Farid GhadryPresident, Reform Party of Syria
Mr. Farid Ghadry was born in Aleppo in northern Syria on June 18 of 1954. He comes from a prominent Syrian family that included politicians and civil servants who served in Syria. In 1975, the Ghadry family emigrated to the US and settled in the suburbs of Washington DC.<br /> <br /> Mr. Ghadry graduated from the American University in Washington DC in 1979 with a degree in Finance and Marketing. He worked at EG&G, Intertech, Inc., a subsidiary of EG&G, Inc., a Fortune 500 U.S. defense contractor, for two years before starting his own business in 1983 called International TechGroup, Inc. Mr. Ghadry sold his business in 1989 and has been involved in many entrepreneurial operations since.<br /> <br /> In October of 2001, Mr. Ghadry, along with several American-Syrians, hatched the idea of the Reform Party of Syria. A constructive and comprehensive program has been put in place to bring regime change to Syria.<br /> <br /> Mr. Ghadry and the co-founders of RPS are hoping to return to Syria one day to rebuild the country on the basis of principles of economic and political reforms that will usher democracy, prosperity, freedom of expression, and human rights in addition to lasting peace with open borders with all of Syria’s neighboring countries including Israel.<br /> <br /> Mr. Ghadry has been invited to speak at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Harvard University, University of Virginia, the European Parliament, the French Parliament, and the Belgian Senate. He is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger (www.fightingterror.org) and a founding member of the Middle East Forum for Democracy (www.mefdemocracy.org). He is presently writing a book on Syria.<br /> <br /> Mr. Ghadry is married to Ahlam Ghadry. Together they have four children, Omar, Samer, Kristofer and Dahlia. Mr. Ghadry has served on the Board of Trustees of Norwood School in Bethesda, MD and heads the Capital Campaign for Crew, a sport program at St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools. Ahlam is a Board Member of the Visiting Ladies at Children's Hospital in Washington D.C.