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.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Kenney Auditorium

1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW


10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Turkey and Transatlantic Relations Book launch

Opening remarks:

Sasha Toperich, Director, Mediterranean Basin Initiative, CTR-SAIS


Donald Jensen, Senior Fellow, CTR – SAIS

Kilic Bugra Kanat, Research Director, SETA Foundation Washington D.C.

Jennifer Miel, Executive Director, U.S.-Turkey Business Council,U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Serdar Altay, Coordinator for Strategic Planning, Research and Development, ISPAT


Aylin Unver Noi, Senior Fellow, CTR – SAIS


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm



1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Towards It’s European Future

Opening remarks:

Vildana Selimbegovic, Editor-in-Chief, Oslobodjenje;“CTR SAIS “Mediterranean Leadership” awardee 2015


Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of EU Delegation in BiH

Goran Mirascic, Operation Officer, The World Bank Group, BiH

Valentin Inzko, High Representative, OHR, BiH

Mak Kamenica, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Energy Investment Activity


Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow, CTR – SAIS


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Coffee Break


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Algeria and Transatlantic Relations Book launch

Opening remarks:

Ali Haddad, CEO, ETRHB Haddad Group (Algeria)


Ismael Chikhoune, President, US – Algeria Business Council

Jeremy Berndt, Deputy Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs, Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, Department of State

Mehdi Bendimerad, CEO, SPS – System Panneaux Sandwichs,Vice President


Samy Boukaila, Fellow, CTR – SAIS


CTR SAIS 2017 Mediterranean Basin Award Ceremony

6:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Kenney AuditoriumJohns Hopkins University SAIS

1740 Massachusetts, Ave, NW, Washington DC

Welcome by:

Sasha Toperich Senior Fellow, CTR – SAIS

Address by:

Mujo SelimovicChairman, CTR SAIS Mediterranean Basin Corporate Advisory Board


Omar A. Bahlaiwa, 

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

Jeff Fortenberry

Member of Congress (R-NE)

Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour

CEO, Sonatrach, (Algeria)

Steve Lutes

Vice President for the Middle East, US Chamber of Commerce

Omar A. Mohanna
Chairman, Suez Cement Group of Companies, (Egypt)

Chris Murphy
US Senator (D-CT)

Zoran Zaev

Prime Minister, (Republic of Macedonia)

Roger Wicker

US Senator (R-MI)

7:00 pm

Closing remarks

Andras Simonyi

Managing Director, CTR – SAIS                     

Cocktail reception to follow.