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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 Middle East, North Africa and Latin America and Caribbean portfolios. Mr. Al-Sarraf's programming focuses on improving insolvency frameworks in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and increasing transparency and competition in public procurement systems in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa.

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.  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. 

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. He has certificates from American University for Spanish for Lawyers and WTO and US Trade Law and Policy courses and from the Organization of American States (OAS) in procurement management.

Mr. Al-Sarraf has authored articles on commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration, commercial litigation, public procurement and bankruptcy.