International Motivational Speaker, Award-Winning EA, Coach, Former Chief of Staff at PayPal and Facebook

Al-Husein loves people.

And he is passionate about empowering you to fulfill your greatest potential.

Al-Husein Madhany is Senior Consultant Coach at the Duncan Group, a retained search firm. The firm operates globally and offers expertise in four practice areas: recruitment, organizational consulting, coaching, and executive-level training for professional and personal assistants.

Prior to joining the Duncan Group, Al-Husein was Chief of Staff to the PayPal Chief Human Resource Officer and the lead Executive Assistant to Facebook’s first Chief Information Officer.

In 2016, Al-Husein was awarded Best New Executive Assistant in all of Silicon Valley, by the Admin Awards Association.

As a consummate connector and facilitator for diplomatic action, Al-Husein has served as an Aspen Ideas Scholar and a Council on Foreign Relations term member. He currently is one of five Global Ambassadors to the 2018 World Administrators Summit and sits on the advisory board of C-Suite Executive Support Professionals.

Al-Husein is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentary film producer (, published author, and was previously a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Al-Husein has advanced degrees from Harvard and the University of Chicago.

In his free time, Al-Husein coaches Silicon Valley Executives and their Assistants.

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  • With Al-Husein’s methods, my best friend successfully negotiated a $23,000 raise! You absolutely must listen to him. His time-tested and proven methodology for negotiating a raise really works!

    - Anne Gardiner, Executive Assistant, Seattle, Washington, USA -

  • Al-Husein made me think about what I was doing stuck in the same job for 12 years. With his tips, I put out my resume, had two job offers and took a new job for almost $20,000 more!! Thank you, Al-Husein, for the inspiration, motivation, and tools to change my life!

    - Tammy Copp-Barta, Executive Assistant, Kansas, Missouri, USA -

  • Al-Husein helped me negotiate a pay raise supporting a CEO in a technology company, and when I still was not getting paid what I believe I was worth, he pushed me to work hard to land my dream job getting paid $25,000 more than I was before! He helped me reframe my story, rewrite my resume, prepare for my interviews, and negotiate my starting salary, with benefits! I highly recommend working with him. He is highly knowledgeable and knows the industry very well!

    - Elisa Monroy, C-Suite Executive Assistant in Silicon Valley, California, USA -

  • Spellbound. That’s the right word to describe an audience that Al-Husein Madhany is addressing. I’ve seen him live in front of two substantial conference audiences and the reaction is the same. From the moment he takes the stage, the audience knows they are hearing from someone with deep knowledge and broad experience. He’s funny, insightful, and genuinely cares about the people he is addressing. From the production perspective, he’s flexible, collaborative, and is as interested as you are that the presentation is successful. If you have the opportunity to have him speak at your event, you will not be disappointed.

    - Melissa Esquibel, Technology Expert Trainer & International Conference Presenter -

  • This is life-changing stuff which is not hyperbole. When Al-Husein speaks, people listen – closely, attentively, and actively. He motivates positive action. I’ve seen it with my own eyes at several conferences and perhaps most powerfully, at the Be the Ultimate Assistant workshop that I teach. As our day was coming to an end, I gave him the floor for five minutes (because a little goes a long way with Al-Husein) and wow, did he deliver. Our students were on the edge of their seats as he cut them to the chase on how to make the money they deserve. And the best part is that many of them went out and did exactly that. Now that’s empowerment and the definition of “motivational speaking.” I look forward to continuing my work with Al-Husein. He is an important voice in the administrative profession.

    - Bonnie Low-Kramen, CEO of Be the Ultimate Assistant & Bestselling Author -

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