Lydia Jabs is the Executive Director of the US-Libya Business Association (USLBA), a nonprofit trade association focusing on the United States and Libya. In this role, Lydia provides individual support for member companies that seek to establish operations in Libya or need assistance resolving outstanding commercial issues with the Libyan Government. Since joining USLBA, Lydia has hosted more than 50 private events featuring C-suite corporate executives and senior US and foreign government officials, including heads of state. At USLBA, Lydia strives to enhance the diplomatic and commercial relationship between the United States and Libya and to facilitate opportunities for mutually beneficial investment.
Prior to USLBA, Lydia worked as a research assistant at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. Lydia graduated with honors from Dartmouth College with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies. During her time as an undergraduate, Lydia was awarded a Raynolds Expedition Grant for intensive research on Libya at the British Archives in Kew. Lydia also received a fellowship from the John Sloan Dickey Center to live in Tunisia where she interned at the Tunis-based NGO, Al-Bawsala. Prior to her time in Tunisia, Lydia studied Modern Standard Arabic at the Cultural Center for Language and Training in Rabat, Morocco.