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Ambassador Insight Series: Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States


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H.E. Lukman Faily at the podium with Mr. Godfrey and David L. Phillips

H.E. Lukman Faily , Anthony Godfrey,  U.S. State Department and David L Phillips, Chairman of the Board, Bilateral Chamber

On November 5-7, the Bilateral Chamber organized a multi-faceted business development mission for Iraqi Ambassador H.E. Lukman Faily during his inaugural visit to Houston, TX. The aim of this visit was to strengthen economic and cultural relationships between Houston and Iraq. The visit included the following briefings, site visits, and community events:

In addition, the three day visit included a breakfast briefing on November 6, where H.E. Ambassador Faily gave a “sobering, yet hopeful” address to a gathering of more than 100 Bilateral chamber members and supporters.

The program began with a special address by Anthony Godfrey, Iraq Country Director from the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Godfrey provided his first hand insight into the current U.S. position regarding the political security and economic outlook between the U.S and Iraq, stressing the importance of continuing to support Iraq as it works to rebuild its infrastructure and move toward a stabilized democracy.

Ambassador Faily then took the stage and provided some very frank viewpoints on the current state of affairs across multiple fronts. He noted that the situation with ISIL has served as a ‘wake up call’ to both the public and private sector leadership across all regions in Iraq and will, hopefully, result in a stronger and more united Iraq in the end.

On economic relations, the Ambassador stressed the importance of U.S. businesses maintaining a long-term view and staying the course toward developing mutually beneficial partnerships with their in-country counterparts. He acknowledged that the road to building truly reciprocal relationships will not be easy, but in the end, is absolutely necessary for mutual success.

Overall, the Ambassador’s message was one of cautious optimism about the future. He strongly affirmed his personal and professional commitment to supporting bilateral cultural and trade relations with the U.S private sector and expressed his thanks to the business leaders that continue to join him in this commitment.

The Bilateral Chamber thanks its members, sponsors, supporters and participants for their involvement and for being part of the ongoing conversation as Iraq seeks to make strides on the path towards stabilization.

 

 

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His Excellency Lukman Faily


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H.E. Lukman Faily

H.E. Lukman Faily

Appointed May 2013

Ambassador Faily represents a rising generation of professionals, business leaders, and civic activists who have returned in recent years to rebuild Iraq as a free-market democracy. Since his appointment as Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, he has worked tirelessly to improve US-Iraq relations, as well as drive efforts to rebuild and improve the daily lives of Iraqis everywhere.

 Prior to his appointment as a diplomat in various countries, Mr. Faily lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years, working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies. During his last ten years in the UK, he held senior management positions in two major American companies, Ceridan Centrefile and then Electronic Data Systems, which is now part of Hewlett Packard. In addition, he held consultancy and team-leader positions in the Information Technology sector. While living and working in the UK, Mr. Faily was an active leader within the large Iraqi exile community and served as a trustee for several non-governmental Iraqi organizations.

 From June 2010 until May 2013, Mr. Faily served as Iraq’s Ambassador to Japan. Prior to being Iraq’s ambassador to the US, he served as an Ambassador at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Faily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK in 1988. Continuing his postgraduate studies, he has completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management and a postgraduate degree in Computing for Commerce and Industry. Mr. Faily was born in Baghdad and is also Fluent in English, Arabic and Kurdish.

 

Ambassador Insight Series: U.A.E.


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On May 8, 2014, The Honorable Michael Corbin, U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, joined a select group of Bilateral Chamber Members for an executive roundtable discussion on the current and future outlook for U.S. businesses looking to do business in the Middle East.

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T.H. Michael Corbin – U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates – addresses audience questions regarding the current business climate and possible opportunities available in the UAE at the Bilateral Chamber’s Ambassador Insight Series: United Arab Emirates event hosted by Bracewell & Giuliani on May 8th, 2014.

Joined by our hosts at Bracewell & Giuliani, The Honorable Michael H. Corbin, United States Ambassador to the U.A.E. led an executive round table discussion giving participants the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with the Ambassador on a variety of U.S. and U.A.E. trade topics.

Registrants for this program gained rare access to Ambassador Corbin’s first hand insights on the U.A.E.’s aggressive efforts to diversify its economy and develop new industrial and commercial sectors and how they plan to leverage the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” toward this end as they prepare to host the 2020 WorldExpo in Dubai.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, The Honorable Michael H. Corbin most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to this assignment, he was Minister-Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2008 to 2009 and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria from 2006 to 2008.

Ambassador Corbin served as Minister Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo from 2003 to 2006. He was Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 to 2003. He served as Director of the Counter-Narcotics Section at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from 1997 to 2001 and Political-Military Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 1994 to 1997. His first overseas post was at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia from 1985-1987. He served in Kuwait from 1987 to 1989. Ambassador Corbin joined the Foreign Service in 1985.

The U.A.E. continues to serve as a strategic commercial hub for U.S. companies doing business across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. U.S. exports to the U.A.E. have increased by 25% driven by the following leading sector growth:

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Ambassador Insight Series: Qatar


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More than 100 multi sector leaders from across the Middle East and the United States gathered on May 6, 2014 at the offices of the Bilateral Chamber Strategic Partner member Bracewell & Giuliani to participate in Ambassador Series: Qatar.

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T.H. Susan L. Ziadeh – U.S. Ambassador to Qatar – makes the case for doing business in Qatar at the Bilateral Chamber Ambassador Insight Series program on May 6th, 2014.

During her keynote address, The Honorable Susan L. Ziadeh, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, urged a roomful of senior U.S. and MENA business leaders to take advantage of the Qatari Investment Authority’s intent to “pivot to the United States” as she underlined vast opportunities in healthcare, ICT, and infrastructure as Qatar readies itself for Qatar World Cup 2022.

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T.H. Susan L. Ziadeh – U.S. Ambassador to Qatar – poses for a photo with H.E. Mohammed A. Mohammed Al Homaid – Qatar Consul General to Houston – and Mr. John Brantley – Bilateral Chamber Advisory Board Member & Chairman of the Middle East Practice group at Bracewell & Giuliani.

Following her insightful remarks detailing expected Qatari projects and legislation and what they mean for U.S. companies thinking about expanding or initiating a presence in Qatar, Ambassador Ziadeh and Commercial Officer Robert Dunn accepted audience questions about regional politics, the consumer goods sector, and best practice business models in Qatar.

With the highest GDP in the world, Qatar is one of the most sought-after markets for U.S. companies in MENA.  Qatar maintains one of the world’s highest levels of capital spending on education and healthcare, and invested over $9 billion in FY 2012/2013 in these sectors alone.

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Mr. John Brantley – Bilateral Chamber Advisory Board Member & Chairman of the Middle East Practice group at Bracewell & Giuliani – introduces T.H. Ambassador Susan L. Ziadeh at the Bilateral Chamber’s Ambassador Insight Series: Qatar event held on May 6th, 2014.


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