Here are some of our extraordinary C3 Summit past speakers:

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    Chemi Peres

    Managing General Partner and Co-Founder
    Pitango Venture Capital

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    Ambassador William Roebuck

    US Ambassador to Bahrain

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    Ellen Lord

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Textron Systems

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    Ambassador Joseph Westphal

    US Ambassador to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Tala bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

    Member International Advisory Committee
    National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

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    Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

    Al Habtoor Group

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    General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.)

    Wesley K. Clark & Associates, LLC

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    Elizabeth Richard

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
    U.S. Department of State

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    Edward Burton

    Chief Executive Officer and President
    U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council

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    General David H. Petraeus

    US Army, Retired;
    Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency;
    KKR Global Institute

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    Jared Kushner

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    Ambassador Frances D. Cook

    Former Ambassador
    Sultanate of Oman

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    Rabbi Arthur Schneier

    Founder & President
    Appeal of Conscience Foundation

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    His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Bahrain Foreign Minister

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    Dr. Henry Kissinger

    Kissinger Associates, Inc.
    Former Secretary of State
    United States of America

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    Tamara Cofman Wittes

    Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy
    Center for Middle East Policy
    Brookings Institution

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    Nahlah Al-Jubier

    Center for Career Development
    Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission

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    Ambassador Leslie Rowe

    Office of Global Health Diplomacy
    U.S. Department of State

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    Samer Khoury

    President of Engineering & Construction
    Consolidated Contractors Company

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    Wael Fakharany

    Regional Director
    Egypt & North Africa

Speaker Bios 2019 (Subject to Change)

His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani (Secretary-General, Corporation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC))

His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani is a Bahraini engineer and retired lieutenant general. He has been the secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since April 1, 2011. He is the fifth GCC secretary-general and the first with a military background since the GCC was established.

His Excellency Dr. Al-Zayani was born in Muharraq in Bahrain. He graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK, and is also a 1978 graduate of the aeronautical engineering program in Perth, Scotland. In 1980, he received his master’s degree in logistics management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. In 1986 he earned a Ph.D. in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

His Excellency Dr. Al-Zayani attended command and general staff courses in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1988 and received the Sword of Honor along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army. In 2008, he attended the leaders development program at Harvard University.

His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa (Ambassador U.S. Embassy, Kingdom of Bahrain)

His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s royal family, was appointed his country’s ambassador to the United States in April 2017. He presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on July 22, 2017. He replaces another member of the royal family, Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Khalifa.

His Excellency is the son of Bahraini Interior Minister Lieutenant General Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa. He graduated from Ibn Khuldoon National School in 1997 and came to the United States for college. He earned a B.S. in management from Bentley College (now Bentley University) in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2001 and an MBA from the same school in 2003. Bentley opened a Bentley in Bahrain program in 2002.

His Excellency returned to Bahrain and was made head of educational affairs for the Royal Family Council. Two years later, he was director of education and the Social Affairs Directorate. In 2007, he was named director of planning and followup for the General Organization for Youth and Sports. The following year he became the organization’s human resources director.

In March 2010, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa appointed His Excellency to a four-year term as governor of Bahrain’s Southern Governorate, the largest such political division. He was reappointed in 2015.

His Excellency is also a member of the National Commission for Drug Control.

Ambassador Salah Sarhan (Chief Representative, League of Arab States Mission)

Ambassador Salah Sarhan was born in the city of Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Sarhan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomatic attaché in 1977 in the Department of Bilateral Economic Relations. He served as the 3rd Secretary in Economic Research in the Saudi Embassy in London from 1979-1985 and as a 2nd Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia in Geneve from 1985-1988.

Ambassador Sarhan assumed the position of Director of the Department of International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1997, as well as Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia from 1997 to 1998. Ambassador Sarhan also served as Deputy Ambassador in the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Arab League in Cairo from 1998 to 2001. He held the position of Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia from 2001 – 2005 and from 2005-2008, he assumed the position of Director of Judicial Affairs of the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Ambassador Sarhan was the first Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 2009-2014 and the non-resident Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Cambodia from 2012-2014. Since 2015, he served as the Chief Representative of the League of Arab States Mission in Washington DC until present. He represented the Arab League in the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS held in 2018 at the U.S Department of State.

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Ms. Cynthia Gonzalez (Executive Director, International Patient Services, Cook Children’s Health Care System)

Ms. Cynthia Gonzalez is Executive Director of the International Patient Services Program within Cook Children’s Health Care System. Prior to joining Cook Children’s in 2014, Ms. Gonzalez spent over 35 years working for and leading large sales and international business development teams at Fortune 100 companies such as IBM, Microsoft & Symantec where she developed exceptional skills in marketing and strategic sales initiatives and was appointed a Diversity Leader.

Among other notable achievements, the International Patient Services Program, while under her leadership, has expanded and transformed into a more efficient and impactful service line by deploying winning strategies and concierge, resort-like best practices. Ms. Gonzalez is guided by the belief that there are no limitations to what can be achieved for children when people work together in today’s globally interconnected world. “As long as there is need for children, I’ll keep going!” she says.

Ms. Gonzalez is a special advisor to the President of Visit Fort Worth, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau and a partner of the Bilateral U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce. She is married to Michael Gonzalez and they are the proud parents of 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Dr. Pamela Sherman, MD (Medical Director, International Patient Services and Director; Hand surgery Program, Cook Children's Medical Center)

Dr. Pamela Sherman, MD is the Medical Director of the International Patient Services Program and Director of the Hand Surgery Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Prior to joining their award winning Orthopedic team in 2010, her surgery practice included treating children and adults with hand/upper extremity cases. Her calling became children and with that, her trajectory brought her to Fort Worth.

During her residency and early career in New York, Dr. Sherman cared for many international patients with the intention to not only treat and heal, but to help their families find the patience and understanding needed to face the challenges ahead with their child’s recovery. She is a top rated doctor by families and professional peers alike, with comments like "Dr. Sherman has a fantastic bedside manner. She is informative and gracious. Treated our family like family,” which were posted online by appreciative parents.

