Josh Kram

Josh Kram is Executive Director for Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he oversees a practice area focused on trade and investment issues in the Middle East.  

Kram founded and serves as managing director of the U.S.-Israel Business Initiative, the Middle East Commercial Center, and BusinessH2O: Water Innovation Initiative. In these capacities, Kram leads coalitions of multinational corporations and organizations and develops policies and programs to advance U.S.-Middle East business interests and priorities.

Previously, Josh was the head of government relations for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, one of the largest humanitarian aid organizations in the world, and led Foxhall Strategies, a business advisory firm.

Earlier in his career, Kram advised Fortune 100 companies, political candidates, and startup companies in marketing and branding strategy at firms in Atlanta and Jerusalem.  

He also served as deputy political director and foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.  

Kram has conducted extensive research and has written on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship. He collaborated on two books related to these topics: The Great Entrepreneurial Divide (Rathskeller) and Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (Hachette).

He graduated from the University of Florida and holds an M.B.A. from Emory University, where he was a Goizueta Leadership Fellow. He is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.