An internationally recognized expert in Middle East/North Africa affairs, Randa Fahmy Hudome has more than twenty-five years of legal and public policy experience, including service in the executive branch of the United States Government as the Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy.
Presently, Ms. Fahmy Hudome is President of Fahmy Hudome International (FHI), a strategic consulting firm, which provides critical advice and counsel to global entities with an interest in international business transactions and energy policy.
Prior to founding FHI, Ms. Fahmy Hudome was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy. Working with the White House and the Departments of State and Commerce, she developed and implemented international energy policy. Her keen diplomatic skills became a critical factor when dealing with both producer and consumer nations as she exercised the Administration’s quiet diplomacy strategy in the petroleum market. Also during her tenure at Department of Energy, Randa was credited with gaining and solidifying U.S. Government support for the Permanent Secretariat of the International Energy Forum based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She was Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham’s personal representative to the Paris-based International Energy Agency where she helped coordinate strategy for international oil emergencies amongst the 26-member country organization. Randa was also the point person at the Department of Energy for increased advocacy on behalf of American energy companies seeking business around the globe.
From 1995-2001, Ms. Fahmy Hudome served as Counselor to United States Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI). During the six years she spent in the legislative branch, she was credited with shaping many pieces of legislation that affected U.S. interests abroad. Her legislative contributions included securing increased appropriations for U.S. allies in the Middle East; drafting and securing passage for the first resolution on tolerance towards Islam in America; and orchestrating a legislative strategy to remove the U.S. travel ban on Lebanon. She also served as a key policy adviser to the Senator during his tenure on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, focusing on immigration and terrorism legislation.
Prior to her government service, Ms. Fahmy Hudome practiced law with Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, where she specialized in the areas of communications, international trade, and corporate litigation. She maintains bar memberships in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of International Trade.
Randa Fahmy Hudome’s expertise in international energy and trade policy has been sought by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who appointed her to serve on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and by Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham who appointed her to serve on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. In 2011, Ms. Fahmy Hudome was one of 20 attorneys selected nationwide for the DirectWomen Board Institute, a program designed to identify and promote qualified women lawyers to serve on corporate boards of public companies. She presently serves on the Board of Directors of SWAPSOL, a privately held energy company that discovered a breakthrough in hydrocarbon refining and CO2 mitigation.
Ms. Fahmy Hudome’s opinions on international diplomacy have been published in the Wall Street Journal, and she appears frequently as an expert analyst on energy and national security issues on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and Al-Jazeera.
Ms. Fahmy Hudome received her juris doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she held the post of Administrative Editor of The Georgetown Journal of International Law. Her B.A. in political science and international relations was awarded summa cum laude by Wilkes University.