Board of Directors

  • Graeme Bannerman, Ph.D., Board 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 […]

  • Suzy Assaad Wahba, Board Vice President

    For more than ten years, Suzy was an anchor and reporter for Bloomberg Television in New York City, where she covered topics such as debt and equity capital markets, commodities and foreign exchange, and NASDAQ and the tech boom.  Prior to her work at Bloomberg, she was employed at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Nazeeh Habachy, Board Secretary/ General Counsel

    Nazeeh Habachy provides corporate legal counseling at Olayan Group in New York City, a multinational, commercial, investment, industrial and franchise enterprise engaged in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is also the Corporate Secretary of their U.S. based entity, Olayan America.  Mr. Habachy attended Harvard for both his undergraduate education and law […]

  • Kamal Ibrahim

    Dr. Kamal Ibrahim, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) is a spinal surgeon with a Chicago based practice and a clinical professor of orthopedics. He is the former Chief of Pediatric and Scoliosis Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at Loyal University in Chicago. Dr. Ibrahim also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher […]

  • Alexander Shalaby, Board Treasurer

    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 […]

  • 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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