Fouad M. Makhzoumi

Fouad M. Makhzoumi

Fouad Makhzoumi co-chairs the Executive Committee of the International Board of the U.S. / Middle East Project. Mr. Fouad Makhzoumi has both an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. In 1984 Mr. Makhzoumi founded Future Pipe Industries with factories in 14 Countries.  He became Chief Executive Officer in 1986 until 2003 when his late son Rami Makhzoumi, assumed the role before he passed away in 2011. Between 1995 and 1997, Mr. Makhzoumi served as the President of the International Desalination Association and he has been a member of the International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project since 1996. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Makhzoumi acted as Vice Chairman of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1997 Mr. Makhzoumi founded the Makhzoumi Foundation, a private Lebanese non-profit organization that contributes through its vocational training, health care , micro-credit and development programs to the Lebanese civil society's development and empowerment. Over 600,000 beneficiaries have so far benefited from the Foundation's offerings. In 2004, Mr. Makhzoumi founded the National Dialogue Party, a Lebanese multi-confessional Political Party Mr. Makhzoumi has been the Executive Chairman of Future Pipe Industries since 2003. He reassumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2011. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters in 2016 from the Lebanese American University.

Thomas R. Pickering Chairman

Thomas R. Pickering

Thomas R. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Pickering also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Tanzania. From 1997 to 2001, he was U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger from 1973 to 1974. Prior to that, he was briefly the President of the Eurasia Foundation. Following his retirement from government, he served as Senior Vice President for the Boeing Company, and is currently Vice Chairman at Hills & Company, which provides advice and counsel to a number of major US enterprises. In 1983 and in 1986, Pickering won the Distinguished Presidential Award and, in 1996, the Department of State’s highest award – the Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1984, he was awarded an honorary doctor-in-laws degree from Bowdoin College, and has received similar honours from 12 other universities. Along with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, Ambassador Pickering led a State-Department-sponsored panel investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Advancing a dignified Israeli-Palestinian peace, an end to occupation and mutual security for both peoples. Presenting policymakers in the United States, MENA and the broader international community with analysis and policy options to promote de-escalation and prevent and resolve conflicts in the region. Guided by an eminent international board and senior advisors.