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Leila Aridi Afas has joined TradeUp’s Advisory Group. Leila Aridi Afas is an energetic and strategic leader that knows how to get things done, from navigating complex political processes to identifying and capturing business leads. She currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Global Development at The SPECTRUM Group (TSG) in Washington, DC.

As a Presidential appointee, Leila most recently served as the Director of Export Promotion at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).  In this role, she provided effective counseling to U.S. companies on market entry and development strategies and advocated on their behalf within the U.S. Government and overseas resulting in a record-breaking ROI of $76 in U.S exports for every $1 USTDA programmed.  Leila also led the development and implementation of Making Global Local, the largest outreach campaign in USTDA’s history, successfully connecting U.S. companies with the Agency’s export-promotion programs.

Leila has also worked in the private and public sectors throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. As a manager in Grant Thornton LLP’s global practice, she supported clients worldwide in their efforts to improve efficiency, promote foreign investment and foster economic development. While working with the U.S. Trust Company in New York, Leila executed trades and managed overdrafts for asset management accounts in excess of $3.1 billion. Prior to that, she served as legislative aide in the House of Commons, London providing analysis of economic and financial issues to a Member of Parliament. Leila has also provided consulting services to the World Economic Forum during their Annual Meetings in Davos for three years in a row.

Leila’s experience and education include:

  • Director, Export Promotion at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Arlington, VA
  • Manager, International Vertical Market, Grant Thornton LLP, Alexandria, VA
  • Country Manager, Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Arlington, VA
  • Business Consultant, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
  • Client Relationship Associate, U.S. Trust Company, New York, NY
  • Parliamentary Aide, House of Commons, London, UK
  • M.I.A., International Economic Policy and Middle East Studies, Columbia University; B.A. in Political Science and English, James Madison University

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Leila Aridi Afas

Leila Aridi Afas


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