Candidate for Vice-Chair & Member-At-Large 2024-2026

Jim Manship

Commercial Director, MENA
Raytheon Emirates Ltd.

Member, Defense, Aerospace & Security Committee
AmCham Abu Dhabi

Citizenship: USA
Falcon Club Member

Candidate’s Statement

As a candidate for the AmCham Abu Dhabi Board, my goal is to:

  • Strengthen member engagement – incorporating new ideas, solicit ongoing feedback culture.
  • Increase advocacy efforts – reinstate the DC Door Knock trips and create a USA delegation visit track. 
  • Strategic collaboration – build partnerships and enhance innovation through collaboration with key UAE Government entities (DED, ADIO, MOIAT) to create synergies benefiting both American and Emirati businesses.
  • Extend our community – develop resources helping US companies enter and succeed in the UAE.

Together, we can drive growth, create new opportunities, and solidify AmCham Abu Dhabi’s role as a pivotal business hub.

Candidate Questionnaire

Candidate’s Bio

Jim Manship is a senior executive with over two decades of experience leading domestic and international programs at Raytheon, an RTX company. As the Regional Director for Strategy & International in MENA, he oversees a team managing significant contracts, strategy, and localization efforts, delivering substantial annual revenue. Jim leads key initiatives, including strategy agreements and partnerships to drive growth and customer alignment.

His expertise in program management, strategic sourcing, and defense systems has been instrumental in driving innovation and operational success. Jim holds degrees in Economics and Strategy & Finance from Washington University in St. Louis and is certified in federal contract management and program management. He is also actively involved in entrepreneurial ventures and community service initiatives.

Jim has been a long-standing member of AmCham Abu Dhabi since 2014. Jim has served on the US-UAE Public Affairs Committee, the Defense, Aerospace and Security Committee, and participated in US Door Knock trips to Washington DC to promote AmCham Abu Dhabi with members of Congress and the Senate.