(Past Grand Master, The Grand Lodge of Washington DC)
3.11 – Aliens & the Founding Fathers (10.5.11)
Akram Elias serves as the President of Capital Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), a full-service international consulting firm that he co-founded in 1998. Based in Washington, DC, CCG specializes in international business and cultural/political networking. Mr. Elias joined the Advisory Council in 2010. He has been involved with the International Visitor Leadership Program and the Global Ties U.S. network for over 25 years.
His experience includes making presentations to international dignitaries, organizing cultural orientation seminars and workshops, and designing professional business programs and leading Federalism tours for International Visitors. Beginning as a cultural linguist in Arabic and French, Mr. Elias worked as a contractor with the U.S. Department of State and later planned and implemented programs for visitors from the Middle East and North Africa at the Institute of International Education.
Mr. Elias travels and speaks extensively throughout the United States and abroad as an expert on building civil society. Mr. Elias developed a customized cultural/political tour of Washington, DC, which he made into a multi-media documentary for the History Channel titled “Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington,” narrated by Richard Dreyfuss. Mr. Elias also provides consulting services to government agencies such as the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Justice, and State.
Proficient in English, Arabic, and French, Mr. Elias holds a Masters in International Service from American University, a Graduate Certificate in International Finance from Georgetown University, and a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. He also received training in International Conflict Management at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland.
Mr. Elias currently serves on the Dean’s Council of the School of International Service at American University, and is Vice-Chair of the Internal Committee of the University Club in Washington DC. He is a former, two-term member of the Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors, and he established the Global Ties U.S. Endowment for Citizen Diplomacy Summits in memory of his father, Dr. Rafih G. Elias. He received the Award for Excellence from the Institute of International Education and U.S. Information Agency. In 1993, Global Ties U.S. awarded him the National Award for Excellence in programming at its Tenth Triennial Conference.