AMCHAM LIBYA

ABOUT AMCHAM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Worldwide, its members include some of the world’s largest corporations that conduct business globally, as well as smaller organizations that are looking to grow their international reach and rely on the support of the Chamber to achieve their goal. There are currently 117 international Chambers in 103 countries that are affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce based in Washington D.C.

SERVICES

As members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AmChams benefit from innumerable services and privileges associated with U.S. Chamber membership. AmChams advance the interests and views of U.S. business overseas to uphold the highest standards of commercial practice, and to serve as a bridge to communicate the point of view of the U.S. trade partners to the American business public. Through AmChams, business people of the United States and host countries come together and promote their mutual interests. AmChams can be an important force in helping to create opportunities for international businesses in foreign countries, which in turn brings significant value to the countries where the business is being conducted. The U.S. Chamber mission in Africa is to build lasting prosperity for Africans and Americans through job creation and entrepreneurial spirit.

The major activity of an AmCham is to provide services to member firms who support the organization. AmCham Libya facilitates business between the U.S. and Libya, provides a forum in which American and Libyan business people can identify and address common areas of interest regarding their commercial interests in Libya and has as its goal the promotion of a vibrant economy, while protecting and advancing the interests of our members, and the community as a whole.

The reconstruction of Libya is one of the largest and most important undertakings in the region in recent memory. Libyans deserve the best of what the world can offer, and businesses that are willing to make the commitment have the opportunity to reap great benefits. It is in this spirit that AmCham Libya strives to help both sides.

OUR BOARD

Ambassador Richard B. Norland

Honorary Chairman

Ambassador Norland was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Libya on August 1, 2019.  A career diplomat, Ambassador Norland most recently served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.  Previously he served as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Deputy Chief of Mission in Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Mission in Latvia.  He has also served as the International Affairs Advisor/Deputy Commandant at the National War College, as a Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, and as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

DEBBIE HIRST

Director

Debbie comes from a background in emerging markets, energy and investment banking. Her experience includes senior positions on the investor, lender and government sides of projects. She spent many years in Project Finance and Export Finance at BNP Paribas, including as Managing Director and Regional Head, leading an international team located on multiple continents. Prior to Libya, she worked for the government of Oman, preparing and running competitive bids for power generation and water desalination plants, as well as managing the privatization of state-owned power facilities. Resident in Libya since 2013, she is on the board of two Libyan companies in the industrial and construction materials sectors.

Libya is the 11th country Debbie has lived in. An American citizen, Debbie has a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

AHMED I. AL-GHAZALI

Deputy Director

Ahmed has an extensive career as an entrepreneur and businessman. He has owned and operated a marble and granite factory and quarry in Egypt, and founded an international media company as well as a real estate development company involved in the construction of residential buildings and agriculture projects.

He has also been involved as an American brand franchisee in Libya as well as in the radio sector. He is an owner of various Libyan companies, including: Capital Group Consultants, B.S.K. Libya Construction, Nu Horizon Media and Emdad IT & Communications.

Ahmed has a degree in Business Administration from the American University in London as well as a Masters in Marketing from Webster University.

CHRISTOPHER WATSON – AMI

Board Member

Mr. Watson joined AMI in 2016 and quickly advanced through the company to serve as AMI’s Country Manager for AMI Libya and as Director of Commercial Operations from July 2019. As Director of Commercial Operations at AMI, he is responsible for managing complex global operations and identifying potential market development opportunities for the company. Christopher is focused on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth in support of the organization’s mission.

His career began with ten years of military service in various key leadership capacities across multiple geographical regions in support of operations during the global war on terror campaign.

In addition to his executive career, Christopher serves on several advisory boards and the AMI Libya Board of Directors.

Tarek Eltumi – Eltumi & Co

Board Member

Tarek is the founder and managing partner of a leading Libyan law firm, Eltumi & Co., which specializes in providing commercial legal advice to American and international companies in support of their business interests in Libya.

He is a dual Libyan/New York qualified lawyer, and fluent in English and Arabic. Tarek has significant experience advising on corporate and commercial matters, oil and gas, finance and dispute resolution matters.

Before setting up Eltumi & Co., Tarek was a Partner at international law firm Hogan Lovells International LLP where he led the Libya practice and was also a member of the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice and Africa practice.

