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Vol 1 2015


AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Newsletter ‘Connecting’ US & UAE Business

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ABOUT AMCHAM ABU DHABI AmCham Abu Dhabi, the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi, is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. The mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium size companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the US and UAE.

CONTENTS AmCham Board of Directors ..............................................


Features member Focus: Interview with Robert harward .................... 8 Highlights AmCham Abu dhabi 6th annual roundtable Summit ................ 10 AmCham abu dhabi and the pakistan business council co-host the Annual business groups forum ......................... 12 AmCham ABU dhabi excellence awards ................................. 16 Amcham abu dhabi hosts amcham Mena Women in business awards ............................................................................. 19

The Board of Directors is elected annually by members and includes four officers and 11 members at large. The Chairman of the Board is the spokesperson for the membership. AmCham Abu Dhabi is managed by an Executive Director and professional staff.

New Members ..................................................................... 25


EVENTS GALLERY ................................................................... 37

Theresa F. Weber Executive Director director@amchamabudhabi.org Christina Struller Membership Director membership@amchamabudhabi.org Christina Villaluz Accounting and Membership Manager accounts@amchamabudhabi.org Janelle Pfluger Events Coordinator events@amchamabudhabi.org Natasha Consolati Communications Coordinator communications@amchamabudhabi.org Zenaida Carpio Administrative Coordinator admin@amchamabudhabi.org Muhammed Ali Office Administrator office@amchamabudhabi.org

Upcoming events & Sponsorship Opportunity ................................................... 43

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AmCHam abu dhabi hosts idex kick-off breakfast ................. 22

Tawasol - VOL 1 2015 Newsletter Team Communications Coordinator - Natasha Consolati AmCham Interns - Hesham Abdulla, Nushmia Shafique Editorial Submissions: AmCham Abu Dhabi Trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi P.O. Box 43710, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. T: +971 2 631 3604 F: +971 2 633 0489 E: communications@amchamabudhabi.org W: www.AmChamAbuDhabi.org Copyright 2015 AmCham Abu Dhabi




Matthew E. Byrd Peter Rafferty Roy Panzarella Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi Treasurer, AmCham Abu Dhabi Vice Chairman, President and CEO Senior Fund Manager AmCham Abu Dhabi Gulf Alliance Company, Abu Dhabi Investment Vice President A Perot Company Authority Corporate Business Development Lockheed Martin Global Inc

John Habib Secretary, AmCham Abu Dhabi Managing Partner Qasimi Law Partners MENA



Souad Al Hosani President Nexus Business Services

Sana Bagersh CEO BrandMoxie

Marry Corrado Country Director AMIDEAST

Wesley Covell Vice President Middle East Operations Harris Corporation

Lina El Labban-Lampkin Programs Manager Abu Dhabi Education Council

Sharief Fahmy CEO, MGE Senior Advisor, F&E Group

Saeed Ghanim Vice President MGE

Marc Harrison CEO Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

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Timothy J. Richards Managing Director, Government Affairs & Policy, MENAT Region General Electric

Elias Sayah President Sayah Engineering MENA

Maurice Wingo Director of Marketing & Commercial Dolphin Energy

Theresa F. Weber Executive Director AmCham Abu Dhabi

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis Auditor, AmCham Abu Dhabi Partner Alliot Hadi Shahid

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America

Danny E. Sebright President US-UAE Business Council

Non-Voting Members

John E. Simmons Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Gulf and Counselor for Commercial Affairs U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi

Honorary Members

Barbara A. Leaf Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates

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Abu Dhabi is changing

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realizing opportunity www.mubadala.ae

Harnessing the region’s natural resources, we look to engage in energy, capital and technology intensive opportunities that yield competitive financial returns and help to diversify the economic base of Abu Dhabi. Utilizing the knowledge and experience of our world class partners, we are working to ensure a prosperous future for Abu Dhabi and its people.



