International Business Forum

International Business Forum  

International Business Forum

The mission of the International Business Forum is to promote the benefit, as well as explore the complexity, of working with international buyers and sellers, both in the U.S. and overseas.


The International Business Forum guides real estate professionals in expanding their personal and professional presence in the global marketplace. The group explores global initiatives including new business opportunities by helping members to market local properties worldwide, assisting investors who are interested in purchasing real property in the U.S., and offering international options to local clients. 

Northern Virginia is an ethnically and culturally diverse area where almost a third of the population was born outside of the U.S. and nearly 40% of the region’s population uses a language other than English in their home. Annually almost 10,000 non-U.S. citizens move into the Northern Virginia area from a location outside the U.S. Serving such an evolving community with an ever growing, ever changing cultural landscape requires that NVAR must always adapt and change to capitalize on the opportunities that our Realtors® and brokers find in the marketplace.

(Open to all NVAR Members)

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Advisory Team

Shirin Abadian Cecilia Hayes 
Shah Abbas Suliman Ishag
Eman Aish Tonia Jacobson 
Qaiser Aziz Aftabjan Khan
Cathy Baumbusch Mariana Koegel
Miranda Carter Lieu Nguyen
Kesha Catlin Nana Noi
Hazar Flashburg Jixin Tan
Ahmed Gomaa  Alexandra Iamandi

Farid Khan

Farid Khan

David Raffinengo

David Raffinengo

Staff Support:

Teresa Watson
Associate Director of Education

Monir Awad
Communications, Experience and Engagement Specialist