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.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Registration

9:30 – 9:35 a.m.

Welcoming remarks

Daniel Serwer, CTR – SAIS Senior Fellow

9:35 – 10:30 a.m.

Working Through Reforms: What’s Next?

Marinko Cavara, President, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bruce Berton, OSCE Ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dejan Vanjek, Foreign Policy advisor to Dragan Covic, Chairman of the Presidency of BiH


Daniel Serwer, CTR – SAIS Senior Fellow

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

“Diversifying Economies: The Private Sector As The Key To Building Prosperity”


Dalibor Milos, Chairman of Supervisory Board, Aluminij d.d., (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Ali Haddad, CEO, ETRHB Haddad Group (Algeria)

Hisham Fahmy, AmCham Egypt, Inc. (Egypt)

Andras Simonyi, Managing Director, CTR – SAIS

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Coffee Break

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

“Macedonia: Turning New Page”


 Kocho Angjushev, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs

Lilica Kitanovska, Voice of America Macedonia Service Chief


Edward Joseph, Senior Fellow, CTR – SAIS
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.         Lunch

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

“The Gulf countries: Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation”

                                  Omar A. Bahlaiwa, President, Optimum business consulting bureau (OBCB),
Member of the board of committee for international trade (CIT), (Saudi Arabia)

 Bilal Sabouni, CEO, American Business Council in Dubai, (UAE)

 Khush Choksy, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Turkey Affairs


4:30 – 4:45 p.m.    Coffee Break


4:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Regional and Transatlantic Cooperation: A Key To Growth and Prosperity


 Mehdi Bendimerad, Vice President, Algerian Business Association

Jasmin Mahmuzic, Director, Banking Agency of the Federation of BiH


  Steve Lutes, Vice President for the Middle East, U.S. Chamber of Commerce