Judith Ujobai was named Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) in 1994.
She is responsible for managing the daily operations of this nonprofit business association, including membership and board development, fundraising, event planning, business consulting, career counseling, marketing, communications, accounting, finance, and administration.
Prior to being employed by the FACC, Judith joined the organization as a Corporate Member, representing Fidelity Bank, one of 80 founding member companies in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state region that answered the call to launch the Philadelphia Chapter in 1989.
From 1985-1994, she enjoyed a rewarding career in international banking with the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Group at Fidelity Bank and First Fidelity Bancorporation. As the European Correspondent Banking Officer for France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia, she was responsible for a multi-million dollar portfolio of trade, credit, and treasury facilities for over 50 major European banks and their New York affiliates. She also served as a Trade Finance Specialist and an International Credit Analyst after graduating from Fidelity Bank’s Professional Bankers Development Program.
Before joining the bank, Judith worked with Frupac International, a leading importer/exporter of Chilean produce, headquartered in Philadelphia. Responsible for administration and monitoring customer credit limits, the company was in an exciting period of rapid business expansion, quadrupling in size in just two and a half years.
Judith graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Political Science (double major). She was awarded the Caroline Kennedy Senior Prize for French Literature. During her Junior year, she studied and worked in Nantes, France, and remained over the summer to work in the seaside resort of La Baule. Later, she studied at the University of Toulon in La Garde, France, where she received the Certificate in Commercial and Economic French from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Paris.
Born and raised in Phoenixville, PA, Judith is an enthusiastic Center City Philadelphia resident, who loves to travel and meet people from all over the world.
Merle Curran-Ackert is a sophomore at Drexel University. She is majoring in Global Studies with a focus in Arts, Media, and Culture. She is currently working remotely from Upstate New York. During her time with the FACC Philadelphia, she hopes to learn more about how non-profit organizations are run.
Roza Tabakci is the Marketing Coordinator for the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. She is studying Marketing at Drexel University. Currently, she is working remotely based in Konya, Turkey.
Alessandra Sabba is a senior at Arcadia University, double majoring in International Studies and French & Francophone Studies. She loves travel, foreign cultures, and is passionately curious. Through her work with the FACC Philadelphia, she aims to help promote French-American economic relations and serve as a useful, productive source to the members.