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2010 U.S.–Islamic World Forum

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Writing the Next Chapter
Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
February 13-15, 2010 • Doha, Qatar
Welcome and Ahlan Wa Sahlan!

On behalf of the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, housed
within the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, we are delighted to welcome you to the
2010 U.S.-Islamic World Forum. Together with the State of Qatar, the Saban Center
annually convenes this Forum under the gracious auspices of HRH Sheikh Hamad bin
Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar. We salute his vision and leadership in enabling us
to come together for three days of thoughtful discussion and transformative dialogue on
Hady Amr
issues of mutual importance.
Fellow and Director
Brookings Doha Center Since our last Forum we have witnessed a significant shift in the dialogue between the
United States and global Muslim communities. A new American President has endeav-
Stephen R. Grand
ored to set a new and positive tone for engagement, exemplified by his historic remarks
Fellow and Director
Project on U.S. Relations in Cairo. Over the next three days we will explore how much has changed and whether
with the Islamic World this altered discourse has been translated into substantive policy recommendations and
programs. In recognizing the need for a sustained civic infrastructure to coordinate and
KENNETH M. POLLACK complement the activities of our partners in the non-governmental and private sectors, we
Senior Fellow and Director
Saban Center at Brookings
have designed a special session this year entitled “Maintaining the Momentum: A Strategy
Session to Develop Public and Private Partnerships.”
Martin S. Indyk
Vice President and Director Whether you are joining us as a policy maker, opinion leader, activist or funder we hope
Foreign Policy Studies
you will find the 2010 forum an opportunity to share your talent with other leaders like
The Brookings Institution
yourself to create impact, whether through the working group for which you were invited
Bruce Riedel or through the wider framework of U.S. Muslim global engagement.
Senior Fellow
Saban Center at Brookings Please also join us in taking this opportunity to recognize and thank our partners in this
Shibley Telhami
endeavor. This includes the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister for Qatar, HE Sheikh
Anwar Sadat Chair Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their support.
University of Maryland In particular, we also thank HE Mohammad Abdullah Mutib Al-Rumaihi, Assistant For-
eign Minister for Follow-Up Affairs, and the entire Permanent Committee for Organizing
Conferences staff for their support and dedication in organizing the forum.

If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to come to our information desk centrally
located in the lobby of the Sheraton.

Thank you for joining us. We look forward to meeting you, and together…writing the
next chapter.

Dr. Stephen R. Grand Durriya Badani

Fellow and Director Project Manager
Project on U.S. Relations with the Project on U.S. Relations with the
Islamic World Islamic World


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Agenda at a Glance
7:00pm-9:00pm Registration


9:00am-11:00am Welcome/Registration
11:00am-12:30pm An Introduction to the Goals of the Islamic World Forum and an
Opportunity to Meet Your Fellow Conference Participants
12:45pm-1:45pm Lunch – Al Hubara Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel
2:00pm-3:30pm Towards a More Robust U.S.-Muslim Engagement: From Concept to
Concrete Outcomes*
3:45pm-4:00pm Break
4:00pm-5:30pm Working Group Sessions
5:30pm-6:00pm Break
6:00pm Dinner and Opening Plenary: Writing the Next Chapter*


9:00am-10:45am A Fresh Start? Has Obama Initiated a New Beginning in Relations
with Muslim Communities?*
10:45am-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am-12:45pm Working Group Sessions
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch – Al Hubara Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel
2:15pm-4:15pm Working Group Sessions
2:15pm-4:15pm Maintaining the Momentum: A Strategy Session to Develop Public
and Private Parternships (Special Session)
4:30pm Offsite Dinner and Excursion


9:00am-10:45am Fragile States: Shared Challenges to Ensuring Regional Stability*
10:45am-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am-12:30pm Working Group Sessions
12:45pm-1:45pm Lunch – Al Hubara Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel
2:00pm-3:00pm Working Group Sessions
3:30pm-4:45pm Communicating the Results: Working Group Presentations*
5:00pm-7:00pm Closing Remarks and Farewell Reception

*Open to the media


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Saturday An Introduction to the Goals of the Inslamic World Forum and an Al-Maha
11:00am-12:30pm Opportunity to Meet Your Fellow Conference Participants Meeting Room
Saturday Towards a More Robust U.S.-Muslim Engagement: From Concept to Al-Maha
2:00pm-3:30pm Concrete Outcomes Meeting Room
This session will highlight governmental and non-governmental efforts to build
partnerships between the United States and Muslim communities. How do we de-
fine engagement and move from dialogue toward enduring impact, sounder policies
and sustainable programs and initiatives. What are concrete examples of this?
Sunday A Fresh Start? Has Obama Initiated a New Beginning in Relations Salwa
9:00am-10:45am with Muslim Communities? Ballroom
In his historic Cairo address, President Obama sought to create a new beginning
in relations with the global Muslim community—a relationship based on mutual
respect and the pursuit of mutual interests. Has the President succeeded and has the
substance of U.S. foreign policy actually changed? A centerpiece of the speech was
that the U.S. would reengage in the Arab-Israeli peace process. Has the U.S. made
any progress toward a final resolution of the conflict? This session will address both
the administration’s approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict and broader U.S. foreign
policy affecting global Muslim communities.
Sunday Maintaining the Momentum: A Strategy Session to Develop Public Al Rayyan
2:15pm-4:15pm and Private Partnerships (Invited Participants Only) Room
The goal of this special session is to catalyze ideas into action, so as to create a
civic infrastructure for partnerships between U.S. and global Muslim communi-
ties. Select representatives from foundations, businesses and governemtns will come
together to share information, identify sources of financial support and encourage
collaborations. By outlining present initiatives, activities and future areas of em-
phasis, assembled public and private stakeholders will identify areas of strength and
complementarities, in addition to examing the possibilities for future partnerships.
We will also examine metrics for evaluating progress and success as we prepare for
the 2011 U.S.-Islamic Forum in Washington, D.C.
Monday Fragile States: Shared Challenges to Ensuring Regional Stability Salwa
9:00am-10:45am Ballroom
Weak states pose a threat to the security and stability of many parts of the Muslim
world. This session will examine the causes of state weakness, its domestic and re-
gional consequences and potential policy responses. How do the volatile internal
dynamics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen affect regional stability
and unity and what can be done about it?
Monday Communicating the Results: Working Group Presentations Al Maha
3:30pm-4:45pm Meeting Room
This session will allow the working group coveners to present the key findings of their
session with a focus on recommendations for policymakers and private sector funders.

Monday Closing Remarks and Farewell Reception Salwa

5:00pm-7:00pm Ballroom


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Role of Religious Leaders and Religious Communities in Diplomacy

Bishop John B. Chane and Reverend Canon John L. Peterson
Washington National Cathedral

Recent incidents such as the Swiss referendum, the Geert Wilders video, and the Danish cartoon controversy have
demonstrated the renewed role that religion plays in foreign policy.  Religious leaders and the communities they
serve have the capacity either to temper or exacerbate disputes that arise as a result of religious or cultural differ-
ences, helping determine whether they remain localized or—in a world of instant communications—spiral rapidly
into more global foreign policy conflicts.  Religious leaders and networks have also played important roles in halting
ethnic violence, fostering reconciliation within states and making significant humanitarian and development con-
tributions in communities. This working group examines both the potential and limits on the role religious leaders
and communities can play in diplomacy and seeks to build partnerships among religious leaders for this purpose.

The Reverend Canon John L. Peterson Reverend Joel C. Hunter
Washington National Cathedral Northland Church

The Right Reverend John B. Chane Ayatollah Ahmad Iravani

Episcopal Bishop of Washington Catholic University of America

Jasser Auda Imam Mohamed Magid

Faculty of Islamic Studies at Qatar Foundation Islamic Society of North America

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah Reverend Hady Mahfouz

King Abdul Aziz University Holy Spirit Seminary in Jerusalem

The Right Reverend Suheil Dawani Dalia Mogahed

Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

Claudette Habesch Theodore Cardinal McCarrick

Caritas Jerusalem Roman Catholic Church

Janab Mehlam Yunus Hakimuddin Rabbi David Saperstein

Dawat-e-Hadiyah Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Anwer Hasan His Beatitude Theophilos

Maryland Governor’s Commission on Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
Middle Eastern American Affairs

Imam Yahya Hendi

Georgetown University


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Democracy and Islamic Parties: Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Bridget Welsh
Associate Professor of Political Science at
Singapore Management University
Dr. Syed Azman Syed Ahmad
Central Working Committee Member and State Assemblyman
for Kuala Trengganu (Islamic Party of Malaysia)

Throughout the Muslim world, Islamic parties are playing a major role in national politics. Often lumped together
with organizations that use Islam in violent struggles and mistakenly tied to terrorism and intolerance, Islamic par-
ties tend to be wrongly pegged as “undemocratic” and “extremist.” Few link Islamic parties with democracy and
recognize the crucial role many of these parties play in representation, governance and the promotion of rights. This
panel will bring together representatives from Islamic parties and the Western world to discuss how these parties en-
gage in democratic processes and the challenges they face in doing so. The aim of the discussion is to start a dialogue
with Islamic parties over their potential role in strengthening democracy as well as to promote a better understand-
ing of how their participation in national and international politics is evolving.


Bridget Welsh Hamdie Morsi

Singapore Management University
Vali Nasr
Syed Azman Syed Ahmad U.S. Department of State
Islamic Party of Malaysia
Nursanita Nasution
Salah Ali Abdulrahman Prosperous Justice Party (PKS)
National Islamic Forum (Bahrain)
Abdul Aziz Omari
Anas Altikriti Member of Parliament (Morocco)
Islamic Party of Iraq
Mahazir Osman
Ghaffur Aziz Islamic Front
Barnett Rubin
Safrullah Ahmad Dipatuan U.S. Department of State
Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Sabri Samirah
Temal Karamolloglu Middle East Studies Center
Saadet Party
Abdirisak Waberi
Joe Klein Islamic Association of Sweden
Time Magazine
Tamara Cofman Wittes
Siti Mariah binti Mahmud U.S. Department of State
Islamic Party of Malaysia

Quinn Mecham
U.S. Department of State

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Transformative Partnerships in U.S.-Muslim World Relations: Empowering
Networks for Community Development and Social Change
Peter Mandaville
George Mason University

Muslim populations around the world consistently define their chief priorities and concerns in relation to issues such
as development, justice, and economic security. This working group will bring together thought leaders, community
organizers, and foundations from the United States and the Muslim world to identify areas of mutual interest and begin
designing actionable programs that emphasize sustainable community development and social innovation. Seeking to
harness the appetite for social transformation among young people in the United States and the Muslim world, the
workshop will build a network of change leaders, allowing them to share their experiences and explore new collabora-
tions. The workshop will have two main areas of focus: developing ways to foster greater involvement in community
development, and exploring the transformative potential of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology to both ad-
dress inequalities and support existing community networks. Concrete deliverables will include recommendations for
specific programs and initiatives as well as a set of best practice guidelines for designing transformative social networks.


Peter Mandaville Kim McQuay

George Mason University Asia Foundation

Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid Nicco Mele

Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood EchoDitto

Junaid Ahmad Fuad Nahdi

Lahore University of Management Sciences Radical Middle Way

Cherif Mohamed Aly Aïdara Rami Nashishibi

Mozdahir International Institute Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Aysha Alkusayer Iqbal Noor Ali

Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation Aga Khan Development Network

Shaykh Jihad Brown Alec Ross

Deputy Director, Tabah Foundation U.S. State Department

Asha Hagi Elmi Anas Saidi

Save Somali Women and Children Association for Pesantren and Community Develop-
ment (P3M)
Junaid Jamshed
Philanthropist Taleb Salhab
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Amr Khaled
Right Start Foundation Kanwar Schahzab
Iqbal Academy
Imtiaz Khan
Congress of Muslim World Philanthropists Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani
Qatar Supreme Education Council
Kalsoom Lakhani
ML Resources Social Vision Doug Wilson
Howard Gilman Foundation


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Scientific, Intellectual and Governance Cooperation on
Emerging Environmental Challenges
Amit Pandya
Senior Associate and Director of the Regional Voices:
Transnational Challenges project at the Henry L. Stimson Center

The working group will bring together scientists, engineers, educators, economists and entrepreneurs, technical
subject experts, experts in science policy and governance, and observers and analysts of politics and of philosophical
and intellectual trends. The group will identify the principal economic, social and natural challenges posed by envi-
ronmental change, and their principal causes (demographic, economic, and social). It will consider the availability
of scientific and other intellectual resources and institutions relevant to these, and will discuss existing and potential
cooperation, among sectors and disciplines and at the regional, inter-regional and global levels. The workshop will
identify, consolidate and expand existing networks, and foster creation of additional ones. We will emphasize inte-
gral multi-disciplinary approaches to economic, social and environmental trends.


