Adam Al-Sarraf is an International Program Specialist with the Commercial Law Development (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Al-Sarraf works primarily on the Iraq program focusing on capacity building programs for the Iraqi judiciary, state owned enterprises, investment commissions and legislative institutions.
Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Al-Sarraf worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) where, as a member of the NED's Middle East and North Africa team, he helped manage the grants portfolios for Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. Mr. Al-Sarraf also managed the NED's Arabic website, Al-Nafitha, by posting new grantee and non-grantee Arabic literature on civil society principles and initiatives. Prior to working at the NED, Mr. Al-Sarraf lived in Amman, Jordan, where he studied classical and standard Arabic at the Qasid Institute for Classical Arabic Studies. While studying in Amman, Mr. Al-Sarraf also worked as the Research Coordinator for Mercy Corps on a refugee assistance project funded by UNHCR. Mr. Al-Sarraf received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Middle East Studies and History, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at the George Washington University Law School. He is fluent in Arabic and has a working knowledge of Spanish.