David S. Bassiouni
President & Chief Strategy Officer
David S. Bassiouni specializes in global business development, sustainable development, global/political affairs and crisis management. As the Managing Director at The Bassiouni Group, he helps dynamic companies/institutions to navigate the global economy and build sustainable, community-focused solutions for long-term growth and socioeconomic impact.
Mr. Bassiouni has managed international teams and developed solutions to help organizations tackle challenges, resolve complex institutional issues and maximize performance. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from advisory services for governments and comprehensive evaluations for UN agencies to Sustainable Trade and Investment initiatives in the Agribusiness, Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Development sectors. As a C-suite counselor, Mr. Bassiouni has directly advised CEOs, industry leaders and dignitaries on complex, and often sensitive, global events ranging from management/labor issues and corporate transition to financial restructuring and shareholder disputes.
As the Group Manager at Weber Shandwick’s Corporate Issues Group (New York), Mr. Bassiouni counseled numerous Fortune 500 clients on corporate strategies relating to reputation management, corporate positioning, CEO communications, high-profile litigation, financial restructuring, crisis management, labor relations, corporate reorganizations, M&A transactions, hostile takeovers, financial restructuring, regulatory enforcement, product liability and management transitions. His client list ranged from major financial institutions and pharmaceutical firms to hotel chains/tourist destinations, multi-sector manufacturers and energy companies.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Mr. Bassiouni was an Associate Director at Gavin Anderson & Company, a leading financial & corporate communications firm. There, he was part of the team that provided strategic counsel to the United Nations, supporting the Office of the Secretary General during the launch of the Independent Inquiry Committee and the subsequent introduction of Secretary Annan’s landmark reform program. He also spearheaded and assisted on corporate communications programs for Caremark Rx, Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sovereign Asset Management, United Kingdom Trade & Investment and other leading organizations.
Mr. Bassiouni has also worked at Shandwick International (Weber Shandwick Worldwide), Kratz & Jensen (Euro RSCG), The Halo Group and Winstar Communications (IDT Corp.). As the Media Relations Manager at Winstar, he oversaw the company’s media relations and marketing initiatives throughout the United States, Western Europe, Asia and South America. In addition to the Technology, Energy, Financial, Telecommunications and Consumer sectors, Mr. Bassiouniis also experienced in Government, International Affairs, Healthcare and Higher Education.
Educated in Britain (Scottish boarding schools) and raised in eight different countries across Europe and Africa, Mr. Bassiouni takes a uniquely multicultural approach to his work. He graduated with honors from McGill University, Canada, and is conversant in basic French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.
Mr. Bassiouni has spoken on a variety of international development/business issues at numerous venues including The Harvard Club, Columbia University, and City University New York. He is also a member of the Forbes New York Business Council.
Mr. Bassiouni is a member of the Board of Associates of The Ronald McDonald House-New York, and the Associate Director of The Mary N. Bassiouni Foundation, which is dedicated to empowerment and advancement of South Sudanese women and youth. Mr. Bassiouni is also a Special Advisor to Project Education South Sudan, which increases access to primary and secondary education with a special focus on girls.