Board of Directors

  • 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 […]

  • Alexander Shalaby, Past President

    Alex Shalaby is the current Chairman and former CEO of Mobinil, one of Egypt’s largest mobile phone operators.  Alex came to Mobinil from Washington, DC, where he was Director for Public Affairs for AT&T, serving as the company’s link to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and lobbying the executive branch of the U.S. government. He has […]

  • Lana Sawiris

    Attending the German school in Egypt and graduating from the American School in Paris, Lana has been exposed to different cultures and has mastered four languages. She has attained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Strategic Design and Management with honors at Parsons The New School For Design. Lana’s entrepreneurial nature allowed her to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Gretchen Gerwe Welch

    Gretchen is a former senior American diplomat who served at the U.S. State Department for thirty-two years.  Her overseas postings were in Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UK.  She worked directly for three Secretaries of State and concluded her career by supporting the Summer Olympic Games in London UK in 2012.  She […]

  • Andrea Zaki, Ph.D.

    Rev. Dr. Zaki is the Director General of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), one of HANDS’ largest partner organizations.  He is also the President of the Protestant Community of Egypt, the President of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches and a part time lecturer at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.  […]

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