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 June 2017

  • 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

  • Robert C. Adler

    Health Policy Analyst – Middle East

    Middle East Policy Analysis Group

  • Goli Ameri

  • 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

  • Diane and Guilford Glazer Philanthropies

  • Howard Gordon

    Executive Producer

    Teakwood Lane Productions

  • Michal Grayevsky

    Vice Chairman

    Media RSL Management


    JCS International LLC

    The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation

  • Stephen Hadley

    Former U.S. National Security Advisor


    RiceHadleyGates LLC

  • 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