Amit Pandya Ismid Hadad Wael Mua’lla

Henry L. Stimson Center National Council on Climate University of Damascus
Change (Indonesia)
Vaughan Turekian Norm Neuriter
AAAS Syed Iqbal Hasnain AAAS
Energy and Resources Institute
Shere Abbott Ainun Nishat
White House Office on Science Mohamed Hassan International Union for
and Technology Policy Third World Academy of Science Conservation of Nature

Khursheed Ahmad Farkhonda Hassan Atiq Rahman

Institute of Policy Studies National Council for Women in Bangladesh Centre for Advanced
Egypt Studies
Hayfaa Almudhaf
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Asclepias Indriyanto Amina Rasul-Bernardo
Research Indonesian Institute for Energy Asian Institute of Management
Lara Campbell Youba Sokona
Center for International Science Shafqat Kakakhel Sahara and Sahel Observatory
and Technology Advancement Sustainable Development Policy
Institute Moneef Zou’bi
Dia El Din El Quosy Islamic Academy of Sciences
Egyptian Ministry of Water Bill Lawrence
Resources and Irrigation U.S. Department of State

Mohamed El-Raey David Michel

University of Alexandria Henry L. Stimson Center

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New Media to Further Global Engagement
al-Husein Madhany
Independent Consultant

This working group will explore opportunities for expanding the instruments available to foreign policy-makers to
engage weak states. Fragmented and internally-conflicted states can be difficult to influence by traditional foreign
policy means and further can be difficult to understand through traditional media outlets. New models of civil so-
ciety action enabled by new media—and more broadly grounded civic media—show potential for reducing internal
conflict and promoting social trust among tribal, ethnic, and religious groups. Bringing new media communications
together with model civil society programs creates more powerful opportunities to enhance understanding of these
internal conflicts and thereby address them in ways that will help accelerate social and political change. We will ac-
complish this by identifying tools in any media that can foster or enhance civic engagement through case studies
that span the globe. This working group will create policy recommendations on how best to employ civic media, as
well as new media information technology communication tools, to harness the muted voices of civil societies to be
active partners in promoting foreign policy objectives by working for economic, social, and political reform.


al-Husein N. Madhany Jahid Mohseni

Independent Consultant Moby Group

Lawrence Chickering Cory Ondrejka

Educate Girls Globally Second Life

Vishakha Desai Abdul Aziz al-Nuaimi

Asia Society
Saafir Rabb
Shereen El Feki USC Annenberg School
American University in Cairo
Cynthia Schneider
Philip N. Howard Brookings Institution
University of Washington
Philip Seib
Safeena Husain USC Center for Public Diplomacy
Educate Girls Globally
Abbi Shabazz
Ali Jaber Media Gateway Dubai
American University in Dubai
Amra Tareen
Hani Khoja All Voices
Elixir Marketing Consultancy
Ibrahim al-Turki
Simon Mainwaring Wafi Corp
Mainwaring Creative
Huma Yusuf
Laurie Meadoff Dawn.com
Cancer Schmancer

Riyaad Minty
Al-Jazeera Labs


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List of Participants
Gail Chalef Mohamed Hagmagid
UNITED STATES Director of Communications, Vice President, Islamic Society of
& EUROPE Foreign Policy, The Brookings North America (ISNA)
Shadi Hamid
John Bryson Chane Deputy Director, Brookings Doha
Shere Abbott Bishop of Washington, Center; Fellow, Saban Center for
Deputy Science Advisor, White Washington National Cathedral Middle East Policy, The Brook-
House Office on Science and ings Institution
Technology Policy David Chavern
Chief Operating Officer and Edward Jack Hardin
Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid Senior Vice President, Founding Partner, Rogers and
Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hardin LLP

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Lawrence Chickering Anwer Hasan

Ardhi Founder, Educate Girls Globally Chairman, Maryland Governor’s
Board Member, Investcorp and Commission on Middle Eastern
Brookings International Advisory Aysha Chowdhry American Affairs
Board Research Analyst and Publications
Manager, Project on U.S. Yahya Hendi
Hady Amr Relations with the Islamic World, Chaplain, Georgetown University
Fellow and Director, Brookings Saban Center for Middle East
Doha Center, Saban Center for Policy, The Brookings Institution Richard Holbrooke
Middle East Policy, The Brookings Special Representative for
Institution Vishakha Desai Afghanistan and Pakistan, United
President, Asia Society States Department of State
Durriya Badani
Project Manager, Project on U.S. Jeffrey Feltman Phil Howard
Relations with the Islamic World, Assistant Secretary for Near Associate Professor, University of
Saban Center for Middle East Eastern Affairs, United States Washington
Policy, The Brookings Institution Department of State
Joel Hunter
Jihad Brown Marc Ginsberg Pastor, Northland Church
Deputy Director President, Layalina Productions,
Tabah Foundation Inc. Rashad Hussain
Deputy Associate Council to the
Lara Campbell Stephen R. Grand President, The White House
Director, International Fellow and Director, Project on
Partnerships, Center for U.S. Relations with the Islamic Martin S. Indyk
International Science and World, Saban Center for Middle Vice President and Director
Technology Advancement East Policy, The Brookings Foreign Policy Studies
Institution The Brookings Institution


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Benjamin Jacobs Laurie Meadoff Michael E. O’Hanlon
Managing Member and Founder, CEO, Cancer Schmancer Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy
JBG Holding Company Studies, The Brookings Institution
Quinn Mecham
Imtiaz Khan Member, Office of Policy Planning Cory Ondrejka
Congress of Muslim World Staff, United States Department Co-Creator, Second Life
Philanthropists of State
Farah Pandith
Joe Klein Nicco Mele Special Representative for Muslim
Columnist, Time Magazine President & Co-Founder, Communities, United States
echoditto.com Department of State
Kalsoom Lakhani
Director, ML Resources, LLC David Michel Amit Pandya
Senior Associate Senior Associate, The Henry L.
Muslim Lakhani Director, Environmental Security Stimson Center
Chairman and CEO of ML The Henry L. Stimson Center
Resources and ML Private John L. Peterson
Investments, LLC. Dalia Mogahed Canon, Center for Global Justice
Senior Analyst and Executive and Reconciliation, Washington
Bill Lawrence Director, Gallup Center for National Cathedral
Advisor for Science Partnerships, Muslim Studies
United States Department of Kenneth Pollack
State Fuad Nahdi Director, Saban Center for
Director, Radical Middle Way Middle East Policy, The Brookings
al-Husein Madhany United Kingdom Institution
Independent Consultant
Rami Nashishibi Saafir Rabb
Simon Mainwaring Executive Director, Inner-City Senior Advisor to the Dean,
President, Mainwaring Creative Muslim Action Network Annenberg School for
Communications and Journalism,
Alan Makovsky Vali Nasr University of Southern California
Senior Professional Staff Member, Senior Advisor, Office of Special
House Committee on Foreign Representative for Afghanistan Pradeep Ramamurthy
Affairs and Pakistan, United States Senior Director for Global
Department of State Enagagement, The White House
Peter Mandaville
Associate Professor of Shuja Nawaz Bruce Riedel
Government & Politics Director, South Asia Center, The Senior Fellow, Saban Center for
Co-Director, Center for Global Atlantic Council Middle East Policy, The Brookings
Studies, George Mason University Institution
Norm Neureiter
Theodore McCarrick Senior Advisor, Center for Science Alec Ross
Archbishop Emeritus of Diplomacy, American Association Senior Adviser on Innovation,
Washington, Catholic Church for the Advancement of Science United States Department of
Michael Kim McQuay Iqbal Noor Ali
Regional Director for Law and Senior Advisor, Barnett Rubin
Governance, Asia Foundation Aga Khan Development Network Director of Studies and Senior
Fellow, Center on International
Cooperation, New York University

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Taleb Salhab Vaughan Turekian Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani
Program Director, Peace and Chief International Officer, Qatar Supreme Education Council
Security, Rockefeller Brothers American Association for the Qatar
Fund Advancement of Science
Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani
David Saperstein Abdirisak Waberi Prime Minister and Foreign
Director, Religious Action Center Chairman, Islamic Association of Minister of State of Qatar
of Reform Judaism Sweden Qatar
Cynthia Schneider Ibrahim al-Turki
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Doug Wilson Wafi Corp
The Brookings Institution; Executive Vice President, The Saudi Arabia
Distinguished Professor in Howard Gilman Foundation
the Practice of Diplomacy Aysha Alkusayer
Georgetown University Tamara Cofman-Wittes Assistant Executive Manager,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation
Philip Seib Near Eastern Affairs, United States Saudi Arabia
Director, USC Center for Public Department of State
Diplomacy Hayfaa Almudhaf
Elias Zerhouni Director of the Public Relations
Abbi Shabazz United States Science Envoy, and Publications Division, Kuwait
Managing Director, Exwaze, LLC United States Department of Institute for Scientific Research
State Kuwait
Christal L. Shrader
Project Assistant, Project on U.S. Ahmed Zewail Anas Altikriti
Relations with the Islamic World, United States Science Envoy, Islamic Party of Iraq
Saban Center for Middle East United States Department of Iraq
Policy, The Brookings Institution State
Cherif Mohamed Aly Aïdara
Fatema Sumar Founder, Mozdahir International
Professional Staff Member, Senate MIDDLE EAST Institute
Committee on Foreign Relations & AFRICA Senegal

Strobe Talbott Jasser Auda

President, The Brookings Associate Professor in Public
Institution Salah Ali Abdulrahman Policy Program, Faculty of Islamic
National Islamic Forum Studies, Qatar Foundation
Amra Tareen Bahrain Qatar
CEO, All Voices
Abdul Aziz bin Ali bin Rashid Abdallah Bin Bayyah
Shibley Telhami Al Nuaimi King Abdulaziz University
Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Chairman, Green Base Saudi Arabia
Brookings Institution Environmental Services
Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace UAE Suheil Dawani
and Development, University of Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem
Maryland, College Park Mohammed Abdullah Mutib Palestinian Territories
Assistant Foreign Minister for
Follow-Up Affairs


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Shereen El  Feki Farkhonda Hassan Riyaad Minty
American University of Cairo Secretary General, National Senior New Media Analyst,
Advisor, Meedan Council for Women in Egypt Al-Jazeera
Egypt Egypt Qatar

Dia El Din El Quosy Mohamed Hassan Jahid Mohseni

Advisor, Ministry of Water President, Academy of Sciences Director and CEO, Moby Group
Resources and Irrigation for the Developing World Afghanistan
Egypt Sudan
Hamdie Morsi
Mohamed El Raey Saad Eddin Ibrahim Egypt
Professor of Environmental Chairman, Ibn Khaldun Center
Physics, University of Alexandria for Development Studies Wael Mua’lla
Egypt Egypt President, University of Damascus
Asha Hagi Elmi Ahmad Iravani
Chairperson, Save Somali Women Professor, Catholic University of Abdul Aziz Omari
and Children America Member of Parliament
Somalia IRAN Morocco

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Ali Jaber Mahazir Osman

Prime Minister, Republic of Dean of the Mohammed Islamic Front
Turkey Bin Rashid School of Sudan
Turkey Communication, The American
University in Dubai Sabri Samirah
Nabil Fahmy UAE Director of the Studies’ Unit,
Dean of the School of Public Middle East Studies Center
Affairs, American University in Temel Karamolloglu Jordan
Cairo Vice President, Saadet Party
Egypt Turkey Youba Sokona
Executive Secretary, Sahara and
Ashraf Ghani Amr Khaled Sahel Observatory
Chairman, Institute for State Chairman of Right Start Tunisia
Effectiveness Foundation International
Afghanistan Egypt Theophilos
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of
Claudette Habesch Hani Khoja Jerusalem
Secretary General, Caritas Owner, Elixir Marketing Jerusalem
Jerusalem Consultancy
Palestinian Territories Saudi Arabia
Moneef Zou’bi
Director General, Islamic
Ismid Hadad Hady Mahfouz
Academy of Sciences
Chair, Working Group on Finan- President, Holy Spirit Seminary
cial Mechanism, National Council Lebanon
on Climate Change of the Repub-
lic of Indonesia Abdul Salam Majali
Indonesia President, Islamic Academy of

