At a Glance
• Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa and Financial Markets Practices
• Served under President George W. Bush as Associate Director of the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and White House liaison to Arab- and Muslim-American communities
• Served as International Coordination Council Chief of Staff of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq
• Previously worked for US Senator Phil Gramm and US Representative Joe Barton. Served as Advisor to McCain Presidential Campaign
Ali H. Tulbah, Managing Director, leads our Middle East & North Africa practice while also supporting our firm’s extensive work in the energy sector and its broad portfolio of merger and acquisition engagements.
Mr. Tulbah joined McLarty Associates after serving as Associate Director for Cabinet Affairs in the George W. Bush White House for most of the 2001-2005 term, where he coordinated the activities of foreign policy and national security agencies. While in the Office of Cabinet Affairs, Mr. Tulbah also served as President Bush’s liaison to the Arab- and Muslim-American communities and performed a broad advisory role to the administration’s public diplomacy efforts to the Muslim world. During his tenure at the White House, Mr. Tulbah accepted assignment to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad where he spent the majority of 2003 as Chief of Staff of its international coordination council.
In addition to his international expertise, Mr. Tulbah also held positions with former Senate Banking Committee Chairman Phil Gramm and House Energy & Commerce Committee Ranking Member Joe Barton.
Mr. Tulbah speaks frequently on US-GCC bilateral relations before groups including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and others and is an active member of the US-Saudi Business Council.
In the News
Ali Tulbah on the state of the US-Saudi Arabia relationship
April 20, 2016
Ali Tulbah comments on private equity investment in Iran
Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2015
Ali Tulbah on US defense cooperation with Gulf states
The Daily Beast
April 28, 2015
Ali Tulbah discusses the state of US alliances in the Middle East
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
May 1, 2014
Ali Tulbah on the agenda for President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia
March 27, 2014
Ali Tulbah on strengthening the US-Gulf relationship
December 17, 2013