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TAWASOL AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Newsletter ‘Connecting’ U.S. & U.A.E. Business

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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 Board of Directors......................................................

AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, notfor-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 U.S. and U.A.E.

AmCham Abu Dhabi holds 7th Annual Roundtable Summit................


AmCham Abu Dhabi and ABC Dubai hold 2015 Dubai Airshow Kick-off Breakfast.................................................................................


AmCham Abu Dhabi hosts ADIPEC Kick-off Breakfast .........................


AmCham Abu Dhabi and U.S. - U.A.E. Business Council host Virginia Governor Terence McAuliffe..............................................................


AmCham Abu Dhabi and Bechtel host Forum exploring the Role of Women in Leadership...................................................................


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.

STAFF Theresa F. Weber Executive Director Christina Struller Membership Director Christina Villaluz Accounting and Membership Manager Zenaida Carpio Events Coordinator Karim Damerje Communications Coordinator Mariam Kamel Administrative Coordinator Muhammed Ali Office Administrator

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Features Member Focus: Interview with Founding Member Elias Sayah..........



Membership New Platinum and Corporate Members.........................................................


AmCham Abu Dhabi Social Media...................................................................


New Individual Members......................................................................................


Events Events Gallery..........................................................................................................


Upcoming Events...................................................................................................


Sponsorship Opportunity....................................................................................


Happy New Year 2016 from AmCham Abu Dhabi and Thank you for your support in 2015!...............................................................


TAWASOL - VOL 1 2016 Newsletter Team Communications Coordinator - Karim Damerje AmCham Interns - Lina Tarakji, Candice Shu Zhou 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: W: Copyright 2016 AmCham Abu Dhabi




Sharief Fahmy

Peter Rafferty

John Habib

Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi

Robert S. Harward

Vice Chairman,

Treasurer, AmCham Abu Dhabi

Secretary, AmCham Abu Dhabi

Chief Executive Officer, U.A.E.

AmCham Abu Dhabi

Senior Fund Manager

Founding Co-Owner and

Chief Executive Officer

Abu Dhabi Investment

Managing Partner

Middle East General Enterprises

Authority (ADIA)

Qasimi Law Partners MENA

Lockheed Martin Global, Inc.


Nasser Al Osaiba

Sana Bagersh

Wesley Covell

Christopher Davis

Managing Partner, Abu Dhabi


Vice President, Middle East

Country Leader and President

Global Advocates and Legal


Business Development

Raytheon International Inc.,

Harris Corporation


Timothy J. Richards


Marc Harrison

Declan Hegarty

Douglas L. Raaberg

Chief of International

General Manager

Chief Executive, U.A.E.

Managing Director

Business Development

JP Morgan

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Government Affairs and Policy

Cleveland Clinic


General Electric

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Heather Smith

Maurice Wingo


Vice President, Strategic

Director Marketing & Commercial

Sayah Engineering MENA


Dolphin Energy as Occidental

NMC Healthcare

Petroleum Senior Representative

Elias Sayah


Dao M. Le

Theresa F. Weber

S. Qaiser Anis

Regional Senior Commercial Officer

Executive Director

Auditor, AmCham Abu Dhabi

for the Gulf and Counselor for

AmCham Abu Dhabi

Partner Alliott Hadi Shahid

Commercial Affairs U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi


Danny E. SebrightÂ

Honorable Barbara A. Leaf

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba

Ambassador of the

Ambassador of the


United States of America to the

United Arab Emirates to the

U.S. - U.A.E. Business Council

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

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INTERVIEW WITH Elias Sayah President Sayah Engineering MENA Board Member and Chairman, Programs Committee AmCham Abu Dhabi By Karim Damerje Q. Tell us about Sayah Engineering MENA’s business role in the U.A.E. A. Sayah Engineering MENA is a multi-disciplined firm that delivers comprehensive architectural design and engineering services. We have been servicing private and government clients in the Middle East and North Africa region for over 25 years. We are committed to providing superior architecture, engineering and consulting services to clients. Our company is ISO 9000 certified and all our engineers are certified by Estidama. We are experts at dealing with the special cultural and environmental conditions in the UAE and Gulf Region. Sayah Engineering’s portfolio is diverse and includes multi-use commercial buildings, villas, apartment buildings, embassies, hospitals, churches, mosques and schools. Our clients come from a broad spectrum of sectors, including government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and private organizations. We look to better U.S.-U.A.E. business, and we use our history and expertise to our advantage.

