Speaker Biographies

Samrah Azam

CEO of Vigo Business Consulting and Global Chamber® Islamabad Executive Director. Samrah is an international business consultant . She provides HR Consultancy, Business Cleansing Solutions and designs innovative training modules for education and different corporate sectors. A Corporate Trainer/ Motivational Speaker and CEO of Vigo Business Consulting Private Limited which is a global Management Consulting company and growing towards becoming the World's leading adviser on Business Strategy, Process Management, Thought Leadership, Conference management. Working as an Executive Director at Global Chamber®, with combined technical and commercial insight to craft strategy, uncover growth opportunities and expand market share; helping companies and communities grow locally and globally and a global management specialist. 


Shafag Mehraliyeva


Chief of Rector’s Office for ADA University.  In this capacity she handles a wide range of matters of institutional importance and is responsible for branding and communication strategy of the university. She teaches Communication courses in the full academic programs and trains foreign service officers in Public Diplomacy and Cultural Identity as the Executive Education instructor. Shafag Mehraliyeva is the author and host of the nationally broadcasted  “AvropadASAN” (You are in Europe!) radio program that serves as the only media platform in the country dedicated to the Azerbaijani-European relations on FM wave. Prior to that she was the Director for Marketing and Communications at ADA University. Ms. Mehraliyeva joined ADA in October, 2012, bringing with her an extensive experience of twelve year assignment in the United States, where she worked as a US correspondent for “AzerTAj” state telegraph agency and US news desk producer for “Lider TV”. Based in Washington, DC, she covered US-Eurasia relations, and was actively involved in cultural advocacy and community building efforts. Ms.Mehraliyeva has been decorated with the medal of "Tereqqi" ("Progress") by the President of Azerbaijan and holds other awards, including “Powering change: Women in Innovation and Creativity" from Azerbaijan’s State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs.  She is also a recipient of “Karabakh Spririt” award from the US-based “Karabakh Foundation”, where she served as an adviser and spearheaded the Foundation’s “Azerbaijani Radio Hour” broadcasted on one of the capital area’s radio stations. Prior to her assignment in the United States, Shafag Mehraliyeva was a news anchor for Azerbaijan's national broadcasting channel Space TV and became her country’s first reporter to contribute to CNN World Report.  She holds a bachelor degree in English and Arabic Studies from "Khazar" University in Baku and Masters in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University in Washington. D.C  


Tamara Kalandiya


Chief Financial and Operating Officer at the Middle East Institute (MEI).  MEI is a non-profit think tank and educational organization in Washington, D.C. In addition to her finance role, she also manages the Institute’s academic services, including classes in regional languages such as Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew, and online course offerings on contemporary Middle East policy issues. Mrs. Kalandiya holds a degree in economics and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining MEI in 2011, she served as a regional director of finance and administration at International Medical Corps. Originally from the country of Georgia, she founded the Academy of Georgian Heritage in D.C. in 2013 to provide educational and cultural services for Georgian-American youth.