Magda R. Khalifa attended Seton Hall University graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration / Management Information Systems in 1995. She spent the early years of her career working in the computer industry for Fortune 500 companies throughout the New York metropolitan area. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks Ms. Khalifa enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command. She volunteered twice for the next available rotation in support of the Global War on Terror and served two combat tours in Iraq. She served as a CAT-A Team Sergeant and Team Leader, conducting civil reconnaissance and key leader engagements with tribal leaders in the volatile and congested Diyala province, an area marred by complex and coordinated enemy attacks.
Upon transition from the military Ms. Khalifa relocated to Virginia to serve as an adviser in the establishment of the U.S. Navy’s first civil affairs command and in the development of charter policies, and training and readiness programs to prepare teams for successful integration into joint and special operations deployments. Ms. Khalifa received recognition from the U.S. Navy for design of cumulative training exercise to evaluate mission readiness. She completed an M.A. in Asymmetric Warfare from American Military University and continued in the defense industry as a New Business Manager for a leading provider of intelligence-based training and operational support. In 2012 she founded Asymmetric Solutions Group, LLC, a business solutions provider specializing in strategic consulting for small businesses.
Ms. Khalifa believes strongly in giving back. She has served as a director on the governing and advisory boards of several military veteran non-profit organizations and was part of the organizing team that launched 1 Million Cups Virginia Beach – an interactive and educational forum for entrepreneurs.