Moroccan American Bridges 2011 New York event

Moroccan American Bridges 2011 New York event

Dear Members and Friends,

Under the theme "US Moroccan Professionals: Successful investing and career transitions", AMPA is delighted to invite you to our Moroccan American Bridges 2011 New York event on Saturday, November 12th. This year's event features distinguished speakers with a high level of expertise in a variety of fields.

AMPA's ever growing membership base and friends will benefit from the panelists extensive professional experiences addressing different topics related to entrepreneurship, career management and finance.

This event will take place at The Midtown Executive Club & The Terrace Club in Manhattan (40 West 45th Street ) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; a full day event featuring distinguished speakers with a high level of expertise in a variety of fields. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided.

We are excited to announce that Moroccan American Bridges event will feature a mini career fair with the participation of two prestigious companies: OCP and Jacobs Engineering Group - Morocco.

These Moroccan companies are seeking U.S-based professionals with expertise in the fields of finance, information technology and engineering. A limited number of interviews with candidates will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis.

To be considered for an interview, please send your resume to, with the subject line "MAB 2011 Job interview". Note that your resume will solely be used for the purposes of the MAB2011 job interviews and will be subsequently deleted from our records.

is the national Moroccan phosphates company. It is the world's biggest exporter of phosphates and derivatives. The company is solely responsible for the production and sale of Moroccan phosphate resources, mined at the Benguérir, Khouribga, Youssoufia mines in central Morocco, and Boucraa in southern Morocco.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc
is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With 2010 revenues of nearly $10 billion, we offer full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets. Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering and construction, and operations and maintenance.

Tickets are free of charge to AMPA members and lunch will be provided free of charge as well. The cost for non members is $50. Seats are limited, we encourage you to register promptly by following the link below:


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New York event Program at the Midtown Executive Club:

8:30 - 09:15 Registration
09:15 - 09:45 Opening Session: Welcome and Remarks
  • Mr. Karim Sijlamassi, AMPA President
09:45 - 11:00 Session 1 - Investing In Morocco In The Context of the Global Financial Situation
  • Global financial situation: US and Morocco
    • Mr. Hafid El Fassy El Fihri - Maghreb Green Banking
    • Mrs. Ghita Filali - Moroccan Investment Development Agency - US
    • Dr. Frank Sung - HSBC Private Bank Americas
  • Investing in Morocco
    • Mr. Chris Wilken - Dep. of Commerce
    • Mr. Jean Abinader - Moroccan American Center
11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break - Networking
11:20 - 12:30 Session 2: Moroccan-American Entrepreneurs - The Path to Success
Moderator: Khalil Jai Hokimi
Successful Moroccan-American entrepreneurs in the US
Practical Steps to a Successful Career Transition
Mr. Adil Naji - Moresque
Mr. Youssef Wadghiri - NYU
Mr. Hicham Oumlil - Omlil Design
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch - Networking
14:00 - 16:00 Session 3: Business immigration: Strategies to Successfully Manage Immigration to the United States.
  • Career management
    • Mr. Amine Bennis - OCP
    • Mrs. Soumiya Ben Ghanem - Jacobs Engineering
  • US Immigration law: challenges and the path to citizenship
    • Mrs. Isha Atassi - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP
16:00 - 16:15 Closing Remarks

Speakers Bios:

Jean AbiNader
is the COO of the Moroccan American Center which is a group of three NGOs funded by the government of Morocco that promotes closer Moroccan-US economic, political, and security relations. He advises US and international companies, organizations, and agencies on management and marketing issues ranging from strategic planning and business plan development to negotiations and cross-cultural communications. With a lifelong focus on the Arab Middle East, he has worked on trade and investment programs, education and training projects, advocacy, tourism promotion, and similar projects throughout the region. Mr. AbiNader has led a graduate seminar in international marketing issues at Georgetown University, continues to lecture on issues related to economic development and global competition, has visited more than 40 countries on various assignments, and writes articles and makes presentations on issues related to his interests and experience in international trade and public affairs. His master's degree and post-graduate study are in International Affairs and Organizational Communications.

Hafid El Fassy El Fihri
A Financial Engineer from Paris-Jussieu & Dauphine Universities, he started in Project & Trade Finance in 1993 before being a Global Emerging Markets Speculative and ALM Trader, and also Market-maker for Middle-eastern and African Debts at Union de Banques Arabes & Françaises-Paris (Crédit Lyonnais Gp). Restructuring Specialist for Sovereign Debtors, Creditors (Paris/London clubs) and Global Buy-side portfolios (Brady bonds/Syndicated Loans), he joined Wall Street in 2000 as Vice-President with Intl Asset Transactions, llc to issue NYSE-registered Structured Debt and to develop/run an online debt marketplace. Since 2004, he has provided business development/financing advisory for Moroccan Real Estate, Banking, Trade and Tourism projects to top tier Institutions. As CEO/Board Member, he restructured in 2008 a Money Transferring Cy into a Low Income Banking Services franchise compliant with Central Bank Regulations. Today, he is the Executive Founding Partner of MAGHREB GREEN BANKING, an Investment Banking Advisory House specialized in Lobbying, Global trade, Media, R.E., Green energy & Tourism developments.

Chris Wilken
is the North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia) desk officer at the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA). In this role, Chris promotes barrier-free trade environments in these respective markets by marshaling Commerce Department resources and coordinating activities with Commercial Officers, USTR, the Department of State, trade associations, foreign embassies and individual U.S. businesses. Ultimately, he seeks to advance U.S. commercial interests by fostering an open global economic environment in which U.S. firms have an equal opportunity to compete and win. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Manhattanville College. His published research on Libya and Lebanon can be found in the journal, "Middle East Geopolitics." Mr. Wilken has a professional background in government relations working on trade policy issues on behalf of internationally-oriented trade associations in Washington, DC. He is proficient in Arabic and has lived in Syria and Yemen.

Isha Atassi
is an associate attorney with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of immigration law. Isha has been practicing law since 2006 and focuses on assisting corporations manage immigration issues. As a member of one of the largest global law firms specializing in immigration, Isha represents multinational corporate clients in the investment banking, financial services, recruitment consulting, legal, and media and entertainment industries on all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, and citizenship. Her experience also includes training human resources employees, recruiters and managers on immigration laws and procedures. While in law school, Isha received the Cornelius T. Wickersham, Jr. Prize for Constitutional Law, CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Constitutional Law and was a member of the Moot Court Honor's Society. Isha is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to the practice of law in New York and New Jersey.

Adil Naji
is President and Founder of Arabesque, Inc. a Design and Interior Decoration firm specializes in Moorish Architecture. He also directs business development and strategic planning for Moresque, Ltd. in Morocco, and has expanded his company's worldwide network to include offices in Morocco, the UAE, and the USA, now employing over 200 master artisans, designers, architects and consultants. He is Vice-President and Board Member of The Friendship Caravan. Adil is currently developing a reference book for Moroccan architectural. Adil Naji holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from the University of the District of Columbia.

Frank F. Sung
Ph.D. is the Director of Tailored Mortgage Solutions for HSBC Private Bank Americas, a division of HSBC. Originally from Taiwan, Frank Sung holds a doctoral degree in finance from University of Chicago and has been with HSBC Private Bank for five years. Prior to HSBC, Frank Sung worked with Citibank for 15 years. Frank Sung currently manages the U.S. residential mortgage business at the Private Bank.

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