Join the American Middle East Institute for our Business Marches On series, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10:00 am EDT for a webinar titled: Spotlight Oman – Opportunities in Trade, Tourism, & Education.
We are proud to welcome H.E. Ambassador Moosa Al Tai and Hon. Ambassador Leslie Tsou for a moderated conversation led by Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and host of “Our Region’s Business” television program.
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Biographies of Speakers:
H.E. Ambassador Moosa Hamdan Moosa Al Tai
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States of America
Embassy of Oman, Washington DC
His Excellency Ambassador Moosa Hamdan Moosa Al Tai is the current Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States in Washington D.C., appointed in December 2020 and beginning his assignment in January 2021. Ambassador Al Tai served most recently as Chief of the West Asia Department at the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and previously as Strategic Director of the National Defense College in Muscat (2016-2019), and Chief of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013-2016).
From 2009-2013, Ambassador Al Tai was Ambassador to Morocco, concurrently serving as Non-Resident Ambassador to Mauritania, Mali, and the Central African Republic, and was the recipient of a Medal of Honor granted by the King of Morocco in 2013.
From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Al Tai served as the Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and received the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Medal granted by the President of the Republic of Korea. Educated in the U.S. (B.A., PLU, Tacoma) and Oman (M.A., Sultan Qaboos University), Ambassador Al Tai was a delegate to the Oman Mission to the United Nations in New York (1993-1998) and a Second Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1993).
Hon. Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou
Ambassador to Oman from the United States
Embassy of the United States, Muscat
Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, arrived as U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman on January 10, 2020. Prior to her appointment, she served as the first Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem following its opening in May 2018. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 2016 to 2017, and as Senior Advisor for Iran (2015-2016) and Director of the Office of Iranian Affairs (2012-2015) in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau at the Department of State. She was Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (2011-2012) and Director of Arabian Peninsula Affairs on the National Security Staff at the White House (2010-2011).
Ambassador Tsou’s other overseas tours of duty include London, Tripoli, Kuwait City, and Warsaw. Her domestic tours of duty include the UK desk, the Libya desk, the Tunisia desk, and several assignments in the Office of the Secretary of State.
Ambassador Tsou earned a B.S. at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of numerous Department of State awards, including the 2003 Director General Award for Reporting. She speaks Arabic and Polish.
Chief Corporate Relations Officer
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Bill Flanagan serves as Chief Corporate Relations Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. In this role, Bill guides the development of regional and organizational messaging strategy, and works with public and private sector partners to improve the economy and quality of place across the Pittsburgh region.
In 2009, Bill served as president of the Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership, the public-private partnership that welcomed the world to Pittsburgh for the G-20 Summit. An experienced broadcast journalist, Bill has told the story of the transformation of the economy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for more than 35-years. He serves as host and producer of “Our Region’s Business,” a weekly business public affairs program now in its 15th year on WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC), and YouTube.