2016 Business Speakers

2016 Business Summit Speakers and Honorable Guests

Dr. ALI AL RAKAF

FOUNDER

PROJECT CODE

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Dr. Ali Al Rakaf, founder of Project CODE; a program rooted in the pri ...

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GENERAL DAVID H. PETRAEUS

CHAIRMAN,

KKR GLOBAL INSTITUTE

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General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus is one of the most prominent U.S. mil ...

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AMBASSADOR R. JAMES WOOLSEY

PARTNER, LUX CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

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Amb. R. James Woolsey is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management ...

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HIS EXCELLENCY MINISTER TAREK KABIL

MINISTER OF INDUSTRY & FOREIGN TRADE,

ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

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Minister Tarek Kabil is the Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade of ...

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MS. ELLEN LORD

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,

TEXTRON SYSTEMS

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Ms. Ellen Lord was appointed president and chief executive office ...

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AMBASSADOR SUSAN L. ZIADEH

ACTING PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE, BUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS,

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Ambassador Susan L. Ziadeh assumed her duties as Acting Principal Depu ...

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MR. NAWAF ALTHARI

COUNTER-TERRORISM ADVISER,

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, PERMANENT MISSION TO THE

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Mr. Nawaf Althari is a United Nations (UN) counter-terrorism specialis ...

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AMBASSADOR WILLIAM V. ROEBUCK

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN,

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Ambassador William V. Roebuck was nominated by President Obama in June ...

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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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MR. MUNEER A. BAIG

FOUNDER & CEO,

SYSUSA, INC

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Muneer Baig, founder & CEO of SYSUSA Inc., has over two decades of exp ...

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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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MR. SETH PINSKY

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, FUND MANAGER,

METRO EMERGING MARKETS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR,

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Mr. Seth Pinsky serves as Executive Vice President and Investment Mana ...

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AMBASSADOR ADAM ARELI

FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN;

VICE CHAIRMAN, MERCURY PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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Ambassador Adam Ereli is Vice Chairman of the Washington, D.C. office ...

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MS. ANA C. ROLD

FOUNDER & PUBLISHER,

DIPLOMATIC COURIER

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Ms. Ana Carcani Rold is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief o ...

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AMBASSADOR DAWN M. LIBERI

REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Ambassador Dawn M. Liberi, a career member of the Senior Foreign Servi ...

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AMBASSADOR JAMES B. SMITH

FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

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Ambassador James B. Smith is president of C&M International, an affili ...

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AMBASSADOR MARC GINSBERG

FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR

MOROCCO

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Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former presidential adviser and United State ...

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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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AMBASSADOR FRANCES D COOK

CHAIRMAN,

SULTANATE OF OMAN

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Amb. Frances Cook heads her own international business consulting firm ...

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MR. TED BAILEY

FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN & CEO

DATAMINR

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Mr. Bailey has served as the company’s Chairman and CEO since foun ...

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HIS EXCELLENCY KARIM KAWAR

PRESIDENT

KAWAR GROUP

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Amb. Karim Kawar is the president of Kawar Group, and former Ambassado ...

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MR. TALAT Z. HAFIZ

SECRETARY GENERAL

SAUDI BANKS

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Mr. Talat Hafiz holds a master degree in Professional Accounting from ...

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MS. LAVONN SCHLEGEL

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

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Ms. LaVonn Schlegel is Executive Director of the Institute for Interna ...

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MR. VINICIUS CARVALHO PINHERIO

DIRECTOR, ILO OFFICE FOR THE UN

ILO OFFICE FOR THE UN

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Mr. Vinicius Carvalho Pinherio is the leading official responsible for ...

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MR. HUSSEIN KHALIFA

PARTNER

MVISION

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Mr. Hussein Khalifa is a Partner at MVision Private Equity Advisers US ...

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MR. THOMAS A.W. MILLER

DIPLOMATIC & GLOBAL BUSINESS LEAD

BLOOMBERG BNA

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Mr. Thomas Miller oversees client relations with the international dip ...

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MR. TOM SPEECHLEY

PARTNER & HEAD OF GLOBAL MARKETS

THE ABRAAJ GROUP

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Mr. Tom Speechley is a Partner at The Abraaj Group and Head of Global ...