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Mehlum Hakimuddin Nursanita Nasution
SOUTH & Director, Attalim, Dawat-e- Prosperous Justice Party (PKS)
SOUTHEAST ASIA Hadiyah Indonesia
Ainun Nishat
Syed Iqbal Hasnain Senior Advisor, Climate
Junaid Ahmad Senior Fellow, The Energy and Change, International Union for
Lahore University of Management Resources Institute Conservation of Nature
Sciences India Bangladesh
Safeena Husain Atiq Rahman
Khursheed Ahmad Executive Director, Educate Girls Executive Director, Bangladesh
Chairman, Institute of Policy Globally Center for Advanced Studies
Studies India Bangladesh
Anwar Ibrahim Amina Rasul
Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Leader of Parliamentary Asian Institute of Management
Central Working Committee Opposition Philippines
Member and State Assemblyman, Malaysia
Pan-Islamic Party of Malaysia Anas Saidi
Malaysia Asclepias Indriyanto Director, Pesantren and
Executive Director, Indonesian Community Development (P3M)
M.J. Akbar Institute for Energy Economics Indonesia
Chairman and Director of Indonesia
Publications, Covert Magazine Kunwar Schahzeb
India Junaid Jamshed Director, Iqbal Academy
Philanthropist Pakistan
Ghaffur Aziz Pakistan
Jamaat-e-Islami Bridget Welsh
Pakistan Shafqat Kakakhel Associate Professor, Singapore
Advisor on Environment, Management University
Safrullah Dipatuan Sustainable Development Policy Singapore
Moro Islamic Liberation Front Institute
(MILF) Pakistan Huma Yusuf
Philippines Features Editor, DAWN
Siti Mariah binti Mahmud newspaper
Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) Pakistan


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Salah Ali Abdulrahman He served as president of the U.S.-based National
Bahrain Muslim Law Students Association (NMLSA), and is
Salah Ali Abdulrahman is the on the board of the Muslim Peace Fellowship. He has
Deputy Speaker of the Islamic Na- been a longtime human rights activist. He was on the
tional Party and currently serves as Executive Board of the Domestic Violence Resource
a member of the Council of Rep- Project. His research interests include political Islam,
resentatives of the Kingdom of globalization, and social movements, and he has lec-
Bahrain. He is also the President tured and written extensively on these topics.
of the National Islamic Forum and in 1992 received
his Medical Degree in Family Medicine from the Arab Khursheed Ahmad
Board of Medical Specializations in Syria. Pakistan
Khursheed Ahmad is a renowned
Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid scholar, economist and Islamic
United States activist. He is the founding chair
Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid is of the Institute of Policy Stud-
the religious and spiritual leader ies in Pakistan. He has written,
(Imam) of The Mosque of Islamic edited, and translated more than
Brotherhood Inc. He is now a Vice 70 books in English and Urdu. His in-depth compara-
President (Deputy Amir) of that tive study of the oriental as well as occidental philoso-
organization. He serves nationally phies in religion, academics, economics, constitutional
as the Deputy Amir of The Muslim Alliance in North matters and his commitment to the cause of human-
America. He is the co-founder of the African-African ity has led him to be entrusted with key positions in
American Muslim Commission on HIV/AIDS, and the national, as well as international organizations on
a member of the Advisory Committee of the Interna- these socioeconomic and other multidimensional dis-
tional Muslim Leaders Consultation on HIV/AIDS. ciplines. In addition, he has also been awarded with
He is the author of A Muslim Manifesto on Darfur and three honorary degrees. He has also served as Federal
Healing Indigenous Muslim Families in America. The Minister for Planning, Development and Statistics in
Imam is the host of a monthly Harlem-based radio the Government of Pakistan and is a long time member
show, entitled “Prophetic Echoes”, on WHCR (90.3 FM, of the Senate of Pakistan.
or whcr.org) in New York City.
Syed Azman bin Syed Ahmad
Junaid S. Ahmad Malaysia
Pakistan Syed Azman bin Syed Ahmad is
Junaid S. Ahmad has a Juris Doc- currently a member of the State
torate from the College of William Assembly from Terengganu, Ma-
and Mary, USA. He is currently a laysia and Chairman of Interna-
Ph.D. candidate in the Depart- tional Affairs in the Islamic Party
ment of Religious Studies at the of Malaysia (PAS). He received his
University of Cape Town, and is Bachelor of Business in Administration, his M.A. in
also a faculty member in the Faculty of Law and Policy, Public Administration and a Master of Science in Po-
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). litical Science from Indiana State University. He also


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holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of and Petroleum Engineering and Environmental Man-
Birmingham, England. agement. He earned his Ph.D. in Cleaner Production
and Industrial (Ecology) Eco-Systems.
M.J. Akbar
India Mohammed Abdullah Mutib
Mobashar Jawed (M.J.) Akbar is Al Rumaihi
Chairman and Director of Pub- Qatar
lications of Covert Magazine He Mohammed Abdullah Mutib Al-
has launched and edited several Rumaihi is assistant foreign min-
important publications in India ister of follow-up af­fairs for the
including Illustrated Weekly of In- State of Qatar. In this capacity, Al-
dia and The Telegraph. Akbar has also written books on Rumaihi heads the Government
the Indian political landscape. A renowned political Com­mittee for Delineating Maritime Borders and is
and social commentator, Akbar is also the author of in charge of security affairs at the Ministry of Foreign
several articles and books, including Blood Brothers and Affairs. He also heads the Government Committee for
India: The Siege Within, Challenges to a Nation’s Unity. Coordinating Conferences. Al-Rumaihi has had a long
In addition, he served as a member of India’s Parlia- and distinguished career in the Qa­tari military which
ment from 1989-1992, and as an advisor in the Minis- he entered after his secondary school educa­tion. He
try of Human Resources, helping with policy planning worked his way up the ranks, serving as a command-
in education and literacy programs. He holds a B.A. in er of several artillery regiments, eventually becoming
English from Presidency College, Calcutta. chief of the Qatari-French defense agreement techni-
cal committee, and taking charge of the international
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al- agreements portfolio at the Office of the Chief of Staff
Ardhi of the Qatari Armed Forces. He was transferred from
Oman the Qatari Armed Forces on the directive of HRH the
Mohammed Al-Ardhi is a former Emir in 2001 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Chief of the Omani Air Force, he was eventually appointed ambassador to France and
was responsible for all the military non-resident ambassador to Belgium, the Swiss Federa-
and security relations between tion, Luxem­burg and the European Union. Al-Rumai-
Oman and the U.S. and Iran. He hi is a graduate of Saint Cyr Military Academy French
negotiated the Border agreement between Oman and Artillery School. He was also a candidate officer at the
the UAE. Following the completion of his Masters in French Military College from 1976 to 1980.
Public Policy from the John F Kennedy School of Gov-
ernment at Harvard University, Mohammed joined the Aisha Bint Faleh Bin Nasser
family business as its Chairman. Presently he serves on Al-Thani
the Board of Directors of Investcorp and the Brookings Qatar
International Advisory Board. Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-
Thani is a member of the Qatar
Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi Supreme Education Council. She
UAE is also a member of the Board
Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, of Directors of the Zaytuna In-
who is also known as the “Green stitute in the United States and sits on the Board of
Sheikh” because of his zealous Directors of Reach Out to Asia. Sheikha Aisha bint
interest in the environment, is a Faleh al Thani is the Chairperson of Al Faleh Group.
member of the ruling family of the Sheikha Aisha was a speaker at the Qatar Foundation
Emirate of Ajman in the United and UNESCO joint conference (2007) on “Literacy
Arab Emirates. Currently Sheikh Abdul Aziz is the in the Arab States: Building Partnerships and Promot-
CEO of Al Ihsan Charity Centre, advisor for Green ing Innovative Approaches.” She received her BA from
Ajman and the Chairman of Green-Base Environmen- the University of Qatar and MBA from the Univer-
tal Services. His educational background is in Chemical sity of Hull in the U.K. Sheikha Aisha is now a Ph.D.

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candidate at the City University in the United King- Aysha Alkusayer
dom in the area of corporate governance. Saudi Arabia
Aysha Alkusayer is the Assistant
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Executive Manager of Alwaleed
Al-Thani Bin Talal Foundation’s Strategic
Qatar Studies Department, which  aims
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al- to endorse peaceful coexistence be-
Thani is Prime Minister and For- tween the East and West through
eign Minister of the State of Qatar. innovative dialogue  and meaningful collaborations
Previously, he served as First Dep- across the spectrum of Eastern and Western cultures.
uty Prime Minister and Minister Aysha has an M.A. in screenwriting from Portland, Or-
of Foreign Affairs. From 1982-1989 he was the Direc- egon, and has since collaborated on screenwriting proj-
tor of the Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs ects. Currently, she is working with the MBC network
and Agriculture. In July 1989, Al-Thani was appointed on a comedy series.
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture and in
May 1990, served as Deputy Minister of Electricity and Hayfaa Almudhaf
Water for two years. He has also served as Chairman of Kuwait
the Qatar Electricity and Water Company, President Hayfaa Almudhaf is Director of the
of the Central Municipal Council, Director of the Public Relations team in the Pub-
Special Emiri Projects Office, member of Qatar Petro- lications Division of the Kuwait
leum Board of Directors, and member of the Supreme Institute for Scientific Research
Council for Planning. Additionally, Al-Thani has held (KISR). An engineer by training,
several other key positions including member of the she has led a number of research
Supreme Defense Council, head of Qatar’s Permanent projects at KISR and in the past served as Director of the
Committee for the Support of al-Quds, member of the Policy Research and Planning Division. In addition, she
Permanent Constitution Committee, member of the has served on the Board of Directors of Kuwait Environ-
Ruling Family Council, and member of the Supreme mental Public Authority (EPA), and has authored more
Council for the Investment of the Reserves of the State. than 40 publications, including technical reports, con-
ference papers and journal articles. Her areas of expertise
Ibrahim Al-Turki include development and workforce issues in the Gulf.
Saudi Arabia
Ibrahim Al-Turki is the CEO of Anas Altikriti
Wafi International, a company Iraq
that specializes in the develop- Anas Altikriti was formerly a Post
ment of non-profit organizations Graduate Lecturer in Translation
and social responsibility programs and Interpreting Studies and is
across the Gulf region. Wafi Inter- currently pursuing his PhD in Po-
national understands the social responsibility and loy- litical Studies at Westminster Uni-
alty required by the Gulf society to meet international versity in London. Anas Altikriti
standards through a humanitarian Islamic culture was President of the Muslim Association of Britain in
while always seeking new avenues for sustainable de- 2004, and stood down to fight the European Parlia-
velopment. Before his work at Wafi International, Mr. mentary Elections. Anas Altikriti advises a number
Al-Turki was a business development manager at Gart- of Arab and Western governments on various matters
ner, an information technology research and advisory pertaining to dialogue and regional issues, including
firm. Mr. Al-Turki received his Bachelor of Science in conflict resolution, hostage negotiation, and general
Mathematics from the King Saud University in 2004. West-East relations. Anas Altikriti often comments
in the mainstream and satellite media (both Arabic
and English) and presents the weekly ‘Politics and Be-
yond’ program on Islam Channel as well as the weekly
‘Jusoor’ (Bridges) on Al-Hiwar Satellite Channel. He


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also contributes articles to The Guardian’s Comment and a contributor to: Contextualizing Islam in Britain, a
is Free, has a column on IslamOnLine.net and con- policy report to the UK Ministry of Communities.
tributes to a number of other websites including Al-
Jazeera Net. Abdul Ghaffar Aziz
Hady Amr Abdul Ghaffar Aziz is currently the
United States Director of the Foreign Affairs De-
Hady Amr is a fellow at the Saban partment of Jamaat-e-Islami Paki-
Center at Brookings and founding stan. Mr. Aziz received his Bach-
director of the Brookings Doha elor of Arts in Arabic Language and
Center. Throughout his two de- Journalism from Qatar University
cade career, he has been based in and his Master’s degree in Arabic Language and Literature
a half-dozen Muslim-majority in Pakistan. In 1990, he was appointed as the Special As-
countries and 11 territories from Sub-Saharan Africa, sistant to the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan with the
to the Balkans, to the Mid­dle East and traveled to 20 special responsibility of maintaining contacts in the Arab
Muslim-majority countries. He was the lead author of World. After serving in this capacity for many years, he
major reports on subsets of the Muslim world, includ- was also entrusted with Darul Uroobah, a department at
ing the groundbreaking “The State of the Arab Child,” Jamaat headquarters meant to prepare Islamic literature
and “The Regional Statistical Report on the Multiple and to contact Arabic speaking masses and dignitaries.
Indicator Cluster Survey 2,” as well as “The Situation of In 1998, he was appointed as the Director of the For-
Children Youth and Women in Jordan,” for UNICEF. eign Affairs Department of Jamaat-Islami Pakistan. This
Amr was an appointee at the Near East South Asia Cen- department serves as a laision office and establishes con-
ter for Strategic Studies at National Defense University tacts with the outside world, at the public and private
and a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum. He levels. Dozens of his translations from Arabic have been
was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Greece, Saudi published in Urdu, including his translation of “Fiqhul
Arabia, and the United States and earned his M.A. in Aulawiyat,” a famous Arabic treatise. He regularly con-
Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public tributes to the monthly Tarjuman-ul-Quran, an academic
and International Affairs at Princeton University. journal with the largest circulation in Urdu.

