Press Release from National Council On U.S.-Arab Relations Roosevelt Joins Collective of National Council Advisors Guiding U.S.-Arab Relations Educational Programs Washington, DC: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations [ncusar.org], founded in 1983, is pleased to announce that H. Delano Roosevelt has joined its International Advisory Committee. In announcing the appointment, Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony said, "We are delighted that Mr. Roosevelt recognizes the value of the Council's U.S.-Arab relations leadership development and bridge-building educational efforts. We're especially pleased that he has agreed to serve on the Council's International Advisory Committee. Given his decades of serving on the front lines of promoting the U.S. relationship with the Arab world, there's no question that we will benefit from his guidance and extraordinary insight." The Council's International Advisory Committee does not formally govern the organization, but instead makes recommendations and provides strategic support and advice to the Council's board of directors, and its president and chief executive officer.
Delano Roosevelt is currently the Director of New Business Development for the Reza Investment Group based in Saudi Arabia. He was a co-founder of Friends of Saudi Arabia, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting awareness of Saudi Arabian culture and society, with HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah, a son of the late-King Abdullah. Mr. Roosevelt is also Chairman of the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce, a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, and a Member of the Executive Board of the American Business Group of the Eastern Province. Mr. Roosevelt is the grandson of former U.S. First Lady Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whom many regard as having forged the American component of the special Saudi Arabian-U.S. relationship. In this regard, Dr. Anthony remarked that, "Mr. Roosevelt's becoming a Member of the National Council's International Advisory Committee marks an especially poignant moment in the history of the relationship between our two countries and peoples. In so doing, he joins his Saudi Arabian counterpart and fellow Committee Member HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Sa'ud, grandson of the modern-day founder of Saudi Arabia." The historic meeting between the two heads of state – these two distinguished Advisory Committee Members' grandparents – took place aboard the U.S.S. Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake of the Suez Canal on February 14, 1945. Ever since, the bonds forged between Saudi Arabia and the United States then are regarded as having laid the cornerstone of a relationship that has done far more than benefit the two countries and their respective peoples. Indeed, the relationship is one that has arguably benefitted the entire world and been a source of envy in the eyes of all who would emulate it if but they could. About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations: Founded in 1983 and based in Washington, DC, the National Council is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. Information about the Council's program, projects, events, and activities can be found at ncusar.org.