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 2020

  • Ryan Crocker (Chair)

    Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon

  • Howard L. Berman (Vice Chair)

    Former U.S. Congressman

    Senior Advisor

    Covington & Burling LLP

  • Stephen J. Hadley (Chair Emeritus)

    Former U.S. National Security Advisor


    Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC

  • Robert C. Adler

    Health Policy Analyst – Middle East

    Middle East Policy Analysis Group

  • Goli Ameri

    CEO and Co-founder


  • Nancy A. Aossey

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    International Medical Corps

  • Alexander L. Cappello

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Cappello Group Inc.

  • George N. Chammas


    Chammas Group of Companies

  • Diane and Guilford Glazer Philanthropies

  • Clifford P. Goldstein

    Founder and Managing Partner

    GPI Companies

  • 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

  • David M. Kirchheimer

    Advisory Partner

    Oaktree Capital Management

  • Don Loeb

    Chief Executive Officer

    Headlands West Advisory LLC

  • John C. Novogrod


    McLaughlin & Stern LLP

  • Hussain Qaragholi

    Managing Director

    Corporate Coverage, Middle East

    Deutsche Bank

  • William J. Recker

    Chair Emeritus

    Energy Innovation Center

  • Peter Richards

    Board Member

    Broad Reach Foundation

  • Hasan R. Shirazi

    Managing Director

    Citi Private Bank

  • Jay Stein

    Chairman of the Board

    Stein Mart, Inc.