THE HONORABLE WALID MAALOUF
Former US Delegate to the United Nations
Former Director Public Diplomacy USAID
Mr. Walid Maalouf is Director of the Board of Applied Bank of Delaware. He is currently a Private Banking and Foreign Policy expert, he has been a professional businessman and diplomat in the metropolitan Washington, DC area for more than 20 years, tackling international issues on financial, cultural, educational and political levels.
He served as the Director of Public Diplomacy for Middle Eastern & MEPI Affairs at U.S. Agency for International Development from 2004 till 2009. He was responsible for enhancing communications between the agency and the broader Middle Eastern community in America and abroad. He also served as the Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2003, a Senate approved appointment. While at the US Mission in New York, he was the first United States representative to deliver a speech at the United Nations in Arabic.
Prior to these two presidential appointments, Mr. Maalouf was an international banker for nineteen years. He served on a number of civic boards and organized several conventions. He is the president of the Lebanese American Renaissance Partnership, and is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Mr. Maalouf has received several awards including the 2018 Beirut Golden Award, the 2006 Distinguished Wall of Fame from his alma mater, USAID’s Meritorious Honor Award in 2005, and two certificates of appreciation in 2008. He was the recipient of the Patriarchal Golden Cross of Jerusalem from the Melkite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem in 1998. He has also been recognized for his dedicated commitment to public service and community organizations.
Mr. Maalouf has been interviewed and written for numerous magazines, televisions and newspapers. His book How Many Times… I Told You – Reflections, Memories and Hope for Lebanon was published in 2007. In 2011, he collaborated with author Stephen Kaufman on The Road to 1559 – Lebanon at the Core of the George W. Bush Administration.
Mr. Maalouf was born in Beirut, Lebanon and graduated from Belmont Abbey-Sacred Heart College in Belmont, North Carolina and the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, where he completed executive courses in public diplomacy and communications.