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GCC Insight Series: The Vision Behind the Numbers

Featuring Special Invited Guest: T.H. Barbara A. Leaf - U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | Houston, TX*

*Location details to be made available upon completed registration

Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am  Program: 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Member Fee: $50.00 Non-Member Fee: $75.00

We invite you to register and now and attend this timely GCC Insight Series:  featuring some of the foremost diplomatic, public and private sector expertise on how U.S. companies can gain access to the incredible opportunities this export market represents. In 2016, US companies exported more than $68 Billion worth of goods and services to the Middle East and more than $51 Billion (more than ⅔ ) of that went to the GCC.

With a special address by career diplomat The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, current U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, followed by a panel discussion led by Senior Commercial Officer for the UAE and Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the entire GCC, Dao Le, participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding the multitude of mega-projects available surrounding opportunities like Dubai Expo 2020.

Senior leadership from regional organizations including the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and the USA/KSA Eastern Province Chamber will also be on hand to offer the private sector perspective on the opportunities and challenges for companies looking to enter or strengthen their position in the global economy, making this an opportunity not to be missed.

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Barbara A. Leaf was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates on November 17, 2014. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Arabian Peninsula in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2013-2014, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq from 2011-2013. Ambassador Leaf directed the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in the strategic province of Basrah, Iraq from 2010-2011, leaving an assignment as Political Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, to oversee the PRT’s transition to a U.S. Consulate General. Prior to Rome, Ambassador Leaf served as the first Director of the Department of State’s Office of Iranian Affairs.

From 2004-2006, Ambassador Leaf served as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she helped advance key U.S. policy goals on democratization and political reform, counter-terrorism, and regional reintegration among the former combatant states of the former Yugoslavia. From 2003-2004, she directed the Regional Headquarters of the Office of the High Representative (OHR), in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, enforcing implementation of civilian aspects of the Dayton peace accords, including the return of refugees to areas from which they had been ethnically cleansed.

From 2001-2003, Ambassador Leaf served as Advisor to the Department’s Medical Director, in a position created in the wake of September 11 to develop medical and security programs to counter and respond to chemical/biological/nuclear threats to U.S. diplomatic installations abroad.

From 1996-2000, Ambassador Leaf served as the Department’s Middle East “Watcher” at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, reporting on French policies on Iraq, Iran, the Arab-Israeli dispute, Libya, and terrorism issues.

Ambassador Leaf’s previous tours include assignments in Cairo, as Kuwait Desk Officer during the first Gulf War, Jerusalem, the Department’s Operations Center, and Port-au-Prince.

Ambassador Leaf is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, and has received six Superior Honor and four Meritorious Honor Awards during her career. She received a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, with a focus on Soviet Affairs.

Ambassador Leaf speaks Arabic, French, Italian, and Serbo-Croatian.




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