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 […]

  • Alexander Shalaby, Board 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 […]

  • 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 a Bachelor of […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Barbara Langley serves as Director for CIPE’s Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment, democratizing opportunity for women by fostering ecosystems for entrepreneurship. She leads CIPE’s strategy to amplify the voice of the private sector through women’s equal participation in free markets and democratic institutions. Throughout her career, Langley has conducted campaign management, communications, coalition building, issues advocacy, good governance and accountability, leadership and strategic planning programs for democratic political and civic activists, business leaders, local elected officials and parliamentary and campaign staff. She has worked extensively with marginalized sectors of society including women, youth, and persons with disabilities.