Adam Al-Sarraf

Attorney Advisor-International

Adam Al-Sarraf is an Attorney Advisor with the Commercial Law Development (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Al-Sarraf works primarily on the Iraq, the Gulf and Dominican Republic portfolios. For Iraq, Mr. Al-Sarraf focuses on capacity building programs for the Iraqi judiciary, state owned enterprises, investment commissions and legislative institutions. For the Gulf, Mr. Al-Sarraf conducts programming on contract enforcement and insolvency. For the Dominican Republic, Mr. Al-Sarraf conducts programs on government procurement.

Mr. Al-Sarraf's other government and private sector experiences have also included  temporary positions at the District Court of the Southern District of New York, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and DLA Piper in Dubai.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Al-Sarraf worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) where, as a member of the NED's Middle East and North Africa team, he helped manage the grants portfolios for Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. Mr. Al-Sarraf also managed the NED's Arabic website, Al-Nafitha, by posting new grantee and non-grantee Arabic literature on civil society principles and initiatives. Prior to working at the NED, Mr. Al-Sarraf lived in Amman, Jordan, where he studied classical and standard Arabic at the Qasid Institute for Classical Arabic Studies. While studying in Amman, Mr. Al-Sarraf also worked as the Research Coordinator for Mercy Corps on a refugee assistance project funded by UNHCR. 

Mr. Al-Sarraf received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Middle East Studies and History, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School. He is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. In 2017, he received a certificate from American University for a Spanish for Lawyers.

CLDP in Action

December 17, 2017 - December 21, 2017

From December 17-21, 2017, CLDP sponsored the participation of representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tunisia to attend the annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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