Dr. Sherman graduated from Brown Medical School in 1992, having been a part of the combined baccalaureate-MD program in the program. She is a designated Castle Connolly, America’s Top Doctors recipient, an honor shared by only the top 1% of physicians in the country. Through her efforts, Cook Children’s is at present embarking on an upper extremity motion analysis lab. Additionally, Dr. Sherman is engaged in research in the areas of upper extremity motion assessments, robotic gloves for cerebral palsy patients and Vitamin D. Dr. Sherman believes that reaching physicians early in their careers to instill not only strong clinical expertise but the ability to convey compassion and sensitivity is vital. Her work in educating residents earned her the 2015 Teaching Award from the Fort Worth area hospital's Orthopedic Residency Program.

Dr. Sherman lives an abundant life in Fort Worth with her family which includes three teenagers. She serves as sports team Mom, interviews for her alma mater, runs, and loves to travel the world.

Dr. Don P. Wilson, MD (Medical Director, REACH Program, Cook Children’s Medical Center)

Dr. Don P. Wilson, a native of Newton, Mississippi, attended the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a degree in pre-medical education. He earned a medical degree from the University of Mississippi before completing pediatric residency training and post-graduate fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology and clinical lipidology.

In 1997, Dr. Wilson was selected as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Texas A&M University College of Medicine, a position he held for 12 years. In addition to overseeing an active research and medical education program, Dr. Wilson was instrumental in creating one of the first cardiovascular risk assessment clinics for children and adolescents. This clinic provided education to encourage healthy lifestyles, developed effective screening strategies and created novel interventions to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents at risk for premature cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Although most of his professional focus has been in the area of childhood diabetes, Dr. Wilson has expanded his role in the related areas of childhood obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. He is board certified by the American Board of Lipidology, a Fellow of the National Lipid Association and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Wilson is currently a member of the board of directors of the Southwest Lipid Association and the American Board of Clinical Lipidology.

Recognizing that current approaches have proven inadequate to identify and effectively address the growing concern of premature cardiovascular disease, Dr. Wilson has been working with local, regional and national experts to create a better clinical care model that will provide enhanced health care, assessment, research and education for children and adolescents with genetic and acquired forms of dyslipidemia.

In 2009 Dr. Wilson was recruited to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Working with a host of primary care providers, community leaders and the academic community, Dr. Wilson was able to create a unique Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Research and Education program (C.A.R.E.) serving as the program’s director from 2009 – 2011. While in Arizona, he served as a member of Arizona’s American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) subcommittee for childhood obesity and was selected by the National American Academy of Pediatrics to serve on a task force to evaluate the feasibility of a national obesity registry. In 2011, Dr. Wilson joined Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX, where he currently serves as the Endowed Chair, Cardiovascular Health and Risk Prevention Program.

Dr. Mark A. Davis, MD, MS (Vice President, Brigham Health International; Executive Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives, Brigham Health; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School)

Dr. Mark A. Davis, MD, MS, FACEP, CPE, serves as the Executive Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives at Brigham and Women’s Healthcare, Harvard Medical School. In this role Dr. Davis focuses on strategic planning, execution, and collaboration for BWHC and National and International Partners with the Chief of Business Development and leadership throughout BWHC. He previously served as Medical Director Network Development for the health system. Business Development works with internal and external constituencies to grow high level relationships, promote seamless integration of care, and establish new service line structures. Dr. Davis evaluates and creates new partnerships and procedures to streamline access to tertiary/quaternary care when required by implementing a “right care, right place” philosophy. Partnership models are tailored to specific needs and circumstances for each organization whether national, or international. Dr. Davis created a new telemedicine referral network tool targeting access for the most complex patients in support of the objectives of the organization and its collaborating partners. Previously, Dr. Davis served as the Director, Physician Performance and Professional Development for the Department of Emergency Medicine, where he had Operational Responsibility in mentoring and managing physicians within the credentialing program that he developed in order to maintain compliance with new national standards and metrics. Dr. Davis also led Strategic Planning and was the Operational Leader as the Physician Executive Consultant of Brigham and Women’s Healthcare for a community hospital in Rhode Island.

Dr. Davis was the founding director for the Institute for International Emergency Medicine and Health (IEMH) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In his capacity as Director, Dr. Davis focused on International Medical Training, curriculum development, mass casualty preparedness, research, and medical capacities improvement in diverse environments. He was the Principle Investigator for multiple emergency medical development training initiatives and centers throughout the world. He was also the series editor for a symptom and literature based series of medical textbooks. International Training Projects have included emergency medical development in the Middle East funded by the United States Department of State (USDOS), front-line health human capacity development in Africa in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), and trauma training in Romania, which has been supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Davis was also the PI on a tele-education/telemedicine initiative funded by the Department of Agriculture that promotes partnership between IEMH and Native Americans in underserved areas.

Dr. Davis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1990 as a Penn Medical Scholar. He was concurrently enrolled in the Masters in Science degree program from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In 1990, he received the National Research Council Fellowship Award from the National Academy of Sciences at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and was appointed Visiting Scientist at the Medical Sciences Division at JSC in 1991. He completed an internship at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, and his residency at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles. Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has been an Attending Physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine since 2000.

Dr. Jeffrey Golden, MD (Chair, Dept. of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Ramzi S. Cotran Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School)

Dr. Jeffrey Golden is Chair of the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Ramzi S. Cotran Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. He leads a department that performs more than 7 million clinical laboratory tests each year and also conducts cutting-edge clinical, translational, and basic science research.

In addition, Dr. Golden is overseeing the development and implementation of a computational pathology program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which uses data derived from all areas of pathology to advance personalized medicine. As a neuropathologist, he is interested in the diagnosis of developmental disorders of the nervous system and runs a research lab in developmental neurobiology, where the main focus is on cell migration. Dr. Golden’s work has been recognized with a number of awards and lectureships and he has been elected to many local, national and international positions.

