Who we are
The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) is an independent affiliate of the United States Chamber of Commerce. AmCham Libya is a member-based organization that seeks to foster economic development by American companies in Libya through the promotion of regional trade and investment, business development, public policy advocacy, human resources development and business community outreach.
AmCham Libya works to enhance bilateral trade between Libya and the United States by creating an environment for business matchmaking and by attracting international investment to Libya. AmCham Libya is able to do this by leveraging its relationships at the highest levels of the Libyan government, and by working with Libyan officials to overcome obstacles to trade and investment. Members of AmCham Libya stand to benefit from our comprehensive network comprised of senior level actors in Libya's private and public sectors.
Executive Director - Richard H. Griffiths
Mr. Richard H. Griffiths lives full time in Tripoli Libya and serves as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya
He has worked as an international advisor serving Presidents and heads of State from Europe, Central America and South America. He specializes in communications, diplomatic affairs as well as international affairs for developing nations. Griffiths has developed programs such as Nation Branding initiatives for Colombia, Guatemala and Tanzania. Griffiths has also developed international branding programs for the Government of Tanzania and Panama as well as private-public initiatives between large multinationals and the US State Department in both Colombia and Guatemala.
Mr Griffiths is noted for his work with the National Aeronautics and Space administration (NASA) and his role in the development of electric vehicles for US Government installations. His programs included working on public and private alternative energy programs with automotive manufactures and US Government agencies
During his international Career Mr. Griffiths has focused on advising Heads of State/ Presidents on social and international affairs and was formally appointed as Secretary General to the office of International affairs, Bogota Colombia where he brought much needed international attention to the country's children living in extreme poverty as well as to attract direct foreign investment.
Mr. Griffiths became involved in the Libyan revolution early on by working with the Libyan National Transitional Council to facilitate high-level meetings between the Council's representatives and the Presidents of Latin American nations. The purpose of these meetings was to secure official recognition of the National Transitional Council as the sole legitimate representatives of the Libyan people.
In Late 2011, following the end of the conflict the American Chamber of Commerce was established. Mr. Griffiths was a founder of the institution and was subsequently appointed as the President of the Chamber.
Mr. Griffiths currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce full time and is currently studying Arabic. He has one son, Adrian Griffiths
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Ann Bacher (ex officio status)
Ann Bacher is a Foreign Commercial Service officer with over twenty-five years
of service to U.S. exporters. She is currently the Regional Commercial Counselor for North Africa, Jordan and Lebanon based at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. She is responsible for U.S. Department of Commerce trade policy and trade promotion programs for these challenging but promising markets for U.S. exporters. Her other assignment in the region was Commercial Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv with U.S. government supported business development and export promotion responsibilities in Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1999.
Her previous positions have included Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City with responsibility for Commerce Dept. operations in the four posts in Mexico and Senior Commercial Officer in Bangkok, Thailand, where she worked with U.S. companies interested in doing business in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
She served as the Director of the Office of Corporate Partnerships in the Commerce Dept. in Washington D.C. and as Regional Director for Asia Pacific in the HQ offices of the Commercial Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce in Washington. As such, she was responsible for all the U.S. Department of Commerce operations from Seoul to Sydney. This included the largest Commercial Service post – China - with 20 officers and 80 local staff.
In 1997, she became the Director of the U.S. Trade Center in Mexico City, at the time, the only U.S. government exhibition facility in the U.S.’s second largest export market. With a staff of 25 and revenues of over 1 million dollars annually, she brought thousands of new US companies to the Mexican market. She also served as Senior Commercial Officer in Peru and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in Santiago, Chile. She has worked as an international economist and a trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, New York City and Hartford, CT.
Prior to joining the Commerce Department, she worked for an international bank after receiving her MBA from Baylor University in Texas. She is married to James Sampson, an architectural designer and they have a son.
Textron: Brian Feser
Brian Feser serves as the Vice President-Strategy and Communications and concurrently serves as the Director of Textron Operations in Afghanistan for Textron Marine & Land Systems. In January 2012 his role expanded and in addition to his other responsibilities he now oversees strategic business operations within TMLS to include – Quantico Operations, TACOM Operations, and Textron Systems Canada, Incorporated (TSCI).
Brian is responsible for externally focused business development centered on the customer at both the field and DoD level, with specific objectives for developing a unified strategic direction for commercial, military and international marketing and sales. He is also responsible for determining which emerging new business opportunities we pursue – land and marine; Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine; wheeled and tracked; domestic and international, etc. Additionally, Brian must ensure that marketing plans are developed and monitor their implementation while continuously evaluating and rationalizing our ongoing sales efforts.
Subsequent to his promotion, Mr. Feser was named Director for Afghanistan Operations for Textron Marine & Land Systems. In this role, he is directly in charge of all Textron operations within Afghanistan as well as the fielding of TM&LS’s Mobile Security Fighting Vehicle (MSFV) to the Afghanistan National Army. He is also responsible for the establishment and execution of training and sustainment operations for the Afghanistan National Army. He works closely with all stakeholders and coalition partners to develop operational, training and sustainment requirements for the fielding of the MSFV and in-country field service representatives (FSRs).
United Technologies: Anand E. Stanley
Anand E. Stanley was appointed in October 2012 as Vice President and General Manager for Sikorsky Aircraft, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), based in Ankara, Turkey. Previously serving as Sikorsky’s General Manager for Turkey, Anand assumed responsibility for Sikorsky’s top-line growth in the META region and oversaw activities involving customers, governments and industrial cooperation partners. Today he is responsible for the further strengthening of the company’s strategic position for current and future programs in the region.
Anand has global experience leading business integration and industrialization efforts during 10 years with UTC. Before joining Sikorsky, Anand held the roles of Managing Director, India and Integration Director, GE Security at UTC Fire & Security; Director Supplier Development at Corporate Headquarters; and other leadership roles at Carrier and Pratt & Whitney. Anand holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Andhra University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He is a certified ACE Practitioner.