Cherif Mohamed Aly Aïdara Durriya Badani

Senegal United States
In 2000, Cherif Mohamad Aly Durriya Badani is currently the
Aïdara founded the Mozdahir Project Manager for the Project
International Institute, an NGO on U.S. Relations with the Islamic
that works actively in Africa to World for the Brookings Insti-
fight against material, mental and tution. Prior to her tenure with
spiritual poverty, and for bringing Brookings, Durriya was appointed
together people throughout the world. as Senior Associate for Government Affairs for Dawat-
e-Hadiyah (America). As a Presidential Management
Jasser Auda Fellow, Durriya also served as policy advisor for the
Qatar Near East and South Asia for the President’s Interagen-
Jasser Auda is an Associate Professor cy Council on Women, as a speechwriter to U.S. Secre-
in the Public Policy Program in the tary of State Madeleine Albright, and as an Economic
Faculty of Islamic Studies, a found- Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad for the U.S.
ing member of the International Department of State. Durriya served in the U.S. Peace
Union of Muslim Scholars, and Corps in Yemen and completed her M.A. in Arabic and
a founding director of the Maqa- Islamic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
sid Research Centre in the Philosophy of Islamic Law. In 2008, Durriya was appointed by Governor Mar-
He is the author of: Maqasid Al-Shariah as Philosophy of tin O’Malley to the Commission for Middle Eastern
Islamic Law: A Systems Approach, London: IIIT, 2008, American Affairs for Maryland.

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Abdallah Bin Bayyah Gail Chalef
Saudi Arabia United States
Abdallah Bin Bayyah is an instruc- Gail Chalef is the Director of
tor at King Abdul Aziz University Communications for Foreign Poli-
in Jeddah and is the deputy head cy at Brookings and for the U.S.-Is-
of the Union of Muslim Scholars, lamic World Forum. Chalef joined
under Yusuf al Qaradawi. Before Brookings in 2007, after a 17-
coming to teach in Saudi Arabia, year career with CNN and CNN
the Sheikh was Minister of Education, Minister of Jus- International. During her years at CNN, Chalef  was
tice, and one of the first Vice Presidents in his native centrally involved in CNN’s coverage of the major news
Mauritania. He is also a member of the International events of the past two decades—the first Gulf War, the
Islamic Fiqh Academy, or Al Majma’ al Fiqhi, of the Bosnian War, the election of Nelson Mandela, the first
Organization of the Islamic Conference. He has also Russian Presidential election, the 9/11 attacks, and the
written numerous texts and his engagements draw death of Pope John Paul, to name a few. Chalef received
crowds of tens of thousands of Muslims. He has spo- an Emmy Award for CNN’s 9/11 coverage, a Peabody
ken at length about the endurance of the Islamic legal Award for CNN’s Hurricane Katrina coverage, and an
tradition and also written extensively on rulings for Emmy nomination for Christiane Amanpour’s inter-
Muslims living as minorities in foreign lands. view with Palestinian President Yassir Arafat. In 1987
and 1993 respectively, Chalef received fellowships from
Jihad Brown the National Endowment for the Arts and the RIAS
United States Berlin Commission.
Jihad Hashim Brown was born in
Santa Ana, California. He gradu- John Bryson Chane
ated from Rutgers University in United States
1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane
in Psychology and a Minor in Mid- serves a diverse diocese in the Dis-
dle East Studies. Upon graduation, trict of Columbia and the State of
he went on to pursue studies in Islamic Juristic Meth- Maryland as the Episcopal Bishop
odology, Theology and Logic with renowned scholars in of Washington. He is President
Damascus, Syria. Subsequently, he continued studies of and CEO of the Protestant Epis-
Islamic Juristic Methodology from the Compendium of copal Cathedral Foundation which oversees the op-
Compendiums of al-Taj al-Subki in the antique madrasahs eration of Washington National Cathedral. A graduate
of the Southern Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Jihad of Boston University and the Berkeley Center at Yale
Brown lives in Damascus with his wife and four children. Divinity School, he has received honorary doctorates
from Virginia Theological Seminary, Berkeley Divin-
Lara A. Campbell ity School at Yale and Episcopal Divinity School. Prior
United States to his election as bishop, he served as Dean of Saint
Dr. Campbell is Manager of Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, California. Before that
Partnerships and Outreach and he served parishes in New Jersey, and Massachusetts
Senior Scientist with the not-for- and was Canon Pastor of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Erie,
profit CUBRC Center for Inter- Pennsylvania.
national Science and Technology
Advancement (CUBRC-CISTA). David C. Chavern
Dr. Campbell recently returned to the U.S. after ten United States
months in the Middle East as a Fulbright Scholar do- David C. Chavern is executive
ing research on the factors affecting development of a vice president and chief operating
vibrant innovation ecosystem in the Arab Middle East. officer at the United States Cham-
Dr. Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry ber of Commerce. Chavern has
from Rice University in Houston Texas and a Ph.D. in responsibility for the day-to-day
Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. operations of the U.S. Chamber


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including finance, small business and Mid-Market Prior to this, Chowdhry worked in the World Bank’s
membership, information technology, and human re- Human Development Network. She received a B.A.
sources, and he serves as chair of the Chamber’s Man- from Northwestern University in History and Asian
agement Committee. Chavern also is responsible for and Middle Eastern Studies and an M.A. in Near and
the Chamber’s Capital Markets and Intellectual Prop- Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental
erty policy initiatives. In addition, he has over­sight and African Studies in London.
of the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC)
and the Office of the General Counsel. NCLC is the Suheil S. Dawani
Chamber’s public policy law firm. Chavern previously Palestine
served as the Chamber’s chief of staff and vice presi- The Rt. Reverend Suheil S. Dawa-
dent of its Capital Markets initiative, where he quickly ni is the 14th Anglican Bishop in
became one of the nation’s leading voices on corporate Jerusalem and the Bishop of the
governance and on the regulation of U.S. capital mar- Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem,
kets. Earlier, he served in several senior positions at the where he oversees 27 parishes and
U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, including deputy 30 priests. He is the Chairman for
general counsel. over 30 educational and health care institutions of the
Diocese in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Leba-
Lawrence Chickering non, and represents the Anglican Church in regional,
United States ecumenical, interfaith networks. Bishop Dawani ob-
Lawrence Chickering is a social tained an Associate Degree in Arts in 1973 from Bir
entrepreneur and writer whose Zeit University and graduated from the Near East
work has focused on empowering School of Theology in Beirut in 1975 with the degree
citizens to partner with govern- of Bachelor of Theology. He received his Master’s de-
ments and help solve major pub- gree in Theological Studies from Virginia Theological
lic challenges. The most powerful Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia in 1987, and in Oc-
example of Lawrence’s approach to public policy and tober, 2006, he was awarded the degree of Doctor in
social reform may be found in Educate Girls Globally Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary.
(EGG), which he founded in 1999 to promote girls’
education by reforming government schools in devel- Vishakha N. Desai
oping countries. Lawrence wrote his first manifesto United States
for a “transpartisan” politics in his 1993 book Beyond Dr. Desai is the President and CEO
Left and Right, which drew wide praise across the U.S. of Asia Society, a leading global or-
political spectrum, as did his coauthored 2008 sequel ganization committed to strength-
(with James S. Turner), Voice of the People: The Transpar- ening partnerships among the
tisan Imperative in American Life. He was cofounder of people, leaders, and institutions of
The International Center for Economic Growth, which Asia and the United States. Prior
in a ten-year period helped promote major reforms in to assuming her current position as President, Dr. Desai
more than fifty countries; and he was a co-founder of held several positions at Asia Society, first as Director
Reuniting America, a citizen organization bringing to- of its Museum, and then as Vice President for Arts and
gether officials of major conservative and liberal orga- Cultural Programs and as Senior Vice President of the
nizations in the U.S. Society. Before joining Asia Society in 1990, Dr. De-
sai was a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
Aysha Chowdhry and the head of Public Programs and Academic Affairs.
UNITED STATES She has also taught at the University of Massachusetts,
Aysha Chowdhry is the Research Boston University, Columbia University and Williams
Analyst and Publications Manager College. Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in Political Science from
for the Project on U.S. Relations Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian
with the Islamic World at the Sa- Art History from the University of Michigan.
ban Center for Middle East Poli-
cy at the Brookings Institution.