Dr. Giles W.L. Boland, MD (Chair, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School)

Dr. Giles Boland is an internationally recognized radiologist. He serves as Chair of the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. As Chair of Radiology, Dr. Boland is responsible for a department that performs and interprets approximately 800,000 imaging exams each year and includes 120 attending physicians, a large research department, 100 physician trainees, and a large complement of additional personnel. His current focus is on the delivery of cost-effective patient outcomes, including practice and workflow redesign and management, and the use of information technology to improve outcomes.

Dr. Boland’s work extends to improving the patient experience, wellness, and the development of new markets. He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on these topics and has conducted presentations in over 15 countries on these issues. As a practicing radiologist, his interests lie in abdominal imaging. Dr. Boland is Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Radiology (Practice Management) and has 17 years of industry experience related to the role of imaging biomarkers in drug development. He is the past president of the Society of Abdominal Radiology.

Danny E. Sebright (President, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council)

Mr. Danny E. Sebright was appointed in June 2008 as President of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, the key organization building commercial ties and growing business opportunities between the two countries.

Previously, Mr. Sebright worked at the geo-strategic advisory firm The Cohen Group from 2002-2016. Prior to this, he served as the Defense Department’s Director of the Policy Executive Secretariat for the global war on terrorism from 2001-2002 during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and Operation NOBLE EAGLE. He was awarded the Department of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award for his service to his country.

Mr. Sebright also served in the Office of the Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Defense from 1995-2001, advising the Defense Department on the Middle East Peace Process, regional arms sales, and counter-proliferation initiatives. Mr. Sebright coordinated and implemented U.S. foreign military sales to Israel and many other countries in the Middle East. He received the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Security Policy for his work on the Middle East Peace Process. Prior to this, Mr. Sebright served with the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1984 to 1995 as a career intelligence officer, earning numerous Intelligence Community awards for his service.

Mr. Sebright earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2001. He earned his BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 1984.

Dr. Nizar N. Zein, MD (Director, Hepatology Center; Chairman Global Patient Services, The Cleveland Clinic)

Dr. Nizar Zein, MD is the Director of Hepatology Centre and the inaugural endowed holder of the Mikati Foundation Chair in Liver Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic. He received several awards, including the American Liver Foundation Scholar Award, the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research Mentorship. He has been recognized for academic excellence by the Syrian American Medical Society and honored for his leadership and community service by the Ana G. Mendez University of Puerto Rico as the recipient of Presidential Medal in 2011. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the Cleveland Clinic in 2015. He is appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic in 2017.

Dr. Zein’s research focuses on improving disease and treatment outcome in patients with the Hepatitis C virus before and after liver transplantation. He has authored over 200 publications, and has been the Principal Investigator of several large clinical trials. He holds several patents and established a research group at Cleveland Clinic focused on 3D printing of solid organs.

Dr. Zein is actively involved in the education of fellows and residents being trained at the Cleveland Clinic. He has been recognized by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Teacher of the Year, a distinction that reflects his commitment to the education and mentorship of young physicians.

Dr. Zein has served as the Editor of “The Year in Gastroenterology and Hepatology” associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Special Section Editor of “Liver Transplantation” and an editorial board member of Hepatology and Gastroenterology & Hepatology. His education included: University of Tishreen, Syria (MD); Medical College of Ohio (residency 1988-1992); Mayo Clinic (fellowship 1992-1996); Mayo Clinic (Mayo Scholar 1996-1997); Harvard Business School (eMBA/PLD 2016-2017).

Ms. Cathy Easter (President and CEO, Houston Methodist, Global Health Care Services; Senior Vice President, Community Development)

Ms. Easter is responsible for global operations, corporate strategy, business development and community engagement. Ms. Easter’s key responsibilities include establishing short and long-term global strategies for Houston Methodist, as well as leading international consulting and management projects. Houston Methodist has one of the largest international patient programs in the United States where she provides operational oversight while guiding the education and training programs for international learners and leading global brand and business development.

She has been instrumental in expanding Houston Methodist’s global footprint to include twelve offices throughout Latin America and the Middle East including branch offices in Dubai, UAE and Riyadh, KSA. Consulting services has continued to expand including recent developments in Shanghai, China and Izmir, Turkey.

In addition to her global responsibilities, Ms. Easter leads strategic initiatives related to market share growth within the United States through regional business development and strategic partnerships, including established Employer Health Solutions which engages employers through direct to employer offerings.

Her community engagement efforts have spanned over 25 years and include development of the Houston Methodist Community Benefits department and grant making program focused on partnerships with local Federally Qualified Health Centers, free clinics, specialty services and mental health providers to ensure access to care. She developed an employee volunteer program, ICARE in Action, which engages in employees in volunteerism with greater Houston community agencies.

In 2017, Ms Easter was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. In 2016, She was one of five recipients awarded the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Women in Executive Leadership Award for her contributions to local, regional and global economies. She currently serves on the board of the US Arab Bilateral, The Clinton Foundation’s Houston Advisory Council and The Greater Houston Partnership Healthcare Committee. In 2004, she was named an “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare Magazine. She is a frequent speaker on global business and healthcare related topics.

Dr. Kurt Newman, MD (President and CEO, Children's Hospital, Washington, D.C.)

Dr. Kurt Newman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's National, is a surgeon and recognized leader in pediatric health nationally and in Washington, D.C. Since becoming CEO in 2011, he has fostered a culture of patient-centered care and championed innovations in research, operations and clinical care. He has forged productive partnerships with other health systems in the region, with government and community entities and with industry at the local, national and global level. He is also a strong advocate for expanding mental health access for kids and has led two national forums on this issue.

