Aida Araissi is the Founder and original Board Director of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber was founded in 1997 to promote trade, investment, and educational
exchanges between the US and Arab World. Since its’ inception and under her leadership, BUSACC
became a preeminent organization highlighting commercial opportunities in the Middle East and North
Africa on behalf of SMEs and Fortune 500 companies from the United States.
Araissi has managed and advised hundreds of inbound and outbound business missions on behalf of
public and private organizations, including the City of Houston and the Economic Development
agencies for the States of Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Illinois. With and based on her guidance,
significant agreements have been launched and implemented including the historic Sister City
Agreement between Houston and Abu Dhabi; the State of Texas Cooperation Agreement between the
State of Texas and State of Qatar; the Port of Houston Agreement between Houston and Jebel Ali, UAE.
Her work with municipal economic boards include coordinating key visits to the Middle East on behalf
of the City of Houston, Texas; City of Stavanger, Norway; City of Halifax, Canada; City of Perth,
Australia; City of Aberdeen, Scotland; and the City of Luanda, Angola. She has also coordinated
business outreach road shows in the US on behalf of the Economic Board of Bahrain; the AmCham of
Egypt; the American Business Council of the Eastern Province Saudi Arabia, the Qatar Foundation’s
Qatar Science & Technology Park; Oman’s Salalah Free Zone and the Economic Commercial Offices of
Iraq, the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Tunisia.
Araissi serves on several strategic boards including the U.S. Committee of the World Petroleum
Congress, City of Houston Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council for the Middle East
and North Africa (MIADC – MENA); the Export Academy of the Houston Community College; and the
Nature Conservancy.
She has received numerous awards for her business advocacy including in 2010 the UAE Ministry of
Foreign Trade’s recognition of “dedication and commitment to strengthening commercial relations
between the UAE and the US” presented to her by HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi. She has also
received the US Commercial Service Award for Excellence in Export Promotion from the US Embassy in
Saudi Arabia in 2008; and from the US Embassy in the UAE in 2007.
Araissi speaks English, Arabic, French and other regional dialects, and received her Bachelor of Arts
degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from the University of Houston.