Wednesday, October 14, 2020
9:30 am to 11 am EDT

The American Middle East Institute’s
13th Annual Virtual Business Conference
Forge the Future: 
Charting New Paths in Health, Technology & Manufacturing

Join the American Middle East Institute as we host our first virtual conference on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am EDT.  Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, this event will take the place of our traditional fall business conference, our 13th annual event. 

The conference will feature U.S. & Mideast experts and dignitaries.Themes will be healthcare, advanced manufacturing and robotics.  More details coming soon!  Email Maria Wagley with questions at

Speaker Line-up:  

Welcome: Honorable William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh

Special Greeting: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent

Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Ms. Sylvia MenassaChief Executive Officer, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt – based in Cairo
Ms. Audrey Russo, President & Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburgh Technology Council

Dr. Ahmed KhalilSenior Director, Government Affairs and Policy, North Africa, Johnson & Johnson, Co-Chair of Healthcare Committee, AmCham Egypt – based in Cairo
Mr. Samir Khalil, Head of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) for Middle East & Africa – based in Dubai
Dr. Ezz-Eldin MoukamalChief Medical Officer, Allegheny Health Network-Forbes Hospital
Dr. Steven Shapiro, M.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, and President, Health Services Division, UPMC

Advanced Manufacturing:
Mr. Badr Al-OlamaHead of Aerospace & Defense for UAE’s Mubadala Investment Company and Head of the Organizing Committee, Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) – based in Abu Dhabi
Mr. Ira Moskowitz, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Mr. Danny Sebright, President, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council
Mr. Mark ThomasPresident, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

Moderated by Mr. Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Ms. Simin Curtis, President & CEO, American Middle East Institute.

Speakers’ Biographies