Dr. Newman joined Children’s National as a surgical fellow in 1984 and became Surgeon-in-Chief and Senior Vice President for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care in 2003. He was instrumental in developing the vision for the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National, inspired by the bold vision of making surgery for children minimally invasive and pain-free. When the Institute was created in 2009 through a transformational $150 million gift, Dr. Newman served as founding Vice President.

Currently, Dr. Newman serves as the chairman of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees and previously served as the Chair of the Committee on Advocacy and Policy. He is also a member of the board of directors for the District of Columbia Hospital Association. In addition, Dr. Newman serves on the board of the Economic Club of Washington, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, D.C. Chamber of Commerce and Fight for Children. Previously, he served as a board member of commissioners of the Joint Commission, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, as Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success in Virginia.

Dr. Newman is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his medical education at Duke University. He completed his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and also served as the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow at Harvard Medical School. In 2017, Dr. Newman’s medical memoir, Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine, debuted as an Amazon bestseller in pediatrics and earned national attention and critical praise in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post and Harvard Business Review.

Dr. Djaoued Bedjaoui, MD (Senior Medical Advisor, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Washington, D.C.)


Dr. J. Hunter Young, MD, MHS, focuses his research program on the genetics and molecular epidemiology of cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes, and population-based approaches to the management of these conditions. In his epidemiological work, he studies the factors related to the worldwide variation in prevalence of these conditions and the factors related to their poor control. In his program development work, he provides oversight in the development, implementation, and evaluation of novel, population-based approaches to their prevention and management.

Dr. John Duke Anthony (Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations)

Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and currently serves on the United States Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its Subcommittee on Sanctions. In 2012, he chaired and was the core lecturer in the Council’s 26th Annual 10-Week University Student Summer Internship Program’s Academic Seminar on Arabia and the Gulf. For the past 38 years, he has been a consultant and regular lecturer on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf for the Departments of Defense and State. He is former Chair, Near East and North Africa Program, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State as well as former Chair of the Department’s Advanced Arabian Peninsula Studies Seminar. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1986, Dr. Anthony has been a frequent participant in its study groups on issues relating to the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf regions and the broader Arab and Islamic world. More recently, Dr. Anthony was elected to the Board of Advisors of the Yemen College for Middle Eastern Studies. For the Fall 2012 semester, in addition to fulfilling his duties as Council President and CEO and Adviser to the Department of State, he was appointed Dean’s Chair in International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he taught the Institute’s first-ever course on “Politics of the Arabian Peninsula” to First (Senior) and Second (Junior) classmen.

On June 21, 2000, on the occasion of his first official visit to the United States, H.M King Muhammad VI of Morocco knighted Dr. Anthony, bestowing upon him the Medal of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite, the nation of Morocco’s highest award for excellence. In addition to heading the National Council, consulting, lecturing, and serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management (DISAM) since 1974, Dr. Anthony has been an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies since 2006. There, he developed a course for graduate students on “Politics of the Arabian Peninsula,” the first such semester-long academic course to be offered at any American university. In 2007, he was Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies. In 2008 he was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo’s HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin ‘Abdalaziz Al-Sa’ud Center for American Studies.

In 1983, Dr. Anthony received DISAM’s Distinguished Achievement Award, one of three granted to American Middle East specialists in the Institute’s history. In March 1989, the Kappa Alpha Order’s National Executive bestowed upon him its Distinguished Public Service Award for Excellence “through a strenuous and useful Life of Service to others.” In 1993, he received the U.S. Department of State’s Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Award, one of three awarded over a span of 25 years in recognition of his preparation of American diplomatic and defense personnel assigned to the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf states. In 1994, he received the Stevens Award for Outstanding Contributions to American-Arab Understanding. In May 2008, the Rotary Club of the Nation’s Capital bestowed upon him its first-ever Local Giants Leadership Award.

Dr. Anthony is the only American to have been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the former People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (1969-1970). In 1971, he was cosponsored by the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State as the sole American scholar to observe at firsthand the process by which the British ceased administering the defense and foreign relations for nine Arab states lining the coastal regions of eastern Arabia and the Gulf. His long experience in Yemen led to Dr. Anthony being asked to serve as an international observer in all four of Yemen’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Dr. Anthony is the only American to have been invited to each of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC’s inception in 1981. (The GCC is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). Since 1986 and continuing until the present, Dr. Anthony has accompanied more than 200 Members of Congress, their chiefs of staff, defense and foreign affairs advisers, and legislative and communications directors on fact-finding missions to the Arab world. From 1996 until the present, he has also served as the principal scholar-escort for delegations to various GCC countries, Egypt, and Yemen comprised of 132 officers assigned to the staff of the Commander, U.S. Central Command, including Generals J.H. Binford Peay III, Anthony C. Zinni, Tommy Franks, John P. Abizaid, David Petraeus, James Mattis, and Admiral William Fallon.

Dr. Anthony is the author of three books, the editor of a fourth, and has published more than 175 articles and essays, and five monographs dealing with America’s interests and involvement in the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. His best-known works are Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum; The Middle East: Oil, Politics, and Development (editor and co-author) and, together with J. E. Peterson, Historical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia. Among his more recent publications are The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), 2002; “The Future Significance of the Gulf Cooperation Council,” in Global Strategic Developments: A Futuristic Vision, Abu Dhabi, UAE: ECSSR, 2012; “The Intervention in Bahrain through the Lenses of its Supporters” and “Challenges Facing NATO in Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq,” all four published by ECSSR in the Summer and Fall of 2011; “War with Iran: Regional Reactions and Requirements,” published by Middle East Policy and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, 2008; “Strategic Dynamics of Iran-GCC Relations,” in Jean-François Seznec and Mimi Kirk, eds., Industrialization in the Gulf: A Socioeconomic Revolution, New York: Routledge, 2011; and “Measuring the Iraq War ‘Accomplishments’ Through the Lens of Its Authors: A Preliminary Assessment”: a revised and edited version of an address presented to the Axis for Peace conference held in Brussels by Voltaire Network, 2005, published by the National Council.

