On November 30, PSA hosted Ambassador Marcelle Wahba, former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, for an off-the-record dinner with the Fall 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.
Ambassador Wahba is the President of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). Prior to her appointment as President of AGSIW, Wahba led DerMar International, LLC, a consulting firm focused on assisting American businesses seeking to establish or expand their presence in the Middle East. She served as the Senior Advisor for the GCC countries from 2008 to 2012 at PineBridge Investments, an asset management firm based in New York City. Other consulting assignments included Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, and Northrop Grumman.
Ambassador Wahba retired from the U.S. Department of State in May 2008, class of Minister Counselor, after a 22-year career spent mostly in the Middle East. Wahba was confirmed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates in October 2001. She received the White House Presidential Meritorious Service Award for her service in the UAE and was decorated by HH President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with the UAE’s Order of Independence (First Class).