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Patton Boggs and AmCham Libya: Libya Industry Day

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Patton Boggs LLP 2550 M St NW Washington, DC 20037

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How U.S. Companies Can Enter the Libyan Market and Help Libya Address Its Greatest Challenges

Patton Boggs and the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya invite you to join Libyan and U.S. government officials and business leaders in a discussion highlighting Libya’s available investment opportunities within the securities and defense, construction, and health care industries.


10:30am Welcome and Introduction (Richard Griffiths, American Chamber of Commerce in Libya)

Keynote speakers:
  • Brigadier General Ali Saaid Belgassam, Libyan Administration of Defense
  • Michael Cousins, Editor-In-Chief, Libya Herald
10:55am Defense and Security – Filling the Security Vacuum (Panel discussion followed by Q&A)
  • Colonel Jubran Abodgeer, Office of Procurement, Libyan Ministry of Defense
  • John Reed, Department of Defense Country Director, Africa Team Lead for Operations, DSCA/OPS/AFW
  • Major Randle W. Tankersley, USAF Country Director, Africa Division, SAF/IARA-Pentagon
  • Colonel Ibrahim El Fortia, Defense Attache, Embassy of Libya in the United States
  • The Honorable Mary Beth Long, CEO, Askari Defense & Intelligence LLC (former Assistant Secretary of Defense)
  • Brian Feser, Textron Marine & Land Systems VP, Strategy and Communications, and Director International Operations
  • Andrew Zdunich, Libya Country Manager, Garda World International (will provide up-to-date briefing on security situation)
  • Richard Griffiths, American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (moderator)
12:30pm Addressing Libya’s Problems Through Private Sector Engagement
(Lunch and Panel discussion followed by Q&A)
  • Ambassador Bill Roebuck, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Maghreb Affairs and former Charge de Affaires US Embassy in Libya, Department of State
  • Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali, Former Ambassador of Libya to the United States
  • Ambassador W. Robert Pearson, President, IREX (former Director General of the US Foreign Service)
  • David M. Tafuri, Partner, Patton Boggs (moderator)
1:40pm Critical Needs and Getting Started in Libya (Panel discussion followed by Q&A)
  • Dr. Mahmoud Usta Omar, Health Attache, Embassy of Libya in the United States
  • Dr. Reida El Oakley, World Health Organisation, Libya Representative
  • Alexandra Wrage, President TRACE International
  • Chris Wilken, Libya Desk Officer, Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Chris Shoemaker, Senior Vice President, CEVA
  • David E. Dunn, Partner, Patton Boggs (moderator)
2:30pm Closing Remarks (Richard Griffiths, American Chamber of Commerce in Libya)