Q. What are the core values of Sayah Engineering MENA? A. With any project that Sayah Engineering undertakes, we always focus on our four core values. Excellence in standards, quality of operational procedures, safety in our work and innovative thinking. These values helped Sayah Engineering expand in the MENA region. We have now completed the design and construction of 100+ projects with a construction value of more than $250 million.

Q. How did you get your start in the U.A.E.? Take us through your journey of establishing Sayah Engineering. A. My father came to the U.A.E. in 1970 and served as an Energy advisor under the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, and so my family relocated with him. Upon graduating and returning from San Diego University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, my father and I established


Sayah Engineering Consulting Bureau (SECB) in 1989. Because of our core values, our common vision with the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan and because we were well established in the country, we received early support from the U.A.E. which has allowed us to flourish.

Q. What is your advice for someone starting a new business in the U.A.E.? A. I have learned that presence is the key factor to operating a successful business in the U.A.E. Presence within the community and country shows your commitment and value. If your business plan is aligned with the U.A.E.’s ambitions, and you are a visible contributor to the community, you will succeed. Building networks within the country is also important, as these networks support each other as they all strive to build a better U.A.E.

Q. How do you see the importance of American business in the region? How does that influence Sayah Engineering MENA’s vision? A. Historically, U.S. companies have always had an interest in the region and they have contributed to the impressive growth of the U.A.E. Due to the high standards and professional work ethic of American businesses, I see growth in U.A.E. – U.S. business relations. As an American, this ties to my personal vision of my company being a flagship in developing the region, AmCham Abu Dhabi is only going to grow, and companies can use this growth to support the bilateral business community.

Q. What Corporate Social Responsibility activities do you participate in? I am a founding member of AmCham Abu Dhabi and I have served on the board of directors. I am also the president of the American Concrete Institute and American Society of Civil Engineers. I contribute my time to being a member of the board at the New York Institute of Technology and as a member of the U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi’s Trade Missions to the U.S. Finally, I donated to the U.S. Embassy’s American Corner at Al Hosn University and Al Ain University.

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Q. What is your favorite aspect about being a member of AmCham Abu Dhabi? Why would you recommend individuals and companies to become a member?

Q. As a founding member of AmCham, please share with us how AmCham became the first business group to be officially registered, as we are celebrating AmCham’s 30th Anniversary in 2016.

A. My favorite aspect of AmCham Abu Dhabi is the great support of its members. We have quality individuals that make up the core of AmCham Abu Dhabi. I attribute part of my success to this support, and without them I would not have gotten this far. It has provided me with a platform to interact with best in class companies, both U.A.E. and U.S. based. I would recommend AmCham Abu Dhabi for its free flow of ideas, technology, business community and trade. It is no surprise that we are the largest western business group in Abu Dhabi.

A. After my return from the U.S. with the positive imprint that American education had left on me, I saw value in establishing a council for Americans for the discussion of trade, culture, and ideas between the U.S. and U.A.E. In the late 1980’s, I organized 25 dedicated business leaders to form the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Although we were the first business group officially registered, we started out small with an initial pledge of AED 25,000. With the dedication and vision of our members, we have now grown to be the largest western business group in Abu Dhabi. Not only do we support bilateral cooperation, AmCham Abu Dhabi gives back to the local community through donations to the Red Crescent, schools and other organizations. This is something that I am truly proud of AmCham’s actions regarding Corporate Social Responsibility.

Q. AmCham has recently launched an Engineering Committee. Tell me about that. What do you plan to achieve with this committee? A. As with all AmCham Abu Dhabi committees, we have great things planned. However to be specific, we are currently working towards establishing international federal engineering standards within the U.A.E. This will allow for engineers to form a governing body, in which industry topics can collectively be discussed, and issues can be solved. This country has great talent, and we are working towards unifying these brilliant individuals to help grow business in the region.

