The 5th annual Transatlantic Economic Forum will bring together government and business community leaders from 20 countries of the larger Mediterranean, including the Gulf and the Middle East, and is organized in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Monday, November 13

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Kenney Auditorium

1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW


8:30 – 9:30
Breakfast Registration


9:30 – 9:40
Welcoming remarks
Sasha Toperich, Director, Mediterranean Basin Initiative, CTR-SAIS


9:40 – 10:00
Keynote address
Amanda Bennett, Director, Voice of America
10:00 – 11:30       
“Doing Business in Maghreb”
Mahieddine Taleb, Advisor to CEO, Sonatrach, (Algeria)
Adel Mohsen Chaabane, AmCham (Tunisia)
Mustafa Sanalla, Chairman, National Oil Corporation, (Libya)
Omar Mohanna, Chairman, Suez Cement Group of Companies, (Egypt)
Asmaa El Mkhentar, Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy (Morocco)
Greg Lebedev, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
President and Chairman of the Board of CIPE
11:30 – 11:45
Coffee Break
11:45 – 1:15 pm       
“Doing Business in The Balkans”
Floreta Faber, Ambassador of Albania to the United States
Mujo Selimovic, CEO MIMS Group, Chairman, CTR-SAIS Mediterranean Basin Initiative Corporate Advisory Board
Michael Haltzel, CTR – SAIS Senior Fellow
1:15 pm
Keynote address:
Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator, (D-CT)
1:45 – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Keynote address:
Hon. Richard V. Spencer, U.S. Secretary of the Navy
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm    

“Security and Military Cooperation: Safeguarding the Mediterranean part 1”

Mitar Klikovac, LtC, Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché,
Embassy of Montenegro to the United States
                                   Dragan Galić, Colonel, Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché,
Embassy of Serbia to the United States
Khaled Shawky, Maj. Gen., Defense, Army, Naval & Air Force Attaché, U.S. and Canada, Embassy of Egypt to the United States
                                   Ayman Aldesouky Youssef, Minister Plenipotentiary, Political, Military and Economic Affairs, Embassy of Egypt to the United States
Hans Binnendijk, Senior Fellow, CTR – SAIS
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Coffee Break
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm    
“Security and Military Cooperation: Safeguarding the Mediterranean part 2”
Michael Barbero, Lieutenant General (ret)., United States Army
Fahrudin Radoncic, former Minister of Security, BiH
Pjer Simunovic, Ambassador of Croatia in the United States
Michael MacQueen, Senior Historian, Human Rights Violators and
War Crimes Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Don Jensen, Senior Fellow, CTR – SAIS