Marjorie A. Adams is president and CEO of Adams & Associates, Inc., an international consulting entity based in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Adams has been instrumental in working with international leaders, CEOs and decision-makers providing strategic advice building global reputation, political and commercial strategy, trade and investment promotion, managing issues and developing initiatives to meet key objectives. Her work has been focused on efforts in the Middle East and the United States developing viable and sustainable partnerships between the two regions while bringing together influential decision-makers. Ms. Adams was asked to serve as president of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce based in Washington D.C. from October 2001 through September 2003 during a period critically important to the U.S. and the Middle East. In addition to participating and speaking at World Economic Forum venues, she was one of sixteen participants at the Rockefeller Foundation’s dialogue on U.S.-Saudi relations, published in the Middle East Policy Journal/Winter 2003. Ms. Adams also participated in the 2005 dialogue, “The Future of Gulf Security: Alternatives for the 21st Century,” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates sponsored by the Stanley Foundation. Prior to establishing Adams & Associates, she served as a staff assistant to The Honorable Lloyd Bentsen, United States Senator (Texas) in Washington D.C. in the early 1980s before relocating to Cairo, Egypt, to work for a privately held U.S.-Egyptian joint venture company. Ms. Adams was later appointed the marketing manager of the Dubai Free Trade Zone and Promotion Board, United Arab Emirates and continues to work closely with decision-makers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Middle East region. During 2006, she was selected as a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, a nonpartisan initiative called “The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions” funded by the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation and hosted at SMU. Professional memberships and board roles include the Council on Foreign Relations; Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations; McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors/University of Texas Austin; John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU; National Audubon Society; National Geographic Society; National Parks Conservation Association; and the Yellowstone Institute. She was elected chair of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort /Worth board of directors in 2016 for a term beginning in 2017.
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