In addition to being the founder and chief facilitator and moderator of the Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, now in its 21st year, Dr. Anthony has been a founder, board member, and Secretary of the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee; founding President of the Middle East Educational Trust; co-founder of the Commission on Israeli-Palestinian Peace; founding President of the Society for Gulf Arab Studies; co-founder and board member of the National Commission to Commemorate the 14th Centennial of Islam; and founder and former chairman of the U.S.-Morocco Affairs Council. In 2006 he was elected Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of the International Foreign Policy Association in Washington, D.C.

After completion of his U.S. Army active duty military service, the Commonwealth of Virginia granted Dr. Anthony a four-year State Cadetship Award which allowed him to enroll at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in History. At VMI, he was elected president of his class all four years in addition to serving as president of the Corps of Cadets’ Government General and Executive Committees during his First Class Year. He later earned a Master of Science Degree in Foreign Service (With Distinction) from the Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where, in addition to holding one of three University Scholar Awards, he was inducted into the National Political Science Honor Society. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., where he held a National Defense in Foreign Language Scholarship for Arabic, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, and was appointed in 1973 to SAIS’ full-time faculty while still a student. For nearly a decade, Dr. Anthony taught courses on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf States at SAIS. He has been a Visiting and Adjunct Professor at the Defense Intelligence College, the Woodrow Wilson School of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Universities of Pennsylvania and Texas, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a regular lecturer at the National War College.

Dr. Anthony passed his proficiency exam in French at the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1966. He passed his proficiency exam in Arabic at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1969 following study there as well as at Princeton University and the American University in Cairo’s Center for Arabic Study Abroad.

Dr. Anthony is married to Cynthia Burns McDonald, Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of the American University in Cairo, and has twin sons.

Dr. Maan Fares, MD (Vice Chairman, Global Patient Services, The Cleveland Clinic)

Dr. Maan Fares, MD, is a practicing cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Vice Chairman of Global Patient Services, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey.

As a global health care organization with an international reputation for excellence in specialty care particularly in cardiovascular diseases. The department of Global Patients Services helps in organizing the care and management of more than 5,000 patients annually. Patients arrive from all corners of the globe with immensely diverse backgrounds seeking various health care needs. Their care demands excellence in management of complex medical illnesses and special cultural awareness to ensure a better experience and superb outcomes.

Dr. Fares is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology/cardiovascular imaging (Level II, including SPECT and PET) and echocardiographic imaging (Level II) and has completed Level II training in cardiac CT angiography. He performs nearly 2,000 nuclear stress tests, 2,000 adult echocardiograms, and more than 2,500 stress tests and EKGs each year.

Dr. Fares earned his medical degree from the University of Damascus, School of Medicine, Syria. He completed a residency at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at New England Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Fares spent time on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, as a clinical associate in echocardiography. Prior to his appointment to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2013, Dr. Fares was a member of the Ohio Permanent Medical Group/Kaiser Permanente medical staff and Chief of Cardiology. Additional positions he held with Kaiser Permanente Ohio include Associate Medical Director for Medical Specialties and member of the Board of Directors.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and is a founding member of the Syrian American Medical Society.

Dr. Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD, MBA (Attending Physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Chair Heatobiliary Task Force, National Cancer Institute)

Dr. Ghassan Abou-Alfa joined the Gastrointestinal Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York back in 2001. Dr. Abou-Alfa specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers and in particular, liver cancer. Dr. Abou-Alfa received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and completed his post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine. He received his MBA from Columbia University.

Dr. Abou-Alfa serves as the chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Task Force for Hepatobiliary Cancers, the chair of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) Non-AIDS Defining Malignancies (NADC) Liver/GI Task Force, and is the President-Elect for the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology. Dr. Abou-Alfa has lectured worldwide on the subject on gastrointestinal malignancies. He serves as the chair the medical/scientific board of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and the Blue Faery Liver Foundation, and also serves on the National Medical Advisory Committee of the American Liver Foundation.

Dr. Abou-Alfa has also spearheaded many international projects since 2006, and now serves on the institutional leadership panel for international healthcare. Dr. Abou-Alfa helped Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center establish a strong relationship with many institutions worldwide, with an ongoing faculty exchange, repeated video-link conferencing, and class-training courses with China and the Middle East. These joint collaborations have led to the development of the first joint tissue bank with a shared database with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and supported fellowship opportunities for excelling medical graduates. Dr. Abou-Alfa has also helped promote and enhance the MSKCC international patients’ referral base.

Dr. Gabi Hanna, MD (Executive Director, Duke Translational Research Unit; Associate Director, Duke Cancer Institute, Surgical Facility; VP,, American Remote Health)

Dr. Gabi Hanna is an Associate Director at the Duke Cancer Institute, surgical and imaging facility which leads translation medicine and drug development to clinical work, foster innovations design and conduct preclinical researches translational to clinic and patient care. Collaborate and work with Biotech and pharmaceutical industry to conduct preclinical and translation research at Duke, including: Clinical trial; GLP good laboratory practice; IND new drugs development; IDE and medical device development; novel imaging methods.

Dr. Hanna worked with GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical on antiangiogenic therapy project. He led the multidisciplinary team at Duke to develop new treatment protocol based the tumor oxygenation after evaluation the different antiangiogenic therapies on cancer prognosis; microenvironment; vascular; drug delivery; EMT; VGF; PDGF.

Dr. Hanna is also the President, Chairman of North Carolina Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. As serial entrepreneurs, Dr. Hanna took the role to be the president and chairman for the professional society dedicated to advancing healthcare innovation. By linking clinicians, entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, VC/ PE, universities, industries and policymakers with creative business strategy to create next generation of technology to get to the new area of medical practice.