Robert Harward

Chief Executive Officer Lockheed Martin Global Inc.

Q. Lockheed has had a presence in the UAE for quite some time. Can you tell us a little about the company’s history here? A. Lockheed Martin is a trusted partner here in the UAE with more than 50 years of experience. During that time we have developed an understanding of how to work with government and industry to achieve national goals and have demonstrated our commitment to developing business ventures, strategic initiatives and mutually beneficial local partnerships. Q. What project of Lockheed’s in the UAE are you most proud of? A. From tactical aircraft and integrated air and missile defense to cyber security and airport management systems, we are bringing proven performance to our partners in the region, whether in the defense or commercial sectors. Partnerships are a great force multiplier and bring the best insights and innovations into alliance, promote local jobs and drive global economic growth. In this respect I am particularly proud of our recently opened Center for Innovation and Security Solutions in Masdar City. This state-of-the-art facility will facilitate development of further partnerships between Lockheed Martin and our UAE colleagues, enabling us to more easily work together to leverage innovation in order to enhance the security of the UAE. It’s the first Lockheed Martin collaboration center of its kind outside the United States and a symbol of our confidence in the progress we can make when we’re working together. Q. What is your favorite aspect of working for Lockheed Martin? A. Lockheed Martin is a company whose mission is to solve complex challenges, advance scientific discovery and deliver innovative solutions to help our partners keep their citizens safe and provide them with essential services. If you think about the challenges facing our world today, from climate change to resource scarcity, I’m proud to be working for a global technology leader with an unwavering sense of purpose to push the boundaries of scientific discovery and deliver products and capabilities our partners need at a price they can afford. But what makes my job so particularly rewarding is being here in UAE with partners I have worked so closely with for over 20 years achieving our mutual National Security objectives. Q. As an organization that is well established here, what advice would you give to other organization that wants to enjoy similar longevity in the UAE? A. At a time when budgets are flat or declining in many industrial sectors, working collaboratively and fostering positive customer relationships are more important than ever before. Knowing your customer or partner well is a 8

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pre-requisite. Take time to understand local culture and how to work with the government, industry and academia to help achieve their strategic goals. Q. What is the most important lesson you have had to learn as a leader? A. Trust in people, so that they can believe in you! Q. What do you do to relax after work? A. Working out, golf, parachuting and any competition, including chess and backgammon. Q. How did you get your start with Lockheed? A. Sheer blind luck. Q. Lockheed was recently nominated for the AmCham Bridge of Excellence award – In your opinion, what three things does any company need to succeed? A. To succeed in the UAE, as in many other global markets, a company should not only be sensitive to specific business and cultural needs, but also demonstrate a willingness to listen and be prepared to help advance local industry or academia through joint ventures, university partnerships and community projects. Q. What developments would you like to see to further US-UAE relations? A. The United Arab Emirates and United States already have a deep relationship underpinned by strong bilateral trade and investment, and shared economic interests. AmCham plays an important role in sustaining this position. Building on this already strong foundation, we could perhaps help the UAE strengthen western awareness that is one of the most open and innovative economies in the world with a government that is committed to the promotion of regional political stability, peace and economic growth.

Call for submissions: Do you have something you would like to share with AmCham Abu Dhabi members? We accept submission of articles from members, although inclusion in the newsletter is not guaranteed. Submit information to communications@amchamabudhabi.org.

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AmCham Abu Dhabi hosts 6th Annual Roundtable Summit with a Keynote Address by the UAE Minister of Economy

Left to Right: AmCham Abu Dhabi Falcon Members, Dr. Sami Alom, Chief Strategic Officer, Al Noor Hospitals Group; Timothy Richards, Managing Director, Government Affairs and Policy, MENAT, General Electric; Roy Panzarella, Vice Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi; HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy; The Honorable Michael Corbin, US Ambassador to the UAE and Robert Harward, Chief Executive Officer UAE, Lockheed Martin Global Inc.

