National Advisory Board

Executive Committee

Manal Saab – Chair
Vice President
SGT LTD
Chief Human Resources Officer
Sorensen Gross Construction Services
Flint, Michigan

Ismael Ahmed – Co-Chair
Associate Provost
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Dearborn, Michigan

Rosette Ajluni
Philanthropist
Bloomfield, Michigan

Lina Dirani
Business Manager
Dirani Dental Group
Bloomfield, Michigan

Edward Gabriel
President & CEO
The Gabriel Company
Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco
Washington, D.C.

Maha Jano
Interior Designer
Maha Jano Interiors
Bloomfield, Michigan

Patricia E. Mooradian
President
The Henry Ford
Dearborn, Michigan

Hoda Succar
Owner
Crystal Lace and Company
Bloomfield, Michigan

Fawwaz T. Ulaby
R. Jamison & Betty Williams Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Dexter, Michigan


Honorary Members

Richard A. Abdoo
Chairman of the Board and CEO (retired)
Wisconsin Energy Corporation
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan

Suleiman Al-Awadi
Civil Engineer and Secretary
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
Kuwait

His Excellency Bader Al-Dafa
Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
United Nations
Doha, Qatar

Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr. (R-Louisiana)
Washington, D.C.

Jamie Farr
Actor, Philanthropist
Bell Canyon, California

Yousif B. Ghafari
Former Ambassador to Slovenia
Dearborn, Michigan

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California)
Vista, California

Honorable Chris John
Lobbyist; former U.S. Representative (D-Louisiana)
Washington, D.C.

Kathy Najimy
Actor, Activist
Studio City, California

Jacques Nasser
Former CEO
Ford Motor Company
Bloomfield, Michigan

Congressman Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia)
Washington, D.C.

Shamel Rushwin
Executive Faculty
Wayne State University
Vice President (retired) 
Ford Motor Company
Detroit, Michigan

Tony Shalhoub
Actor, Community Activist
Los Angeles, California

Senator John E. Sununu (R-New Hampshire)
Washington, D.C.

Ahmed Zewail
Nobel Prize Laureate
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California


Board Members

Rashid Abdu
Surgeon (retired), Visiting Professor, Author
Canfield, Ohio

Jane Abraham
President
Abraham Strategies
McLean, Virginia

Malek Akkad
Producer
Los Angeles, California

Nazeeh Aranki
Scientist
JPL/NASA
Financial Planner
Pasadena, California

Bassam Barazi
Real Estate Developer
Houston, Texas

Maya Berry
Executive Director
Arab American Institute
Washington, D.C.

Amer Bisat
Partner, Portfolio Manager
Traxis Partners
Author
New York, New York

Ahmad Chebbani
Entrepreneur
Dearborn, Michigan

Debbie Dingell
Vice Chair
General Motors Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Russell J. Ebeid
President, Glass USA Division
Guardian Industries Corp., Retired 
Bloomfield, Michigan

Farouk El-Baz
Professor
Boston University Center for Remote Sensing
Laconia, New Hampshire

Inea Bushnaq Engler
Author, Community Activist
New York, New York

Jack Hanania

Founder & President
Hanania Automotive Group

Jacksonville, Florida

Leila Hilal

Director, Middle East Initiative
New America Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Irene Hirano
President
U.S.–Japan Council
Rockville, Maryland

Ghada Irani
Philanthropist
Beverly Hills, California

Adib Kassis
Manager
USA – MEA
New York, New York

Ihsen Ketata
Lecturer
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia

Asaad Kelada
Director
Studio City, California

Philip S. Khoury
Professor and Associate Provost
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Somerville, Massachusetts

Clovis Maksoud
Professor, Director
Center for the Global South
American University
Washington, D.C.

Albert Mokhiber
Attorney
Reston, Virginia

Ghada M. Muhanna
Educator, Community Activist
Atlanta, Georgia

Rima Nashashibi
President
NWPC – Orange County
Laguna Hills, California


Adil Naji

President & CEO
Arabesque
Alexandria, Virginia

Ziad S. Ojakli
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Ford Motor Company
Falls Church, Virginia

Michael Saba
Executive Director - Development
Sanford World Clinics
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 

Wafa Salah
Community Activist
Bloomfield, Michigan

George Salem
Attorney
Washington, D.C.

Helen Samhan
Former Executive Director
Arab American Institute
Falls Church, Virginia

Harold Samhat
Businessman
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Betty H. Sams
Community Activist
Bethesda, Maryland

Jack Shaheen
Professor, Author, Media Critic
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Aziz Shaibani
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Nerve and Musicle Center of Texas
Adjunct Professor of Neurology, KUMC
Houston, Texas

Ann Tanous
Vice President
Lynx Investment Advisory
Washington, D.C.

Emery Younes
Vice President & Community Development Officer, Greater Los Angeles
Wells Fargo & Company

Alhambra, California

 

 

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