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  • Ellianne Retzlaff

    Ellianne Retzlaff is a rising sophomore at Kenyon College where she is double majoring in History and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic. Her interests lie in humanitarian aid, foreign relations, and sustainable development. Ellianne plans to study abroad in Jordan and after graduation is looking to get her masters in […]

  • Stacia Tremper

    Stacia Tremper is an incoming Sophomore at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where she plans to get a B.A. in Foreign Service. After Graduation, Stacia hopes to work with either the Peace Corp or USAID, and later get her masters in international development. She is looking to spend her career working with NGOs […]

  • Lana Ebert

    Lana Ebert is a rising Junior at Gettysburg College. She is majoring in International and Global Studies, with a focus on Human Rights and Social Justice in the Middle East and North Africa Region and has minors in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Religious Studies. Lana plans to study abroad in Rabat, Morocco, for […]

  • William “Skip” Miner

    William “Skip” Miner is a politico-military expert and retired U.S. Navy Commander.  He served in the Navy from 1967 to 1988. This included advising the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and providing strategic planning to the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Since 1988, Skip has worked as a private-sector policy consultant to […]

  • Anis Aclimandos

    Anis Aclimandos is the current President of Transcentury Associates, where he has worked for almost 30 years as an international business development specialist. He also serves on the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo (AmCham) as President and previously held roles of Vice President of Membership and Executive Vice President. A certified accountant, Anis earned […]

  • Graeme Bannerman, Ph.D., Past President

    Dr. Graeme Bannerman is the founder of Bannerman Associates, an international consulting firm.  He was previously a staffer for Middle East and South Asia on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as a former Middle East analyst on the US State Department Policy Planning staff.  Graeme has taught at several universities, including Georgetown […]

  • Rodney Eichler

    Rodney J. Eichler is the former Executive Vice President and Executive Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the Apache Corporation. He has also served as Apache’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Eichler worked on regional and international development projects for Apache beginning in 1993 and moved to Egypt for 12 years beginning in 1997 […]

  • Suzan Habachy

    Suzan Habachy is an expert in the field of international development, having served in a variety of roles showcasing her diverse areas of expertise. She worked for the United Nations for over 20 years and served as the Executive Director of the Trickle Up Program, an international poverty-alleviation organization working across the globe. Suzan has […]

  • Steve Lutes

    Steve Lutes is a Middle East and international trade expert. He currently serves as Vice President of Middle East Affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce and as Executive Director for the US-Egypt Business Council, among other councils on which he serves in the same capacity. Prior to this position, Steve was a senior legislative […]

  • Nefr Israel Michaels

    Nefr Michaels is the president and founder of Care with LOVE. For 18 years, she was the Human Resources Director for the U.S. Navy based in Egypt. Along with being married and a proud mother of two young men, she volunteers at her local church and loves playing Sudoku/Kakuro. She enjoys attending musical concerts and […]

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