Over 150 leading business executives, entrepreneurs, academics and government officials gathered at the Yas Viceroy for AmCham Abu Dhabi’s 6th Annual Roundtable Summit, October 26, 2014. The event, hosted by AmCham Abu Dhabi Vice Chairman Roy Panzarella, featured a keynote address by the UAE Minister of Economy HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori. In his speech, the Minister of Economy reiterated the important role that business communities in the two countries play in promoting prevailing friendly ties. His Excellency Saeed Al Mansoori said: “The UAE-US bilateral relationship has evolved over the years to include partnerships in key areas of mutual interest, such as trade, commerce, education, financial services, aviation, and many others. US-UAE trade reached $26 billion in 2013 and UAE is the top destination for American exports in the entire MENA region.” The Minister said: “The UAE’s advanced economic infrastructure and business-friendly environment make our country an ideal economic partner for US-based businesses looking to accelerate investments and forge symbiotic ties in the region.” “The UAE today boasts one of the most dynamic and diversified economies in the world. We have successfully reduced the country’s dependence on oil with the sector’s contribution to the nation’s GDP standing at just 31 percent. A strategy to bring this down to 20 percent has already been set in motion with the country aspiring to become a knowledge-based sustainable economy. The UAE is keen to ensure a 5 percent contribution from the innovation and knowledge sector to the GDP by 2021.” “AmCham Abu Dhabi is honored to host Minister Al Mansoori at our most important business event of the year,” said Roy Panzarella, Vice Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi. “We expect that the results of this Summit will enhance the strong commercial relations between the US and UAE” 10

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The nine roundtable sessions, led by top industry executives, met to discuss the challenges to trade and investment in Abu Dhabi, propose potential solutions, and identify the key stakeholders necessary to implement them. The following sectors were covered at the Summit: 1) Banking and Finance; 2) Communication, Arts & Culture; 3) Defense, Aerospace & Security; 4) Education and Professional Training; 5) Energy, Water, Oil & Gas; 6) Engineering, Construction & Project Management; 7) Healthcare & Insurance; 8) Hospitality and Tourism; and 9) Information Technology. The issues and recommendations identified in each of the nine industry sectors will be compiled into a Roundtable Report that will be presented to US and UAE policymakers and government officials. The feedback seeks to make US business more competitive in Abu Dhabi and increase trade and investment between the US and UAE. AmCham Abu Dhabi, which has been conducting Roundtable sessions since 2003, is a pioneer in the field promoting dialogues that impact US business and trade in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Left to Right: Summit attendees in the Energy, Water, Oil & Gas breakout session discussing challenges and opportunities for the upcoming year; Attendees break for lunch and to network in the beautiful Yas Viceroy Ballroom

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AmCham Abu Dhabi and the Pakistan Business Council host Annual Business Groups Forum with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Over 500 leading business executives, entrepreneurs, government officials and industry leaders gathered on December 10th at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers for the 14th Annual Business Groups Forum. The Business Groups Forum, established in 2001, is an annual event that aims to strengthen the ties between Abu Dhabi’s diverse business groups, that collectively represent thousands of companies operating within the UAE, and facilitate opportunities for collaboration and networking between them. It celebrates the contribution of the business groups in promoting trade and commerce in Abu Dhabi by holding a trade show in the afternoon followed by a gala dinner in the evening. Dignitaries in attendance included His Excellency Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of Foreign Trade and Industry at the Ministry of Economy, His Excellency Ibrahim Al-Mahmood, First Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber and Ambassadors from many countries. The 2014 Forum’s theme “Innovation for Business Growth” highlighted the important components of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 in building a sustainable, knowledge based economy. Key sectors highlighted at the Forum included: Financial Services, Healthcare, Education, Media, Telecommunications, Tourism, Transportation and Trade. AmCham Abu Dhabi Vice Chairman, Roy Panzarella, remarked in his opening speech, “With the UAE government’s announcement that 2015 will be the Year of Innovation, we are proud to co­host this event which highlights the contributions of international business groups.”