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Saffrullah M. Dipatuan Dia El Din Ahmed El Quosy
Philippines Egypt
Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan has been Dr. Dia El Din Ahmed El Quo-
Chief of Staff in the Office of the sy is currently an Advisor to the
Vice Chairman for Military Af- Ministry of Water Resources and
fairs of Moro Islamic Liberation Irrigation in Egypt. He previously
Front (MILF) since 2004. He is served as the Deputy Chairman of
Vice Chairman of the Bangsam- the National Water Research Cen-
oro Development Agency, an organization that caters ter in Cairo. Dr. El Quosy received his Ph.D. in Civil
to the needs of the Muslim people in conflict-affected Engineering at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
areas and strives to make these communities peaceful,
progressive, and prosperous. As Vice Chairman, he has Mohamed El Raey
been actively campaigning for peace and conducting ca- Egypt
pability-building trainings and values-transformations Mohamed El Raey is a profes-
sessions for Muslim communities. He is also Medical sor of environmental physics at
Director of the SMD General Hospital in Marawi City the University of Alexandria in
and School President of the SMD Foundation Acad- Egypt. He obtained a Ph.D. in
emy, an NGO active in health care services, education, space physics at the University of
and medical outreach programs. He also serves as Di- California, Berkeley (1971). Upon
rector of the Action Center for Social Justice, Peace, his return to Egypt he initiated and chaired the first
and Development, has attended many international department of environmental studies and he was dean
conventions, and was named Most Outstanding Physi- of the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research at
cian by the Philippine Medical Association in 1996. the University of Alexandria from 1994 to 2004. He
is a member of the Prime Minster’s National Commit-
Shereen Gwen El Feki tee on Change in Egypt, chairman of the Sector Com-
Egypt mittee on Environment, Supreme Council of Egyptian
Shereen El Feki is an inaugural Universities since 2007. He is the environment advi-
Fellow at the Kamal Adham Cen- sor for the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and
ter at the American University in Maritime Transport and is presently working to initiate
Cairo. Before joining AUC, Sher- the Regional Arab Center for Disaster Risk Reduction.
een was a reporter for Al Jazeera He has received many awards including, the National
(English), specializing in global State Award (1983), the Medal of Science and Arts
health. From 1998 to 2005, Shereen was Healthcare First Class (1985), the Prize of the Arab Ministers of
Correspondent at The Economist, writing on biomedical Environment (1999) and the University of Alexandria
research, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology indus- Appreciation Award (2006).
tries, international public health with a special focus on
reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, biomedical ethics, Asha Hagi Elmi
intellectual property rights and development. Shereen Somalia
is a senior fellow at the 21st Century Trust-Salzburg Asha Hagi Elmi is chair and found-
Global Seminar, the International Science and Tech- er of Save Somali Women and
nology Practice and Policy Center at the University of Children (SSWC). She has man-
Minnesota, and the Royal Society for Arts and Manu- aged to unify women across en­
factures (RSA). She is also an inaugural TED Global trenched clan and ethnic divides to
Fellow. Shereen holds a B.Sc. from the University of advocate for their rights and devel-
Toronto, as well as an M.Phil in biochemistry and a opment concerns in the national political processes. At
Ph.D. in molecular immunology from the University the peace and reconciliation conference in 2000, Hagi
of Cambridge. served as a vice-chair on behalf of the Sixth Clan. She
has since been elected as a member of Somalia’s Tran-
sitional Federal Parliament and sworn in as a member
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2006. She was honored for her tireless human rights Management, both from the American University in
and peace-building work by receiving the Alternative Cairo. He also received an honorary Doctor of Hu-
Nobel Prize, often called the world’s premier award for mane Letters from the Monterey Institute of Interna-
personal courage and social transfor­mation. She is a tional Studies, an affiliate of Middlebury College, in
recipient of the Right Livelihood Award 2008 by the May 2009.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hagi holds a Laureate of
Arts in economics from the Somalia National Univer- Jeffrey D. Feltman
sity, and a mas­ter’s in business administration and or- United States
ganizational development from the U.S. International Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman was
University Africa in Nairobi. sworn in as Assistant Secretary of
State for Near Eastern Affairs on
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan August 18, 2009. A career mem-
Turkey ber of the Foreign Service since
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been 1986, Ambassador Feltman served
the Prime Minister of the Republic as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau
of Turkey since March 2003. He of Near Eastern Affairs from February 2008 to his pres-
is also the Chairman of the Justice ent assignment, serving concurrently as Acting Assis-
and Development Party, which has tant Secretary of State for the Bureau since December
held the majority of seats in the Par- 18, 2008. From July 2004 to January 2008, Ambassa-
liament since 2002. Since coming to power, Mr. Erdoğan dor Feltman served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Re-
and his party have implemented economic reforms that public of Lebanon. Prior to his assignment in Lebanon
have helped increase per capita annual income and re- he headed the Coalition Provisional Authority’s office
duce the public debt in Turkey. In addition to economic in the Irbil province of Iraq, serving simultaneously as
reforms, many credit the Erdoğan government with re- Deputy Regional Coordinator for the CPA’s northern
forming other aspects of the government and moderniz- area. From 2001 until 2003, Ambassador Feltman
ing the country. Further, Mr. Erdoğan has received many served at the U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, first
accolades for his role in promoting peace between cul- as Deputy Principal Officer and then as Acting Prin-
tures and recently won the King Faisal International Prize cipal Officer. Mr. Feltman speaks French, Arabic and
for “service to Islam” from the King Faisal Foundation. Hungarian. He received his Bachelor’s degree in history
Before his current role as Prime Minister, Mr. Erdoğan and fine arts from Ball State University in 1981, and
served as the Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 until 1998. his Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Uni-
Ambassador Nabil Fahmy versity in 1983.
Ambassador Fahmy is the found- Ashraf Ghani
ing Dean of the School of Public Afghanistan
Affairs at the American Univer- Ashraf Ghani is currently Chair-
sity in Cairo. He is also the Chair man of the Institute for State Ef-
of the James Martin Center for fectiveness. As Adviser to the UN
Nonproliferation Studies’ Middle Secretary General, he advised on
East Project. Since September 1, 2008, he has been the Bonn Agreement for Afghani-
Ambassador at Large at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stan and then as Afghanistan’s Fi-
after completing his service as Ambassador of Egypt to nance Minister he is credited with a series of successful
the United States, which began in October 1999. He reforms in Afghanistan, including reform of the trea-
served as Egypt’s Ambassador to Japan from September sury, customs, budget and the currency. He prepared
1997-September 1999 and before that as the Political Afghanistan’s first National Development Framework
Advisor to the Foreign Minister from 1992-97 and and Securing Afghanistan’s Future, a $28 billion re-
has held numerous posts in the Egyptian Government construction program for the country. As Chancellor
since 1974. He received his Bachelor of Science de- of Kabul University, he instituted a style of participa-
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their university’s transformation. Dr Ghani is involved Strategy Group at the Aspen In­stitute from 2004 to
on the advisory boards for a number of activities sup- 2006. Prior to that, Grand served as adjunct profes-
porting the reform of global institutions, including the sor at Syracuse University’s Max­well School and was
Commission on the UN High-Level Panel on Legal a scholar-in-residence at the American University in
Empowerment of the Poor, IDEA, and The Brookings Washington, DC. From 2002 to 2003, he was an In-
Institution’s project on global insecurity, the Atlantic ternational Affairs Fellow at the Council of Foreign Re-
Council, and the World Justice Project of the American lations. He has also served as the direc­tor of programs
Bar Association. He is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at at the German Marshall Fund, and a professional staff
The Brookings Institution’s Managing Global Insecuri- member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
ty Project. He was educated at the American University Grand received a B.A. from the University of Virginia
Beirut and Colombia University, and taught at Johns and a Ph.D. from Har­vard University. 
Hopkins and Berkeley Universities before joining the
World Bank, where for a decade he led work on coun- Claudette Habesch
try strategies and policies. Palestine
Claudette Habesch is a Christian
Marc Ginsberg Palestinian born and raised in Je-
United States rusalem. Ms. Habesch is a mem-
Marc Ginsberg is Senior Vice ber of the Pontifical Council for
President of APCO Worldwide Cor Unum and the Secretary Gen-
and Managing Director and CEO eral of Caritas- Jerusalem. She also
of Northstar Equity Group, a fi- actively serves on several committees including Caritas
nancial management and con- Internationalis Executive Committee/Roma, Interna-
sulting affiliate of APCO World- tional Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)/Ge-
wide. He is also President of Layalina Arab Television neva, and the Middle East Council of Churches. Ms.
Productions—a private, not-for-profit Arab language Habesch received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
television production company headquartered in with a minor in Child Psychology from the Beirut Col-
Washington, D.C. and Amman, Jordan. Ginsberg is lege for Women.
Fox News Channel’s principal global affairs commen-
tator and appears regularly on all Fox News Channel Ismid Hadad
programs. Previously, Ginsberg served as the U.S. Am- Indonesia
bassador to Morocco from 1994 to 1998 and as Special Ismid Hadad is Chair of the Work-
U.S. Coordinator for Mediterranean Trade, Invest- ing Group on Financial Mecha-
ment and Security Affairs. He also served as deputy se- nism at the National Council on
nior advisor to President Carter on Middle East affairs, Climate Change of the Republic
and was the White House liaison for Secretary of State of Indonesia. Before joining this
Cyrus Vance. He was also a national security legislative recently established Presidential
assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy while attend- Council, he was Advisor to Indonesia’s Minister of
ing undergraduate school. Ginsberg holds a B.A. from the Environment/President of the 13th Conference
the American University, an M.B.A. from Georgetown of Parties (CoP13), the United Nations Framework
University, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in
Law Center. He speaks French, Arabic and Hebrew. Bali, Indonesia, in 2007. Before joining the govern-
ment he served as Executive Director of KEHATI—the
Stephen R. Grand Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation. Ismid Hadad cur-
United States rently serves as Chair of the Governing Board of KE-
Stephen R. Grand is a fellow and HATI. He is also Chair of the Executive Board of the
director of the Saban Center at Indonesian Foundation for Sustainable Development
Brookings’ Project on U.S. Re­ (YPB) and Chair of the Association of Philanthropy In-
lations with the Islamic World. donesia, as well as in the Supervisory Board of LP3ES,
Before coming to Brookings, he Indonesia’s think tank institute for socio-economic and
was director of the Middle East community based development. Ismid Hadad studied


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economics at the Christian University of Indonesia Shadi Hamid
(UKI, 1966) in Jakarta, public administration from the United States
Kennedy School of Harvard University (1982), and Shadi Hamid is Deputy Director
was a Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs of the Brookings Doha Center and
at Princeton University in the U.S. a Fellow at the Saban Center for
Middle East Policy at the Brook-
Mohamed Hagmagid ings Institution. Prior to join-
United States ing Brookings, he was Director
Imam Mohamed Hagmagid is the of Research at the Project on Middle East Democracy
Vice-President of ISNA and was (POMED) and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford Univer-
formerly the Imam and Executive sity’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule
Director of the All Dulles Area of Law. He currently serves as vice-chair of POMED’s
Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center board of directors. Hamid has conducted extensive re-
in Sterling, Virginia. He was born search on Islamist parties in Egypt and Jordan, most re-
in Sudan, the son of a leading Islamic Scholar, who was cently as a resident fellow at the American Center for
an Azhar graduate and the Mufti of Sudan. His duties, Oriental Research in Amman. Previously, he served as a
as the Imam and Executive Director of the ADAMS program specialist on public diplomacy at the U.S. State
Center, include giving Juma Khutbas and teaching Department and a Legislative Fellow at the Office of
classes in many aspects of the Islamic Sciences. Senator Dianne Feinstein. His articles have appeared in
The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The
Mehlam Yunus Hakimuddin New Republic, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and many
India other publications. Hamid writes for the National Se-
Mehlam Yunus Hakimuddin is curity Network’s foreign affairs blog Democracy Arsenal
one of the grandsons of His Ho- and is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project.
liness Dr. Syedna Mohammed
Burhanuddin (TUS), the spiritual Edward (Jack) Hardin
and temporal leader of the Da- United States
woodi Bohra community. A grad- Edward Hardin is a founding
uate from the 200 year old Arabic Academy, Al-Jamea partner of Rogers & Hardin
tus-Saifiah, in Surat, India, Mr. Hakimuddin also holds LLP, a corporate and commercial
a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arabic Literature from law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
Darul Uloom affiliated with the University of Cairo. He has extensive experience in
He currently serves as the director for al-Taalim and is representing public companies,
a consultant for preparing religious modern syllabi for their officers and directors, and special committees
over 700 educational institutes run under the admin- of their boards in corporate and securities matters,
istration of Attalim across the world. He also closely including internal investigations, corporate control
works with Shaba ul-Eiddiz Zahabi, a Trust involved and proxy contests, and investigations by state and
in the welfare and empowerment of youth and is expe- federal regulators and national stock exchanges. As a
rienced in the coordination and supervision of disaster member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he of-
management teams and in the rehabilitation of victims ten speaks on issues of United States foreign policy,
of natural calamities and communal turmoil. A poet including national security and democracy promotion.
who has written a large number of Arabic poems, Mr. He is a member of the board of the United Way of
Hakimuddin under the directives of Syedna Moham- Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., of which he is a past chair.
med Burhanuddin, frequently visits remote villages He is the former Chairman of the Board of the Har-
and towns across the world to evaluate community vard Center for the Study of World Religions. Mr.
education institutes. Hardin has also served as director of various public
companies and currently serves as a director of CompX
International, Inc.

