Edward Burton

U.S. -Saudi Arabian Business Council

Mr. Burton has been an advocate for international trade for over 35 years.

As the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, Mr. Burton promotes the bilateral commercial relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Burton served in the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Commercial Attaché, U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, and Network Director, International Trade Administration’s U.S. Export Assistance Center in Philadelphia, which covered commercial operations in five Northeastern U.S. States.

Mr. Burton also served former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman as the Director of the State’s International Trade Office.

Mr. Burton is an Adjunct professor at Chatham University and a member of the university’s Advisory Board for the Business and Entrepreneurship Department.

Author of “Business and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia,” Wiley, 2016

  • Oversees successful execution of trade and investment missions, international conferences, seminars, executive roundtables and forums attended by heads of state, U.S. cabinet officials, Saudi ministers and C-Suite corporate leaders.
  • Managed New Jersey trade offices in London, Tokyo, Beijing, and Mexico City.
  • Organized New Jersey’s first business development missions to South Africa, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.
  • Frequent keynote speaker on trade and investment, especially between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
  • Featured in international media such as CNN International, CNBC, Forbes on U.S.-Saudi business relationships.
  • Received Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Dickinson School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Charleston.
  • Certified Sustainability Practitioner of corporate profitability.
  • Received certified international trade and management training at the Harvard Business School of Publishing.

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