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Senior Middle East Communications Consultant

Arlington, VA, 22202
September 19, 2008

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Experienced communications and program manager with more than 11 years experience managing a wide variety of communications and international affairs issues with government (both US and foreign), private sector, and international non-governmental organizations (NGO). Skilled in Program Management with proven track record of successfully managing both long-term programs that involve public relations and crisis communications, as well as event-focused programs. Proven ability in providing briefings (both written and oral) for officials at the highest levels of foreign governments and target organizations. Outstanding track record in advocacy with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, relationship-building, both within and outside of the organization, and a high sense of multi-cultural awareness. Active participant in many high-profile international events. Served as both a contract and work assignment manager. Managed and coordinated teams of professionals, researchers and technical experts. Managed personnel and provided solutions for staffing issues; prepared and managed budgets; oversaw subcontractors, contracted consultant and vendor services.


2007—Present Strategic Communications Consultant Washington, D.C.

ICF International

• Manage the first Regional Breast Cancer Conference in the Middle East, funded by the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in Amman, Jordan. Provide business advisor services, strategic communications and marketing strategy, pre-planning, cost control, meeting execution, sponsorship sales and relationship management.

The Brookings Institution

• Conceptualized and managed the annual 200+ attendee U.S.-Islamic World Forum leader's conference in Doha, Qatar, and other regional fora. This included developing a new Website, develop a unique Forum “brand”, as well as communicating with high-level officials (including the office of President Hamid Karzai, Admiral Fallon, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,...etc).

• Identified speakers and topics for current and potential programs.

• Assigned and supervised work of Program Assistants and Project interns; directed staff in making logistical arrangements for all DC-based and overseas events.

2003—2007 ICF International Washington, D.C.

Project Manager

• Served as Communications Director for the startup phase of the State of Louisiana’s Road Home Program—the largest housing recovery program in U.S. history. Designed communications programs and supervised project team; managed Ad agency; and Special Events with the Governor’s office for the Opening of the Housing Assistance Centers throughout the State.

• Supported the launch of the U.S.–Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research in the U.A.E. The Partnership is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative and the Office of Public Diplomacy. Oversaw a team of professionals to develop press releases, media lists and media pitching for both the U.S. and Middle East. Managed the development of English and Arabic collateral materials and press kits, and coordinated with State Department and Former Undersecretary Karen Hughes’ office.

• Successfully managed multiple projects simultaneously with annual budgets ranging from $30K to $6 million per contract.

• Supervised project teams; managed a team of four professionals; oversaw client program budgeting and financial management; developed and maintained positive client and media relationships; provided day-to-day client management and counsel; developed messaging, wrote and edited communications strategies, press releases, and other communication pieces; worked with staff to pitch and field media inquiries; prepared briefings and Q&A’s.

• Planned, directed and coordinated all aspects of special events; booth design; drafted and designed collateral materials; developed and implemented public relations campaigns; located qualified vendors and managed vendor relationships.

2001—2003 The Cadmus Group Washington, DC


• Designed and managed strategic marketing and communications programs; supervised project teams; oversaw client program budgeting and financial management; developed and maintained positive client and media relationships; provided day-to-day client management and counsel.

• Drafted and edited complex documents including communications plans, fact sheets, and brochures; secured placements in a wide array of media including trade publications and national print, broadcast and electronic outlets.

• Generated and responded to new business development opportunities which led to more than $1.5 million in revenues; served as direct report for junior staff.

2000—2001 Embassy of Jordan Washington, DC

Communications/Financial Specialist

• Worked directly with Ambassador Marwan Muasher (now Jordan’s Foreign Minister) on redesigning and maintaining the Embassy’s Web site.

• Managed the financial accounts of Jordan’s visiting dignitaries.

1997—2000 Chemonics International Washington, DC/Cairo, Egypt

Systems Analyst

• Developed a Vehicle Emissions Testing (VET) marketing campaign in Cairo—the first of its kind in the Middle East. This work was part of a $60 million project funded by U.S. Agency for International Development.

• Worked directly with Egypt’s Minister of Environmental Affairs and the Ministry of Interior to design the VET campaign.

• Developed and drafted collateral materials.


American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science


Arabic – Native Fluency (Reading, writing, and speaking)

English – Fluent


U.S. Citizen

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