Event Details

Enjoy a casual fireside chat moderated by AmCham Abu Dhabi Board Director Courtey Sader, as we explore the below topics with AmCham Abu Dhabi Board Chairman Bob Harward and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. Michael Corbin:

  • Panelists will share their thoughts on the state of the U.S. - U.A.E. relationship in anticipation of the arrival of a new U.S Ambassador.
  • The panelists will provide perspectives on business relationships in a changed and increasingly complex global geopolitical situation.
  • Panelists will explore additional thoughts about the continued prospects for U.S businesses in the U.A.E.; what are (and have been) the implications of the Ukraine conflict on this region for business; and the changing regional situation and its impacts.

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday, June 12, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Entry: Free for AmCham Abu Dhabi members; AED 90* for Non-members
  • Venue: Haibu Space, level 1, Abu Dhabi Mall
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*Price is inclusive of 5% VAT. The fee is non-refundable.

Speakers & Moderator

  • Robert (Bob) Harward (Executive Vice President of International Business at Shield AI)

    Robert (Bob) Harward

    Executive Vice President of International Business at Shield AI

    Bob Harward is Shield AI’s Executive Vice President for International Business and Strategy, where he brings his expertise and energy to the company’s current and prospective customers globally. Prior to joining Shield AI, Bob served as the Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin Middle East and was recognized by Forbes as one of the fifty (#10) most influential CEOs in the Middle East while serving in this position. Bob has lived in Abu Dhabi for nine years.

    A National Security Expert in both theory and application, he served on the National Security Council for the Bush administration, commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center, and
    has extensive combat experience as a U.S. Navy SEAL, in Afghanistan, Iraq (he led invasions in both countries in Oct. 2001 and March 2003), Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Bosnia, as well as the
    rest of the Middle East.

    Bob is a U.S. Naval Academy alum; he holds a master’s degree in International Security Affairs from the Naval War College and is a graduate of MIT’s Foreign Policy Program. He also served as an executive fellow at RAND. Prior to joining Shield AI, he was a chief executive at Lockheed Martin for eight years and a Vice Admiral (SEAL) in the United States Navy, with his last assignment as Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM). He was asked by President Trump to serve as his National Security Advisor.

    Bob grew up in Iran, graduated from the Tehran American School, and speaks Farsi. His significant recognitions include the Donovan Award from the CIA, the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of State, the German Silver Star, the Polish Silver Star, and he was designated a Commander of the Polish GROM (Special Operation Forces).

    The Department of Defense awarded him the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (three), the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star with V device (four), and the Presidential Unit Citation (two) for combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also recognized with the US Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award. Bob served on the Secretary of Defense’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) as chair of the Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force, is an advisor to Draper Labs, is an adjunct, and sits on several commercial boards, to include Channel and USAA REALCO.

    Bob is a professional parachutist and has performed all over the world. On Oct. 27, 2019, he set the World Record for the highest parachute landing on the West Col Base Camp of Mount Everest at over 23,000 feet. He enjoys all forms of physical and intellectual competition, particularly chess, racquetball, golf, and squash.

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  • Michael Corbin (CEO of Corbin Crossroads Consulting)

    Michael Corbin

    CEO of Corbin Crossroads Consulting

    Former U.S. Ambassador Michael Corbin is CEO of Corbin Crossroads Consulting, a consulting firm based in the U.A.E. He was a career diplomat and retired as the Ambassador to the U.A.E. in December 2014. He has since devoted his energy to supporting the private sector and promoting international understanding. He lives in Abu Dhabi and provides strategic advice in the region.

    Prior to his UAE posting, Ambassador Corbin served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq Affairs 2009-11, Minister-Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Iraq 2008-9, and from 2006-8, as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Syria. He held various positions at the State Department and served in Embassies abroad: twice in Egypt, twice in Kuwait, and twice in Tunisia. He also worked at the Embassy in Venezuela from 1997 to 2001. Ambassador Corbin joined the Foreign Service in 1985.

    For the past three years he has greatly enjoyed teaching political economy to the Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars program at NYU Abu Dhabi.

    Ambassador Corbin graduated from Swarthmore College in the U.S. He speaks Arabic, French, Spanish and is learning Italian. He is an avid cyclist and practices yoga.

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  • Courtney Sader (Moderator) (General Counsel at Raytheon Emirates Ltd.)

    Courtney Sader (Moderator)

    General Counsel at Raytheon Emirates Ltd.

    Courtney Sader is General Counsel for Raytheon Emirates ltd. and Raytheon Saudi Arabia where she serves as a member of the leadership team for both companies and is responsible for managing all legal matters including prime and subcontractor procurements, offsets and other transactions, corporate governance, joint ventures, human resources, and anti-corruption compliance.

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Haibu Space, Abu Dhabi Mall
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