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The forum took place after the traditional Business Groups Trade Show, which gave the 26 business groups that participated the opportunity to exhibit the various advantages and opportunities available in their home countries. A colorful mix of cultural icons, national dress, handicrafts, and business opportunities, the trade show was widely announced to be the best to date by those who attended. As well as providing the various business groups of Abu Dhabi the platform to recruit new members, the forum, which was free and open to the public, was also an excellent opportunity for the members of different business groups to interact and network. From left to right: A stunning display of local handiwork from the Abu Dhabi Women’s Council; H.E. Grace Relucio Princesa, Ambassador to the UAE from the Philippines and HE Pablo Kang, Ambassador to the UAE from Australia with representatives of the Philippine, Australian, American and Pakistan Business Groups. Martha and George Washington manned the AmCham booth; The Pakistan Business Council had a great display. Representatives of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry with AmCham Board Members and staff, in front of the AmCham Booth.

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AmCham Abu Dhabi Celebrates the 5th Annual Excellence Awards At AmCham Abu Dhabi’s 5th Annual Excellence Awards and 15th Annual Charity Gala, over 300 top business executives and government officials came together to recognize leading U.S. and U.A.E. companies, institutions and entrepreneurs for their dedication to strengthening U.S.-U.A.E. commercial relations. The finalists were honored Friday, January 30, with an evening gala at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, sponsored by Al Noor Hospitals Group and other generous supporters.


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Airline Woman in Business Award Janice Phillips

Media Partner Gold

Silver Falcon Individual Award Dr. Kassem Alom




Falcon Organization Award Etihad Airways



Bridge of Excellence Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Thirst Quencher

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AmCham Abu Dhabi hosts the 3rd Annual AmCham MENA Women in Business Awards The AmCham Abu Dhabi Excellence Awards featured four additional awards this year, where the winners of the 3rd Annual AmCham MENA Women in Business Awards were honored. The AmCham MENA Regional Council represents nine AmChams: Abu Dhabi, UAE, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. AmCham Abu Dhabi is the current Chair of the Council, and had the honor of hosting the AmCham MENA Regional Council Women in Business Awards, which recognize notable achievements on the part of women in the Middle East and North Africa region. This includes top female talent from the corporate world, entrepreneurs and civil society, whose achievements have set the benchmark for others to follow. This year, a new category has been introduced to recognize companies with effective gender diversity programs in place within the MENA region. The winners of the four awards were:

Best Woman in the Corporate Sector was awarded to Nadia Al Saeed, CEO, Bank El Etihad (Jordan), for her impressive contributions to Jordan in both the public and private sectors.

Best Woman Entrepreneur was awarded to Sarah Beydoun, Founder and Creative Director, Sarah’s Bag – A Social Entrepreneurship Business (Lebanon), a fashion boutique that re-trains former prisoners as designers.

Best Woman in the Non-Profit Sector was awarded to Rania Fahmy, Founder & Director, Banati Foundation (Egypt), for her work with at-risk youths.

The new category, Best Company for Women to Work for was awarded to General Motors (Egypt) for their outstanding commitment to developing female potential within their company.

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AmCham Abu Dhabi hosts IDEX 2015 Kick-off Breakfast with Keynote Address by Under Secretary of Defense, Frank Kendall

Left to Right: US Ambassador to the UAE, The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf; US Under Secretary of Defense, Frank Kendall and AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman, Matthew E. Byrd.

