A. Huda Farouki – Chairman

A. Huda Farouki is a prominent international business leader well-respected for his accomplishments in a wide variety of business, educational and cultural endeavors.

Over more than 35 years, Mr. Farouki has worked on and executed large-scale international and cross-border projects, allowing him to develop a unique combination of key business, political, diplomatic and leadership skills. As the founder and chairman of several major successful corporations specializing in international finance, trade, contracting, logistics and procurement in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and the Far East, including HII-Finance Corp., Financial Instrumental & Investment Corporation (FIIC), ANHAM FZCO and ANHAM USA, Inc., have enabled him to locate unique cross border investments and financial transactions that rely upon that global insight and framework.

Mr. Farouki is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in business, including the “E” Award for Excellence in Exporting conferred by the President of the United States, the Washington International Trade Association’s Outstanding Achievement in International Trade Award, and the Washington Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Mr. Farouki’s philanthropic and cultural interests are numerous. He is well known for his active participation in a variety of charitable endeavors and institutions, including the Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Aspen Institute, the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts, the Center for Strategic & International Studies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition, he has been involved in several educational initiatives, including the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), where he serves as the member of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Farouki’s business, philanthropic and cultural activities all have been guided by a common set of core principles. He knows that those most successful in life are those who employ every natural gift and every opportunity presented to perfect their ability to think, to judge and to lead. He believes it is the duty of every person not only to hunger for more and better information for him or herself, but to do everything possible to educate those who follow so they may share in the prosperity common to the well-educated.

Mr. Farouki was educated in England and the United States. He is a graduate of George Washington University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Administration.