Dan Rather to Headline American Middle East Institute Conference

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Former CBS News anchorman Dan Rather will headline the American Middle East Institute (AMEI) annual business conference in Pittsburgh on October 18. His on-stage remarks at Carnegie Music Hall will cap a daylong event focused on emerging health and energy opportunities in the Middle East.

“We invited Dan Rather to Pittsburgh because he represents the steadiness and calm needed in current public dialogue,” said AMEI founder and CEO, Simin Curtis. Adding, “Few Americans can say they’ve seen it all, but Dan has. From covering the earliest days of the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam, to the accelerated change we’re witnessing here and in the countries of the Middle East, his experience offers a unique perspective for our times. We’re grateful to have him in our city.”

Prior to Mr. Rather’s remarks, conference participants to the morning and afternoon presentations will hear from a lineup including His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Rady, Minister of Health and Population, Arab Republic of Egypt, and Dr. Basmah Al-Buhairan, Health Sector managing director for Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.

An updated schedule and guest biographies can be viewed here.


The American Middle East Institute’s 9th Annual Business Conference will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania at the Center for Connected Medicine during the day and Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall in the evening.

The event is a high-level gathering of invited American and Middle East decision-makers representing the public and private sectors. Organizers focus a series of on-stage conversations and networking opportunities on growing business between the United States and the countries of the Middle East.

The 2016 conference theme is: New Frontiers of Health and will focus on understanding emerging trends in Health and Technology including the latest in treatment for chronic diseases, telemedicine, bio-technology, and precision (personalized) medicine. As always, AMEI will feature a special panel on doing business in the Middle East, along with an annual energy update.

Event times and registrations can be viewed here.

The American Middle East Institute (AMEI) is an independent, non-profit organization, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  AMEI is focused on building business, educational and cultural ties between the United States and the countries of the Middle East. 

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