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.
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.
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 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. In Libya he represents various large international defense contractors.
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: Tirsana Safety & Security, 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.
– 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?”
– 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)