Dr. Hanna newest technology start-up is AMERICAN REMOTE HEALTH and TeleCancer. It is the first and only Telemedicine service and app that focuses on cancer and chronic diseases to improves the outcome care. By utilizing telecommunication technology, it helps extend the medical advanced knowledge and research of academia centers and top universities like Duke, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, NIH, Harvard, etc. beyond the wall of universities.Patients have the option to upload their complete medical records (via HIPPA compliant apps or EMR web system) and communicate to the top 2% of doctors in US. American Remote Health doctors will provide a written treatment plan including genetic personalized treatment and clinical trials; collaborate on the treatment with the local doctors; or arrange the treatment and logistic for patients to come to the best hospital to receive the treatment/ surgery upon the next day of their arrival. American Remote Health is not just saving lives and improving outcome but eliminating unnecessary surgeries, and possibly "wrong" treatments.

Dr. Hanna graduated medical school from Aleppo, surgical internship acting at University of Texas Medical Branch and his Radiation Oncology postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University.

Dr. Michael E. Kupferman, MD, MBA, FACS (Senior Vice President, Division of Clinical and Academic Network Development, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Dr. Michael Kupferman is the Senior Vice President of Clinical and Academic Network Development at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In this role, Dr. Kupferman leads the development, management and growth of clinical oncology and research programs across the Cancer Network, inclusive of domestic and international partnerships. He is a Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, and is an internationally-recognized expert in Head and Neck Oncology, with expertise in the surgical management of pediatric head and neck cancers and skull base tumors.

His clinical practice focuses on upper aerodigestive tract cancers, melanoma, salivary gland and skull base tumors, as well as robotic surgery of the head and neck. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed residency in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship in advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and he received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and his laboratory research in the mechanisms of metastasis has been funded by the NIH, ACS, AHNS, AAO-HNSF and numerous private foundations.

Ambassador Isobel Coleman (U.S. Representative to the United Nations, UN Management and Reform)

Ambassador Isobel Coleman is a foreign policy expert with extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and national security issues with a regional focus on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

From 2014-2017 she served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management, Reform and Special Political Affairs. In that capacity, Ambassador Coleman led U.S. efforts to reform the $40 billion UN system by imposing fiscal discipline, increasing transparency and accountability, She also led U.S. efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers. She was the Obama Administration's chief spokesperson on these issues, testifying several times before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. During 2016 and early 2017, Ambassador Coleman represented the United States in the UN Security Council, with responsibility for Africa, Asia and peacekeeping issues. She negotiated Security Council resolutions on South Sudan, Darfur, The Gambia, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and North Korea.

From 2002-2014, Dr. Coleman was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York where she wrote extensively about the economic development of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, and also about women's rights, civil society, and democratization for publications such as the The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Dr. Coleman is the author and coauthor of, and contributor to, numerous books including Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World (Routledge, 2015), Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons from Democratic Transitions (Council on Foreign Relations, 2013) and Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East (Random House, 2010), She is a frequent speaker at academic, business, and policy conferences, including delivering a well-received TED Talk in 2013. In 2011, Newsweek named her as one of "150 Women Who Shake the World."

Prior to CFR, Dr. Coleman was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. where she worked with major financial institutions. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School and in East Asian Studies. She attended Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship where she earned MPhil and DPhil degrees in International Relations.

Mr. John Payne (Chairman & CEO, PURELIFE Health Sciences Group, LLC)

Mr. John Payne is Chairman & CEO of PURELIFE Health Sciences Group and heads a team of scientific researchers focusing on genetics and its relation to diabetes. The Arizona and Florida based research group has spent 23 years researching and identifying causes and solutions to metabolic syndrome health issues based on genetics, DNA based nutritional adaptation, and the interactions between genes that are critical to live long & healthy lives. Significant research has been done in Africa and Australia to identify genetically compatible ingestible sources to support broad spectrum human health, taking into consideration xenohormesis, and how it can affect mitochondrial and telomere health, geography, ethnicity and culture. PURELIFE Health Sciences has bio-engineered scientific formulas and clinical protocols that meet the WHO criteria for being genetically compatible, while reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system resulting in prevention of, and long-term reversal of diabetes. They bridge mankind’s ancient, genetically determined DNA with the biological human needs of today. What we eat and drink must match our inherited DNA to be effective in supporting our overall health and wellness. PURELIFE Health Sciences provides the innovative matched resources for health and healthy weight management.


Researcher • Author • Formulator Product / Ingredient Platform Development More than 35 years of experience in developing ingredient platforms for medical and nutraceutical products domestically and internationally. Devoted to developing natural health products that are genetic based and genetically compatible. Concentrating on ingredient profiles that are based on traditional food resources that address the large and growing need for genetic based nutrition.


  • Research/Development/Technology
  • Nutraceuticals for the prevention and long term reversal of type 2 Diabetes.
  • Platform for fruit & vegetable extracts for health and Diabetes.
  • Plant based high viscosity polysaccharides for menopause symptoms.
  • Nutraceuticals for immune system enhancement.
  • Pure Minerals for bone, teeth, osteoporosis and dental health.
  • Plant based weight loss formulas and body composition improvements that work thru the digestive system.
  • Anti-inflammatory formulas to dampen systemic inflammation.

Dr. George Cheriyan, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, MBA (Corporate CEO/Chief Medical Officer, American Mission Hospital, Bahrain)

Dr. George Cheriyan, MD, FRCP (Lon), FRCPI, MBA is the Corporate CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the American Mission Hospital (AMH) in Bahrain, the oldest hospital in the GCC. He worked as a Neonatologist for over 25 years after obtaining his post graduate training in Pediatrics in London at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and sub-specialization in Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Cheriyan has also worked as a Consultant Neonatologist in the National Health Service In London before moving up to take up a position as Head of Neonatology at the Saudi Aramco Hospital where he worked for 18 years in various capacities of leadership. He is a trained ‘Improvement Advisor’ in Healthcare quality from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, MA where he was adjunct teaching member of the faculty and has been an invited speaker at various healthcare Forums both in and outside of the US.