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MR. PRADEEP RAMAMURTHY

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEAD OF GLOBAL MARKETS

ABRAAJ GROUP

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Mr. Pradeep Ramamurthy is a Managing Director of The Abraaj Group and ...

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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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MR. ROBERT J CASTRO

FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Mr. Robert Castro served at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of O ...

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MR. MATTHEW BISHOP

SENIOR EDITOR

THE ECONOMIST GROUP

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Mr. Matthew Bishop, senior editor, The Economist Group, is an award-wi ...

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MR. LORENZ R. SPANGLER

BOARD MEMBER

INSTITUTE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT

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Mr. Lorenz R. Spangler, CHMM, CDGP has more than 27 years of experienc ...

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MR. CENK SIDAR

PRESIDENT & CEO

SIDAR GLOBAL ADVISORS

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Mr. Cenk Sidar is the founder and CEO of Sidar Global Advisors (SGA), ...

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MR. FADI ELSALAMEEN

PRESIDENT

PALESTINIAN SECURITY PROJECT

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Mr. Fadi Elsalameen was born in Hebron in 1983 and moved to the U.S. i ...

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MR. ERFAN IBRAHIM

CENTER DIRECTOR

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LAB

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Dr. Erfan Ibrahim is the Center Director for Cyber-Physical Systems Se ...

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MR. OMAR WOHABE

PARTNER

WOHABE LAW OFFICES

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Mr. Omar Wohabe represents governmental, institutional and private cli ...

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MR. GEORGE R. SALEM

MANAGING PARTNER

GEORGE R. SALEM, PLLC

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Mr. George R. Salem established the Law Offices of George R. Salem, PL ...

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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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MS. LISA RENEE POMERANTZ

ATTORNEY

LAW- BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW AND DISPUTE RESOL

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Ms. Lisa Renee Pomerantz has more than thirty years of legal and dispu ...

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MR. PAUL DOHERTY

PRESIDENT & CEO

THE DIGIT GROUP

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Mr. Paul Doherty is a Registered Architect (AIA) and one of the global ...

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MR. KHUSH CHOKSY

VICE PRESIDENT FOR TURKEY

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Mr. Khush Choksy is vice president for Turkey, Middle East, and North ...

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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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DR. PETER B. deMENOCAL

PROFESSOR & VICE CHAIRMAN

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

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Dr. Peter B. deMenocal is Dean of Science for the College of Arts & Sc ...

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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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DR. PETER PALESE

CHAIR OF MICROBIOLOGY AND PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE

ICHAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT MOUNT SINAI

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Dr. Peter Palese is an internationally renowned microbiologist. He pio ...

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MS. AISHA Y. SALEM

INTELLECTUAL

U.S. EMBASSY KUWAIT,U.S. PATENT & TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Ms. Aisha Y. Salem is the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Intel ...

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MR. JOTHY ROSENBERG

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

DRAPER LABORATORY

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Mr. Rosenberg currently is Associate Director of the Cyber Systems Gro ...

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MR. AJ COLLETTI COLLETTI

CEO

PHOENIX GROUP, THE DIGIT GROUP.

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Mr. Colletti has for the past 7 years served the State of Qatar as the ...

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DR. FATEN SABRY

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

NERA ECONOMIC CONSULTING)

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DR. Faten Sabry is a Senior Vice President and Partner in the Securiti ...

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MS. AMAL BOUCHENAKI

COUNSEL

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS LLC

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Ms. Amal Bouchenaki is a dual qualified French and California atto ...

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HIS EXCELLENCY KARIM KAWAR

HIS EXCELLENCY

KAWAR GROUP; JORDAN AMBASSADOR (RET.)

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Amb. Karim Kawar is the president of Kawar Group, and former Ambassado ...

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MR. MOUNIR MARHABA

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & BUSINESS EXECUTIVE

KNOWLEDGE BROKER

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Mr. Mounir is an experienced, Canadian Certified Health Executive and ...

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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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MR. PAUL CAIAZZO

CO-FOUNDER, CEO & CHIEF SECURITY ARCHITECT

TRUSHIELD SECURITY SOLUTIONS

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Mr. Paul Caiazzo has dedicated his career to advancing the field of gl ...

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