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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Appoints Randa Fahmy, Esq. to the Governor’s Commission Middle Eastern American Affairs

(Montgomery County, Maryland 5/10/16) Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. named Randa Fahmy, Esq. as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs for a term of four years. Ms. Fahmy has more than 25 years of legal and public policy experience in the federal and state government, including the executive and legislative branches of the United States Government, and as the former Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women.

In appointing Ms. Fahmy, Governor Hogan stated: “Having great confidence in your dedication to public service, it is my pleasure to appoint you a member of the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs for a term of four years.  Thank you for making this strong personal and professional commitment to serve the best interests of our citizens.  I know we will succeed in our goal to make a positive difference for all Marylanders, especially with your assistance and support.”

Ms. Fahmy noted: “I am honored to serve Governor Hogan and the Great State of Maryland to advance the economic, workforce and business development issues pertaining to our diverse population.”

The Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs serves as an advisory board to the Governor and agencies within the Executive Department on matters relating to the Middle Eastern American population of Maryland, including matters relating to economic, workforce and business development. For more information, please see http://middleeastern.maryland.gov.

 

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U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz re-appoints Randa Fahmy as an Ambassador in the Minorities in Energy Initiative: Fahmy Chairs Second Anniversary Event.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz re-appoints Randa Fahmy as an Ambassador in the Minorities in Energy Initiative: Fahmy Chairs Second Anniversary Event.

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz reappointed Randa Fahmy as an Ambassador for the Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE).  MIE is a  program led by the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and links together academia, industry, government and nonprofits to provide individual perspectives on addressing challenges in the areas of energy economic development; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and climate change. Fahmy previously served as the U.S. Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy.

Fahmy also chaired the MIE Second Anniversary event held at Lockheed Martin’s Global Vision Center in Crystal City, Virginia. She opened up the forum by introducing Ms. Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin, The Honorable Dot Harris, Director Office of Impact and Diversity, and Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL).  Panel discussions were held throughout the day which focused on issues of importance to MIE and subsequent success stories.  In attendance were senior U.S. government officials from the White House, Congress, Department of Energy, MIE Ambassadors and private sector representatives.

Fahmy noted “I am honored to continue to serve as an Ambassador for the Minorities in Energy Initiative, an important step in engaging and advancing minorities in all aspects of the energy sector.  This program is so important, because as Marian Wright Edelman said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”  MIE Ambassadors are committed to lending their voice to the mission of the Minorities in Energy Initiative through outreach and strategic planning.

In addition to Randa Fahmy, other Ambassadors include: former Secretaries of Energy Bill Richardson and Hazel O’Leary,  former Governor of New Jersey and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard, and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski, III.

For more information on this initiative, please go to: http://energy.gov/diversity/office-economic-impact-and-diversity.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Names Randa Fahmy Hudome As Department of Energy Ambassador

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Names Randa Fahmy Hudome As Department of Energy Ambassador

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/13) U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz named Randa Fahmy Hudome, a former U.S. Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, as an Ambassador for the Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE).

MIE is a new program led by the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and links together academia, industry, government and nonprofits to provide individual perspectives on addressing challenges in the areas of energy economic development; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and climate change.

At a recent White House Forum on Minorities in Energy, Secretary Moniz announced the new appointment.

In addition to Randa Fahmy Hudome, other Ambassadors include: former Secretaries of Energy Bill Richardson and Hazel O’Leary, American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard, AREVA CEO Michael Rencheck, and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski, III.

For more information on this initiative, please go to: http://energy.gov/articles/white-house-engaging-dialogue-diversity-and-energy.

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Randa Fahmy Hudome to Address Australian Domestic Gas Outlook Conference: February 2014

Randa Fahmy Hudome to Address Australian Domestic Gas Outlook Conference: February 2014

The Australian Domestic Gas Outlook 2014 conference has established itself as the premier annual and dedicated senior level, strategic platform for exploring future directions of Australia’s domestic gas sector.

A sell-out in its first year, with over 220 senior decision makers in attendance, the event was launched to discuss pressing issues around the future role of gas in the domestic market.