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Anwer Hasan Farkhonda Hassan
United States Egypt
Mr. Anwer Hasan has more than Dr. Farkhonda Hassan is a scien-
29 years of comprehensive experi- tist, university professor, promi-
ence in the areas of Regional Oper- nent politician, development spe-
ation, Business Unit Management, cialist, and a women’s rights activ-
Program and Project Management, ist. Dr. Hassan has been on the Shu-
Project Controls and Engineering, ra Assembly of Egypt since 1984, a
and Contract Administration for large transportation, member and Secretary-General of the National Council
water/wastewater, school, solid waste, remediation and for Women since 2000, and an honorary life member of
water quality projects. He has been with EA Engineer- the International Parliamentary Union. In addition to
ing, Science, and Technology, Inc. for 13 years and has her political career, Dr. Hassan has had a prolific science
assisted the City of Baltimore’s Departments of Pub- and technology career. She received her Bachelor of Sci-
lic Works and Transportation and the Baltimore City ence in Geology and Chemistry from Cairo University
Public School System in the organization and manage- and her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pitts-
ment of the Capital Improvement Program. Mr. Hasan burgh. She is currently Professor Emeritus of Chemis-
actively participated in Governor Martin O’Malley’s try and teaches Geology at the American University in
Transition Team in 2007 and chaired the transpor- Cairo, where she chaired the Sciences and Engineering
tation transition team. He is currently serving as a Department from 1975 until 1980. She has authored
Chairman of Requirement Committee for Base Re- a large number of scientific articles in the field of ge-
alignment Closure (BRAC) Task Forces for Howard ology, and in the field of Science and Technology for
County and has served for two consecutive years in Development and Environment in both internation-
the Spending and Affordability Committee in How- al and national journals. Dr. Hassan was granted the
ard County. He served as President of Howard County medal of Science and Art of the first Degree in 1980.
Muslim Council for four years and now he is the Presi- Further, as part of the advisory council of Scientists
dent of the Maryland Muslim Council for the last four Without Borders which works to “advance the under-
years, which is an umbrella organization for these eight standing of science, technology, and medicine,” Fark-
councils. He was also very instrumental in the forma- honda Hassan works to promote scientific education
tion of the American Muslim Business and Professional and careers, particularly for women and minorities.
Association and the Maryland Middle Eastern Cham-
ber of Commerce. Currently he serves on their Board. Mohamed H.A. Hassan
Syed Iqbal Hasnain Hassan is executive director of the
India Academy of Sciences for the De-
Professor Syed Iqbal Hasnain is a veloping World (TWAS), presi-
Senior Fellow at the Energy and dent of the African Academy of
Resources Institute in New Delhi. Sciences (AAS) and chairman of
He is an internationally renowned the Honorary Presidential Advi-
expert in the field of Himalayan sory Council for S&T in Nigeria. After obtaining his
glacier research and education. He DPhil at the University of Oxford in 1973, he returned
currently serves as chairman of the Glacier and Climate to Sudan as professor and dean of the School of Math-
Change Commission established by the State Govern- ematical Sciences at the University of Khartoum. Since
ment of Sikkim. He has published research papers and 1986 he has been working in Trieste, first as execu-
books in peer reviewed journals like Journal of Glaciology tive secretary and then as executive director of TWAS.
and Journal of Hydrology. Professor Hasnain was award- Since 2001, Hassan also serves as executive director of
ed Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009. the Secretariat of the InterAcademy Panel on Interna-
tional Issues (IAP), also located in Trieste.


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Yahya Hendi House (1966-68); wrote one volume of the Pentagon
United States Papers; and was a member of the American delegation
Imam Yahya Hendi is the Muslim to the Vietnam Peace Talks in Paris (1968-69). He was
chaplain at Georgetown Universi- Peace Corps Director in Morocco (1970-72), Manag-
ty, the first American University to ing Editor of Foreign Policy (1972-77), and held senior
hire a full-time Muslim chaplain. positions at two leading Wall Street firms, Credit Suisse
Imam Hendi is also the Imam of First Boston (Vice Chairman) and Lehman Brothers
the Islamic Society of Frederick (Managing Director). He has written numerous articles
in Frederick, MD and is the Muslim Chaplain at the and two best-selling books: To End a War, a memoir
National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He of the Dayton negotiations, and co-author of Counsel
also serves as a member of the Islamic Jurisprudence to the President, Clark Clifford’s memoir. He previous-
Council of North America. He has served as an ad- ly wrote a monthly column for The Washington Post.
junct faculty member for Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts
and Science and Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute of Philip N. Howard
Johns Hopkins University, Fordham University and United States
Hartford Seminary. Imam Hendi also teaches a very Philip N. Howard is an associate
popular course at Georgetown University, “Inter-reli- professor in the Department of
gious Encounter.” Mr. Hendi’s undergraduate educa- Communication at the Univer-
tion was in Islamic Studies and his Master’s and Ph.D. sity of Washington. He directs
education were in comparative religions with an inter- the NSF-funded World Informa-
est in Christianity, Judaism, comparative religions and tion Access Project (wiaproject.
inter-religious dialogue and relations. He has written org), and his book The Internet and Islam: The Digital
numerous publications on many topics, including Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, is forthcom-
women in Islam, women and gender relations in Islam, ing from Oxford University Press. He is the author of,
the second coming of the Messiah, Islam and biomedi- New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen (New
cal ethics and religion and Islam in the United States. York: Cambridge University Press, 2006), about how
digital information technologies are used to manipu-
Richard C. Holbrooke late public opinion in the United States. This book
United States was awarded the 2007 CITASA Best Book prize from
Richard C. Holbrooke is the U.S. the American Sociological Association and the 2008
Special Representative for Afghani- Best Book prize from the International Communica-
stan and Pakistan. He served as the tion Association. He has worked on several National
United States Ambassador to the Science Foundation projects, serving on the advisory
United Nations, where he was also board of the Survey2000 and Survey2001 Projects, co-
a member of President Clinton’s managing a project about Information and Communi-
cabinet (1999-2001). As Assistant Secretary of State for cation Technologies in Central Asia, and directing the
Europe (1994-1996), he was the chief architect of the World Information Access Project. Howard has been
1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war in a Fellow at the Pew Internet & American Life Project
Bosnia. He later served as President Clinton’s Special in Washington D.C., the Stanhope Centre for Com-
Envoy to Bosnia and Kosovo and Special Envoy to Cy- munications Policy Research in London, and the Cen-
prus on a pro-bono basis while a private citizen. From ter for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in
1993-1994, he was the US. Ambassador to Germany. Palo Alto. He received his BA from Toronto, MSc from
During the Carter Administration (1977-1981), he the London School of Economics, and his Ph.D. from
served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Northwestern University.
and Pacific Affairs, and was in charge of U.S. relations
with China at the time Sino-American relations were
normalized in December of 1978. After joining the For-
eign Service in 1962, he served in Vietnam (1963-66),
including a tour of duty in the Mekong Delta for AID.
He worked on Vietnam issues at the Johnson White

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Joel C. Hunter programs from Ecuador to India, South Africa, Mexico
United States and Bolivia. Ms. Husain holds a BS from the London
Since June 1985, Dr. Hunter has School of Economics and Political Sciences, and was
served as senior pastor of North- born and raised in New Delhi, India. 
land, A Church Distributed,
a congregation of 12,000 that Rashad Hussain
worships at four sites in Metro United States
Orlando and more than 1,000 Rashad Hussain is Deputy Associ-
sites worldwide via interactive webcast. A bridge- ate Counsel to President Barack
builder among religious and mainstream leaders for Obama.  His work at the White
issues that advance the common good, Dr. Hunter House focuses on national secu-
is on the boards of directors of the World Evangeli- rity, new media, and science and
cal Alliance, the National Association of Evangelicals, technology issues.  In addition to
and Peacemaking Resources, Inc. He is on the advi- his work in the Counsel’s Office, Rashad also contrib-
sory boards of Denver Seminary’s Vernon C. Grounds utes to the White House’s outreach efforts to Muslim
Institute of Public Ethics, Man in the Mirror Minis- communities. Mr. Hussain previously served as a Trial
tries, Florida’s Faith-based and Community-based Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier in
Advisory Council, among others. Dr. Hunter earned his career, Mr. Hussain was a legislative assistant on the
his Doctor of Ministry from Christian Theological House Judiciary Committee, where he focused on na-
Seminary and received an Honorary Doctorate of Hu- tional security-related issues.  Mr. Hussain earned his
manities from Belhaven College. He is a guest lecturer bachelor’s degree from the University of North Caro-
in practical theology at Reformed Theological Semi- lina at Chapel Hill, Master’s degrees in Public Admin-
nary and author of several books, including A New istration (Kennedy School of Government) and in Ara-
Kind of Conservative, which outlines a non-partisan ap- bic & Islamic Studies from Harvard University, and
proach to political involvement, and Inner State 80, a his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an
series of daily devotionals offering inspiration toward editor of the Yale Law Journal.  Upon graduation, he
spiritual maturity. served as a Law Clerk to Judge Damon J. Keith on the
U.S. Court of Appeals.
Safeena Husain
India Anwar Ibrahim
Safeena Husain is the CEO and Malaysia
founder of the India Study Abroad Anwar Ibrahim is currently the
Center (indiastudyabroad.org) leader of Malaysia’s parliamentary
that promotes experiential and opposition. He served as deputy
service learning programs.  She prime minister of Malaysia from
has over ten year’s experience in 1993-1998 and as minister of fi-
designing and executing educational programs for in- nance from 1991-1998. Highly
ternational students around the world. Ms. Husain is respected for his principled stance against corruption
a noted expert in the field of education, serving as the and his skillful management of the Malaysian economy
Executive Director of Educate Girls Globally (educate- during the turbulent period of its financial crisis, Ibra-
girls.org) and currently runs educational programs for him is also viewed as one of the forefathers of the Asian
girls in 500 schools in Rajasthan, India. From 1997 to Renaissance and a leading proponent of greater coopera-
2004, Ms. Husain was the Executive Director for Child tion among civilizations. He is an ardent supporter of
Family Health International (CFHI) in San Francisco, democracy and is an authoritative voice bridging the gap
California. She was responsible for managing and between East and West. Recently he is credited with lead-
supporting a range of International Development Ex- ing Malaysia’s opposition to unprecedented victories in
changes (IDEX). She serves on the Advisory Council the March 2008 Malaysian elections. Ibrahim has held
of the Clarence Foundation and runs a free school for lecturing positions at Oxford University, Johns Hop-
underserved rural children in the Himalayas.  With kins School of Advanced International Studies, and in
CFHI, Ms. Husain was instrumental in expanding the the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


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In March 2006 he was named honorary president of the currently serves as the Director for Foreign Policy and
London-based think tank, AccountAbility. Vice President at the Brookings Institution. He served
as U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and
Saad Eddin Ibrahim 2000 to 2001. Before his first posting to Israel, Indyk
Egypt was Special Assistant to President William J. Clinton
Saad Eddin Ibrahim is a prominent and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Af-
Egyptian social scientist, human fairs at the National Security Council. He served as As-
rights defender, and democracy sistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from
advocate. Saad is currently a visit- 1997 to 2000. Before entering the U.S. Government,
ing professor of political science at Indyk was founding Executive Director of the Wash-
Harvard University. He has more ington Institute for Near East Policy. He currently
than thirty authored or edited books and more than a serves as Chairman of the International Council of the
hundred scholarly articles. Saad is the chairman of the New Israel Fund. His book, Innocent Abroad: An In-
Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cai- timate Account of U.S. Peace Diplomacy in the Middle
ro, and has founded numerous democracy and human East was published in January 2009 in both Hebrew
rights organizations throughout the Arab World. He and English. Most recently, Indyk contributed to the
has taught at Indiana University, DePauw, UCLA, Co- book Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American
lumbia, NYU, American Universities of Beirut (AUB) Strategy toward Iran (2009) in conjunction with several
and in Cairo (AUC), Istanbul Kulture University. other Saban Center and Brookings Senior Fellows. In-
dyk received a B.Econ. (Hon.) from Sydney University
Asclepias Rachmi Soerjono and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Aus-
Indriyanto tralian National University.
Asclepias Rachmi Soerjono In- Ahmad Iravani
driyanto has been the Executive Iran
Director of the Indonesian Insti- Ahmad Iravani is a Director of Is-
tute for Energy Economics (IIEE) lamic Studies and Dialogues at the
since 2003. She leads the IIEE Center for the Study of Culture
team in various policy research activities and the pro- and Values, Catholic University of
duction of a periodical entitled the Indonesian Energy America, where he teaches courses
Economics Review. In the past years IIEE has been fo- on Islam. He is President of the
cusing its research in energy security and various related Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East in
areas including renewable energy development. During Washington, DC. He was the Dean of the School of
2006-2009 she was an energy expert for the Board of Philosophy, Mofid University in Qom, Iran before go-
Commissaries of PT PLN (Persero), the state-owned ing to the United States. He is also a senior advisor to
electricity utility company. She is now a member of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
the Oil and Gas Production Improvement Monitoring in Washington, D.C.
Team, directly reporting to the Minister of Energy and
Mineral Resources. She holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. Ali M. Jaber
in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, United Arab Emirates
and a Bachelor in Mathematics from the Bandung In- Born in Lebanon in 1961, Mr. Jaber
stitute of Technology in Indonesia. completed his Bachelors in Busi-
ness Administration at the Ameri-
Martin Indyk can University of Beirut in 1984
United States before going on to earn his Master’s
Martin Indyk is the convener of degree in Communications at Syr-
the Saban Forum and was the acuse University in the U.S. in 1986. Upon returning
founding Director of the Saban to Beirut, Ali joined the Fine Arts faculty of Beirut Uni-
Center for Middle East Policy at versity College. There he helped set up their Broadcast-
the Brookings Institution. He ing Department and for eight years taught a range of