AmCham Abu Dhabi held a high level kick-off breakfast on February 22, 2015 at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa, just before the opening of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015. Over 300 AmCham Abu Dhabi members and guests attended, including senior US and UAE military officers, government officials, and leading defense executives. The highlight of the industry focused event was a riveting keynote address by US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, on the importance of military and industry cooperation. The AmCham Abu Dhabi IDEX Kick-off Breakfast is held on the first day of IDEX to facilitate networking and collaboration between locally based companies in the sector and visiting US aerospace and defense industry executives. Attending this high-profile event has become a tradition among US military leaders, diplomats and local and visiting industry CEO’s. Some of the distinguished attendees included Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Puneet Talwar; Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director, Vice Admiral Joseph W. Rixey; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Vice Admiral John Miller; Defense Technology Security Administration Director, Beth M. McCormick, and US Ambassador to the UAE, The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf. The kick-off event was opened by AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman Matthew E. Byrd, who warmly greeted the soldout crowd. “IDEX is a key platform for showcasing the US defense industry, and it presents an immense opportunity for future collaboration between our two nations,” said Byrd, underlining the significance of the US-UAE. trade relationship, and the vital role that the defense industry plays. Ambassador Barbara A. Leaf, during her welcoming address, hailed US-UAE partnerships in trade and commerce, particularly in the aviation and defense sectors, and the overall trade levels of some $24.9 billion. She said the IDEX event was an outstanding opportunity to bring together US and UAE partners to further advance commercial bilateral ties. During his keynote address, Under Secretary Kendall addressed various Department of Defense initiatives such as defense exportability features and the value of collaborating on expanding our search and outreach in global markets. 22

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“There are people working hard to deal with the problems of today; it’s my job to worry about the challenges of tomorrow... and five years from now and ten years after that” said Under Secretary Kendall. “Industry is a critical part of our force structure and together, our partnership is essential to ensuring our warfighters are equipped with the best technology in the world.” Frank Kendall currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this capacity, he is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. He is the leader of the Department of Defense’s efforts to increase the Department’s buying power and improve the performance of the defense acquisition enterprise. IDEX is a biennial event that takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), and is the only international defense exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defense. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.

Left to Right: Keynote speaker, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall and The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, US Ambassador to the UAE address the sold out ballroom at AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Kick-off Breakfast

Left to Right: John Harris, CEO, Raytheon International; Jeffrey Johnson, President, Boeing Middle East; Douglas Raaberg, Chief Executive - UAE., Northrop Grumman; Dave Perry, Chief Global Business Development Officer and Corporate Vice President, Northrop Grumman; Patrick Dewar, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Global Inc., Robert Harward, Chief Executive - UAE, Lockheed Martin Global Inc; The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, US Ambassador to the UAE; Matthew E. Byrd, Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Frank Kendall, US Under Secretary of Defense; Charles Jones, Business Development Director, Aerojet Rocketdyne; John Brooks, Aerojet Rocketdyne; Scott Donnelly, CEO, Textron Systems; John Garrison, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter and Dave Wise, Senior Vice President of Stratergy, Orbital ATK. TAWASOL - VOL 1 2015




Bell Helicopter is proud to support AmCham Abu Dhabi, and their efforts since 1996 to increase trade, investment and goodwill between the United States of America and the UAE.



Platinum Members

Maggie Walsh Director Strategy & Growth Opportunity Leadership and Pipeline

Riad Al Nashef Senior Vice President, Marketing

James J. Grzella UAE Country Executive

Amer Kayani Regional Director Middle East

Sana Bagersh CEO & Managing Director

Ayman Bukair Business Development Executive

Francois Frangieh General Manager TAWASOL - VOL 1 2015




Ahmed Abood Group General Manager


Osama Shihabi Regional Director

Monsef Seffar Procurement Manager

William Mooney Jr Regional Director MENA

Brian Hickey Senior International Program Manager

Dr. Zeydan Abuissa Country Manager

Dr. Nadia Younis Director Corporate Affairs & Communication TAWASOL - VOL 1 2015


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Ahmed Mattar Senior Business Development Executive

