DAVID PAUSHTER

M.D CHAIRMAN

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICINE

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Prior to his chairmanship, Dr. Paushter served as the Department's Vic ...

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MR. MICHAEL BROWN

VICE PRESIDENT NETWORK DEVELOPMENT

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICINE

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Mike Brown is responsible for the development of off campus clinical v ...

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MR. MOHAMMED A. AYOUB

B.A. (HONS) ARCH., D.ARCH, ARB,AIA, RIBA

LEAD DESIGN PRINCIPAL, HDR STUDIO

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An award winning Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Ar ...

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MR. HENRI ASSEILY

PARTNER

LEAP VENTURES, BEIRUT, LEBANON

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Henri Asseily is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in inter ...

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MR.DAVID S. ROSE

CEO

GUST

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David Rose is an investor in startup technology companies and founder ...

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MS. CHRISTINE QUIGLEY

COUNSEL

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Christine T. Quigley is admitted to practice before the Courts of the ...

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MS. KATIE BLOT

PRESIDENT

BLACKBOARD

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Katie Blot leads a team of over 1,000 educators, technologists, manage ...

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MS. LISA BALTER-SAACKS

VICE PRESIDENT

GUST

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Lisa Saacks is in charge of all business development and strategic par ...

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MS. PETER FORD

COO

GULFTAINER, UAE

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Peter Ford joined the Gulftainer Group of companies as its Global COO ...

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MR. GRAHAM MACMILLAN

SENIOE PROGRAM MANAGER FOR FINANCIAL INCLUSION

CITI FOUNDATION

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Graham Macmillan is responsible for leading Citi Foundation's internat ...

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Dr. SAMAR ALSAGGAF

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCE PROGRAMS

SAUDI ARABIAN CULTURAL MISSION

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Dr. Samar Alsaggaf has served as academic lecturer and physician with ...

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Dr. HUSAM H. BALKHY

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SURGERY

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICINE

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Dr. Husam H. Balkhy, is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive a ...

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MR. DAVID HOIDAL

PARTNER

MEDPOINT HEALTH PARTNERS

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David Hoidal received his Masters in Health Administration at the Univ ...

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MR. ROBERT STARBUCK

CEO

MIGRATE BUSINESS SERVICES

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Robert Starbuck heads the build out and development of Migrate Busines ...

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MR. MOHAMMED BARAKAT

DIRECTOR

US-QATAR BUSINESS COUNCIL

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Mohammed Barakat assumed his position as Director at the US-Qatar Busi ...

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MR. MICHAEL SAHOURI

VICE PRESIDENT

SAHOURI INSURANCE & FINANCIAL

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Michael Sahouri plays a crucial role in establishing new business oppo ...

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MS. AMANI AL-KHATAHTBEH

MEDIA RELATIONS SPECIALIST

AMERICAN-ARAB ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE

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Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the media relations specialist of the American- ...

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MS. WIDED FAKRAOUI

CUSTOMER REPRESENTATIVE

VISTAPRINT, ALUMNA, EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT, TUNISIA

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Wided Fakraoui is a 24 year old from the central Tunisian town of Kass ...

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MR. DANNY E. SEBRIGHT

PRESIDENT

U.S.-U.A.E. BUSINESS COUNCIL

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Danny E. Sebright was appointed in June 2008 to the position of Presid ...

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MR. JASON SCHER

ASSOCIATE

CARTER, DELUCA, FARRELL & SCHMIDT LLP

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Mr. Jason B. Scher received a B.S., Mechanical Engineering with a Mino ...

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MR. MOHAMMED B.A. A. AYOUB

(HONS) ARCH., D.ARCH, ARB,AIA, RIBA

LEAD DESIGN PRINCIPAL, HDR STUDIO

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An award winning Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Ar ...

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