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courses in television production. Concurrently, Ali explores why Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon
worked as a journalist covering the war in Lebanon and Him) was so beloved to Allah. The third album titled
Iraq between the years 1987 to 1999. He was a corre- Badrud-Duja enumerates the blessings of Prophet Mo-
spondent for The New York Times and The Times of Lon- hammad (Peace Be Upon Him) on humanity. Badi-
don between 1989 and 1994, and Chief Correspondent uz-Zaman celebrates the one and only. In Rahmatul-
for Lebanon and Syria for the German Press Agency lil-Alameen, Jamshed narrates Prophet Mohammad’s
(GPA) from 1987 to 1999. Ali founded and managed (Peace Be Upon Him) journey as a beloved Messenger
what later became Future TV till 2003. While with of Allah who transformed the world and highlights
Future, he also started and managed a youth-oriented how forgetfulness of his teachings has proved to be di-
sister channel, Zen TV, which he ran for five years. In sastrous for the Muslim Ummah.
2006, Ali was appointed DMI’s Managing Editor. Ali
Jaber serves on the Board of Directors of two non-gov- Shafqat Kakakhel
ernmental organizations: Young Arab Leaders (YAL) Pakistan
and The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel served as the
former U.N. Assistant Secretary
Benjamin R. Jacobs General and Deputy Executive
United States Director of the United Nations
Benjamin Jacobs has over 45 years Environment Program (UNEP).
of experience at JBG in the acqui- He is also a former Ambassador of
sition, development, ownership Pakistan. He is currently the Chief Advisor on climate
and management of commercial, change at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute
hospitality, retail and residential (SDPI). The Secretary-General of the United Nations
real estate. Mr. Jacobs has de- appointed Mr. Kakakhel Deputy Executive Director
veloped some of the most prominent projects in the of UNEP in 1998, at the level of Assistant Secretary-
Washington, D.C. area including the new Washington General. In this position, Mr. Kakakhel assists the Ex-
Convention Center and the headquarters for the De- ecutive Director in the execution of all his tasks and
partment of Transportation in the Southeast Federal duties in relation to the running of UNEP. He also
Center. He was recognized in 2002 when the Urban plays a key role in maintaining UNEP’s relations with
Land Institute awarded him its first annual Lifetime governments, working both to enhance the Program’s
Achievement Award. He received his B.S. from Ameri- understanding of the expectations and environmental
can University; and his J.D. from Washington College needs of governments and to keep governments fully
of Law. informed of UNEP’s ongoing activities and plans. Mr.
Kakakhel has a M.A. degree in Political Science.
Junaid Jamshed
Pakistan Amr Khaled
After spending 16 years in the Egypt
limelight as a world-renowned Amr Khaled is a renowned Egyp-
music artist from Pakistan, Junaid tian Muslim activist and preach-
Jamshed bid farewell to music in er, and Chairman of Right Start
2003 following a spiritual reawak- Foundation International (RSFI),
ening as a result of his involve- a charitable organization commit-
ment with the Tablighi Jamaat. Jamshed’s musical in- ted to building bridges between
stinct has now found an alternative mode of expression civilizations and nurturing constructive and positive
in his career as a nasheed (spiritual recitals) artist. It is in co-existence between cultures, faiths, minority groups
this genre that he feels music has the power to be both and host communities. The New York Times Magazine
constructive and, consequently, transformative. Jam- described Khaled as “the world’s most famous and in-
shed has released five albums to date. The first, Jalwa- fluential Muslim televangelist,” and Time chose him
e-Jaanan, represents his quest to explore the perfection as one of the world’s most influential people. Khaled
of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as a began preaching in mosques in 1990 while work-
model to be emulated. In Mehboob-e-Yazdaan, Jamshed ing as an accountant. He is the host of TV’s “Call for


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Coexistence,” as well as past television shows “Life Mak- the community. Hani’s personal vision it to transform
ers,” “On the Path of the Beloved,” and “In Thy Name, Saudi Arabia into a powerful and positive source of in-
We Live.” He promotes community development in novation, energy, and leadership for the world. Hani
the Arab and wider Muslim world based on what he holds an MBA in Marketing from George Washington
terms “Faith Based Development,” calling on people University, from which he graduated with honors, and
to develop their communities and countries with faith a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Sciences
as their motivator and guide. Khaled received a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
in Accounting from Cairo University, and is currently
studying for his Ph.D. at the University of Wales. Joe Klein
United States
Imtiaz Khan Joe Klein writes a weekly politi-
United States cal column for Time magazine,
After becoming certified with “In the Arena,” and is a regular
the American Board of Family contributor to Time.com’s politi-
Medicine, Dr. Imtiaz Khan joined cal blog, “Swampland.” He previ-
Helping Hands in 1999 as a medi- ously served as Washington corre-
cal volunteer in Kosovo. Dr. Khan spondent for the New Yorker and as a political reporter
then became a founding mem- for Newsweek. He has also been a political columnist at
ber of Doctors Worldwide (DWW), an international New York magazine. Klein has written articles and book
medical and developmental non-profit organization. reviews for the New Republic, New York Times, Wash-
He continues to volunteer with them regularly and has ington Post, LIFE and other publications. He is author
traveled extensively to lead medical teams into various of the critically acclaimed roman à clef novel Primary
areas of need, including most recently Sri Lanka after Colors, and its follow-up, The Running Mate. He is also
the Asian tsunami and in Pakistan after the 2005 earth- the author of Politics Lost: How American Democracy
quake. He sits on the board of the World Congress of Was Trivialized by People Who Think You’re Stupid, The
Muslim Philanthropists which is a global network of Natural: the Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton,
donors, foundations, and socially responsive corpora- Payback: Five Ma­rines after Vietnam and Woody Guth-
tions established to advance effective and accountable rie: A Life. Klein gradu­ated from the University of
giving. Dr. Khan has served as the founder and as a Pennsylvania with a degree in American civilization.
member on the board of directors for As-Sabeel Acad-
emy, a community primary Islamic school. For the past Kalsoom Lakhani
12 years Dr. Khan has worked in the private healthcare United States
sector as a Family Medicine Specialist. Currently he is Kalsoom Lakhani is director for
with Regenesis Community Health Center. ML Resources Social Vision, the
strategic philanthropy arm of a
Hani Khoja private investment firm based in
Saudi Arabia Washington, D.C., where she as-
Before co-founding Elixir, a busi- sesses funding and provides in-
ness and marketing consultancy sight for various capacity-building and community
in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Hani development projects and organizations. Kalsoom also
was a Category Team Leader and runs the popular Pakistani blog, CHUP <http://www.
a member of the Management changinguppakistan.com> or Changing up Pakistan,
Committee at Procter & Gamble, which aims to raise awareness on the issues affecting
Arabian Peninsula. Among his many accomplishments Pakistan through news analysis, interviews, and con-
were leading his team to grow a portfolio with sales tributions by young Pakistanis. She received an M.A.
near SR 1 billion; consistently growing double digit in International Affairs/Conflict Resolution from The
top-line and bottom-line business. He managed hu- George Washington University’s Elliott School of In-
man resources for the Marketing Department. Among ternational Affairs, and a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and
the causes he championed were the employment of fe- Middle East Studies from the University of Virginia.
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Muslim Lakhani Science at Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught
United States at Georgetown University, the Fletcher School of Law
Muslim Lakhani is Chairman and and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Cadi Ayyad Uni-
CEO of ML Resources and ML versity in Marrakesh. 
Private Investments, LLC. He is
an entrepreneur and philanthro- Al-Husein N. Madhany
pist of Pakistani origin. For over United States
25 years, he has developed natural Al-Husein N. Madhany is the
resource projects as well as undertaken other business project manager for InterCulture,
ventures in the Middle East and South Asia. He has LLC (InterCulture.com), procur-
been active in promoting dialogue among different ing strategic, academic and media
faiths, ethnic groups, and social classes, helping build communications partnerships that
institutions for political, social, and economic reform. facilitate cutting edge multime-
His long-standing commitment to philanthropy, cou- dia education for students to develop custom-made
pled with the success of risk and reward over the years cultural content for global distribution. With a BA
was harnessed to form ML Resources Social Vision, the from Wake Forest and graduate degrees from Harvard,
strategic philanthropy arm of the company that en- Georgetown and the University of Chicago, al-Husein
compasses the spirit of sharing and tolerance. is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations,
a member of the Pacific Council on International Pol-
Bill Lawrence icy, a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy
United States Institute at George Washington University, and serves
Dr. Bill Lawrence is the State on the advisory board for the Abbasi Program in Islam-
Department Advisor for Science ic Studies at Stanford University. Previously, al-Husein
Partnerships. He implements the taught at Georgetown University and worked as the
U.S. Science Envoy Program and U.S.-based Executive Director and Executive Editor
advises the White House Office of Islamica Magazine. Al-Husein recently co-authored
of Science and Technology Policy with Rashad Hussain, the analysis paper, Reformulat-
on core elements of President Obama’s Global Engage- ing the Battle of Ideas: Understanding the Role of Islam
ment Initiative. He is the co-founder and deputy head in Counterterrorism Policy, published by the Brookings
of the State Department’s Global Muslim Science Part- Institution.
nerships Program, best known for its organization of
the 2007 Kuwait Conference on Women Leaders in Hady Mahfouz
Science, Technology, and Engineering; the Fairhaven Lebanon
Project; the Egypt Science and Technology Initia- Father Hady J. Mahfouz is Rector
tive (ESTI); the Hurghada Project (in oceanography); of the Holy Spirit University of
U.S.-Libya Science and Technology Dialogue; and Kaslik (USEK), a private Catho-
four science diplomacy films: Wafa and Ahmed’s Excel- lic higher education institution,
lent Adventure, One, Path of Totality, and in December established by the Lebanese Ma-
One Small Step, One Giant Leap, for which he was an ronite Order in 1961. Located
Executive Producer. He is Co-Chair of the U.S.-Egypt in the heart of Mount Lebanon, it is multilingual by
Science and Technology Development Fund and di- tradition, and mainly a French-speaking institution.
rects programs under the Science and Technology Co- USEK welcomes more than 7,000 students across its
operation Agreements with five North African states. ten faculties and four institutes. Father Mahfouz has
He serves as NATO Project Director for Sahara Winds also served as Middle East Council of Churches Associ-
in Morocco and Mauritania. He previously served as ate Secretary General.
the State Department’s officer in charge of Tunisian
Affairs and Libyan Affairs and of Iraq reconstruction
and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary
for Intelligence and Research.  Dr. Lawrence was the
2008-9 Goldman Sachs Visiting Professor of Political


