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ABANA Names Simon O’Rourke Interim Executive Director

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ABANA, the preeminent US organization for finance professionals and institutions with interest in the Middle East and North Africa, has appointed Simon O’Rourke Interim Executive Director.

ABANA Chairperson Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan said, “Simon comes to ABANA with a strong record of growing organizations, driving innovation, and is a leader with diverse, invaluable experiences in the Middle East and North Africa. I am confident that his expertise and exposure will open many new paths for ABANA’s growth, and all of us on ABANA’s Board of Directors look forward to his bringing his background and skills to bear as our unique Association continues to flourish.”

Mr. O’Rourke has over 25 years of experience with MENA-related organizations, fundraising, programming and events management, economic development, trade, and investment. He has served as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco; Director of Development at the Near East Foundation; Executive Director of Public and Leadership Programs and Global Chicago at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Director of Development and Communication at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Managing Editor and Electronic Publishing Coordinator at the American University in Cairo Press.

Mr. O’Rourke has also worked on many international development and investment projects, including in Aleppo (Aga Khan Trust for Culture), Cairo (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), New Mexico (New Mexico Appleseed, Pegasus Legal Services for Children, Albuquerque Heading Home), and in Honduras, Panama, Jordan, and Morocco with Project Finance Advisors.

He has a B.A. in History from Connecticut College and a Master of International Affairs degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Mr. O’Rourke’s appointment follows the departure of long-time ABANA President Susan Peters. Ms. Peters remains involved with ABANA as Senior Advisor, working closely with Mr. O’Rourke in his new role.

ABANA, the preeminent US organization for finance professionals and institutions with interest in the Middle East and North Africa, has appointed Simon O’Rourke Interim Executive Director.

ABANA Chairperson Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan said, “Simon comes to ABANA with a strong record of growing organizations, driving innovation, and is a leader with diverse, invaluable experiences in the Middle East and North Africa. I am confident that his expertise and exposure will open many new paths for ABANA’s growth, and all of us on ABANA’s Board of Directors look forward to his bringing his background and skills to bear as our unique Association continues to flourish.”

Mr. O’Rourke has over 25 years of experience with MENA-related organizations, fundraising, programming and events management, economic development, trade, and investment. He has served as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco; Director of Development at the Near East Foundation; Executive Director of Public and Leadership Programs and Global Chicago at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Director of Development and Communication at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Managing Editor and Electronic Publishing Coordinator at the American University in Cairo Press.

Mr. O’Rourke has also worked on many international development and investment projects, including in Aleppo (Aga Khan Trust for Culture), Cairo (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), New Mexico (New Mexico Appleseed, Pegasus Legal Services for Children, Albuquerque Heading Home), and in Honduras, Panama, Jordan, and Morocco with Project Finance Advisors.

He has a B.A. in History from Connecticut College and a Master of International Affairs degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Mr. O’Rourke’s appointment follows the departure of long-time ABANA President Susan Peters. Ms. Peters remains involved with ABANA as Senior Advisor, working closely with Mr. O’Rourke in his new role.