• Meet the Founder of ABPA

    Mr. Fuad M. Sahouri

    Mr. Fuad M. Sahouri is the Founder and President of Sahouri Insurance and Financial Services, a privately-held risk management insurance brokerage firm based in McLean, Virginia. Established in 1970, SAHOURI has evolved from a local insurance agency to a globally renowned industry leader. Sahouri is recognized as the largest insurance provider to the diplomatic community, serving both embassies and U.N. missions throughout the United States.
     
    Fuad Sahouri’s vision of bundling different carriers into a single insurance policy is a forward-thinking service he implemented; and the hallmark of the company's business practice.
    As an independent agency, it provides all lines of insurance coverage to serve the personal and business needs of its clientele. Fuad Sahouri’s business model of providing exemplary customer service and passion remain at the core of the agency’s operations, which is why SAHOURI has been recognized by local and national publications for its customer service and exclusive insurance programs.
     
    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.
     
    Sahouri is proud to be recognized by its community and industry peers for its award-winning service, production and culture.
    In addition to insurance, Fuad Sahouri’s extensive history of activism in support of Palestine; the Arab-American community; and involvement in worthy endeavors, both in the United States and in the Palestinian territories span across decades. Born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine, Fuad’s passion to advance peace, dialogue and to improve the economic climate in the Palestinian territories led to his active engagement in US foreign policy in the Middle East. Fuad Sahouri brokered several foreign policy meetings with former President George W. Bush, senior to allow for Palestinian goods to enter the US under the label "Made in Palestine." (When) Having strong ties with the Bush administration, Fuad Sahouri was often consulted on matters related to the Middle East. Additionally, when the Oslo Accords were being discussed, Fuad was instrumental in inviting the Israeli Chamber of Commerce.
    Fuad Sahouri facilitated the request to attain a Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status for the Palestinian territories between Chairman Yasser Arafat and the White House; and further advised Chairman Arafat to appeal for a free-trade agreement between the United States and the Palestinian territories. Former President Bill Clinton thereafter granted Palestine the Free-Trade Agreement. (When) Fuad Sahouri also established the Palestinian-American Chamber of Commerce. (When)
     
    In 1994, Fuad Sahouri was invited to present the "Palestinian Perspective" at the World Economic Forum Conference in Davos. Throughout the 1990s, he participated in various speaking engagements in the US and in the Arab region, addressing businesses and universities, including joint efforts between the American Israeli Chamber of Commerce and the Palestinian American Chamber of Commerce--all in the interest of promoting peace and dialogue. Fuad was invited to lecture at Cornell University in NY on the significance of economic development for Palestine, and the value to promote a market-driven economy.
     
    Believing in the importance of serving the professional and business interests of Arab Americans here in the U.S. Fuad founded in 1985, the Arab American Business and Professional Association, a trade association for the Arab American community in the United States.
     
    In the early 2000s, Fuad Sahouri hosted a weekly television program entitled "It's Your Business," which aired on the American Arab Network (ANA) for over two years. The show featured many topics, including international business, principles of free enterprise, politics and trade.
     
    Fuad Sahouri’s passion for philanthropy led to the establishment of the Arab-Americare Foundation (AAF); a US organization aimed to advance the professional growth and economic wellbeing of young Palestinian professionals in the West Bank through professional development training and internship opportunities. The AAF successfully developed and advanced the career paths of countless young Palestinians, helping numerous gain employment. The success of the internship program in Palestine motivated Fuad Sahouri to replicate a similar program in the Washington, DC Metroplitan area. ABPA Institute is a conduit that provides internship opportunities to Arab Americans and underserved minority students that allow them to transform their academic knowledge into practical job skills, build connections and networks in their respective fields, and launch their career paths. Internships are offered in both the public and private sector.
     
     
    Fuad Sahouri immigrated from Palestine to the United States in 1963. He is an avid internationalist. Fuad’s interests include politics, business, philanthropy, cross-cultural understanding, philosophy and the arts.