DeBakey - George

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Mr. George DeBakey has 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors in various international and domestic assignments.
Previously, he was Director, International for Atomic Learning which is an educational technology company that provides technology resources to teachers and students. His most recent focus has been on developing educational business opportunities in the Middle East. He was involved with establishing educational resellers, direct sales to universities and international K-12 schools.
Before Atomic Learning, he was Director, Business Development for ePals, and largest global education social community for K-12. He lived and worked overseas in London and Cairo for Rockwell International in the communications sector.  His expertise includes international business development, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, international sales, channels of distribution, marketing and international government relations.
Mr. DeBakey served as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Science and Technology Division, at the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce in the mid-eighties and was responsible for trade policy and trade promotion for the science and technology industries. During this time, he was involved with the telecommunications trade talks with various European countries, U.S.-Japan semiconductor agreement, and led the first telecommunications and software trade missions to China to open business opportunities for U.S. companies.
 
For two years Mr. DeBakey was the Executive Director of the Information Technology Association of America representing the telecommunications and software sectors. He was the Director of International Operations for ESI, a major educational and training company.
 
Mr. DeBakey currently serves on the board of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, and the Arab-American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. He was a founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. He is a member of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.
 
Mr. DeBakey has a MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s of International Management from Thunderbird/American Graduate School of International Management. He has a BS in Business from Drake University and additional graduate courses in international education at The American University