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1/28/2019
When: Monday, January 28, 2019
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Level 43 Sky Lounge
Four Points by Sheraton
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United States
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MONDAY, JANUARY 28

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Level 43 Sky Lounge 
Four Points by Sheraton 
Sheikh Zayed Road 
Dubai


ISOA Members and friends are invited to attend a Networking Reception hosted by our Middle East & Africa Chapter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Guests of Honor, Ambassadors (ret.) David Litt and Michael Corbin, will be in attendance to provide brief remarks and help kick off our initiatives in 2019. Please join us and other business leaders at this premiere event.

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GUESTS OF HONOR

David Litt, Ambassador (ret)

Executive Director - Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction

Executive Director - Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction Ambassador Litt has served as CSER’s Executive Director since February 2008. The Center designs, organizes and runs professional education programs for diverse organizational cultures that operate in crisis environments. Prior to that, Ambassador Litt served for 34 years as a career U.S. diplomat, specializing in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. He is the former US Ambassador to the UAE (1995-1998) and Consul General in Dubai ten years prior. In 2005-2006 he was the third-ranking officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, with the title of Political-Military Counselor, providing policy advice to the U.S. Ambassador, and serving as liaison between the Embassy and the Multi-National Forces – Iraq.

Prior to that, Ambassador Litt served for 34 years as a career U.S. diplomat, specializing in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. In 2005-2006 he was the third-ranking officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, with the title of Political-Military Counselor, providing policy advice to the U.S. Ambassador, and serving as liaison between the Embassy and the Multi-National Forces – Iraq. His final assignment as a Foreign Service Officer.

prior to retirement in 2008, was as the Associate Director for International Liaison at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Ambassador Litt entered the Foreign Service in 1974. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1995-1998) and as Consul General in Dubai ten years prior. Ambassador Litt was Political Advisor to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (1998-2004). While at the Department of State, Ambassador Litt served as the Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq), and also as Desk Officer for Saudi Arabia. In addition to a tour as economic/commercial officer in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the late 1970s, he served twice as political officer in Damascus, Syria. Just prior to his recent service in Baghdad, he was the State Department’s Diplomat-in-Residence at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Other assignments included Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger, and as a consular officer in Palermo, Italy. Among several other languages, he speaks Italian, French, Arabic, and Afghan-Persian (Dari).

Ambassador Litt was born on Dec. 27, 1949, in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in Miami, FL. He received a bachelor's degree with majors in history and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971, and a master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. in 1973. At SAIS, he specialized in European affairs and international economics. He attended Harvard University's Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2000.

He is married to the former Beatrice Ilardi, and has two children, Barbara and Giorgio.

 

Ambassador Michael Corbin

Ambassador (retired) - Corbin Crossroads Consulting

Ambassador Michael Corbin (retired), is CEO of Corbin Crossroads Consulting, a consulting company he established in the United Arab Emirates to help companies with business development activities in the broad region centered on the UAE.

Prior to focusing his efforts on the private sector, he was a career diplomat with extensive experience in the Middle East finishing his diplomatic service as US Ambassador to the UAE from July 2011 to December 2014. His consulting business provides targeted advice on political and economic circumstances in the region to support specific business development opportunities for a wide range of US and international companies.

During his diplomatic career, Michael Corbin helped to strengthen US business relations across all sectors, and focused on expanding US companies’ exports. He also developed broad political and economic experience of the Arab World from his service in some of its most challenging posts.

Prior to his tenure as Ambassador, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, as Minister-Counselor at the US Embassy in Baghdad from 2008 to 2009 and as Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Damascus, Syria, from 2006 to 2008. He served as Minister Counselor at the US Embassy in Cairo from 2003 to 2006 and Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs from 2001 to 2003. He served at US Embassy Cairo as Political-Military Affairs Officer, and at the US Embassies in Tunis and in Kuwait after joining the State Department in January 1985. He also served as Director of the Counter-Narcotics Section at the US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1997 to 2001. Ambassador Corbin received a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. He speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish and resides in Dubai, UAE.

EVENT INFORMATION

Event is free to attend but guests must RSVP in order to gain access. Please bring a photo ID.

Dress: Business smart or casual

Please note that food and beverage will not be provided. Attendees may pay by cash bar. 

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