Ghaith Ghabra

Senior Manager, Grants and Contracts @ Meridian

Ghaith Ghabra joined Meridian International Center in 2014 with 15 years of diverse experience with the U.S. Department of State/U.S. Embassy Damascus in several fields: Procurement & Contracting, Travel Logistics Coordination, and Grants & Program Management. His duties as GlobalConnect's Senior Manager for Grants and Contracts include providing management of assigned grants portfolios, reviewing proposals, grant negotiation, awards & compliance monitoring, financial administration, and supporting programs' close out processes. Ghaith also provides training, guidance and technical assistance to program officers and staff on laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to proper documentation and compliance with federal regulations and other organizational laws & operating procedures.

Ghaith earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a post graduate diploma in English/Arabic translation from Damascus University in Syria. He is an accredited sworn translator of English/Arabic from the Syrian Ministry of Justice. He attended training workshops sponsored by the US. Department of State in various fields (simplified acquisitions, travel regulations, WebPass management) and he has a certificate in monitoring grants & cooperative agreements. Immediately prior to joining Meridian, he was on a six month temporary duty assignment (TDY) at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, where he worked at the Public Diplomacy Section on various grant management and training issues with some English/Arabic simultaneous translation tasks for cultural & artistic groups. He speaks fluent English and Arabic.