January 2020 Chairman’s Message

Dear ABGR Members,

Let me welcome you back and wish you a very happy 2020. As we begin our Winter/Spring season we have several events in planning that I think you will find both informative and enjoyable.

We have inducted new board members and you will see their biographies soon on the web site. Please welcome Dr. Rayyan Abu Raseen and Ms. Dina Abu Farha who will bring great energy to their roles including to our outreach at the healthcare services and financial services sectors respectively.

Also, we welcome back Ms. Amanda Tafunai who rejoins our organization and brings a wealth of talent and experience in the programs and mission of the ABGR. In addition to bringing her professional experience in Media and Communications to our board, Amanda is leading our annual golf tournament planning. As this will be the first year without our dear friend Tom Merkel in charge, we greatly appreciate Amanda’s work to organize this meaningful and special memorial tournament in Tom’s honor.

As I mentioned in the October update, we are making progress with our rebranding effort and I will explain the outlines of this in my next newsletter. In broad strokes, we are obtaining more formal status as an American Chamber of Commerce and will reflect that in how we present ourselves to you, our members, and to those seeking business opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Our mission will remain the same – to promote American business in the Kingdom in close cooperation with our Saudi hosts.

The business environment in KSA has never been brighter, with the Saudi government taking huge steps to open the country to foreign investment while promoting major reform initiatives in the regulatory structure.  Leading up to the summer our speakers will represent a broad range of business sectors, and we are looking forward to hosting Saudi investment experts and others who can provide value in explaining how the pace of change can be an opportunity to take advantage of.

Please keep an eye on the upcoming events list and watch your email for invitations.  If you are interested in joining our Infrastructure, Defense & Security, Finance, ACME (Media and Entertainment) or Legal Committees, please contact either our Manager Shohreh Shadmand or our committee chairs directly. Our next event is on the 29th of January and I hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Kevin Darnell

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Kevin Darnell

Kevin Darnell is director of Business Development and Operations for Raytheon Saudi Arabia (RTN SA) and is based in Riyadh. chairman@abgrksa.com +966-11-478-2554