EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian President’s Advisors Employed By U.S.-Owned Mideast Consulting Firm

Essam El-Haddad

Two of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s closest advisors are employed by a Mideast consulting firm with U.S. owners. In August, Essam El-Haddad was appointed as one of four Presidential assistants with responsibility for foreign relations and international cooperation. Dr. El-Haddad is a U.K-trained physician and long-time Muslim Brotherhood member who was appointed to the Guidance Bureau in February 2012, later becoming responsible for Foreign Relations on behalf of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. Dr. El-Hadadd is also the chairman of the board of Islamic Relief, an Islamic charity close to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and said by Israel to be controlled by Hamas in the Palestinian Territories. According to an online bio, Dr. El-Haddad is also works also as a management consultant  for the SKOPOS Company, described as “one of the leading Management Consulting and Organization Development companies in Middle East based in Dubai, UAE.”

According to a company brochure, the original Skopos Consulting Group was founded in 1991 in San Jose, CA and by 2002 had acquired Louis Allen Associates resulting in the creation of Skopos Louis Allen International. The same year, the new firm collaborated with unidentified “Middle Eastern partners” to establish Skopos Louis Allen Middle East, assigning Dr. Hussein El-Kazzaz, a Management Consultant at Skopos Louis Allen International in California, as the Managing Director. The new company appears to be doing business as Skopos Consulting while the Louis Allen Worldwide website refers to the company as Skopos Middle East and says it has an equity interest in the company. In turn,  Louis Allen Worldwide lists a number of prominent clients including Citibank, Pepsico, and Ford as well as least two Saudi companies.

Various sources identify Hussein El-Kazzaz as an economic advisor to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. (FJP) and in August, Egyptian media identified him as a Muslim Brotherhood member and one of the President’s consulting team. According to Egyptian media, Dr. El-Kazzaz is also the “intellectual driving force” behind the Brotherhood’s Nahda (Renaissance) Project and member of the project’s steering committee chaired by influential Brotherhood leader Khairat Al-Shater. The same media report says Dr. El-Kazzaz also runs the Mada International Academy, described as a nursery school that is the project’s educational pilot scheme that Dr. El-Haddad hopes to be introduced on a “ mass, affordable scale.” According to various sources, Dr. Hussein spent his childhood and early adult life in Egypt and graduated with a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Alexandria University. He continued his studies of organizational behavior in the U.S. obtaining an MBA and PHD in organizational behavior from Ohio State University during 1981-1988.  Dr. Hussein subsequently returned to Egypt where he taught at Alexandria University for 5 years before joining SKOPOS Consulting.

An organization known as Secure America Now has released an information packet titled “The truth about Mohammed Morsi” which presents a fully sourced compendium of the anti-Semitic, anti-American, and anti-Israeli statements made by the Egyptian president. In one of Dr. Morsi’s most egregious statements, he said in 2004 that the “Quran has established that the Jews are the ones in the highest degree of enmity towards Muslims” and that “there is no peace with the descendants of the apes and pigs”.

It should also be noted that as a pevious post reported,  a translation of a lecture on the Nahda project given by Khairat Al-Shater reveals that the leadership of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood views its entry into politics as only a stage in furtherance of its ultimate goals of Islamic government, both on an Egyptian and global basis.


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