Bahrain Fact:

Bahrain is an important financial center in the Persian Gulf.


Dr. Al Khalafalla

Al Khalafalla is a leading figure in the Muslim and Arab communities in the United States of America and Canada. He has a strong record of service in areas such as immigrant education and integration, interfaith dialogue, and public policies that affect immigrants. Currently, he is the President of Bahrain American Council .

Dr. Khalafalla has been recognized as a leader in not only the interfaith communities, but also as an advocate for peace and humanity.  He received the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Governor of Virginia in 2009.  He has also received other awards for his humanitarian and interfaith initiatives.

Khalafalla has served on several Boards, including as President of the Board of Directors of Ibn Rushd Cultural Center from 2002-2008; Chairman of the Board of Iqra Academy of Virginia from 2008-2010; Executive Director of Virginia Institute for Peace from 2007-2010; Chairman of the Islamic Academy of Virginia from 2006-2008; Vice Chair on the Board of A More Perfect Union.

Dr. Khalafalla currently serves on the Boards for Betateach College, Virginia Medical Institute, and the Unites States Institute of Peace Darfur Forum.

In 2008 Khalafalla was appointed as an Ambassador for Peace for his dedication to the African and Middle Eastern Peace Initiatives.  The appointment was made by the Universal Peace Federation, one of the world’s largest peace organizations.

Dr. Khalafalla has been featured on numerous occasions in the media, and has spoken to a variety of audiences regarding political crisis, peace, and humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and Africa. 

He has appeared on Alhurra TV to discuss the crisis and democracy in Sudan as a Senior Analyst of African Affairs.  He has also appeared on Alrabia TV, Bahrain TV, Nile TV, local Richmond cable television stations discussing issues regarding Islam, September 11, Darfur, and Muslims in America.

He has written many articles that have appeared in The Daily Caller, Alayam, a Bahraini newspaper, Gulf Daily News, and the Bahrain Tribune.

He has spoken at many local and international conferences, including in Doha, Qatar in 2009 regarding interfaith dialogue, at the International Law and Religion Symposium in Provo, Utah and Georgetown, Washington, DC in 2007, and at the United States Institute Conference regarding the civil war and conflict in the heart of Africa.

Dr. Khalafalla has also authored numerous papers regarding challenges that face religions, regional conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, and US immigration policy.

Vice Chairman
Ambassador Richard Carlson

Richard W. Carlson is Vice Chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank engaged in the War on Terrorism. Ambassador Carlson writes a syndicated newspaper column and hosts the “Danger Zone” radio show on WMAL in Washington, DC. He was formerly the CEO of mBLAST, Inc., an Internet software provider which aggregates and disseminates data for business and industry worldwide. Ambassador Carlson was also a partner in Gately-Carlson, Inc. of Washington, DC, a consulting firm serving international trade and security clients.

He is the former President and CEO of King World Television, a Division of King World Productions formed to locate investment, partnership and production opportunities in public television worldwide. Ambassador Carlson had served as President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

He was the US Ambassador to the Republic of Seychelles from 1991-1992. From 1986-1991, he was Director of the Voice of America and Associate Director of the US Information Agency. He was also host of the weekly foreign affairs broadcast, “On The Line,” and had responsibility for Radio Martí broadcasts to Cuba and all US government TV broadcasts overseas, including the Worldnet TV network and the USIA Television and Film Service.

Ambassador Carlson has spent 30 years in journalism and business. He has received 18 major journalism awards, including three Emmys and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. His articles have appeared in numerous publications. He has served as a director and trustee of various corporations and foundations.

Board Member
Matthew Freedman — President, Global Impact, Inc.

Matthew Freedman, President of Global Impact, Inc., has advised the Departments of State and Defense. He served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Transition Director for the Agency for International Development, the Trade and Development Agency, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He was appointed Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Deputy to the US Ambassador to the United Nations; and Counselor in the Bureau of Verification, Compliance and Implementation. At the Defense Department he served as Senior Advisor, Department of the Navy. He also was appointed to the Advisory Board for Africa of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Mr. Freedman served as Chief of Party for numerous national and global efforts on behalf of the World Bank, the USG, and the private sector where he hired and managed in-country staffs spanning from Russia to the Philippines. He has managed numerous international electoral campaigns to promote the rule of law from South Africa to South Korea. Mr. Freedman is also a recognized international health expert having advised the USG/Gates Foundation’s Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI), the World Health Organization’s Rollback Malaria Program, and the US Government’s flagship international child health program, BASICS II.