He further obtained training in Healthcare management at the Harvard Business School and is both an alumni of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His area of interest is the economics in developing a model of non-profit healthcare which is both affordable and of high quality.

Dr. Aftab Ahmed (Vice President & Chief Science Officer, PureLife Health Sciences Group)

Dr. Aftab Ahmed is Vice President & Chief Science Officer of PURELIFE Health Sciences Group, a scientific medical research organization that is doing extensive research on diabetes, obesity & infectious diseases.

Dr. Aftab Ahmed has more than thirty years of experience in administration, business, teaching, research & training in the health & science field. He has completed many international research projects in collaboration with the National Institute of Health, Uniformed Services of Health Sciences, US AID, Harvard International Development, Medstar Research Institute, Obetech, Obesity Research Center & Tissue Technologies. He has worked with the International Referral Epidemic Center “Infectious Diseases.” Additionally, Dr. Ahmed has participated in many clinical trial studies on water born diseases, i.e. typhoid fever & diarrhea.

His primary interests are metabolic syndrome, infectious diseases & biochemistry/biotechnology. He has written “Complications of Obesity” published in the Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition and “The Serum Proteins in Health and Disease” published in “Protein Structure Function Relationship”.

Dr. Ahmed has more than 100 publications & scientific presentations.

Ms. Carmel Mulvany (Advisor, United Nations, Office for Partnerships)

Ms.Carmel Mulvany has over 25 years experience creating and managing strategic communications and advising high-profile business leaders and public figures on global issues. She has held executive positions at the United Nations and World Vision and is currently a consultant with Alt Beatty Associates, specializing in international development.

At the United Nations, she created the UN Works Programme, developing groundbreaking partnerships with media networks, celebrity advocates, NGOs, foundations and corporations to engage the public on global issues. She worked with the Secretary-General’s office to position the Millennium Summit, which adopted the Millennium Development Goals and on major UN Conferences in the United States, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

During her time at World Vision, she was Head of Media and Public Affairs for World Vision where she was instrumental in bringing the 63rd annual UN NGO Conference on Global Health to Australia for 2010.

Ms. Mulvany is an advisor to the UN Office for Partnerships and is also a board member of PACT, a US and UK based charity to protect children.

Mr. Olivier Jarry (CEO, Lifnano)

Mr. Olivier Jarry is CEO of Lifnano. Previously, he was the founder of 3xBL and a strategic partner of Endeva. In his 28 year tenure in the Healthcare, Nutrition and Consulting industries, he has generated profitable, organic and inorganic growth for a number of organizations.

At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mr Jarry has coordinated the transformation of the Emerging Markets division, accelerating the adaptation to fast changing environments, and enhancing the Market Access function.

At Bayer, he has led the Bayer Diabetes Care business unit to increased market shares in most countries, launching 5 innovative products in 2009 and 2010, which have been acclaimed in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among other media.

At Novartis, he has re-launched the strategic plan process for Novartis Consumer Health, managed M&A and BD&L across several business units, developed Infant Nutrition in Latin America and in Asia, launched a for-profit access to medicines business in India. He has also grown the European business of Novartis Vaccines and helped governments address the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic.

At Danone, Mr. Jarry has led Strategy and M&A for the beverages division after having managed Finance and Operations in North America, jointly for several business units.

At Accenture, he has designed and conducted major enterprise transformation programs with more than 60 companies in durable and consumer goods, leading a dozen pre-acquisition and post-merger integration projects.

Mr. Jarry has assembled talented, successful and very diverse teams in a variety of settings and countries: commercial operations for consumer goods in Latin America, partnerships in Japan, due diligence in China, government sales in the ex-Communist bloc, etc. He has led value-added negotiations of acquisitions (up to USD 1 billion), divestitures and alliances, as well as more than 16 post-merger integration projects in Canada, the USA, Brazil, Argentina, France, Poland, Hungary, etc.

He has served on an AFNOR/ISO standardization committee on Project Management and on the Board of AdvaMed Dx, the industry association for Advanced Medical Devices / Diagnostics.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from École Centrale de Paris, a diploma of the French Department of Defense and a TRIUM EMBA delivered jointly by New York University Stern School of Business (NYU), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Hautes Études Commerciales Paris (HEC).

Mr. Philippe Krolicki (Founder & CEO, p-valorem)

Mr. Philippe Krolicki is a biopharmaceutical executive with a deep understanding of commercial and payer models across the political and economic spectrum. Prior to founding p-valorem, he was with Pfizer for 22 years as a marker access lead. Mr. Krolicki is differentiated by the ability to advance tactical initiatives that translate aspirational strategic vision into tangible results. He brings broad expertise across a range of therapeutic areas, product life cycle, and geographic regions. He has lived and worked in France and Germany with dual US and French citizenships.

Ms. Oualae Alami (Vice President, Cluster Lead, Egypt, Levant, Iraq and Iran; Biopharmaceutical Group, Pfizer)

Ms. Oualae Alami is Vice President and leads Pfizer’s Biopharmaceutical Group business across Egypt, the Levant, Iraq and Iran. Her work is focused on building sustainable partnerships that recognize the value of innovation in research based medicines. Under her leadership, Pfizer partners with a variety of stakeholders to establish positive frameworks for innovation to flourish and aims to expand availability and access to high quality healthcare solutions.

In her previous role, Ms. Alami specialized in enabling access to cancer care. She was instrumental in establishing Pfizer’s oncology organization in Africa and the Middle East and positioned the company as a key player in advancing cancer care in the region.

Ms. Alami is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion with a focus on advancing women in leadership. She leads Pfizer’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in Africa and the Middle East and champions ongoing internal and external initiatives to ensure that Pfizer achieves its goal of being the best place for women in the industry to work. She is frequently invited to speak about this topic in regional forums and sits on the board of the Arab International Women’s Forum and a number of other key regional organizations.

