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REGISTER NOW: Virtual Trade Mission to the U.A.E. on April 27-28, 2020

April 15, 2020

Connect directly with business and government leaders from the United Arab Emirates in a virtual trade mission hosted by World Trade Center Utah and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council. This two-day digital event provides Utah companies with an opportunity to forge strong business ties in the Middle East without leaving home.

When you register, you will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance to help shape the conversation to be more focused to your business needs.

WEBINAR: U.A.E. Business Overview

Monday, April 27th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST


  • Miles Hansen, President & CEO, World Trade Center Utah
  • Danny Sebright, President, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council
  • His Excellency Hazza Al Kaabi, U.A.E. Consul General in Los Angeles

This webinar will discuss the current U.A.E. business environment, opportunities for U.S. companies to conduct business in the U.A.E., as well as the U.A.E.’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.




Industry Specific Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, April 28th (60 minute sessions including Q&A)

Each breakout session will review industry layout, main players, and how companies can engage to explore current business opportunities in the U.A.E. even if they are unable to travel there at the moment.

09:00 AM MST    Oil & Gas/Energy – REGISTER HERE
10:30 AM MST    Healthcare & Life Sciences – REGISTER HERE
01:00 PM MST    Aerospace & Defense – REGISTER HERE
02:30 PM MST    Tech & Entrepreneurship – REGISTER HERE


Speaker Biographies

Miles Hansen, President & CEO of World Trade Center Utah

Miles Hansen is the president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, an organization dedicated to promoting prosperity across the state by attracting investment and increasing exports. Hansen was most recently the Director for Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House. Prior to that, he served as a staff aide to the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs. As a diplomat, Hansen was the energy and economic officer at U.S. Consulate General Dhahran in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province where he served as a liaison with Saudi Aramco and advised U.S. government and private sector leaders on the Saudi energy industry and economic reform agenda. He also served tours focused on Iran at U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia and the Iran Regional Presence Office at U.S. Consulate General Dubai. Before joining the State Department as a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow, Hansen started his career in Utah as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Hansen is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Brigham Young University. A speaker of Russian, Farsi and Arabic, Hansen has firsthand experience in more than 70 countries and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Danny E. Sebright, President of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council

Danny E. Sebright was appointed in June 2008 as President of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, the key organization building commercial ties and growing business opportunities between the two countries.

Previously, Mr. Sebright worked at the geo-strategic advisory firm The Cohen Group from 2002-2016.  Prior to this, he served as the Defense Department’s Director of the Policy Executive Secretariat for the global war on terrorism from 2001-2002 during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and Operation NOBLE EAGLE.  He was awarded the Department of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award for his service to his country.

Mr. Sebright also served in the Office of the Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Defense from 1995-2001, advising the Defense Department on the Middle East Peace Process, regional arms sales, and counter-proliferation initiatives. Mr. Sebright coordinated and implemented U.S. foreign military sales to Israel and many other countries in the Middle East.  He received the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Security Policy for his work on the Middle East Peace Process.  Prior to this, Mr. Sebright served with the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1984 to 1995 as a career intelligence officer, earning numerous Intelligence Community awards for his service.

Mr. Sebright earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2001.  He earned his BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 1984.

Mr. Sebright is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and serves on the advisory boards of a number of philanthropic organizations including Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, and the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College.  He is passionate about giving back to college students, teaching a seminar on the Middle East at Gettysburg College and mentoring students at his alma maters.

His Excellency Hazza Alkaabi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Hazza Alkaabi is the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates in Los Angeles, covering the West Coast. His Excellency assumed this posting in April 2019.

Prior to his assignment as Consul General, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the UAE Embassy in Paris, where he started as Head of Political, Media and Public Diplomacy in 2014.

Before his posting in Paris, Hazza worked in Abu Dhabi for the Office of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, as well as for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Expo 2020. He was a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) campaign team, which aimed to make Abu Dhabi the headquarters of the United Nations’ intergovernmental organization supporting countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future. As part of his portfolio in Abu Dhabi, Hazza also organized and led official regional and international delegations.

Consul General Alkaabi graduated from Hull University in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. He later completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Abu Dhabi University.

During his diplomatic career, Hazza has received several awards including “Excellence and Appreciation” from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.