AAF Honorary Board Members

John Desrocher is the U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of AlgeriaFormer United States' Ambassador to Algeria (2017-2020)
John Desrocher is the U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. From September 2014 until August 2017 he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Madjid BouguerraAlgeria’s Ambassador to the United States(2015-Current)
Madjid Bouguerra presented his credentials as Algeria’s ambassador to the United States to President Barack Obama on February 13, 2015. It’s the fifth ambassadorial posting for Bouguerra, a long-time member of his country’s foreign service.

Bouguerra was born on January 8, 1949, in Oum El-Bouaghi, Algeria, not far from that country’s border with Tunisia. He attended the National School of Administration, graduating in 1973, and went on to study economics at the University of Algiers, graduating from there in 1974.

Former United States’ Ambassador to Algeria (2014-2017)
Joan A. Polaschik was sworn in as Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on August 15, 2014. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Polaschik previously served as Director of the Office of Egypt and Levant Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Former Algeria’s Ambassador to the United States (2008-2015)
Abdallah Baali (born 19 October 1954 in Guelma, Algeria) is an Algerian career diplomat. After he graduated from the prestigious Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 1977, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as a counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the United Nations from 1982 to 1989. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the Adviser to the Minister and Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Elias Zerhouni - Former AAF Chairman - Chairman Emeritus

Elias Zerhouni is a native Algerian Scientist trained in medical radiology in the USA. He spent most of his career at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he served as the executive dean.

Zenagui Brahim is Executive Director at New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards & Technology under the US Dept. of Commerce. Zenagui has over 30 years of international experience in process improvement, quality and supply chain management, and executive education. In February 2010, Zenagui was appointed New Hampshire Commercial Consul to North Africa. Previously, he was Director of the Institute of Professional & Executive Education at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. He consulted with manufacturing and service organizations on quality management systems and process improvement.

Former Secretary (2010-2013)
James H. “Jim” Bailey, previously a partner in two international law firms, has maintained his own law consultancy since 1996 and has spent his professional life alternating work between the government and private sectors. Bailey’s government work included service as Special Assistant to the President of the United States (Clinton), reporting directly to the President’s Chief of Staff; Legal Adviser to the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Carter Administration); State Conservation Attorney and General Counsel, Oklahoma Corporation Commission; Chief of Staff, Wisconsin Public Service Commission; Research & Development Vice President, U.S. Enrichment Corporation (enriching uranium); and Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General.