Ambassador John B. Craig

Senior Partner
Manaar Energy Group, Abu Dhabi


In a distinguished career as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, he had numerous assignments both overseas and in the State Department. He pursued his career focus on economic analysis during assignments in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt and Haiti. Craig speaks Arabic, French and Spanish.

He became deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus followed by a similar posting to the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. On his return to the United States in 1995, he was appointed to head the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the State Department’s Near East Bureau.

Then, in June 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton nominated Craig to be the United States Ambassador to Oman. After three years in the post he returned to the United States just after Sept. 11, 2001, to be appointed by President George W. Bush as a Special Assistant to the President. He served on the staff of the National Security Council with Gen. Wayne Downing, Deputy National Security Advisor.

In June, 2003, he was appointed as Boeing International Corporation’s regional vice president in the Middle East. He was responsible for coordinating Boeing business activities enterprise-wide in a number of countries across the region.

In March, 2008 he joined The Jadwin Group (MENA) as full partner and is at the helm of its MENA operations, appointed as Managing Director, and working out of Abu Dhabi, UAE.  The Jadwin Group’s goal is to provide high level investment services to private sector entities and high worth individuals throughout the Gulf region. They intend to support investments that will bring knowledge and technology to the region, and are committed to projects that will help to train, develop and employ young nationals in the Gulf Cooperation Council states.  Craig is also currently serving as an advisor for JADCO (Joint Aviation Development Company L.L.C), an aviation joint venture investment for The Jadwin Group, based in Muscat, Oman.

Since July, 2010, Ambassador Craig is Ambassador-in-Residence in the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.  He retains his business activities in the Middle East, while basing his operations from central Pennsylvania.

In 2013, Amassdor Craig joined the Manaar Energy Group in Abu Dhabi as Senior Partner.

Ambassador Craig is a graduate of the School of International Service at The American University in Washington DC. He received the equivalent of a Masters Degree in International Relations from The National Defense University in Washington DC.