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Hutham Olayan

Hutham Olayan

International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs



Hutham S. Olayan is a principal, director and senior executive of The Olayan Group.

Ms. Olayan has headed the Groupís U.S. presence since 1985, currently as president and CEO of Olayan America and other U.S.-based affiliates of the Group. She is responsible for all of the Groupís investment activity in the Americas.

Ms. Olayan is a director of Morgan Stanley and a former director of Thermo Electron Corporation. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of The Blackstone Group and Executive Advisory Board of General Atlantic.

In the non-profit sector, Ms. Olayan serves on the boards of several organizations: American University of Beirut, where she is co-chairman; Georgetown University; the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and The MasterCard Foundation.

Ms. Olayan is a member of international advisory bodies affiliated with The Brookings Institution and Carnegie Middle East Center. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, and the Arab Bankers Association of North America.

Ms. Olayan holds a B.A. from the American University of Beirut and an M.B.A. from Indiana University.




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