Prior to this, Tarek practiced for many years in Tripoli, Libya. He was General Counsel for AECOM Libya Housing and Infrastructure Inc., where he directed all legal issues arising from the US$55bn Libyan Housing and Infrastructure Program – one of the world’s largest ever infrastructure programs. While working at two well established Libyan law firms, he advised on a range of innovative international finance deals, such as the first international limited recourse project finance deal, and oil and gas matters, such as the re-entry of the Oasis parties following lifting of US sanctions.

COLBY FUSER – HALLIBURTON

Board Member

Colby Fuser is Halliburton Vice President for Egypt and Libya. Previously he served as Vice President of Business Development & Marketing for the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia Pacific Region. Mr. Fuser joined Halliburton in 2001.

Mr. Fuser is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Drilling Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the International Association of Drilling Contractors. He served on the 2016 board of the Industry Partners for Women’s Outreach Program with Saudi Aramco, and was co-developer of the inaugural US-Saudi Businesswomen Roundtable.

Mr. Fuser holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in Marketing and Business from Oklahoma State University. He is a graduate of the Halliburton President’s Leadership Excellence Program.

JASON PACK – LIBYA-ANALYSIS

Board Member

Over the last ten years Jason Pack has worked to promote U.S.-Libyan commercial, academic, cultural, and governmental ties. In 2011, he founded Libya-Analysis®, a consultancy which specializes in monitoring, mapping, advisory and due diligence products. In 2015, he founded Eye On ISIS In Libya, a non-profit 501c3. In 2017-18, he served as Executive Director of the U.S.-Libya Business Association.

Jason is the editor of The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and lead author of The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya (Atlantic Council 2017). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and Foreign Affairs.

RYAN MANICOM – LTR ENERGY

Board Member

Ryan is an American entrepreneur with business interests across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, primarily focused on oil and gas, power and critical infrastructure. He is the President/CEO of LTR Energy, which has established offices in Tripoli and Benghazi, aiming to be a leading service provider to the oil industry.

He believes strongly in the power of the US private sector and its role in developing emerging markets.

SIMON P. WILLIAMS – ORKIN

Board Member

Resident in Tripoli since 2018, Simon is General Manager of Orkin Libya, a US-based pest control company. Prior to Orkin, Simon was responsible for the Environmental Engineering Department at a leading London-based demolition services company.

Responsibilities included developing environmental monitoring and mitigation programs for large projects in sensitive locations in order to ensure that all works were performed in compliance with relevant legislation.

Simon has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and is a member of the Royal Entomological Society, the British Ecological Society and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Prior to transitioning to the private sector, Simon had a 25-year career in the British Royal Navy in maritime communications.

JONATHAN CAHN – REED SMITH

Board Member

Mr. Cahn is an international lawyer with broad experience in cross-border transactions in emerging markets.  He is qualified to practice law in the United States and as a solicitor in the United Kingdom.  For more than 25 years, Mr. Cahn has represented some of the world’s leading investors making cross border investments in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Russia and Central Asia.  He has been featured in the Chambers Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, The Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers and The Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers.  Mr. Cahn is a partner in the global law firm of Reed Smith, LLP and has served as managing partner of Beijing, Moscow and Almaty offices and as the Head of Emerging Market Energy Strategies and Co-Head of International Trade at predecessor law firms.

A hallmark of Jonathan’s work includes structuring public and private investment in energy, transportation, and communications infrastructure. Jonathan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

EVENTS

Prosper Africa Conference

Tunis, Tunisia

February 6. 2020

AmCham Libya attended the Prosper Africa Conference organized by the U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce of Tunisia on February 6, 2020. The U.S. government hosted a one-day trade and investment promotion event that brought together high-level U.S. government officials and businesspeople to discuss opportunities for investment and collaboration between companies in the U.S. and in African countries in key sectors.

Left to right: Debbie Hirst, Libya AmCham Director,  Daniel Liss, Economic & Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy to Libya, Ahmed Ghazali, Libya AmCham Deputy Director

U.S. Embassy Sponsored Panel Discussion: Promoting Trade and Investment

Tunis, Tunisia

December 16, 2019

AmCham Libya and the U.S. Embassy co-hosted a reception for U.S. companies active in Libya and Libyan government leaders following the conclusion of the U.S.-Libya Economic Dialogue on December 16 in Tunis. The event supported a central theme of the Dialogue – promoting increased trade and investment in Libya, especially in the energy sector. The reception followed a panel discussion featuring AmCham Libya Director Debbie Hirst and executives of four U.S. energy companies, who described for an audience of Libyan leaders and business people their long histories in Libya, current projects, challenges and opportunities for greater partnerships and investments in Libya.

