In April 2016, Saudi Arabia announced its Vision 2030 reform plan, a package of economic and social policies designed to enable the kingdom to shift beyond dependence on oil exports. Mike Hankey, U.S. consul general in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, discussed what the plan aims to achieve and how it will impact foreign companies. He also provided case studies of U.S. firms that have succeeded in Saudi Arabia's changing commercial environment and suggest new opportunities for U.S. business in the kingdom.
This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies.
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Mike Hankey has served as consul general in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, since July 2014. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he was previously senior advisor for the Bureau of International Information Programs in Washington, D.C., where he led worldwide media outreach to promote global security, disarmament and economic prosperity. Since joining the Foreign Service in 2001, Hankey has led teams in building deep and productive ties with political, economic and media partners across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. In Egypt both before and during the Arab Spring uprisings, he advanced engagement with Muslim and Christian communities. During earlier tours, he promoted economic development in northwestern Iraq, American consular and commercial interests in Yemen, and media professionalism in Nigeria. Prior to the Foreign Service, he worked as a newspaper reporter and as the international affairs editor for a news service covering the United Nations. Hankey received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and journalism from George Washington University and a master’s degree in second language education from Indiana University.
6:00 pm — Reception
6:30 pm — Presentation