Ms. Alami has more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She started her career as a pharmacist in Paris, and she worked in the marketing division of Novartis France before joining Pfizer in 2004. She served in a variety of leadership roles across Africa and the Middle East for Pfizer before moving to the regional office in Dubai in 2010.

Mr. Steve Lutes (Vice President, Middle East Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Mr. Steve Lutes is Vice President of Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for managing the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, the U.S.-GCC Business Initiative, and serves as executive director for each. In this capacity, Mr. Lutes is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs that promote U.S. business opportunities and investment in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. He works closely with Chamber member companies and business and government leaders to deepen and expand commercial relationships.

Mr. Lutes came to the Chamber from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) where he was a senior legislative affairs specialist in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. He focused on educating members of Congress on the benefits of trade and foreign direct investment and on advancing the Administration’s trade agenda on Capitol Hill, including securing passage of the United States-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Mr. Lutes also served as the congressional liaison to the President’s Export Council and the Manufacturing Council for the Department.

Previously, Mr. Lutes worked for the Republican Party in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked in conjunction with the Bush-Cheney reelection effort in Ohio through 2004, successfully directing political and grassroots strategy in central Ohio and helping turnout the largest county vote for former President George W. Bush in Ohio.

Earlier in his career, he worked on Capitol Hill and held a variety of positions, including press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff.

Dr. Narendra Pai, MD (Board Advisor, KMC)

American Board Certified in Anesthesiology.
American Board Certified in Pain Management.
President KMCUSA Alumni.
Danville, Pennsylvania, 17821

Mr. Ransel N. Potter (Founder, Managing Partner, C3 Summit, LLC)

Mr. Ransel Potter has been a guest speaker at financial and healthcare events in the Arab region and the United States. His contacts throughout the Arab world and the United States are with the top global financial institutions; high net worth families; and, government representatives, including several Sovereign Wealth Funds and Foreign Ministries; U.S. Department of State; United Nations; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; foreign diplomats; current and past Congressmen and Senators.

The founder and Managing Partner of C3 Summit International, he continues to build a rewarding career spanning three decades, and multiple industries, including many noteworthy achievements. His abilities to lead, strategize, develop business and maintain relationships have all contributed to his success.

In 2011, Mr. Potter founded Copara International which marketed financial research from Value Line to the Arab region. Copara provided technical research versus fundamental data as marketing instruments for quantifying selected public companies for client and institutional trades and investments. He personally negotiated with Value Line the international distribution rights regarding both terms and conditions. In less than 11 months, Mr. Potter established several funds in the Middle East using ValueLine research. One fund was capitalized and managed by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (the 50th strongest bank in the world). He also was successful in marketing a high yield fund for Thomson Reuters with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and The National Investor, a top boutique investment banking house located in Dubai. He was also responsible for engaging with the Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD) an assignment to incorporate a quantitative ranking system, with a $30 million GCC/MENA fund, managed by Invest AD.

In 2012, Mr. Potter founded C3 Summit LLC. Some of the more notable global dignitaries who have key noted past C3 Summits and received the prestigious C3 Lifetime Achievement Award have included: President Bill Clinton; Dr. Henry Kissinger; His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa; HRH Prince Faisal Bun Bandar Al Saud; Khalad Ahmed Al Habtoor; General Wesley Clark and General David Petraeus.

The mission of C3 Summit, as noted on its website is to ensure that both US and Arab businesses grow and prosper by providing unique and valuable commerce opportunities. By creating a global forum for both the US and the Arab world to explore private and public sector growth and employment generation, C3 Summit encourages each region to open new opportunities on the commercial front to enhance "knowledge transfer" and the welfare of freer trade. Since its founding, C3 Summit has partnered with XS conferences in Saudi Arabia to develop the highly successful Saudi-American Healthcare Forum, held annually at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton since 2014. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, both of whom were engaged by Mr. Potter, the Saudi-American Healthcare Forum, with the leadership of Mr. Potter, has attracted leading healthcare professionals and institutions including, among others: Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Cleveland Clinic. Sponsors recruited by Mr.Potter have included, to name a few, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, Microsoft, all of whom continue to support the C3 Summits.

Most recently, Mr. Potter, in partnership with XS Conferences &Exhibitions, led a reverse trade mission to the 2018 Jeddah Economic Forum comprised of CEO's from the private and public healthcare and business sectors.

Prior to founding Copara and C3 Summit, Mr. Potter was in Private Wealth Management with Morgan Stanley and licensed with a Series 7, Series 66 and Series 3. Morgan Stanley recognized the value of Mr. Potter's experience and relationships and, in 2007, they invited him to join the firm. Until December of 2010, Mr. Potter served as a Senior Partner on their Private Wealth Management team responsible for identifying viable business opportunities among high net worth clients, families, hedge funds and foundations. His introductions had been a cornerstone of the team's success producing more than $250 million of net new assets in 36 months.

In 1992, Mr. Potter founded Kinloch Marketing and occupied the role of CEO until 2007. Kinloch designed and brought to market sales lead generation and management systems for the Insurance, Banking and Energy industries. Kinloch's success was a direct result of Mr. Potter's leadership and a network he established with senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies.

In 1990, his previous achievements were recognized by Flair Communications and he was asked to run their NY office. He merged R.N. Potter Associates with Flair's New York office and built that regional office in to the largest of their five domestic offices, leaving in 1992 to establish Kinloch Marketing. He formed R.N. Potter Associates in 1984, a marketing and sales organization, which he headed until 1989. During that time, Mr. Potter personally initiated, negotiated and developed one of the largest independent contracts for advertising billboards with the Penn Central Corporation.

In 1980, Mr. Potter, together with a partner, started On Line Media, an innovative supermarket ad company. Within three years, they took On Line Media public, raising capital and watching the stock soar. Upon selling his shares of On Line Media in 1984, he formed R.N. Potter Associates. Mr. Potter, a graduate of Syracuse University, has six children and, with his wife, lives in Sag Harbor, NY.