Q. What developments do you see in the near future for the Programs Committee? What Committees and Board positions have you held in AmCham?

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

A. Our Programs Committee is already one of AmCham Abu Dhabi’s vital committees. We have great success conducting over 50 events a year. I plan to chair the committee again this year. Other positions I have held over the years include Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Membership, Programs and HR Committees. My company Sayah Engineering MENA is also one of the founding companies of AmCham Abu Dhabi.

Q. Do you have any particular hobbies or interests? A. I am an avid coin and stamp collector. In my youth, I collected historical Emirati coins, which caught the eye of the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan. Following a brief conversation with the Ruler, I gifted him my entire collection. My hobbies also include swimming, philanthropy and travelling. I have been to many countries and my experiences will always stay with me.

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AmCham Abu Dhabi holds 7th Annual Roundtable Summit with Addresses by U.S. & U.A.E. Government Officials and Industry Leaders

AmCham Abu Dhabi held its 7th Annual Roundtable Summit at the Yas Viceroy on October 21, 2015. Over 150 leading business executives, entrepreneurs, academics and government officials participated in this prestigious event. The Summit, hosted by AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman Robert S. Harward, featured addresses by H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the U.A.E. Ministry of Energy, H.E. Dr. Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi, Chairman of the U.A.E. Space Agency, and the Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. During his keynote address H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the U.A.E. Ministry of Energy, highlighted a number of key areas of cooperation between the U.S. and U.A.E. “The U.A.E. continues to be a long-standing key partner for the U.S.A. in many strategic areas such as security, telecommunications, trade, transport or healthcare, and has grown to become the largest export market for the U.S.A. in the Middle East,” said H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi. “In the field of energy, 2015 has been a fundamentally important year for both the U.A.E. and the U.S.A. Both countries have made decisive commitments to stand at the forefront to creating a more sustainable future, particularly in the field of energy generation, consumption and combating climate change.” H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi noted, “The introduction of the deregulation of fuel prices in the U.A.E. has marked a key moment for energy policy in the U.A.E.


It has made the nation a pioneer across energyproducing nations in the area of energy subsidy reform. The deregulation of fuel prices positions the U.A.E. on par with responsible countries, such as the Unites States of America, that follow sound economic methodologies, promote a responsible energy market and provide a sustainable future for generations ahead.” Another highlight of the Summit was the address by H.E. Dr. Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi, Chairman of the U.A.E. Space Agency. H.E. Dr. Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi said, “The U.A.E. and U.S. enjoy long lasting strategic partnerships. Space is one important area within that relationship, for example (three of Thuraya’s satellites were developed by Boeing together with U.A.E. engineers), as well as the recently launched U.A.E. Mars mission (Alamal), which will be implemented through a strategic partnership with U.S. based universities and companies. This clearly is another boost to our relationship.” The Summit was opened by AmCham Abu Dhabi Vice Chairman and Master of Ceremonies, Sharief Fahmy who introduced AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman, Robert S. Harward. “AmCham Abu Dhabi is honored to have such distinguished senior officials from the U.A.E. Ministry of Energy and U.A.E. Space Agency at our most important business event of the year,” said Robert S. Harward, Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi. “We are confident that the results of this Summit will strengthen the strong commercial relations between the U.S. and U.A.E.”

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. Barbara Leaf highlighted important areas of cooperation between the U.S. and U.A.E. during her address. Ambassador Leaf said “I want to congratulate the American Chamber of Commerce on organizing this initiative as a unique venue for discussing key issues of interest to firms operating in the U.A.E., and look forward to the Roundtable Report which will help both governments better understand the major issues and concerns of resident firms here.” Other highlights of the Summit included remarks by H.E. Helal Mohamed Al Hameli, Deputy Director General of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ahmed Yahia, CEO of Technology and Industry, Mubadala; and Timothy Richards, AmCham Abu Dhabi Roundtable Summit Committee Chairman and Managing Director of Government Affairs and Policy, MENAT Region, General Electric. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the hard efforts of AmCham Abu Dhabi in supporting the development of economic and investment relations between the two friendly countries to the highest levels,” said H.E. Helal Mohamed Al Hameli, Deputy Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “I hope this Summit will contribute to supporting our joint efforts in opening new horizons of cooperation between Emirati and American companies in a way that serves the best interest of both sides.”

