• Our Mission

    ABPA Institute is a conduit to create opportunities that allows minority students to test drive their careers. We connect both Arab-American and all underserved minority students with employers in the public and private sector. The employers ABPA partners with are committed to diversity and inclusion, and to offering meaningful internship opportunities to students.

    The most important thing to know is the value of our mission: to help minority students launch their career through internship placements, where students are able to bridge their academic knowledge with practical job skills in their field of choice.

     

    Mentors and professional development training are offered to interns, The practical skills and guidance that interns receive are essential ingredients to their success in the workforce.

    Our philosophy is simple: to motivate and encourage students to become future leaders, helping them reach their full potential and talent. Ultimately, we want students to start thinking of themselves as the future leaders of the country.

    Our Vision

    The Arab-American Business and Professional Association (ABPA) aspires to become a premier platform for enhancing the professional development and educational proficiency of Arab Americans.

  • DC TV Impact Moment

    ABPA Institute was awarded the DC TV capacity building grant and our Founder & President, Mr. Fuad M. Sahouri, was interviewed by them as part of their Impact Moment series which highlights nonprofits in the DC Metropolitan area. This dynamic series showcases the meaningful impact that nonprofits are making in DC and highlights the ways ABPA Institute improves peoples’ lives every day.

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    Our History

     

    Founded in 1985, the Arab-American Business and Professional Association (ABPA) is a non-profit organization, which prides itself on its ability to serve as a multi-way bridge between the U.S. and the Arab world – providing a platform to connect local and international investors with businesses, harnessing and steering the economic capacity of the Arab-American community locally, and enhancing the competencies of Arab-American professionals to be competitive in the local and global marketplace.

    As one of the “pacesetter” Arab-American organizations, ABPA has played a leading role in convening regular meetings of high profile individuals, organizations, and government institutions to share information, identifying and discussing professional development opportunities.

    Since then, ABPA has established an impressive network of partners and students through programs including the Internship Placement Program and Student Ambassador Program. Through these initiatives, ABPA has continued to provide numerous opportunities to support Arab-American students and their professional development.

  • Meet The Executive Director/Founder of ABPA

    Mr. Fuad M. Sahouri

    Mr. Fuad M. Sahouri is the Founder and President of SAHOURI Insurance, a privately-held risk management brokerage firm based in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Sahouri’s interests in the world of business have made him a highly esteemed community leader and advocate.

    Established in 1970, SAHOURI has evolved from a small neighborhood insurance agency to a globally renowned industry leader. In 2015, the Washington Business Journal named SAHOURI the “Best Place to Work” within the Washington area, and the firm also received the coveted Stevie Award for customer service. In the same year, Mr. Sahouri himself was named “Financial Professional of the Year” by Northern Virginia Magazine and “Hometown Hero of the Year” by the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding contributions within the local community.

    In addition to his work in the insurance industry, Mr. Sahouri has decades of experience in international policy and activism. Born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine, Mr. Sahouri is extremely involved in the Arab-American world and is dedicated to using his platform to advocate for its interests. He has personally brokered meetings with world leaders as the founder and president of several business advocacy groups, one of which is the Palestinian-American Chamber of Commerce. He consistently hosts ambassadors from all over the world to discuss issues of foreign policy. He also hosted his own weekly television show, “It’s Your Business,” on the American Arab Network, which focused on topics such as free enterprise, politics, and trade. Mr. Sahouri’s dual interests in business and the Arab-American world led him to found ABPA, and we could not be prouder to have him as our founder and president!

    Meet Our Team

    Aliya Qutub

    Program Administrator

    programs@abpadc.org

    I oversee the strategy, development, and administration of the ABPA programs. My focus is on partner development, corporate sponsorship, grant development, and advocacy. If you are interested in connecting with us to collaborate, enroll in our program, or learn more about our mission, contact me.

    Amanda Rommes

    Program Coordinator

    arommes@abpadc.org

    (202) 759-6987

    I oversee the ABPA Internship Placement Program, and facilitate new opportunities to our network of students. If you are interested in applying to a position we have listed, or an organization looking to recruit from our network of students, contact me today! I also assist with students looking for resume building advise or any other professional development tips.

    Mr. Fuad M. Sahouri

    Executive Director/Founder

    fms@sahouri.com

    I am passionate about assisting students become future leaders and gain practical experience through meaningful internship experiences. I am a career social entrepreneur, with previously successful organizations including Arab-Americare in Ramallah, Palestine; and the Arab-American Business and Professional Association. I lead ABPA Institute to achieve our goals and objectives and continually advocate for Arab-Americans and other minorities. My full biography is available here.

    Ambassador Massoud Maalouf

    Honorary Chairman

    mmalouf@abpa

    I am a career diplomat who has served internationally for decades. I have been on the Board of ABPA Institute since its inception. If you are interested in learning more about our collaboration with diplomatic missions and international initiatives, contact me.

    Thank you for reading more about the Mission and Vision of ABPA Institute! ABPA considers volunteers for work related to achieving our mission. Interested in getting involved? Fill out the form below and someone from the team will reach out to you shortly.