 

RENPOWER MAGHREB INVESTORS CONFERENCE 2019

TUNIS, TUNISIA

DECEMBER 12-13, 2019

Libya AmCham is a Supporting Organization of the RENPOWER Maghreb Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investor Conference.

Dates: 12-13 December

Venue: Laico Tunis hotel

Languages: English and French with simultaneous translation.

The 2-day event will focus on the current development in the five Maghreb countries – highlighting the respective government initiatives, regulatory and institutional framework, international cooperation, investment potential and funding strategies for the renewable energy sector.

Background: Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Libya are showing increased efforts to integrate renewable electricity into their energy mix. They have adopted renewable energy targets, defining future shares of “green” electricity in their national power generation markets. However, the respective national targets are relatively varied, reflecting the availability of renewable resources in each country, but also the different political goals. Many investors, technology providers and financing institutions are eyeing Maghreb as a potentially regional market as it develops into a more integrated renewable energy entity. As the five countries are enjoying a high level of renewables generated energy, investment, financing, and technology needs are big. It offers significant business development opportunities to market participants – both global players and newcomers – in both the on-grid and off-grid fields.

Members of AmCham Libya receive a special 15% discount.

Interested by a pro-active participation? If you are interested to have a speaker making a presentation or to have a display stand space, there are many possibilities to be an event partner. Corporate Packages are available for that purpose and we can tailor the best format of presence for your company.

Event website: https://euroconventionglobal.com/event/renpower-maghreb-2019/

Contact: administration@euroconventionglobal.com for more details on the benefits and conditions.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Richard B. Norland, to serve as Honorary Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (Libya AmCham)

Tunis, Tunisia

November 3, 2019

The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (Libya AmCham) is pleased to announce that Ambassador Richard B. Norland has agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman of the organization.

In the future, it is expected that the U.S. Mission to Libya and Libya AmCham will collaborate on activities designed to support the investment of U.S. businesses in Libya, as well as foster partnerships between Libyan and U.S. businesses.

Debbie Hirst, Director of Libya AmCham, stated, “We are honored that Ambassador Norland has joined us in this role. We are all working hard to contribute positively to the development of Libya, and Ambassador Norland’s support of our efforts as well as his recognition of the value that an organization such as Libya AmCham can bring are greatly appreciated.”

“As the international community works through the UN to bring the Libya conflict to an end, I am pleased to support the efforts of Libya AmCham to promote opportunities for U.S. firms to operate in Libya in the energy, electricity, security, and health care sectors,” said Ambassador Norland. “I look forward to working with Libya AmCham in advancing American commercial interests with the goal of helping to boost Libya’s economic output for the benefit of all Libyans.”

Scott Eisner, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, “We are pleased to see Ambassador Norland’s involvement with AmCham Libya. U.S. Ambassadors often serve in this role at AmChams around the world and provide valuable insights and support. We look forward to seeing the economic strides that Libya will make in the years to come.”

More about The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (www.libyaamcham.com)

AmCham’s mission in Libya is to support American companies’ entry to the Libyan market by offering a range of business services to its members and by creating an environment in which American and Libyan businesspeople can identify and address common areas of interest regarding commercial opportunities in Libya.

More about Ambassador Norland (ly.usembassy.gov)

Ambassador Norland was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Libya on August 1, 2019.  A career diplomat, Ambassador Norland most recently served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.  Previously he served as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Deputy Chief of Mission in Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Mission in Latvia.  He has also served as the International Affairs Advisor/Deputy Commandant at the National War College, as a Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, and as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

U.S. Embassy Independence Day Celebration

Tunis, Tunisia

September 6, 2019

The AmCham Director and Deputy Director attended the Independence Day Celebration hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis on September 6. They took the opportunity to discuss future events and collaboration with the newly installed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland.

 

North Africa AmChams Conference

Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2019

The US Chamber organized a day of events for the North Africa AmChams, including meetings with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Trump administration Prosper Africa program. Many thanks to Maddison Abboud and her team at the US Chamber.

