- Executive Director, Middle East Affairs
Joshua M. Kram is executive director for Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he oversees programs and policy initiatives to broaden commercial relationships between the United States and markets in the Middle East. Kram advises corporate leaders on public affairs, regulatory, and business development matters.
Kram has led new Chamber business initiatives, such as the Middle East Commercial Center, an alliance of business leaders working toward greater intraregional trade and economic integration.
Before joining the Chamber, Kram founded Foxhall Strategies Consulting, LLC, a boutique strategic consultancy that provided companies, NGOs, and associations with strategic communications and government affairs support.
Previously, Kram was the Washington director for the Joint Distribution Committee, one of the largest humanitarian aid organizations in the world. There he established the organization’s public policy operation and guided its advocacy efforts. He also served as deputy political director and foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Earlier in his career, Kram advised Fortune 500 companies, political candidates, and startup companies on marketing and branding strategy while at leading firms in Atlanta and Jerusalem.
Kram has conducted extensive research and has written on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship. He collaborated on two books relating to these topics: Startup Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (Twelve Publishers, 2009) and The Great Entrepreneurial Divide: The Winning Tactics of Successful Entrepreneurs (Rathskeller, 2008).
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida and holds an M.B.A. from Emory University, where he was a Goizueta Leadership Fellow. He is a Truman National Security Fellow.