Founder of the Tsunami Hospital Foundation and Middle East Authority, George Assad, to Join Middle East Leaders Forum 2009

George Assad, Founder of the Tsunami Hospital Foundation and Middle East Authority, Joining's Middle East Leaders Forum 2009 on November 20th in New York City

New York City, NY, November 16, 2009 --( George Assad, Director of International Affairs, Blackstar Group LLC, will speak at's Middle East Leaders Forum 2009 (, forum generously sponsored by Qatar Airways and hosted by DLA Piper, on November 20th, New York City, bringing more than 20 years of experience in Middle East affairs, public policy, global markets, and corporate finance. This extraordinary gathering of minds will congregate businessmen, professionals, entrepreneurs and academics, both from the Middle East, interested in learning more about the tremendous challenges and dynamic opportunities the economies of the Arabian Gulf face and present for the global business community.

Mr. Assad serves on the U.S. - Middle East Free Trade Agreement Advisory Council to the White House and the U.S. Congress. He also is Co-Host of Capital Markets Live, a weekly radio program about the global economy, Wall Street Bailout, global financial crises, economic policy and legislation, and prescriptions for the financial markets. Mr. Assad also continues to serve as a Global Strategist for Global Business Access. In that role, Mr. Assad is part of a team of 45 senior diplomats, ambassadors, and intelligence officials that advise Fortune 100 Companies and governments in Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean on Foreign Direct Investment, economic development, international trade, international relations, and security issues. In the late nineties, Mr. Assad served Delta Oil International as a Special Advisor to the Chairman and CEO, Sheikh Badr Al-Aiban; in that role, he was instrumental in the firm successfully managing its operations during the Asian Financial Crisis of 1998, including restructuring and saving the company’s $100 Billion development project encompassing 1.5 million acres in Southeast Asia. Mr. Assad is fluent in three languages, English, Arabic, and French. George Assad was awarded a Masters of International Management cum laude from Thunderbird University in 1996 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Assad is involved with a number of charitable organizations, including the Tsunami Hospital Foundation, which he founded and for which he received the 2006 Humanitarian Award from the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce.

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Edgar Perez