LESLIE M. SCHWEITZER
Founder and Chair, Friends of American University of Afghanistan (FAUAF)
Schweitzer founded the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan in 2009, a 501c3 that supports not for profit, private, co-educational, non-sectarian higher education in Afghanistan and is a member of the Board of Trustees of American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).
Over four decades, Schweitzer has accumulated a unique combination of founding businesses in emerging and post conflict markets and facilitating capacity building projects throughout the world. Schweitzer pioneered U.S.-China trade beginning in 1977 as a co-founder of Noble Trading Company. She has amassed on-the-ground experience in over 20 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Turkey, Chile, Russia, Caribbean, and Central America.
After selling Schweitzer & Associates Trading Company, Schweitzer served as the Senior Trade Advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Schweitzer’s responsibilities included: founding a private public partnership to promote trade between Turkey and US; creating Trade Roots, the first and only sustained national grassroots international trade education program, to promote support for Congressional passage of China PNTR, TPA, trade agreements with Chile, Singapore, Australia, Morocco, CAFTA, Peru, South Korea, Panama, and Colombia; and working on the Iraq Business Initiative to re-energize U.S. investment in Iraq. Schweitzer is a member of Board of Trustees US Army Command and General Staff College Foundation, Advisory Board Five Star Global Security, Advisory Board International Programs-University of Kansas, U.S. Afghan Women’s Council, D.C.-Virginia District Export Council, Advisory Council International Stability Operations Association, and AYENDA Board of Trustees.