MARCH 2019 MEMBER NETWORKING EVENT

TRIPOLI, LIBYA

MARCH 21, 2018

AmCham’s March member event included a security briefing from AmCham Security Partner Janus Global Operations and presentations from special guests Sarah Salem, Credit Manager at First Gulf Bank and member Iftikhar ul Haq of Zulal Water Technology. A special thank you to Palm City for hosting the event.

December 2018 MEMBER NETWORKING EVENT

TRIPOLI, LIBYA

December 16, 2018

AmCham inaugurated its monthly member networking events on December 16 with a security briefing from AmCham Security Partner Janus Global Operations and a presentation from special guest Mohamed Shwehdi, Economic and Commercial Specialist within the US State Department who spoke on the many ways that the State Department can assist American companies looking to do business in Libya. A special thank you to Palm City for hosting the event.

Screening of BBC Documentary “Start Up Libya”, co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy

Tunis, Tunisia

May 3, 2018

The U.S. Embassy Libya External Office co-hosted a screening of the upcoming BBC documentary “Start Up Libya” which follows the Enjazi Startup Competition, launched by co-host Tatweer Research in collaboration with the MIT Enterprise Forum. AmCham Libya attended.

U.S. Trade Mission with LLIDF (Libyan Local Investment & Development Fund)

Tunis, Tunisia

March 22, 2018

The U.S. Embassy Libya External Office and LLIDF co-hosted a U.S.- Libya commercial roundtable, bringing together representatives of U.S. companies to learn about opportunities with LLIDF. AmCham Libya participated.

Libyan-American Friendship Association Seminar on Libyan-American Relations:
Past, Present and Future

Tripoli, Libya

December 10, 2017

AmCham Libya Deputy Director gave presentation on the security cooperation between the US and Libya.

English translation of materials (click link for PDF)

Link to Libya Herald coverage of event (click link to go to site)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Roundtable with Prime Minister Serraj

Washington, DC

December 4, 2017

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, through its U.S. – Africa Business Center,
hosted a roundtable discussion for Prime Minister Serraj and his delegation with the private sector.

U.S. Chamber summary of event (click link for PDF)

Ministerial Delegation visit with U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Washington, DC

October 17, 2017

At the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce received a briefing from the Minister of Planning regarding an overview of plans to revitalize the economy, and identification of the sectors where he would like to see increased American investment.

Libya Investment Summit 2017

Istanbul, Turkey

May 9-11, 2017

Panel Moderator: “Assessing existing projects in Libya: Ongoing examples and case studies of international business operating successfully in Libya throughout the period since the revolution.”

Panelist: “Libyan in country construction resources and capability – what can you source locally and what should be imported?”

Joint AmCham Libya, AmCham Tunisia Event

Tunis, Tunisia

March 30, 2017

AmCham Libya Director addressed AmCham Tunisia Event
focused on investing in Libya

Signed Memorandum of Understanding (click link for PDF)

Presentation given by AmCham Libya
 (click link for PPT)

PARTNERS

RESEARCH PARTNER: Libya-Analysis

Libya-Analysis®, founded by Jason Pack in 2011, is a consultancy organization specialized in producing evidence-based analysis, forecasting and research on Libya. The analysts are based in the USA, the UK, Scandinavia, Tunisia, France and Libya. Cumulatively they have decades of experience working with American Fortune 500 companies operating in Libya, both before and after the 2011 uprisings. They understand the unique challenges that American corporate and legal practices pose in a commercial environment like Libya.

Services and Products include: Advisory, Monitoring, Risk Analysis, Forecasting, Mapping, Databases, Case Studies & Guides and Due Diligence. Research materials include: Weekly Oil & Gas Forecasting Reports, Weekly Shipping & Ports Monitoring Reports, Big Picture Coverage of The Libyan Media Environment, Schematic Overviews and Due Diligence of Libyan Semi-Sovereign Economic Institutions, Conflict & Security Reporting, Advisory on International Policy & Governance Issues,
and Analysis of Libyan Politics & Society.

For more information please go to www.libya-analysis.com.  Libya-Analysis is proud to be a partner of AmCham and strives to help American companies thrive in the complex, challenging, and yet rewarding, Libyan market.