Khaled Kadoura Business Development Executive

Stewart Selbie Complex General Manager

Marwan Fadel Area Director of Sales & Marketing

Paul C. Bayer MECA Managing Director

Jean-Francois Condamine ISMEA President




Corporate Members

Rajai Ayyash Head of Gulf Region

Tarek Sherlala SEO & Head of MEA Asset

Neil Reynolds Regional Managing Director MENAI

Roula Terzain Regional Communication Manager MENAI

Ibrahim A. Al Ansaari CEO

Maurice Wingo Director Marketing & Commercial

Paul Edmunds Director 28

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Steve Charlton Principal Managing Director ME

Diane Thorsen Principal Design Director

New AmCham Abu Dhabi Members, October 2014 - February 2015

Your U.S.A. - U.A.E. Business Link in Abu Dhabi. Discover the power of partnership. Join AmCham Abu Dhabi today. For more information about AmCham Abu Dhabi: T: +971 2 631 3604 W: www.AmChamAbuDhabi.org E: inquiries@amchamabudhabi.org

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Affiliate Corporate Members


Tarek I. Al Naji General Manager

Ibrahim Al Naji Chairman

Mark Eletr General Manager

Sheryl Deang Area Sales Manager

Mahmoud Ismael Chief Operating Officer

Mounia Lamsahhal Director Sales & Marketing

Nasser Al Osaiba Partner

Ali Al Hashimi Managing Partner TAWASOL - VOL 1 2015


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Simon Herborn Consulting Actuary

Joanne Gyte Consulting Actuary

Ahmed Ghaleb Al-Ahdab Managing Director

Emad Udd’een Al-Ahdab Senior Sales Coordinator

Patrick Both General Manager

Sheryl Deang Area Sales Manager

Sanford Selman CEO

Luther Sestito VP, Sales & Marketing 31



Affiliate Corporate Members

HE Marwan Al Sarkal CEO

Joseph C. Pipczynski VP Business Development

Mohamed Al Musharrakh Head of Investment Promotion

Roger F. Kashaninejad Senior Director Business Development

New AmCham Abu Dhabi Members, October 2014 - February 2015

Your U.S.A. - U.A.E. Business Link in Abu Dhabi. Discover the power of partnership. Join AmCham Abu Dhabi today. For more information about AmCham Abu Dhabi: T: +971 2 631 3604 W: www.AmChamAbuDhabi.org E: inquiries@amchamabudhabi.org


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Individual Members 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21


Alison Bernard Leslie Bellas Gregory Burger Christopher Cirillo Jeff Decker Robert Hunter Ghazi Jeiroudi Sushil Kumar Dilip Massand Anthony Mohr Paul Mueller Mbarak Oubelkho Sai Pidatala Asif Rahman Darius Razgaitis Robert Sheir Catherine Sweet Chad Tappendorf Sunell Vincent Adam Zeitz Leticia Zeitz

Four Communications American Community School Ernst & Young Ernst & Young AECOM US Embassy Suwaidi Engineering Group Motorola Solutions UK Ltd. Dubai Branch SAS Asset Recovery Aabar Investments Motorola Solutions UK Ltd. Dubai Branch Oshkosh Defense Reed Smith LLP US Embassy Edelman FZ LLC Abu Dhabi Investment Authority US Embassy Aabar Investments UPS Middle East FZCO US Embassy US Embassy

Associate Director Teacher Director of Health & Life Science Senior Manager Director of Business Development Deputy Chief Business Development Manager Services Director Managing Director Head of Investment Sales VP Defense Services Manager Associate Senior Defense Attache/Official Account Director Manager, Real Estate Valuation Counselor for Political & Economic Affairs Senior Investment Associate Area Sales Manager ICE Attache Residential Security Coordinator

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Affiliate Individual Members 1

Jehan Abdulkarim

Accenture Middle East

Director Marketing & Communications

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Umair Afzal Almer Agmyren Abdulla Ali Al Jneibi Esam Al Masabli