The nine-roundtable breakout 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) Cyber Innovation; 3) Defense and Aerospace; 4) Education and Professional Training; 5) Energy, Water, Oil and Gas; 6) Engineering, Construction and Project Management; 7) Healthcare and Insurance; 8) Hospitality and Tourism; and 9) Media, Arts and Culture. The issues and recommendations identified in each of the nine industry sectors will be compiled into a Roundtable Report that will be presented to U.S. and U.A.E. policymakers and government officials. The feedback seeks to strengthen competiveness in Abu Dhabi and increase trade and investment between the U.S. and U.A.E. AmCham Abu Dhabi, which has been conducting Roundtable sessions since 2003, is a pioneer in the field promoting dialogues that impact U.S. business and trade in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Top corporate sponsors of the event were: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, General Electric, Lockheed Martin Global Inc., Raytheon, Parsons, Global Advocates and Legal Consultants, Berkeley Middle East Holding, Louis Berger, Middle East General Enterprises, Oshkosh Defense, and United Airlines.

Left to Right: Sharief Fahmy, Vice Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Robert S. Harward, Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Ahmed Yahia, CEO of Technology and Industry, Mubadala; H.E. Helal Mohamed Al Hameli, Deputy Director General of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the U.A.E. Ministry of Energy; The Honorable Barbara Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E.; H.E. Dr. Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi, Chairman of the U.A.E. Space Agency; Timothy Richards, AmCham Abu Dhabi Roundtable Summit Committee Chairman; Manaf Afyouni, Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

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AmCham Abu Dhabi and the American Business Council of Dubai hold 2015 Dubai Airshow Breakfast featuring the Director of the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency

The American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates (ABC Dubai) and AmCham Abu Dhabi held a high-level kick­off breakfast on November 8 at Dubai South Headquarters, just before the opening of the 2015 Dubai Airshow. Over 200 prominent members of the American business community and top military officers, government officials and leading defense executives participated. The highlight of the industry-focused event was an informative keynote address by Director of the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey on the importance of security cooperation. The Kick-Off Breakfast is held on the first day of the Dubai Airshow to facilitate networking and collaboration between locally based companies in the sector and visiting U.S. aerospace and defense industry executives. Attending this high­profile event has become a tradition among U.S. military leaders, diplomats and local and visiting industry CEOs. Some of the distinguished attendees included Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, Heidi Grant; Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Marcus Jadotte; FAA Administrator Michael Huerta; U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E., The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf; and U.S. Consul General to Dubai, The Honorable Paul Malik. Following opening remarks by President of ABC Dubai, Ramsey Jurdi and Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, Robert S. Harward, Ambassador Barbara A. Leaf took the stage. In her welcome address, Ambassador Leaf hailed U.S. - U.A.E. partnerships in trade and commerce, particularly in the aviation and defense sectors. “I am so pleased that the U.S. presence at the Dubai Airshow continues to grow. This year, there are over 150 U.S. exhibitors here. We have almost doubled the number of U.S. firms participating in the U.S. Pavilion to nearly 100. And, over 60 of these companies are new exhibitors at the show.” These activities help contribute to partner and regional security, enhance military-to-military cooperation, enable greater interoperability, and strengthen bilateral relationships between the United States and its foreign partners.


