NEF Welcomes Four New Directors

New York, NY (June 28, 2012) — The Near East Foundation (NEF) is pleased to announce that four new members have joined its Board of Directors.

The new Directors are Alexander Ghiso, Matthew Quigley, Soroush Shehabi, and Robert Solomon.

Mr. Ghiso is an Analyst in the Global Value team at Vinik Asset Management LP, where he focuses on investment opportunities in the financial and real estate sectors. Based in New York City, Mr. Quigley is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group, one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms, where he also oversees GSO’s Customized Credit Strategies unit. Mr. Shehabi is CEO of Washington Life magazine, and a Principal in a 70-year-old business-to-business media information service company. Mr. Solomon is a Vice Chairman of Marsh Inc., a global insurance broker and risk management firm, which he joined in 1974.

“We are thrilled to have four exceptional new Directors in Alex, Matt, Soroush, and Bob,” said Shant Mardirossian, Near East Foundation Board Chair. “Their collective knowledge and experience offers new insight to help advance NEF’s work, and their enthusiasm has brought a new energy to the board.”

Founded in 1915, NEF works with local partners in the Middle East and Africa to build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities. It is distinguished as the United States oldest nonsectarian, international development organization.


The Near East Foundation is a U.S.-based international development NGO leading innovative social and economic change in the Middle East and Africa for almost 100 years. Founded in 1915, NEF helps build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities through education, governance, and economic development initiatives. NEF field staff – all of them from the countries in which they work – partner with local organizations to implement grassroots solutions and to empower citizens through “knowledge, voice, and enterprise.” To learn more visit

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