Ohio CGBP Certified Trainers

Mousa Kassis, CGBP

International Program Director, Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network

Mousa Kassis has extensive experience dealing with international business development and trade in Africa, India, the Middle East, and Canada. He is an International Trade Advisor for the state of Ohio, Development Services Agency, region 12 of North East Ohio. He is the Managing Director of Global Export and Connections, a company that focuses on the mining & construction industry, solar renewable energy, and underground brackish water purification systems. Mousa has experience and involvement with international contracts, joint ventures, foreign government contracts, bidding procedures, and negotiations with foreign partners. He has been an educator in the economics, personal finance, statistics, and international economics, in addition to participating and moderating many international events highlighting economic issues such as the pivotal economic regions of the world, the role of international trade on the US great recession, the US financial crisis, and US health care issues. Mousa holds a bachelor’s degree in macroeconomics and a master’s degree in economics from Youngstown State University. He has been an adjunct faculty at the university since 1996. He is a member of NASBITE International and hold the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certification. Mousa is fluent and familiar with a few foreign languages.


Nathaniel Ward, CGBP

Director of International Programs, Cleveland State University SBDC EAN

Mr. Ward brings international experience within manufacturing and banking as well as diverse cultural and linguistic knowledge to the ITAC. He most recently worked at the Vitamix Corporation in the international consumer products department. There he worked through importer/distributors in over 30 countries to sell high-end consumer kitchen wares. Mr. Ward brings over seven years of experience in sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research, and product development – all with an international focus. Prior to Vitamix, Mr. Ward worked for Charter One Bank in international money transfers. In additions to studying in six countries, he holds an international MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College, an MA from McGill University of Montreal. He speaks multiple languages including French, Spanish, and Japanese.