During his keynote address, Vice Admiral Rixey highlighted the work of the U.S. Department of Defense security cooperation mission, which encompasses a wide range of activities from defense trade and arms transfers (via sale, lease, and grants) to international education and training, defense institution building, and humanitarian engagement in furtherance of national security and foreign policy objectives. As the Department’s lead agency for the execution of these programs, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency employs a spectrum of security cooperation tools and subject matter expertise across the policy, legal, legislative, programmatic, and weapons systems fields. Of the programs DSCA is responsible for, Foreign Military Sales is by far the largest and most well-known. Sales of defense articles both reinforce our diplomatic relations and establish strong lines of communication, ultimately deepening commercial and military ties. FMS often serves as the basis for longterm relationships between partner countries and the United States, and as a means to foster cooperation in areas of mutual strategic concern. Defense shows such as Dubai provide excellent opportunities to strengthen bilateral relationships through continued dialogue, to identify new areas for increased cooperation, and to communicate key issues or updates of mutual concern with senior government and industry counterparts. U.S. participation also bolsters our commitment to the region and the importance we place on building partnership capacity. Going forward, DSCA continues to work closely with counterparts from across the security cooperation enterprise to employ dynamic and innovative business process improvements, resource efficiently to ensure responsive management and execution of security cooperation activities, sustain whole-of-government efforts, and plan deliberately to achieve regional strategic goals.

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AmCham Abu Dhabi hosts ADIPEC Kick-off Breakfast featuring the CEO of Al Hosn Gas and the President of Occidental Oil and Gas International

AmCham Abu Dhabi kicked off the 2015 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) with a breakfast event on November 9 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. Top business executives, distinguished Emirati guests, and U.S. government officials participated in the event including The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. The highlight of the industry focused event were the key note addresses by Saif Ahmed Alghfeli, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Gas Development Co. Ltd. (Al Hosn Gas) and Edward A. (Sandy) Lowe, President, Occidental Oil and Gas - International and Executive Vice President, Occidental Petroleum Corporation. After an introduction from Maurice Wingo, AmCham Board Member, Ambassador Leaf welcomed the keynote speakers. During her address Ambassador Leaf highlighted the importance of ADIPEC and the role of American companies. She said “This breakfast event provides a unique venue for firms operating in the U.A.E. to discuss and network in the hydrocarbon sector, an important component to our bilateral economic relationship.” Ambassador Leaf noted that the Shah Gas Development project, the biggest of its kind in the world, is an excellent example of U.A.E. – U.S. partnerships that help keep both countries prosperous, secure and clean. “As the U.A.E. invests in technology to meet its production goals and explores new sources of domestic natural gas, there is great potential for increased collaboration between the U.A.E. and the United States in the areas of enhanced oil recovery and sour gas processing. That is why Mr. Alghfeli and Mr. Lowe are the perfect speakers for this ADIPEC kick-off breakfast,” said Ambassador Leaf.

The keynote speakers provided insight into developing the giant Shah Sour Gas Field. The multi-billon dollar endeavor is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and U.S. based Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Featured keynote speaker, Saif Ahmed Alghfeli, provided an overview of Al Hosn Gas citing key company facts and reviewing their value chain and key contractors. Stunning visuals of the project progress from 2011 – 2015 were presented along with project highlights. Sandy Lowe, during his presentation, highlighted the work of Occidental Petroleum in the project. As he leads the management of the company’s oil and gas assets in the Middle East region he also provided insights into working in the region. ADIPEC is one of the world’s largest oil and gas shows. Held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center ADIPEC 2015 is projected to attract 2,000 exhibiting companies and 85,000 attendees across the four days of the show, creating a platform for petroleum professions worldwide to drive and support innovation within the industry. The high-level ADIPEC kick-off event was made possible thanks to sponsors Parsons and Sultan International Holding with support from Al Hosn Gas, Oxy - Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Kallman Worldwide Inc.




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AmCham Abu Dhabi and U.S. - U.A.E. Business Council host Virginia Governor Terence McAuliffe AmCham Abu Dhabi and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council hosted an exclusive breakfast event for the American business community on November 15 featuring the Honorable Terence “Terry” McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi Hotel, Nation Towers. Top American business executives, distinguished Emirati guests, and U.S. Embassy officials participated in the event, including Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. and keynote speaker, Terence McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia. Members of the Virginia delegation included Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce, Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Martin Briley, President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. After an introduction from Sharief Fahmy, Vice Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi, Ambassador Leaf welcomed Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia state delegation. She noted the history of friendship and trade with the U.A.E. and that Virginia exports to the U.A.E. last year topped $217 million, a new record high. “Trade missions, such as this one, have been and continue to be an important component of building our bilateral trade and investment relationship, and our people-to-people relationship,” said Ambassador Leaf. “As your companies seek to capitalize on these opportunities, Mission U.A.E. is ready to partner with you.

