Dayle Rebecca Carden joined the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council as a Senior Advisor in January 2022.
Dayle is also the Managing Partner of Elliott Barrett Group, a Dallas-based strategic advisory firm focused on advancing and promoting strategic trade ties between the United States and the Middle East. The firm also advises Israeli institutions and companies on building political and economic relationships between Israel and countries in the GCC in light of the Abraham Accords. Dayle’s new venture follows a 16-year career as a U.S. diplomat serving as a political and economic advisor to seven Ambassadors at five Embassies in the Middle East and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Her last tour in the U.S. State Department was as the Chief of the Political and Economic Office at the U.S. Consulate in Dubai from 2016 to summer 2020, where she advised U.S. Government leadership and U.S. companies on political and economic developments in the region. Previously, she served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of Marine Forces Central Command based in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, where she advised the Marines and the senior Arab Gulf military leaders on foreign policy implications of regional military actions. Before her time with the Marines, Dayle served as a Security Council negotiator at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where she drafted and negotiated UN sanctions and worked closely with Ambassador Susan Rice on landmark Iran and North Korea resolutions. Dayle has also served in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Bangladesh.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Dayle worked as a Corporate Attorney in Dallas, Texas, and as a legal consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. Dayle holds a JD from Southern Methodist University Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the same university. She also holds an LLM in EU Business Laws from Oxford University, and the long-term Advanced Economics Course certification from the Foreign Service Institute. She learned Arabic and Spanish through the State Department and is professionally proficient in both.
Dayle is married to a former Army Special Forces Officer and a former fellow U.S. diplomat whom she met on her first tour in Bangladesh. They have a thirteen-year-old daughter and a son who is seven. Dayle is from Texas but has been calling Dubai home for the last five years.