Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former presidential adviser and United States ambassador, has more than 30 years of international, commercial, legal and government affairs experience. Since 1971 he has held many prominent public- and private-sector positions focusing on foreign policy, defense, trade and investment development throughout the Middle East. He managed Layalina Arab Television Productions, a private, nonprofit Arab-language television production company headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Dubai, UAE. Ambassador Ginsberg served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Edward Kennedy; special assistant to the secretary of state; deputy senior adviser to the president for Middle East policy; U.S. ambassador to Morocco; and special U.S. coordinator for Mediterranean trade, investment and security affairs. He serves as a special adviser to the Department of Defense Special Operations Command and an adviser to the U.S. Department of State on outreach initiatives to the Muslim world. As a Middle East media affairs analyst for major U.S. and international media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, BBC and Al Arabiya, he is a nationally recognized authority on U.S.-Middle East relations and international events and is a nationally recognized foreign policy opinion editorial writer and blogger whose writings appear in major U.S. media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and the Huffington Post. Aside from his work with the federal government, he served as senior partner and chief financial officer at the international firm of Galland, Kharasch, Morse & Garfinkle. In this capacity, he represented international investment banks on emerging market penetration, consulted on multinational aviation issues, and created strategy for telecommunications and energy companies with empasis on project finance, equity investments, international initial public offerings, joint venture development and privatizations. He is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and serves on the board of several major humanitarian organizations focused on Middle East development.