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Featured keynote speaker, Governor Terry McAuliffe, highlighted his work to grow and diversity Virginia’s economy and to encourage trade and investment. Governor McAuliffe said “I am here with my Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones and my Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore. The Virginia delegation has come to Abu Dhabi to build relationships and increase trade.” He noted the important role of international trade missions because 95% of customers are outside America. Governor McAuliffe covered a range of topics including infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture and the Virginia Cyber Security Commission. Following his presentation there was a lively question and answer session. Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia delegation are on the first leg of their 11-day trade mission, which includes the U.A.E., India, Oman and Kuwait. Governor McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia. Since being sworn into office in he has worked to grow and diversity Virginia’s economy and encourage more business across the nation and globe to locate in the state. He previously served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001-2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.




AmCham Abu Dhabi and Bechtel host Forum exploring the Role of Women in Leadership AmCham Abu Dhabi and Bechtel hosted an interactive forum: ‘Women in Business and Government – Leadership, Innovation and Support.” The sold out event was held on September 2 at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi and attended by over 100 leading business executives and government officials. The Forum explored how business and government can facilitate an inclusive workplace environment. Panelists discussed the importance of women excelling in leadership roles, with positive impacts across enterprises. Robert S. Harward, Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, noted: “Having two dynamic organizations, AmCham Abu Dhabi and Bechtel, working together to provide a platform to discuss the important role women play in business and government helps to promote female leaders of tomorrow.” As the keynote speaker for the event, The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E., said: “Women are an essential key to success for government, business and a ‎ ny other organization. As women leaders grow, companies and communities thrive.” Moderating the event, David Welch, Region President, Europe, Africa and Middle East, Bechtel, said: “Inclusive


workplace environments make good business sense, as multiple studies have shown that diverse teams are more effective” Bechtel projects attract a diverse workforce, as we believe it is important to foster a workplace culture that helps people of all different backgrounds to flourish and succeed.” According to some studies, companies in the GCC with three or more women in senior management functions score higher on all dimensions of organizational effectiveness. Women bring a new and often wider perspective to management problem solving, as well as new angles to supplement the status quo on existing solutions. The distinguished panel of speakers included: The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E.; Sana Bagersh, CEO, BrandMoxie and Board Member, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Amjad Bangash, Senior Vice President, Project Director for Package 1 of Riyadh Metro Project, Bechtel; Barbara E. Rusinko, Senior Vice President, Corporate Manager of EPC Functions, Bechtel; and Yasmeen Sami Saadah, Director, Municipal Regulations, Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs. The forum was moderated by David Welch, Region President, Europe, Africa and Middle East, Bechtel. Topics addressed included innovative initiatives to engage more women in leadership.

