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Joseph Botros is Founder and Vice President of the Egyptian American Arts and Culture Foundation. Mr. Botros has been a public servant for more than 29 years and currently works as an Auditor at the Department of Taxation and Finance, where he received the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in 2002. Mr. Botros is currently completing work towards an MPA degree at New York University.


Christine Moore Vassallo has performed throughout the United States and Europe in leading roles with the Leipzig Opera, Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Aldeburgh Fall Festival, Amato Opera, and Sacrament Opera. She has also performed in concert with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Paxton House Summer Music in Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, AmerikaHaus in Leipzig, Merkin Concert Hall, and New York City’s Trinity Church. Ms. Vassallo is active in the performance of composers’ new works and has been a regular performer with the American Composers Alliance. She is also active in Arab-American causes on a national level and in the New York City region.


David Pollak is Director of Marketing and Investor Relations at Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. He is also a Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant at McKenna, Long & Aldridge. David is a member of the Democratic National Committee where he serves as Secretary of the Eastern Caucus and is on the Credentials Committee. In 2008 David was the New York State Director for the Obama for America Campaign. From 2006-2008 Mr. Pollak served as Co-Chairman of the New York State Democratic Party. Prior to 2006 David was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, PaineWebber and UBS. His investment banking experience includes transactional work in the areas of asset management, municipal bonds, public power, transportation, public-private partnerships, and land-use. David received his Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, and his BA in Economics and Politics from the Colorado College.


Naseem Haffar is the Founder and Managing Partner of Minara Investments, a family company that invests in equities, fixed income, venture capital and domestic and international real estate. He is also co-owner and serves on the Board of Directors of LugTrack, a company that sells luggage tracking devices. Naseem started his career in the early 1980s as Vice President in Correspondent Banking for Irving Trust Company (now BNY Mellon) where he managed the Saudi Arabia/Yemen country desks. In 1997, Naseem joined JP Morgan and co-built their Loan Trading desk. In 2004 he was promoted to Managing Director, head of Secondary Loans & Distressed Sales, and represented JPM on the Board of Directors of the Loan Syndications & Trading Association. He later joined Societe Generale, and built their Loan Sales and Trading desk before establishing Minara Investments. Naseem is an active philanthropist and served for several years on the Executive Board of the Elmer and Mamdouha Bobst Charitable Foundation, which focuses on health and education philanthropy. Naseem has an MBA from Columbia University School of Business and a BS from the University of Minnesota.


Assad Jebara is President and CEO of Zana-Di Jeans/Alpha Garment, Inc. As one of the largest Arab American owned companies in the US, Zana-Di has won awards from major retailers and has been listed as one of the Top Ten Most Trendsetting Brands by Women’s Wear Daily. Mr. Jebara also serves on the Board of Governors of the Arab-American Institute.


Rita Gail Johnson is a management consultant with specializations in strategic planning and merger integration. As a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she advised corporations in a variety of sectors and led assignments in the US, Europe and the Middle East. At the political risk consultancies Eurasia Group and Oxford Analytica, Rita worked with corporations with operations and investments in emerging markets. In addition to her support of AAFSC, Rita is actively involved with nonprofit organizations in the performing arts. She has an AB from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Tony Kutayli is the Manager of Corporate Communication at Olayan America, the New York based affiliate of The Olayan Group. Before joining Olayan in 2009, Kutayli worked as the Communications Coordinator at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) conducting interviews, writing press releases, monitoring the media for Arab and Muslim stereotypes, and organizing community outreach events. Kutayli was also the coordinator the Anthony Shadid Intern Program at ADC, creating and administering a summer long program for up to 20 interns from across the United States. Kutayli holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University.


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