BUILDING ON THEIR LEGACIES

For over a hundred years, Arab-Americans have served as an indispensable part of the American social fabric.  

WHO WE ARE

Arab-American academic scholars, business owners and government leaders dedicated to the successes of Arab-American students, professionals and businesses in the United States.

BIZ OWNERS

STUDENTS

PROFESSIONALS

WHAT WE DO

We facilitate internship opportunities, curate educational programs and provide networking platforms for students and professionals.

Professional Networking

Connecting industry experts with local and international business leaders through a series of pop-up events that bring industries together for effective relationship-building.

Internship Placement

Facilitating internship opportunities for current or post-graduate students by helping identify, prepare and place them into internships that match their skill-set and career outlook.

Business Education

Promoting business best practices and contemporary studies by inviting industry experts and international leaders to educate business owners and professionals through a series of panels, workshops and keynotes.

OUR MISSION

The Arab-American Business and Professional Association (ABPA) seeks to promote trade and investment opportunities for U.S. and Arab-American businesses, to provide an educational platform for career development, and to increase the professional competency of Arab Americans.

OUR VISION

The Arab-American Business and Professional Association (ABPA) aspires to become a premier platform for building partnerships among U.S. and Arab American businesses by enhancing the professional development and educational proficiency of Arab Americans.

HISTORY

Founded in 1985, the Arab-American Business and Professional Association (ABPA) is a non-profit organization, which prides itself on its ability to serve as a multi-way bridge between the U.S. and the Arab world – providing a platform to connect local and international investors with businesses, harnessing and steering the economic capacity of the Arab-American community locally, and enhancing the competencies of Arab-American professionals to be competitive in the local and global marketplace.

As one of the “pacesetter” Arab-American organizations, ABPA has played a leading role in convening regular meetings of high profile individuals, organizations, and government institutions to share information, identify and discuss beneficial investment and professional development opportunities for greater U.S. – Arab collaboration. To this end, ABPA has had the honor of garnering the support of U.S. government officials including former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to promote social, educational, and trade opportunities with Arab-American communities nationwide and abroad.

ABPA’s success in spanning these corporate collaborations can be attributed to working with other organizations that play an important role in informing Arab-Americans of the inner workings of the American social, economic and business landscape and proving that Arab-Americans are a community of high caliber professionals with skills in high impact industries such as finance, real estate, technology, energy, insurance, and construction.

Historical Accomplishments

  • 1990

    Secured the first ever recognition of an Islamic Holiday by a U.S. President on Eid Al-Fitr.

  • 1992

    In collaboration with the U.S. State Department, established the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce and the Jordanian-American Business Council

  • 1999

    Sponsored a medical delegation from Mt. Sinai hospital to the Middle East to provide hundreds of diagnoses for impoverished children

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Members of the ABPA governance board have participated in historic events including:

  • Participation in the signing of the Oslo Peace accord in 1993 as part of the Palestinian delegation

  • Participation in the negotiation between Palestine’s West Bank Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Development program in the late ’80s

  • Invited to participate in a panel discussion with the late UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Sixth Secretary General of the United Nations) at the 1994 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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