The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) today named Mr. Jamal Bafagih to serve as Director of NUSACC’s Houston office, effective immediately. An experienced business executive and entrepreneur, with service in the public and private sectors in the Middle East and the United States, Bafagih comes to NUSACC with a strong track record of building bilateral trade and economic relationships between the United States and the Arab world.
David Hamod, President & CEO of the National U.S. – Arab Chamber of Commerce, noted, “Jamal brings global and regional experience, as well as a wealth of public and private sector contacts in the Arabian Gulf, that will be of considerable value to NUSACC as we expand our services to Texas, across the United States, and throughout the Arab world. We are delighted to welcome Jamal to the NUSACC team.”
“I am honored to accept the position of Director at the National U.S. – Arab Chamber of Commerce,” said Bafagih. “I love Houston, and from a personal and professional standpoint, my appointment could not have come at a more exciting time. Thanks to visionary leadership, Houston has become a leading trade and investment destination in the United States with increasingly important connections to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). With the resources and nationwide reach of NUSACC available to me, we will have the ability to create a world-class operation in Houston that will serve the needs of the business community in Texas and beyond.”
NUSACC (www.nusacc.org) is America’s longest serving organization dedicated to U.S.-Arab business and is the only commercial entity in the United States that is recognized by the League of Arab States. For more than four decades, NUSACC has been widely regarded as the voice of American business in the Arab world and the premier private sector portal to the United States for Arab commercial enterprises. Serving more than 25,000 stakeholder companies, the Chamber is a non-partisan, non-profit organization registered under U.S. law as a 501-c-6 chamber of commerce. NUSACC now has five offices around the United States: Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC (headquarters).
Prior to joining NUSACC, Bafagih served as Chief Operating Officer and founder of Abu Dhabi- based Entilaq, a leading consultancy firm focused mainly on supporting U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) interested in exporting products and services overseas, especially to the Arabian Gulf. For more than two decades, from 1985 to 2010, Bafagih served with distinction with the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State at the U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He served as a Senior Commercial and Consular Specialist. Throughout his tenure with the U.S. Government, Bafagih orchestrated a number of transformative initiatives. In 2009, for example, he helped U.S. firms to export over $6 billion in U.S. goods and services to the UAE.
The Honorable Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, said, “Houston has had long-standing connections throughout the Middle East. While energy is one part of our dynamic relationship, we also rely on substantial synergies in medicine, aerospace, academia, construction, food and hospitality services to name a few. Given the importance we place on strong and growing ties with the MENA region, we welcome NUSACC’s decision to appoint Mr. Jamal Bafagih as the director of its newly reopened Houston office.”