Nominee for Vice-Chair
AmCham Abu Dhabi
Chair, Programs & Events Committee
Chair, Offset Sub-Committee
AmCham Abu Dhabi
EVAP Investment LLC
Kim is Managing Director, EVAP Investment LLC and Managing Partner, O2K Limited. A proven leader and senior executive, Kim has over 35 years’ experience in engineering, international business development and program management, specializing in economic value add programs, with a primary focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Kim’s understanding of the needs and difficulties of companies seeking to do business in the Middle East and North Africa spans over 30 years and is widely respected. Kim’s clients have included globally recognized companies in defense, aviation, security, telecommunications, hospitality, retail, healthcare, education, energy industries and academia.
An inspirational and motivating leader, she is a board member of AmCham Abu Dhabi and served as President and member of the Board of Directors for the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi, for over 8 years. She is Chairperson of the Programs Committee and Defense and Aerospace Offsets Sub-committee. She also served as President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and served as a Director on the Board of Directors for over a decade.
Kim believes that inspiration is the most important element for driving economic growth, technical innovation, and leadership development. She is Executive Producer and Host of “Inspiration Tuesdays”, streaming on ROKU and Fire TV, featuring guests from around the world that are an inspiration to their industries, colleagues, and communities.
She holds a BSc Operations Engineering degree from North Carolina State University and was the first female manufacturing engineer employed by Volvo Bus Company, as well as BMY Combat Systems (a BAE Systems company).
She is married to Clark Hjelseth, US Army Special Forces (retired), and has a son, Kyle Schwartz, a US Army Aviator serving OCONUS.