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National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

In Celebration of Its 25th Anniversary (1983-2008)

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

in collaboration with Chevron Corporation


The International Gateway at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Invites You To

A Conversation with
H.E. Samir Shakir M. Sumaida'ie
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq
to the United States

Moderator: Dr. John Duke Anthony

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The Horizon Ballroom
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

R.S.V.P. (Acceptances Only) via email
to by December 15th.



     Member or Company:

A government-issued, photo identification is necessary to enter the Ronald Reagan Building. Nearest Metro is Federal Triangle (Red Line). Limited underground parking is available.


9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 9:40 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks - Introduction

9:40 - 10:00 a.m. - Ambassador Sumaida'ie - Prepared Remarks

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. - Audience Question & Answer

10:10 - 11:00 a.m. - Closing Remarks - Dr. John Duke Anthony


His Excellency Samir Shakir M. Sumaida'ie was appointed Iraq's Ambassador to the United States of America in April 2006. Prior to his appointment Ambassador Sumaida'ie served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations from July 2004 - April 2006. Prior to that Ambassador Sumaida'ie served as the Minister of Interior in Baghdad. In this capacity he managed a domestic security force of over 120,000 and made considerable progress in reorganizing and modernizing the Ministry's operations. In addition, Ambassador Sumaida'ie served as a member of Governing Council (GC) in Iraq. In the GC, he was Chairman of the Media Committee. He played an integral role in the founding of the Iraqi Telecoms and Media Commission and the Public Broadcasting Institution. He also held positions on the Security, Finance, and Foreign Relations Committees.

Prior to the removal of the Baathist regime, Ambassador Sumaida'ie was actively involved in opposition efforts in the United Kingdom and attended a number of high-level conferences throughout the world. As founding member of the Association of Iraqi Democrats and the Democratic Party of Iraq, he is widely renowned as an expert on the political climate in Iraq.

A successful businessman, Ambassador Sumaida'ie founded a procurement agency in 1978 and has embarked on a number of entrepreneurial ventures in his career. In the 1980's Ambassador Sumaida'ie established a design office in London, pioneered the use of computers in Islamic art and completed important works in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. Most recently he served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of China Business International, an investment consultancy and procurement company based in Beijing.

Ambassador Sumaida'ie was born in Baghdad and resided there until 1960. He graduated from Durham University in the United Kingdom with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965. He then returned to Iraq to work with the Baghdad Electricity Board and Iraqi Petroleum Company before leaving the country in 1973.

Ambassador Sumaida'ie is married and has five children, all of whom currently reside in the United Kingdom. He enjoys a wide range of cultural activities, including writing poetry and crafting designs in the Islamic decorative medium.


Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center Conference Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004
Telephone: 1-202-312-1300


Enter building on Penn. Ave. side, turn right, go as far as you can, turn left. Horizon is just down the hall on your left.


Enter parking garage from any of the three entrances. Follow posted GREEN signs for Atrium elevator banks. From Atrium elevator tower, go to level G (ground level). Exit elevator and go to your right. Follow corridor and enter through double doors. Horizon Ballroom is approximately halfway down hallway on your right.

BY WAY OF METRO: Utilize Federal Triangle stop. Follow signs to Ronald Reagan Building.

Once inside building continue straight down corridor, pass concierge desk, and immediately turn right, following signs towards Horizon Ballroom. You will take escalator to the next level up. Go straight, Horizon on your right.

** Please note you must present photo identification to enter the RRB/ITC.


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