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Dr. Hadi Shahid



Smita Pullat

Dayanand Krishnan

CEO & Director

Managing Director

Zafar I. Anjum Group Chief Executive Officer


Manish Mehta

Vice President and General Manager

Head of Finance and HR

Dr. Alfred Bloom

Fabio Piano

Vice Chancellor



Nathan Waldron

Regional Director

UAE Operations Manager

Mina Morris Principal

Ghassan Ziadat Regional Director of Major Projects

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Adriana Rodrigues

Sohail Raja

Head of Agency

Associate Director

Inamul Haq Khan

Malik Bashir Awan

Managing Director

Finance Manager

Salem Al Matroushi

Asif Mayo

CEO and Founder

Office Manager

Ridha Bellamine Managing Director - ME

Nova Consulting


Huzur Devletsah

Nicolas Chemali

Managing Director - MEA

Senior Director - Corporate Affairs

Nizar Alshihabi

Asma Alshihabi

Owner & CEO


Mark Lineberry

Chris Pullan

Commercial Director

Head of Sales

Julien Pechey

Ismail Ibrahim

General Manager

Director of Sales & Marketing

Neil Enright

Neil Steve Quadros

Regional Director

Field Marketing Specialist

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Eric Wilson

Laura Deitz

Senior Executive Officer

Business Manager

Omar Bennis Senior Public Affairs and Communication Manager

Lasse Holm Clausen

Nicola Nelson

Managing Director & CEO

Operations Manager

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Amanah Solutions DMCC

Peter Christensen

Rula Dajani

Faiza Haseeb

Chief Financial Officer

Country Director

Clinical Operations Analyst

New York University Abu Dhabi


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Lily Burns-Hernandez

Ibari Iheanyi-Igwe

Dao Le

Chief of Staff


Regional Senior Commercial Office for the

New York University Abu Dhabi

Shrewd Learning

Gulf and Counselor for Commercial Affairs U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi

Adam Mayer

Jason Moore

Michael Naroz

Network Analyst


Legal Advisor / General Law

Cyber Point International

Lanjaron Arabia Distributors

Baker & Mckenzie - Habib Al Mulla

Carling O’Brien

Philip Hunter O’Brien

Salim H. Shashaa

Investment Analyst

Business Development &

Abu Dhabi Investment Council

Marketing Executive Nexus Business Services

Dr. Rakesh Suri

Mohammed Samir Zhort

Chief of Staff

Regional Sales Manager

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi


To inquire about becoming a member, please contact AmCham Abu Dhabi’s office at 02 631 3604 or email

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Rajesh Achan

Nezar Al Bkower

Khuloud Al Nuwais

Director of Business Development

Chief Commercial Officer - MENA

Chief Sustainability Officer

Goettsch Partners, Inc.

Harnser Middle East

Emirates Foundation

Fahad Al Qahtani

Kamal Dafalla

Mohamad Rabih El Chaar


Senior Office Supervisor

Director - International Business

TCO Global Advisory LLC

Sharaf Travel

Development Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Amr El Ghazzany

Emeka Iheanyi-Igwe

Mahmoud Yossif Ismael

Project Engineer

Chief Executive

Relationship Officer


Shrewd Company

Emirates Islamic Bank

Amin Talib Khan

Pradeep Kumar

Alaa Muqattash




Metco Marine FZE

Festa Bakes & Grills L.L.C

Advance Business Solutions

Dr. Marc Ruemmler

Samir Shahid

Claude Soueidane

Computer Programmer

General Manager

Alliott Hadi Shahid

Resort Qaryat Al Beri

Alexandra Young Executive Managing Director Konex International

New AmCham Abu Dhabi Members, September - December 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: E:


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AMCHAM ABU DHABI EVENTS AmCham Abu Dhabi Women in Business Committee Event: “Commit to Women Achieve Breakfast” - September 9, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council Emiratization e-gate Workshop - September 16, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi Morning Briefing with Abu Dhabi Global Market - September 29, 2015

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AmCham Abu Dhabi Welcome Back Strictly Social - September 30, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi Falcon Club and Platinum Member Tour: Behind the Scenes of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi - October 18, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi and U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council Reception in Honor of the Mayor of Dallas, Texas and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Executive Delegation - November 4, 2015


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AmCham Abu Dhabi Roundtable Discussion with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State - November 17, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi Legal Affairs Committee Breakfast Briefing, Year in Review - November 23, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi Women in Business Committee Event: Balancing the Energies between Men and Women in the Workplace - November 25, 2015

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AmCham Abu Dhabi Falcon Club and Platinum Member Tour: Behind the Scenes Tour of Yas Marina Circuit - December 7, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi Briefing of U.S. Embassy and Consulate Commerce Teams - December 14, 2015

AmCham Abu Dhabi Healthcare Committee Meeting - December 15, 2015


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Supported Events:

UPCOMING EVENTS 2016 January 13

AmCham Abu Dhabi Strictly Social at Pearls Lounge @ Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

January 29

AmCham Abu Dhabi 6th Excellence Awards, 16th Charity Gala and 30th Anniversary Celebration

February 17

AmCham Abu Dhabi Event: U.S. Taxation for Expatriates & Recent Tax Law Changes

February 21

AmCham Abu Dhabi Falcon Club and Platinum Member Tour: AMMROC, STRATA & Nibras Experience Center