In his earlier career in Washington, Mr. Freedman served in the U.S. government in numerous capacities, including Staff Director in the Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean, Office of the Secretary of State; International Development Policy Advisor and Coordinator for Narcotics and Terrorism Control at the Agency for International Development; and staff member at both the Office of Management and Budget and the White House National Security Council.

Mr. Freedman currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council for International Understanding in New York and on the Advisory Board of Indigo Telecom Australia.

Board Member
John Eddy — Partner, Southern Meridian

John Eddy is a Partner with Southern Meridian, a political consulting firm headquartered in California, with offices in Arkansas and elsewhere. Prior to becoming Partner at Southern Meridian, John ran a private finance company with investments in clean energy, banking, and various domestic and international start-up ventures. He served as the National Victory Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC), where he was responsible for direct strategic management and fiduciary oversight of the national political budget. Before being asked to serve at the RNC, John was appointed by President Bush as Deputy White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Office of the Attorney General.

Mr. Eddy has decades of political experience, beginning over 25 years ago when he was the charter volunteer and lead spokesman for Kids Voting USA, a national citizenship education program for youth. His service as Chairman of the Board for American Majority, a non-partisan grassroots political training organization, is evidence of his continued passion for citizen education. American Majority has trained over 18,000 activists and candidates nationwide and plays a leading role in the conservative grassroots movement. John is an Executive Committee Member for the Republican Party of Arkansas. He also is the state chapter President for United Against a Nuclear Iran, led by Ambassador Mark Wallace.

When John was the RNC’s Deputy Regional Political Director for 16 states, his portfolio included the East and West coasts as well as various coalitions such as Eastern Europeans, Irish Americans, and various outreach groups. He helped organize support for a NATO nuclear missile defense shield, working with former Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) negotiator General Edward L. Rowny. He led delegations to the National Security Council and addressed the prestigious American Foreign Policy Council concerning Bush Administration efforts to support democratic movements in Eastern Europe.

John and his wife enjoy supporting Our House, a shelter for working homeless people; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas; KIPP Delta Public Schools; The Pat Tillman Foundation; the Arkansas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; and the Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center.

Board Member
Dr. Michael R. Czinkota

Michael Czinkota teaches international business and marketing in the Graduate School of Business at Georgetown University, where he also served as the chairman of the National Center for Export-Import Studies.  He also holds the chair in international marketing at the Birmingham Business School in the U.K. Fluent in Spanish and German, he has held professorial appointments in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. 

Dr. Czinkota served in the U.S. government during the Reagan and Bush Administrations, heading the Office of Trade Finance. He was also the delegate to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.  In the Bureau of Export Administration he was senior advisor for export controls. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce he was responsible for trade analysis and retaliatory actions.  He also was head of the U.S. Delegation to the OECD Industry Committee in Paris and led several trade missions to Asia.

Dr. Czinkota was a partner in a fur trading firm and in an advertising agency. His academic work has focused on export development and the internationalization of small and medium sized firms. He was named as one of the top three contributors to the international business literature and was the 2007 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Marketing presented by the American Marketing Association.

Dr. Czinkota has worked with the U.S. Department of State on terrorism preparedness and has testified before Congress on the topic. He is the author of Global Business: Positioning Ventures Ahead(Routledge, 2011)which reflects the challenges of international management in a world of conflict and uncertainty. He also wrote two leading college texts, International Marketing 9th editionand International Business, 8h edition.

Dr. Czinkota serves on the Global Advisory Board of the American Marketing Association, the Global Council of the American Management Association, and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He is a member of the American Council on Germany. He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Czinkota serves on several corporate boards particularly in the export financing and small business export development area. He has also worked with corporations such as AT&T, IBM, GE, Nestle, and US WEST. He has advised the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. General Accountability Office on trade policy issues.  He also serves as advisor to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

Dr. Czinkota was born and raised in Germany and educated in Austria, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.  He studied law and business administration at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg and was awarded a two-year Fulbright Scholarship.  He holds an MBA in international business and a Ph.D. in logistics from The Ohio State University.





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