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Marwan Ahmad

Marwan Ahmad is the founder and president of the Arab American Business Council since 2014. He is the President of Arabesque Media a Virginia based marketing and event planning and management company.  He has been in the marketing event planning and publishing business since 1994.

He served on a media training mission to Italy with the State Department touring four cities to speak, educate and train local ethnic media. Mr. Ahmad specializes in general marketing consulting businesses in the US as well as companies that do business in the Middle East.

He is also the Co-founder of Arabfest in Virginia, Co-founder of Little Arabia in Anaheim California and publisher of the Arab American Voice and US Qatar Network. 

Mr. Ahmad has a degree in Computer Information Systems and additional education in marketing, TV producing and non-profit management.

Bassem Yamak
Bassem Yamak is a Real Estate Consultant for the largest franchised real estate company worldwide, Keller Williams Realty. Bassem obtained his real estate license in 2005, and also has nearly 30 years of finance experience. The foundation of his business is built on referrals and an exemplary ethical standard. He has a pleasant and easy going personality. His mission is to provide you with an experience that goes beyond your expectations. Bassem is dedicated to helping his clients and their satisfaction is his highest priority. He treats each client as if he is buying or selling his own home. He is a tireless negotiator on his clients' behalf to get them the best deal possible. Bassem, with his lovely wife and 3 children, has been living in Fairfax County for over 30 years, and has an extensive knowledge of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. Bassem strives to be a good neighbor through volunteering his time to our community. His hobbies include cooking, playing tennis, chess and cards.
Aida Mady
Business Women's Affairs
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Aida is the youngest of eight children. Her passion for cooking blossomed from a young age as she helped her mother in the kitchen. She is now living in Northern Virginia where she and her husband raised their three children. In 2012, she launched Cooking and Beyond ( with the help of business training and mentoring from Empowered Women International (EWI). Aida shares EWI’s vision for using the arts as a unifying language of multicultural understanding, and Aida’s art is cooking. She is an active volunteer with the Muslim Women’s Association, Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee and the Egyptian American Cultural Association, and is involved in many fundraising events.
Ilham El Adlani
Board member

Ilham El Adlani is a Real Estate professional licensed in DC & VA, currently affiliated with Long & Foster of McLean, the number one office in the NOVA/WV region, and Top Producer and Gold team member of both her office and The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. Born in Morocco, but living in Northern Virginia since 1990 gives her a great knowledge of the DMV area. She is also a certified relocation specialist who's fluent in both Arabic and French in addition to English . She's a wife, a mother to two kids in college and an avid runner who loves the outdoors. When she’s not at work, she can be found on the trails running anything from 5 milers to marathons