March 1

AmCham Abu Dhabi Women in Business Event: 3rd Annual Women Achieve Initiative Celebration

March 8

AmCham Abu Dhabi Global Aerospace Summit Breakfast

May 27

AmCham Abu Dhabi 4th of July Indepedence Day and Memorial Day Celebration

June 8

AmCham Abu Dhabi Annual General Meeting

October 19

AmCham Abu Dhabi 8th Annual Roundtable Summit

November 7

AmCham Abu Dhabi ADIPEC Kick-Off Breakfast

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AmCham Abu Dhabi 4th of July Independence Day Celebration

Falcon AED 150,000

Platinum AED 100,000

Gold AED 50,000

Silver AED 30,000

Auto* AED 25,000

Bronze AED 20,000

Red AED 15,000

Blue AED 10,000

Complimentary VIP tickets









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Company brochures displayed at event

Recognition in Newsletter

Company profile in event

Branded tables

Photo opportunity with VIPs

Verbal recognition at podium Company logo on marketing materials

Recognition on all AmCham communications

Hardcopies of event photos and video




Opportunity to speak at event

Company advertisement in event program

Opportunity to giveaway bags with company brochures and materials for guests

Company booth at the event

Engraved crystal for sponsorship

Promotional video during event

Logo included on all event

One large company pop-up banner at event

Special 4th of July Sponsorship




Fireworks Sponsorship AED 35,000 Silver sponsorship benefits apply, plus exclusive fireworks sponsorship recognition



Patriotic Sponsorship AED 25,000 Bronze sponsorship benefits apply, plus tickets for US service members to attend, free of charge

*Automobile Sponsorship AED 25,000 3 cars to be displayed at event, Promotional staff & media wall, 6 flags, 50 table toppers & giveaways

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Happy New Year 2016 from AmCham Abu Dhabi and Thank You for your support in 2015! AmCham Abu Dhabi wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016! As we begin a new year, we want to take the opportunity to thank you for your support of our community initiatives in 2015. Through your generous support AmCham Abu Dhabi raised funds for four organizations. Excellence Awards Gala - January 2015 Thank you for buying tickets to last year’s Gala and participating in the live and silent auctions at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Through the generosity of AmCham members and sponsors, funds were raised for the Emirates Red Crescent, in support of local U.A.E. programs and aid to the children of Syria and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in support of local U.A.E. programs. In addition, scholarship awards were given to students attending the American Community School of Abu Dhabi and St. Joseph’s School. Generous sponsors included: Al Noor Hospitals Group; Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; Etihad Airways; Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital Plc; Lockheed Martin Global Inc.; AV Concepts; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Sultan International Holding; Nirvana Travel & Tourism LLC; Tasleeh Entertainment; Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority; dnata travel; Europcar; Gulf Alliance Company - A Perot Company; Jumeirah at Etihad Towers; Oshkosh Corporation; Patchi; Raytheon International Inc.; Sayah Engineering MENA; International New York Times and Gray Mackenzie & Partners.

American Independence Day Celebration - Summer Thank you for attending our American Independence Day celebration, which celebrates American patriotism and diversity with guests from the U.S., U.A.E. and many other countries. H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, U.A.E. Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, noted during his speech, “We welcome the knowledge, talent and energy of thousands of American citizens who have lived and worked in our country. Our two countries share many common interests and values.”

Interns and Volunteers from ACS, NYIT and NYU Thank you for volunteering at events and in the AmCham office. Students from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), the New York Institute of Technology Abu Dhabi (NYIT) and the American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) as well as recent college graduates provided much needed assistance to our membership, events and communications departments. Your hard work and dedication is very much appreciated!

Thanksgiving Initiative - November 2015 Thank you for hosting U.S. service members during the Thanksgiving holiday. Representatives from AmCham member companies opened their homes and shared Thanksgiving celebrations with service-members.

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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.

AmCham Abu Dhabi P.O. Box 43710, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 2 631 3604, Fax: +971 2 633 0489 Email: Website:


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