AmCham CEO Cocktail Reception on Celebration of US Independence Day
On July 13, 2023, AmCham Azerbaijan organized CEO Cocktail Reception on Celebration of US Independence Day. In keeping with its tradition, the Cocktail brought together CEOs and Partners of AmCham member companies, ambassadors, AmCham committee chairpersons and different government officials.
Executive Director of AmCham Azerbaijan Ms. Gulnara Aslanbayli officially opened the event by greeting the guests and giving a brief foreword of the event. During her speech, she especially emphasized the valuable contributions of the sponsors to the reception and appreciated their support on behalf of the Chamber.
The speech of Ms. Aslanbayli was followed by Azerbaijan and U.S. National Anthems.
Taking the floor, President of AmCham Azerbaijan Ms. Nargiz Nasrullayeva-Muduroglu welcomed the event participants and sent her sincere congratulations to all US citizens on the occasion of Independence Day. Ms. President also touched upon the commitment of the Chamber to its main strategic goals on improving the business environment in Azerbaijan, promoting the interests of foreign and local businesses, and playing a significant role in the communication between public and private sectors. She also highlighted the importance of the cooperation between AmCham Azerbaijan and US Embassy in Baku in achieving these goals.
Afterwards, the floor was passed to Mr. Andrew Berdy, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at US Embassy in Baku to share the celebration of this special occasion with the guests. Pointing out the significance and noteworthiness of Independence Day in the history of US, Mr. Berdy once again congratulated his compatriots from the bottom of his heart. During his speech, he highlighted the long-lasting and fruitful relationship covering various areas between Azerbaijan and United States as well. Furthermore, Mr. Berdy also mentioned the close cooperation between the Embassy and the Chamber on promoting the business interests of both countries.
The Cocktail Reception continued with several show programs, live music band performance and DJ show. Additionally, the reception also featured a particular Raffle Show where the guests got an opportunity to win exclusive prizes offered by AmCham member companies.
The most memorable part of the event was cate cutting ceremony with a spectacular firework show by the President Ms. Nargiz Nasrullayeva-Muduroglu and Mr. Andrew Berdy from US Embassy to celebrate this remarkable day.
The event was held with the generous contribution and support of Gold Sponsor - BP, Silver Sponsor – The Landmark, Bronze Sponsors - Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, Jumanji and Hillside, and Other sponsors – Highlight Events, Bloom Group, PMD Hospitality, JW Marriott Absheron Baku, Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Hilton Hotel, Hyatt Regency Baku, RESM Jewelry, Holiday Inn Baku, Office Systems, Fairmont Baku Flame Towers, and Kapital Bank.
BFI Committee`s February Meeting
On February 6, AmCham hosted BFI Committee`s Meeting.BFI Chairperson, Mrs. Aytan Rustamova, opened the meeting by welcoming members, guest speakers Sanan Hasanov (Demir Bank) and Nazim Mammadov (Alliance Group LLC) as well as informing the committee members on the achievements & challenges of the past year.Within the first part of the meeting Committee Chairperson passed the floor to the guest speaker of the meeting, Mr. Sanan Hasanov, the representative of Demir Bank who delivered a report on “EnergoCredit”, the collaborative project of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with Demir Bank. The presentation was followed by Q&A session.Short bio of our guest speaker:Mr. Hasanov holds a master of Finance from Azerbaijan State University of Economy. He is currently working for DemirBank OJSC as Marketing Director. He has more than 10 years experience in banking sector in Azerbaijan. He has managed and implemented many local and international projects.During the second part of the meeting Mr. Nazim Mammadov, representative of Alliance Group LLC has delivered a presentation on “Case studies from Georgia on EnergoCredit project”. The presentation was followed by Q&A session.The Committee meeting finished by networking and one-to-one conversations.Powered by Froala Editor
BFI Committee`s March Meeting
On March 16, AmCham hosted BFI Committee Meeting.BFI Chairperson, Mrs. Aytan Rustamova, opened the meeting by welcoming committee members and guest speaker – Mrs. Julie Nutter, Director of the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation in the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.Within the first part of the meeting, Mrs. Julie Nutter delivered a very informative speech on “US Policy & Sanctions on Russia and Iran” followed by Q&A session.During the second part of the meeting, Mrs. Nutter introduced Mr. W. Stuart Huffman, Foreign Service Officer of the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation, who joined her during the Q&A session.Short bio of our guest speaker:Julie Hagarty Nutter is the Director of the Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation (SPI) in the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). Prior to her current posting, she was the Economic Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Nutter was the Director of the Office of Development Finance in the Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Bureau. She previously served as the Economic Counselor in the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. During her Brussels tour, she volunteered for an Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader position and spent seven months in Iraq, mostly in Basra, working to improve governance capacity at the provincial level. In earlier jobs, she headed the Ukraine desk of the State Department in the run-up to the Orange Revolution, worked closely with other donors on G-8 and Balkan reconstruction issues, and did political and economic reporting during the Liberian civil war. Ms. Nutter has a Masters’ degree in National Security Resource Strategy from the National Defense University and a Masters’ degree in International Economics from Georgetown University. She has two daughters, and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Powered by Froala Editor
BFI AND CSR COMMITTEES` JOINT MEETING
On May, 18, AmCham hosted BFI and CSR Committees` Joint Meeting.Mrs. Nargiz Nasrullayeva-Muduroglu opened the meeting by welcoming participants as well as introducing Mrs. Natavan Mammadova as the newly appointed Director of AmCham Azerbaijan. Afterwards, she passed the floor to Mrs. Ayten Rustamova, Chairperson of BFI Committee, who introduced guest speakers to the audience – Mrs. Gwen Burchell, Director of United Aid for Azerbaijan (UAFA) and Mrs. Natavan Hasanova, researcher of Strategic Research Center of AR (SAM).During the first part of the meeting, Mrs. Burchell informed the participants of the meeting about UAFA and its activity. Afterwards, she passed the floor to her colleague – Mr. Saleh Nasirov – who provided the detailed information about the activity direction of UAFA, particularly pre-school educationm reabilitation centers and social support and also, creation of educational systems in four regions of Azerbaijan. Moreover, Mr. Nasirov presented a video clip about Child Development Center in Baku established by UAFA.Within the second part of the meeting, the floor was passed to Mrs. Natavan Hasanova who delivered a presentation on “Research Results on Corporate Social Responsibility at Azerbaijani Banks”. Along with the report on local activities, Mrs. Hasanova provided very thorough information on CSR activities in different countries (USA, China, Japanm Germany, Italy, Australia).In the end of the meeting, Ms. Aynura Piriyeva, Chairperson of CSR Committee, announced the organization of CSR Excellence Award in cooperation with P. World on October 1, 2.Powered by Froala Editor