Mr. Nijad I. Fares

Mr. Nijad I. Fares

Vice Chairman

Nijad I. Fares is a director of WEDGE Group Incorporated, a Houston-based
international investment firm, and chairman of Link Group, L.L.C., a diversified
investment firm.

Mr. Fares serves as Vice-Chair of the American Task Force for Lebanon. He
also served as chairman of the executive committee of the Houston Mayor’s
Advisory Board for International Affairs and Development and on the Houston
Police Officers’ Pension System, a public board with over $2 billion under
management. In June 2006, Mr. Fares co-chaired with President George H. W.
Bush the Host Committee of the U.S. Arab Economic Forum in Houston. This
event brought together over one thousand businessmen, government
representatives, and academics.

In 2011, Mr. Fares was named to the Board of Governors of The Middle East
Institute. In addition, he was a senior board member of Harvard University’s
John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a member of Tufts University’s
Veterinary Board of Overseers. Most recently, Mr. Fares joined the Board of
Trustees of the Lebanese American University.

Mr. Fares is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In June of 2011, Mr.
Fares was appointed a Knight in the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory by His
Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

Mr. Fares lives in Houston with his wife. They have four children.

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