Adam Al-Sarraf

International Program Specialist

Adam Al-Sarraf is an International Program Specialist 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 internships and 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 has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Upcoming Programs

August 7, 2017 - September 29, 2017
September 18, 2017 - September 26, 2017

CLDP in Action

September 14, 2017 - September 19, 2017

CLDP hosted standards experts from the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for U.S.-based consultations to assist in developing trade-related harmonized standards in Central Asia and benefit domestic and international businesses alike through increased market access, transparent system, and fair regulations.

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