Ms. Aida Araissi
Founder & CEO, The Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH)
Aida Araissi is the Founder and CEO of the Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and the education foundation Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH).
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1997 to promote trade, investment, training and educational exchanges between the US and Arab World. Since its inception and under Araissi’s leadership, the mandate has evolved into a global mission focused on the energy and infrastructure portfolio of the companies represented on the board of advisors. The Bilateral is
recognized as a cross industry expert resource for advancing collaborative economic, and education solutions founded on the principals of mutual respect and understanding. Stakeholders include Fortune 500 companies, academic and policy influencers, economic development boards, and city and state agencies.
For the last 22 years, Araissi has provided strategic planning, program management, and full life cycle advice on hundreds of multi-sector inbound and outbound business missions on behalf of public and private organizations. Her extensive experience in foreign direct investment consulting has ranged from developing roadshows for The Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Egypt, to name a few; to US government agencies such as the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and U.S. Department of State. She is a frequent speaker at the US Department of Commerce’s Discover Global Markets, the Africa Leaders Summit in London and ADIPEC’s Women in Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi and EGYPT.
She has received numerous international awards for business advocacy including the U.S. Commercial Service Award for Excellence in Export Promotion, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Trade & Commercial Office commendation for dedication and commitment to strengthening ties between the UAE and the US, the State of Georgia’s US Congress Commendation award as a Leading Women to Watch at the Amazons Watch Magazine’s conference highlighting her work in bridging US-MENA-Africa development.
Ms. Araissi speaks English, Arabic and French. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from the University of Houston. She serves on multiple civic and strategic boards including the U.S. Committee for the World Petroleum Congress, the Export Academy, the Nature Conservancy and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Her work with TEACH has spanned over 18 states in the United States touched thousands of students with global awareness programming aimed at inspiring American teachers to empower the next generation to learn about the world and appreciate diversity.