Chief of Staff, Advisor to the Commercial Counselor and Director of U.S. - U.A.E. Space Affairs - Talal Kaissi

Talal Al Kaissi



Talal M. Al Kaissi was appointed Chief of Staff & Advisor to the Commercial Counselor at the UAE Embassy’s Trade & Commercial Office in November 2009. In this role, Talal manages the daily operational work of the Trade Office staff. Talal was also assigned the Space Affairs portfolio representing the UAE Space Agency's US affairs and engagements since July 2014.


Talal’s responsibilities at the Trade & Commercial Office focus on trade and investment promotion activities on behalf of the UAE Ministry of Economy's Foreign Trade Division & The UAE Embassy in Washington DC.


Talal and the Commercial Counselor’s main focus is to further enhance and maintain the positive nature of the UAE/US bilateral trade and commerce relationship by developing and maintaining contacts with public and private entities on both sides, identifying synergies and assessing viable opportunities to facilitate Trade and Commercial agreements or transactions between the UAE and the US.


In line with the economic and commercial objectives set forth by the UAE Ministry of Economy, Talal and the Commercial Counselor promote the UAE as the preferred investment destination for US companies and individuals in the Middle East providing services and assisting UAE exporters and investors seeking US markets as well as US exporters seeking UAE markets.






In this role, Talal manages the relationships with the US stakeholders that are associated with the UAE Space Agency and those looking to establish a relationship.


The entities include, the US Government entities (NASA, DOS, DOD, FAA, DOC, NOAA and others), Industry (several defense contractors, satellite manufacturers and operators), Commercial NewSpace entities (harvesting space resources, launch vehicle providers, space tourism entities, CubeSat manufacturers, etc).



Prior to his role in the Trade & Commercial Office, Talal worked at KBR’s


Energy & Chemicals Downstream Business Unit doing Business Development. He was based between Houston, UAE, and Khobar (Saudi Arabia) reporting to the President of the Middle East.


Talal worked on all aspects of the pursuit for multi-million dollar prospects worldwide with a focus on the Middle East and Asian markets, from initial customer contact, to the analysis and negotiation of contractual terms and conditions for Front End Engineering and Design (FEED), Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), and Project Management Consultant (PMC) contracts ranging from $300K to $113MM. He received the KBR Most Valuable Person Award in 2008.


Talal has a Bachelors of Science Degree in International Business from the California State University in Long Beach and a Postgraduate Certification in Finance from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.