An Arab Perspective on U.S. Foreign Policy with speaker Hafez Al-Mirazi.
Hafez Al-Mirazi served as the Washington DC Bureau Chief of Al-Jazeera Television, the Arabic language satellite news channel, from 2000 to April of this year. With previous experience from the BBC to Voice of America, he has gained wide respect for over two decades of balanced coverage of the U.S. and the relations between the Arab and western worlds.
Hafez Al-Mirazi is the host of Al Jazeera Arabic television talk show From Washington. The weekly show highlights different issues related to US-Arab relations. US senior officials, including Secretaries Rice, Powell, and Rumsfeld, in addition to many American lawmakers and newsmakers have been interviewed on Mr. Al-Mirazi's show.
During the last five years, he served as Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Jazeera. Before joining Al-Jazeera in 2000, he was the Washington correspondent for the BBC Arabic/World Service.
Previously, Mr. Al-Mirazi hosted, for five years, two weekly talk shows, on radio and television, for the Arab Network of America in Washington. He also held positions as writer, editor, and broadcaster for Voice of America. He covered most US presidential election campaigns and its national conventions from 1984 to 2004. Mr. Al-Mirazi started his career as a radio journalist and broadcaster with Voice of the Arabs, Cairo Radio of Egypt, in 1980. He holds Masters in World Politics from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor in Political Science from Cairo University.
Matthew Essieh is President and Chief Executive Officer of EAI Information Systems (EAI). He and his company have been pioneers in developing and customizing software solutions to help financial service firms manage their retail investment programs for greater efficiency and profitability. EAI lists among its clients some of the nation's leading banks. Mr. Essieh's career in banking, technology and financial services spans nearly two decades.
Prior to founding EAI, he was Chief Financial Officer of Westmark, Inc., a third-party financial services firm serving the banking industry. Mr. Essieh is active in a number of industry and public service organizations, and has been a speaker and writer on banking technology or industry organizations. He is a board member of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and a former board member of Oregon Episcopal School and the Northwest Small Business Finance Corporation. Mr. Essieh holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Southern Oregon State University.
Maria Wulff is president of the World Affairs Council of Oregon.
She was formerly director of business assistance at the International Trade Institute and managing director of an import company producing custom products in Asia for worldwide distribution. She was founder and president of the East West Business Association and serves on a number of civic boards.
She holds degrees in History, International Relations, and Business from Portland State University, the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and Harvard University.