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Ambassador Sam Zakhem



Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science; University of Colorado, 1970

Post-Graduate Studies in Economics; Wayne State University, 1963

MBA; University of Detroit, 1960

BA Economics; American University of Cairo, Egypt, 1957

Graduate Fellow; National Center for Constitutional Studies, Washington, D.C.

Graduate Fellow; Freeman Institute, Salt Lake City, UT

Advisory Board; Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA



US Government:

  • American Ambassador to Bahrain, 1986-89

  • Peace Corps Presidential Advisory Council, 1985-86

  • American Bicentennial Ethnic Committee, 1976

  • Board of Directors; Small Business Administration, State of Colorado, 1973

  • Honorary Chaplain; United States Navy



  • Zakhem International, LLC, 1990 - Present

  • Vice-President for Middle East Operations; MedLink International, Inc. Denver, CO, 1995 to Present 

  • Vice- President for Economic Affairs; Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Co., Denver, CO, 1976-86

  • Research Analyst; Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1973-74

  • Director; Center for International Students, University of Denver, 1972

  • Cost Analyst; Ford Motor Co., Detroit, MI, 1962-64


  • Colorado State Senate - One Term, 1978-82

  • Colorado State House of Representatives - Two Terms, 1974-78



  • Economics, Business, Foreign Relations and Political Science, 1968-91

  • University of Colorado & University of Denver


Selected Honors and Awards:

American Legion - Americanism Award

Freedomís Foundation - George Washington Medal of Honor

Veterans of Foreign Wars - Colorado Man of the Year Award

US Marine Corps - Award for Patriotism and Loyalty

Ellis Island Medal of Honor

2002 Distinguished Alumni Award, American University of Cairo


Dr Zakhem was praised by Republicans and Democrats leaders for his patriotism and distinguished service to his adopted country


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