Berkeley Middle East Rex Real Estate Berkeley Middle East Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council

CFO Managing Director COO Director Corporate Communications


Al Maskari Holding



Shaikha Ali Salim Al Maskari Dean Al Rifai

Atlas Group

Marketing & Communications Director


Faisal Al Yazeedi

Chief Researcher

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Sara Alom Roula Droubi Rachid Fergati Karen Gascoigne Katherin Lemke Andrew Ward Lubna Forzley Gokce Cicek Gurkan Frederic Herran Esther Marijuan

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development Al Noor Hospitals Group Oshkosh Defense UPS Middle East FZCO General Manager RAK Free Trade Zone Dentons & Co. BNP Paribas St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi WWT International Middle East St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi

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Robert Patterson Kathryn O’Sullivan Natalie Wilson Dareen Zoughbi

Vinson & Elkins LLP 4 See Group Ltd Abu Dhabi Bechtel Nadereen Consultancy

Lawyer-Partner Regional Director AmCham Project Services Manager Founder & CEO

Assistant Hospital Director Business Operations Manager Country Manager SERCO Business Development Specialist Managing Partner Regional Head of Communication Complex Sales Manager Regional Manager, ME & The Caspian Complex Account Director

New AmCham Abu Dhabi Members, October 2014 - February 2015

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AmCham Abu Dhabi Falcon Club & Platinum Member Tours and Events: 1: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Tours - November 16 & 19, 2014 2,3 and 4: Lockheed Martin Innovation Center Tour - January 25, 2015 1




Reception at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi Royal Suite - October 22, 2014


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AmCham Abu Dhabi Falcon Club & Platinum Member Tours and Events Bell Helicopter Office Launch - November 19, 2014


Etihad Modern Art Gallery Reception - January 21, 2015



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AmCham Abu Dhabi Events AmCham Abu Dhabi Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Sharon Hrynkow, President Global Virus Network October 13, 2014

AmCham Abu Dhabi Morning Briefing with John Simmons, Regional Commercial Counselor, US Embassy October 20, 2014

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AmCham Abu Dhabi Morning Briefing on LLCs with Carine Souaiby, Managing Partner, Knowledge Vision Consultancy FZE - November 17, 2014

AmCham Abu Dhabi Event: Personal Leadership Workshop Series 6 with Jules Lewis, Founder, Mountain High November 23, 2014


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AmCham Abu Dhabi Strictly Social: Celebrating the Launch of Etihad Airways New Route to Dallas/Fort Worth November 26, 2014


Joint Event: WOMEN ACHIEVE ‘Managing your Career’, co-hosted by AmCham Abu Dhabi and Louis Berger February 5, 2015


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AmCham Abu Dhabi Event: US Taxation for Expatriates and Recent Tax Law Changes with PwCFebruary 17, 2015


Joint Business Group Event: Energy Update with Dave Scott - February 25, 2015


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SAVE THE DATES 2015 April 6

Joint Business Group Event: High Tea with President of Virgin Megastores

April 8

AmCham MENA Regional Council Annual Conference, #ThinkMENABiz - 2015 Boosting Cross’MENA Business Ventures & FDI from the USA.

April 16

AmCham Abu Dhabi Lunch & Learn Series: Interactive Symposium on “Corporate Savings & Retirement Schemes with FWU Takaful Solutions

April 19

AmCham Abu Dhabi Falcon Club and Platinum Tour: AD Ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) Tour

April 20

AmCham Abu Dhabi Event: High Tea for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, co-hosted by Northrop Grumman: “The Power of Innovation”

May 20

AmCham Abu Dhabi Strictly Social: Meet the Candidates

June 3

AmCham Abu Dhabi Annual General Meeting (AGM)

June 12

AmCham Abu Dhabi 4th of July American Indepenence Day Celebration

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AmCham Abu Dhabi’s 4th of July American Independence Day Celebration - June 12, 2015

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MISSION: To promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

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