Advisory Board

The CMEPP advisory board provides critical strategic guidance and generous philanthropic support for RAND's Middle East research. The board is composed of public policy, nonprofit, and private sector leaders with active interests, knowledge, and experience in the Middle East.

List updated September 2016

Stephen Hadley (Chair)

Former U.S. National Security Advisor


RiceHadleyGates LLC

Howard L. Berman (Vice Chair)

Former U.S. Congressman

Senior Advisor

Covington & Burling LLP

Robert C. Adler

Health Policy Analyst – Middle East

Middle East Policy Analysis Group

Nancy A. Aossey

President and Chief Executive Officer

International Medical Corps

William F. Benter

Chairman and International Chief Executive Officer


Alexander L. Cappello

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Cappello Group Inc.

George N. Chammas

Cofounder, Vice Chairman, and Director

NavLink Inc.

Tarek Dajani


DNY Group

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation

Howard Gordon

Executive Producer

Teakwood Lane Productions

Ray R. Irani

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ray Investments, LLC

Ann Kerr-Adams

Fulbright Coordinator

UCLA International Institute

Zalmay Khalilzad

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gryphon Partners

Sharon S. Nazarian


Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation

Younes Nazarian

Founder and Chairman

Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation

John C. Novogrod


Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Christopher J. ("C.J.") Oates

Managing Director

RimLight, LLC

Christopher Petitt


Blue Haystack Inc.

Hussain Qaragholi

Senior Originator, CEEMEA

Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions, Deutsche Bank

William Recker

Founder and Chairman

IronBridge Partners 

Hasan Shirazi

Managing Director

Citi Private Bank

Donald Ellis Simon


The Lucille Ellis Simon Foundation

Todd M. Wilcox

Chief Executive Officer

Patriot Capital, LLC