For the past six years, the Middle East has been a place of instability and transition. Prior to the Arab Spring, however, the Middle East attracted students and travelers alike, drawn to its deep history and culture. Amanda Riggs lived in Cairo, Egypt for four years between 2006-2010. She's traveled extensively within the region, studying Arabic and starting her own business, an organic skin care line based on Argan oil imported from a women’s fair trade cooperative in Morocco. Now living in Washington, Amanda is eager to share her experiences as a woman who worked and traveled throughout the Middle East and the many varied challenges she faced.
Amanda M. Riggs is a writer who specializes in topics regarding the Middle East, women’s issues, renewable energy, and business. She is the founder of Verità Skin: Empowering Women Worldwide, an organic skin care line based on Argan oil imported from a women’s fair trade cooperative in Morocco.
Her written work has been published in Forbes.com, FreeEnterprise.com, The Diplomatic Courier, Women in International Trade, and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, as well as several of her own blogs.
Her experience includes working in international trade for six years, most recently as an advisor for the Turkey, Middle East, and North Africa Affairs Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Riggs worked on a variety of portfolios, including those of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates; and with a wide array of stakeholders from the American business community, Middle East policymakers, and women entrepreneurs.
Riggs holds a master’s degree in public administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in both political science and global studies as well as minors in Middle East studies and world religions from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
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