In 2014 the Australian Domestic Gas Outlook conference will again bring together Australia’s leading policy makers, industry, peak representative bodies, respected analysts and end users to progress discussion and work towards satisfactory and sustainable outcomes for all concerned.

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Randa Fahmy Hudome participates in the 10th Annual U.S-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar

Randa Fahmy Hudome participates in the 10th Annual U.S-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/9/13) — Randa Fahmy Hudome, President of Fahmy Hudome International participated in the 10th U.S.-Islamic World Forum, held in Doha, Qatar from June 9-11, 2013. Fahmy Hudome was a participant in the working group on “On The Brink: Preventing Economic Collapse and Promoting Inclusive Growth in Egypt and Tunisia.” The Forum, sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the Government of Qatar, convenes government officials and diplomats, business and religious leaders, journalists and artists from the United States and across the Islamic World.

Keynote speakers and panelists at the 2013 Forum include President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Pickering, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim bin Jaber Al Thani, Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation and Development Amr Darrag, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin İhsanoglu, and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat.

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Hidden Assets

Originally published on January 3, 2006 in the Wall Street Journal.

Often what we seek is right in front of us, if we only look. Our government has focused on the vital national security challenges posed in the post-9/11 environment — challenges in law enforcement, intelligence gathering and public diplomacy. Yet we have an untapped resource in all 50 states that can provide insight into many of these challenges — the American Arab and Muslim community. This community best understands the culture, language, motivations and people of the Middle East, yet they have been underutilized on the frontlines of the global war on terror.

While President Bush has appointed more Arab- and Muslim-Americans to senior positions than any previous administration, the rest of the government has been slow to follow his lead. In law-enforcement and intelligence, the U.S. government is desperate to recruit talented individuals for critical counterterrorism, border-security and global-intelligence efforts. While the CIA and FBI plead for Arabic speakers to translate hundreds of hours of existing tapes and participate in real-time intelligence gathering, Arab- and Muslim-Americans stand eager to assist.

In the crucial days and weeks after 9/11, many of these individuals stepped forward to volunteer — offering their knowledge of cultures and languages as particularly helpful for translation services or other types of law enforcement assistance. But these offers were met with an uneasy reluctance that continues today.

One reason: These first- or second-generation Americans often have relatives abroad — thus the security clearances necessary to work in these sensitive positions prove difficult if not impossible to obtain. But those with language fluency are likely to have relatives overseas. The U.S. must figure out an intelligent way to solve this dilemma and expedite clearances for the sake of national security.

Another reason: the trust factor. Many bureaucrats in our government question the loyalties of Arab- and Muslim-Americans. This sense of mistrust was reflected by the erroneous espionage charges that were brought but later dismissed against Arab- and Muslim-American military personnel at Guantanamo.

The most hopeful signs come from Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes, who has stressed the important resources provided by “our own American Muslim community.” Also encouraging was the appointment of Arab-American Dina Habib Powell as Ms. Hughes’ deputy.

But more can be done. Under the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. government could create a special corps of talent like the Americorps or U.S.A. Freedom Corps. This corps would consist of Muslim- and Arab-Americans with special geographical expertise, language knowledge and skills who can work through a variety of outlets to encourage a better understanding of the United States abroad and help the U.S. better understand the Arab and Muslim world.

The Department of State should create an Arab- and Muslim-American Advisory Board — made up of experts who reflect the religious, ethnic and geographic diversity of the Middle East — to advise the U.S. government about issues, sensitivities, perceptions and misperceptions both here and abroad.

Arab- and Muslim-Americans can also do more, independent of the U.S. government. They should serve as surrogates on Arab satellite TV, not necessarily to promote government policy — but to explain America to the Middle East and dispel rumors that quickly spread. With a captive audience of tens of millions who watch daily, Arab satellite TV is arguably the most powerful communication medium in the Middle East today.

In our quest to meet the challenges posed by the post 9/11 world, we need look no farther than to American Arabs and Muslims. Do we have the foresight to optimize our own resources?

Ms. Fahmy Hudome, former associate deputy energy secretary in the Bush administration, is president of Fahmy Hudome International, a government-relations firm in Washington, D.C.

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