Speakers: Laith Al-Qasem

Laith Al-Qasem currently holds several positions: Chairman of Arabian Business Consultants for Development, Chief of Party of the USAID funded Jordan Economic Development Program, Chairman of RUBICON (Jordan Training Technology Group).  Mr. Al-Qasem is a member of the Jordanian Economic and Social Council, founder and board member of the Young Entrepreneurs Association, President of Partners Jordan for Democratic Change, Chairman of the Al-Aman fund for Orphans, Treasurer and board member of Tkiyet Um Ali.

Mr. Al-Qasem’s career spans both technology and investment. Currently he is chairman of Arabian Business Consultants for Development (ABCD), a Jordanian management consulting company which focuses on small and medium sized enterprise development, particularly in the technology field.  ABCD has also become increasingly involved in Jordanian social and economic development.  He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jordan Technology Group (JTG) from 1990-2003 where he was intimately involved in 16 technology oriented start-up companies.  Mr. Al-Qasem was an equity and fixed income investment manager at the Arab Jordan Investment Bank from 1988-1989.  Previously, he was the marketing and finance manager for Royal Jordanian’s Engine Overhaul facility from 1986-1988, and an engineer with the Jordan Electricity Authority in 1985.  Mr. Al Qasem began his technology career as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft Ground Systems Group in Fullerton, California from 1983-1984.

Mr. Al Qasem is a Georgetown Fellow, where he received an M.B.A with a concentration in finance and investment management, he also graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

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