U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Eight Corporate Leaders to its Board of Directors

Press release from Philadelphia International Medicine - September 8, 2017

Each Director has deep ties in the region and hands-on experience.
 – Board of Directors Co-Chair Don De Marino

These Directors highlight that the Arab world is moving from
hydrocarbons-based economies to knowledge-based economies
– David Hamod, President & CEO

Washington, DC – David Hamod, President & CEO of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC),  announced today that eight new Directors, including Leonard Karp, President and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine, have joined the Chamber’s Board. Hamod stated, “NUSACC is privileged to welcome these corporate leaders, whose companies are on the cutting edge of U.S. – Arab commercial relations. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is in a time of transition, and the addition of these new Board members highlights the fact that the Arab world is moving from hydrocarbons-based economies to knowledge-based economies.”

Board Co-Chair Don De Marino said, “It’s very clear from the range and depth of our new Directors, and the outstanding companies and organizations they represent, that NUSACC will have the best and most experienced talent to help us maintain our preeminence as a chamber and our strong relevance to our members.” He went on to say, “Each Director has deep ties in the region and hands-on experience. They are not only aware of the big changes, and opportunities, arising in the region, but in many cases, they are right in the middle of the process, driving many of those opportunities.”
Among the new appointees are Philadelphia International Medicine’s Leonard Karp. Mr. Karp is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. healthcare industry. At PIM, Mr. Karp leads an organization whose goal is to establish the Philadelphia region as an international healthcare destination of choice. PIM is seen as an economic development initiative and works closely with city, state and federal commerce departments. It is a successful model of collaboration among academic medical centers in the Philadelphia region, and Mr. Karp has been interviewed about international medicine as an economic driver by CNN, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and publications around the world.

As a member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Healthcare Team Export Council, Mr. Karp provides advice and insight to the federal government in helping it to understand the healthcare industry in international expansion efforts. He is also an international trade advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as a long-time member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services.
He is a member of the board of Global Philadelphia, a regional organization to promote global trade in the Philadelphia area; a former member of the advisory committee (board) of the U.S. Cooperative of International Patient Programs, the organization of academic medical centers engaged in global health care; and a board member of the Life Sciences Congress of the Greater Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has spoken on international health care to audiences in South Korea, Equatorial Guinea, London, Abu Dhabi, New York, Washington, and throughout the United States.
Deeply committed to assisting the next generation as it moves into positions of leadership, Mr. Karp in 2017 was awarded the inaugural International Services Leadership Award by USCIPP. He has been a mentor to the Temple University Fox School of Business entrepreneurship program for nine years. Previously, Mr. Karp was vice president of the Delaware Valley Hospital Council, director of Public Affairs for the New Jersey Insurance Department, and an award-winning reporter/editor.

“PIM has been a healthcare partner in the Middle East for many years, and it is an honor if I can be a bridge over which we can share knowledge that leads to healthier populations and collaborative business opportunities,” said Karp.

In addition to Leonard Karp, the new board of directors include:

• Ambassador (ret.) Dwight Bush, Sr.: a broadly experienced, highly accomplished corporate executive with demonstrated abilities to build and lead high impact organizations.

• Teresa Carlson: Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

• Eugene (Gene) Cunningham, Jr., Vice President, Global Sales, Boeing Defense, Space &

• Dennis Flannery, Managing Director and Country Head for Iraq, Citibank

• Samir Khalil, Executive Director, Middle East & Africa, Pharmaceutical Research and
Manufacturers of America

• Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel, Vice President, International Governmental Affairs, Lockheed
Martin International

• Ambassador (ret.) James Smith, Executive Vice President, College of Engineering,
Technology and Aviation, Southern New Hampshire University

About Philadelphia International Medicine
Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) is a healthcare organization dedicated to bringing the services of eight prestigious Philadelphia area hospitals to the international community. PIM’s network includes Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as anchor organizations and affiliate healthcare organizations include Wills Eye Hospital, Rothman Institute Orthopedics, the Vincera Institute, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Renfrew Center. Learn more about PIM by visiting www.philadelphiamedicine.com.

About the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce

The National U.S. - Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), established nearly 50 years ago, is America’s longest serving organization dedicated to U.S. - Arab business. NUSACC is widely regarded as the voice of American business in the 22 countries of the Arab world and the premier portal to the United States for Arab commercial enterprises. Learn more about NUSACC by visiting http://www.nusacc.org/.