He previously was a trade servicing consultant for the USGC in Pakistan from 1999 to 2000. During that time, he worked with the government of Pakistan to reduce import duties and open the market for U.S. feed grains. He also organized feeding trials for U.S. corn and published an overview of feed formulations and requirements for the livestock and poultry sectors in Pakistan.
He studied geology at the University of Karachi before entering the grains industry.
Wakileh previously worked as the business development manager for Aqaba Vegetable Oils Co., a Jordan-based business that manufactures and refines vegetable oils. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the University of California-Los Angeles.
Although based in Jordan, Wakileh will serve in a regional capacity to address U.S. grain marketing opportunities throughout the Middle East region seeking to connect U.S. exporters to regional importers and to address trade restrictions as they arise.
“Given the size of our region, having council representatives who can respond quickly to trade issues is vital,” said Ramy Hadj Taieb, USGC regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. “With Wakileh and Elahi in place, the council is positioned to be even more effective in marketing and market development activities.”
The new consultants are the latest addition to the USGC’s expanding staff.
In September, the USGC added several new staff members in its Washington, D.C., U.S.-based office plus some of its overseas offices due to areas of growing demand.
|Mohamed Salah Bouthour|