About and Contact


Tel: +1 240 483 2205

Email: info@libyawire.com

Ishtirak (Arabic translation “Partnership, Participation, Subscription”) is a business development firm, specializing in Middle East and African markets. Since 2000, we have helped multinational companies, private foundations and governments create effective market entry strategies, hone and deliver messages, and develop lasting, innovative partnerships. All of our staff have spent the majority of their careers in the region, and are recognized international experts in the politics and economy of specific countries in the region. For more info visit www.ishtirak.org.

The Avicenna Group was founded in April of 2011by Omar Benhalim and Ethan Chorin to address conflict-related medical needs in Libya.  One of our first activities was to provide financing guarantees for a national trauma-crisis hotline. Current projects include designing and constructing a 2700 sq ft training center in Benghazi and facilitating short term medical and management trainings by members of US based teaching hospitals in Eastern Libya.  For more info visit http://www.avicennagroup.org.

Dr. Ethan Chorin was posted to Tripoli from 2004-2006 as the first permanently-assigned U.S. Commercial/Economic officer. In this capacity, he advised hundreds of U.S. companies on Libyan business opportunities, and reported in detail on various aspects of the Libyan economy, with a focus on the oil and gas industry.  He was the author of the Department of the joint U.S. Department of Commerce/State Guide to Doing Business in Libya, Translating Libya (Saqi Press, 2008), and a chapter on the history of U.S.-Libyan Commercial Relations in Dirk Vandewalle’s Libya since 1969: Qadhafi’s Revolution Revisited. Chorin is currently working on a book about the Libyan Revolution, which will be published in Spring, 2012.  A former Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays fellow, Chorin was a member of the Obama campaign’s Foreign Policy Group, his Op-Eds and dispatches have appeared in a number of international publications, including Foreignpolicy.com, the Financial Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, and Words Without Borders.  He is a 2011 Social Enterprise Fellow at Yale School of Business.


Managing Editors

Will Ward is presently consulting for an NGO in Tripoli and holds a Masters degree in Middle East Studies from Oxford University. He is an associate at Ishtirak and the co-founder of the Arabic translation services company Industry Arabic.

Spencer Witte is a researcher and political analyst with a Masters in Middle East Studies from St.  Antony’s College, Oxford. Prior to joining Ishtirak, he reported from Beirut during the 2006 Lebanon‐Israel War, and has published in the Journal of International Higher Education and Jane’s Defense Weekly/Islamic Affairs Analyst.

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