The Cohen Group will Launch a Saudi Arabia Office, Company Says

Global business advisory firm The Cohen Group announced today that it will launch an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the company focuses more on the region’s largest economy.

The new office will “serve as the hub for the firm’s operations in the region,” the company said in a press release today. “Our decision to open a permanent Middle East office in Riyadh signifies our continued commitment to providing the highest level of support to our clients across all sectors,” said The Cohen Group’s Chairman and CEO, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen.

The office will be led by Allison Nour, a Senior Director at the firm and “[a]n Arabist with deep experience living and working in the region.” Nour previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Democratic Institute, the U.S. Senate and in Egypt in academia.

Cohen recently spoke at a private gala dinner gathering of officials from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in Washington during the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this spring. He has also spoken at several events co-organized by the Saudi-US Trade Group, including the U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum series.

Formed in 2001, The Cohen Group is comprised of more than 60 professionals with many decades of combined experience working in top-level positions in Congress, the White House, the State Department, the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the intelligence community, other federal agencies, and in European and Asian governments, international organizations and the private sector. With offices in WashingtonLondonBeijingTianjinNew Delhi, and Brisbane, The Cohen Group provides its clients the insights and intelligence needed to better understand and shape the business, political, legal, regulatory, and media environments in which they operate.

The Cohen Group also has a strong strategic partnership with DLA Piper, an international law firm with over 4,200 lawyers and 71 offices in 30 countries throughout the world.

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