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Abdel-Salam Majali are re-inventing their industries and enabling positive
Jordan change. In the non-profit world Simon has consulted
Professor Majali is Chairman of for FreeForm, working for ONE.org, the Entertain-
the Board of Trustees of the Uni- ment Industry Foundation and the Bill & Melinda
versity of Jordan, President of the Gates Foundation, while his eco-conscious projects in-
International Affairs Society in clude the Philadelphia Eagles “Go Green” Program and
Jordan, and a Founding Fellow the launch of all three generations of the Toyota Prius.
and current President of the Is-
lamic Academy of Sciences. He has established several Peter Mandaville
Medical and Nursing Colleges in Jordan and is a mem- United States
ber of several professional organizations. He was Vice- Dr. Peter Mandaville is an As-
Chairman, Board of Trustees at the University of Jordan sociate Professor in the Depart-
(1980-1985), Chairman, University Council, United ment of Public and International
Nations University, Tokyo (1977-1982), and Member Affairs and Founding Director of
of the Executive Board of UNESCO (1985-1990). He the Center for Global Studies at
has received several honors and awards, including the George Mason University outside
Jordan Independence Medal, the Jordan Star Medal, Washington DC. He previously taught at the Univer-
the St. John of Jerusalem Medal, and Distinction in sity of Kent at Canterbury in the UK. He holds degrees
Education Medal. Professor Majali was appointed ad- from the University of St. Andrews and the University
visor to HM the King of Jordan during the late eighties of Kent, and has also studied at the American Univer-
and served as Prime Minister of Jordan for two terms sity in Cairo, Egypt. Visiting affiliations have included
during the 1990s, 1993-1995 and 1997-1998. He is American University, and the Center for Strategic and
currently a member of the Jordan Senate (1997). International Studies. Born and raised in the Middle
East—the third generation of his family to live in the re-
Alan Makovsky gion—his recent research has taken him to a wide range
United States of Muslim settings such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Malay-
Alan Makovsky has been a Senior sia, and West Africa. He is most recently the author
Professional Staff Member in the of Global Political Islam (London: Routledge, 2007),
House Foreign Affairs Commit- a broad global overview of Islamic social and political
tee in the United States Congress movements. Other books include Transnational Muslim
since 2001. Before his current po- Politics: Reimagining the Umma (London: Routledge,
sition, Mr. Makovsky was a Senior 2001; paperback 2003)—a study of Muslim communi-
Fellow and Director of the Turkish Research Program ties in the United Kingdom. He currently serves on the
at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Islam
1983 until 1994, he was a State Department official, and Democracy, and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the
focusing on Turkey and the Middle East. He is the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life where he is di-
author of Turkey’s New World: Changing Dynamics in recting a two-year project on Muslim movements and
Turkish Foreign Policy and has published numerous networks in Europe.
articles on Turkish foreign policy and U.S.—Turkish
relations. Siti Mariah binti Mahmud
Simon Mainwaring Dr. Siti Mariah binti Mahmud
United States has been a member of the Ma-
Simon Mainwaring is an adver- laysian Parliament since March
tising creative director, branding 2008, representing the Kota Raja
consultant and speaker. A former constituency in the state of Selan-
Nike creative at Wieden & Ken- gor. She is a member of the Pan-
nedy and worldwide creative di- Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which is part of the
rector for Motorola at Ogilvy, he Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition. Dr. Siti Mariah
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represents the new progressive voice within PAS. Dr. The Asia Foundation’s Bangkok-based regional director
Siti Mariah studied in Malaysia, the United Kingdom, for law and governance. Kim previously served as the
and Egypt. She is also a frequent blogger. Foundation’s Jakarta-based senior director for Law Pro-
grams (2001-03), where he led a major national legal
Theodore McCarrick reform and counter-corruption program in Indonesia
United States and advised other Foundation field offices on the design
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and implementation of law and human rights programs.
was ordained a priest of New York Prior to joining the Foundation, Kim practiced corpo-
on May 31, 1958. After receiving rate-commercial law with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
a Ph.D. in sociology from The LLP, Toronto. He received his B.A. and LLB degrees
Catholic University of America he from Queen’s University, and an LLM in public inter-
became president of the Catholic national law from the University of Cambridge.
University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. He returned to
New York in 1969 to become Associate Secretary for Laurie Meadoff
Education and secretary to Terence Cardinal Cooke. In United States
1977, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of New York; in Laurie Meadoff is CEO of Fran
1981, the first bishop of Metuchen, in New Jersey; and Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer.
in 1986, Archbishop of Newark. In January 2001, he Cancer Schmancer is shifting the
was installed as Archbishop of Washington. Just seven national health care priority from
weeks later, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the Col- finding a cure for cancer to lower
lege of Cardinals. Cardinal McCarrick is the past chair the cancer mortality rate through
of the domestic and international policy committees prevention and early detection. Cancer Schmancer
for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, empowers women to transform from patients into
and former chancellor of The Catholic University of medical consumers, teach women to detect cancer early
America and former chairman of the Board of Trustees when it is most curable, and advocate for their right to
of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate health at the local and national level. Prior to this, as
Conception. He has long served on the Board of Direc- Co-Founder and CEO of Chat Ventures, Laurie had a
tors of Catholic Relief Services and as a member of the long history of executive producing programming for
Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, HBO Family,
Unity, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pon- MTV and VH1. In 2001, she received a Rockefeller
tifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Fellowship and began to create the innovative televi-
Itinerant Peoples and the Pontifical Commission for sion/web program, Chat the Planet—a conduit of con-
Latin America. In April 2005, Cardinal McCarrick was versation with diverse groups of young people around
one of 115 Cardinals in the world who participated the globe via satellite. Most recently, she executive pro-
in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI as the duced the critically-acclaimed web series “Hometown
successor to Pope John Paul II. Since retiring as Arch- Baghdad,” which reached millions of online viewers.
bishop of Washington, Cardinal McCarrick has con- Laurie is also the Founder of The CityKids Founda-
tinued to travel internationally, advocating on behalf tion, known for its artistic and leadership program-
of human rights and religious freedom. ming. Passionately envisioning a world without barri-
ers and prejudice, Ms. Meadoff strives to build these
Michael Kim McQuay bridges through tolerance and understanding, and her
United States primary tool of choice is dialogue.
Kim McQuay is a lawyer and de-
velopment professional with over Quinn Mecham
20 years of experience in program United States
design, implementation, monitor- Quinn Mecham joined the Secre-
ing and evaluation, technical assis- tary of State’s Policy Planning Staff
tance, and research and writing in in early 2009. He leads policy plan-
the fields of law and development, governance, and eco- ning efforts for the Arab Gulf, Po-
nomic reform. In October 2009 Kim was appointed as litical Islam, and Global Religious


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Engagement. He came to the State Department from D.C. He previously served as Senior Associate at the
Middlebury College, where he is a professor of Middle Center for Transatlantic Relations at The Johns Hop-
Eastern politics. He has also been in residence at the kins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced In-
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies ternational Studies (SAIS). Educated at Yale University,
as an Academy Scholar, where his research has focused l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris,
on Islamist politics and Civil Conflict in the Middle and Johns Hopkins, he has written widely on the hu-
East and broader Muslim World.  During the Clinton man security and international governance challenges
Administration, he worked at the State Department in presented by global environmental change and has ad-
the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, vised the U.S. government and consulted with several
and has also worked at the Center for Strategic and NGOs on climate policy issues.
International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
Riyaad Minty
Nicco Mele Qatar
United States Riyaad Minty leads the Al Jazeera
Nicco Mele is the founder and Network’s social media initiatives.
president of EchoDitto (EchoDit- As part of the Network’s New Me-
to.com), a leading internet strat- dia team, he ensures that Al Jazeera
egy consulting company with has a presence and is part of the
offices in Washington DC, and conversation across Facebook,
Cambridge, Massachusetts.   Nic- Twitter and other social media platforms. Riyaad was
co is adjunct faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School, part of the team that produced Al Jazeera English’s Em-
where he teaches graduate level classes on the internet my-nominated coverage of the 2008 US Presidential
and politics. In the fall of 2008, he was a Fellow at the Election (International Digital Emmy 2009). Most re-
Harvard Institute of Politics and in the spring of 2009 cently his work has focused on the use of citizen media
he was named the Edward R. Murrow Distinguished for crisis reporting, with a particular focus on the war
Lecturer at the Harvard Shorenstein Center for the on Gaza (2008/9) and the 2009 Iranian election. He
study of Press, Politics, and Public Policy. Nicco has has been interviewed by The New York Times, the Inter-
broad experience working with emerging technologies national Herald Tribune, National Public Radio and Al
and is a considered a pioneer in the social media and Jazeera English to discuss how the challenges and oppor-
Web 2.0 field. As the Internet Operations Director of tunities new technologies provide in enhancing news
Gov. Howard Dean’s presidential primary campaign coverage. Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Riyaad co-founded
in 2003, Nicco managed all technical, functional and Future Technologies which focused on mobile content
design aspects of Gov. Dean’s national web presence. production, aggregation and distribution. His company
Following the Dean campaign, one of EchoDitto’s first brought the award-winning cartoon strip, Madam and
clients was state senator Barack Obama. Nicco is a co- Eve, to mobile phones across South Africa. 
founder of GeniusRocket.com, a crowd sourced cre-
ative ad agency, and he is also a co-founder of ProxyDe- Dalia Mogahed
mocracy.com, an online resource for proxy voting and United States
shareholder resolutions. In December of 2003, Nicco Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Ana-
was named one of America ‘s “best and brightest” by lyst and Executive Director of the
Esquire magazine.  Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.
With John L. Esposito, Ph.D., she
David Michel is coauthor of the book Who Speaks
United States for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims
David Michel is Senior Associ- Really Think. Dalia was recently appointed to President
ate in the Regional Voices: Trans- Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neigh-
national Challenges project and borhood Partnerships, where she serves on the Inter-
Director of the Environmental religious dialogue and cooperation task force. Moga-
Security program at The Henry L. hed also serves on the boards of Freedom House and
Stimson Center in Washington, Women in International Security (WIIS). Her analysis

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has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy on aspects of British Islam specializing in intra-Muslim
magazine, the Harvard International Review, the Mid- and inter-community dialogue. He is also a Fellow of
dle East Policy journal, and many other academic and the Royal Society of Arts and a founding member of
popular journals. Mogahed earned her master’s degree the Archbishop of Canterbury sponsored Christian-
in business administration with an emphasis in strategy Muslim Forum.
from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her under- Rami Nashashibi
graduate degree in chemical engineering. Upon gradua- United States
tion, Mogahed joined Procter & Gamble as a marketing Rami has been serving as the Ex-
products researcher. ecutive Director of the Inner-City
Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
Jahid Mohseni since its incorporation as a non-
Afghanistan profit in January 1997. Rami and
Jahid Mohseni is a Director and his work with IMAN have been
CEO of the Moby Group, an or- featured in many national and international media out-
ganization which has driven the lets including the BBC, PBS and a front page story in
nascence of Afghanistan’s contem- the Chicago Tribune. In 2007 Islamica Magazine pro-
porary media industry. The award filed Rami as being among the “10 Young Muslim Vi-
winning and multi-faceted Moby sionaries Shaping Islam in America” and most recently
Group dominates audience share across traditional and Chicago Public Radio has selected Rami Nashashibi
new media in Afghanistan, and continues to expand re- as one of the city’s Top Ten Chicago Global Visionar-
gionally with the recent launch of Farsi1, targeting the ies. Rami was named one of the “500 Most Influential
Farsi speaking audiences across Iran, Tajikistan and the Muslims in the World” by The Royal Islamic Strategic
Gulf. Prior to Moby Group, Jahid held senior positions Studies Center in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Al-
in Government, including head of the Afghan Gov- waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Under-
ernment’s Afghan Assistance Co-ordination Authority standing. He was also invited by the Governor of Illi-
(AACA).  AACA was the main coordination body deal- nois to serve on the Commission for the Elimination of
ing with donor assistance to Afghanistan and oversaw Poverty. He is currently a Sociology Ph.D. candidate at
the nation’s first Development Forum, as well as the the University of Chicago.
National Development Budgets. He also served as Sec-
retariat of the Cabinet’s Economic Coordination Com- Vali Nasr
mittee, chaired by the President, and was an advisor United States
to the Minister of Agriculture. He holds a Bachelor of Vali Nasr is Senior Advisor to the
Commerce and Master of Business Administration, and Special Representative for Afghan-
is fluent in Dari, English and conversational Japanese. istan and Pakistan in the United
States State Department. He is a
Fuad Nahdi political commentator and scholar
United Kingdom of contemporary Islam and has
Fuad Nahdi is the Executive Di- testified before Congress and has advised the President
rector of the Radical Middle Way and Vice-President on numerous issues related to the
project. He is the Founding Editor Middle East. Mr. Nasr is the author of The Shia Re-
and Publisher of Q-News, a lead- vival, Democracy in Iran, and The Islamic Leviathan.
ing Muslim current affairs maga- He has taught at the University of San Diego and the
zine established in 1992. Fuad has Naval Postgraduate School, and is currently a Senior
worked with and contributed to some of the world’s Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard and Professor of
leading publications for the last two decades includ- International Politics at Tufts University. A Life Mem-
ing Reuters, The Guardian, The Independent, The New ber of the Council on Foreign Relations, Nasr has been
York Times, The Economist, Arab News, and The New published in Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign
Statesman. Fuad is a Senior Fellow at the Muslim Col- Policy, Time, The New York Times, and The Washing-
lege, London, where he teaches and conducts research ton Post, among others. He is an editor of the Oxford


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Dictionary of Islam and has appeared on CNN, the Norman Neureiter
BBC, and National Public Radio. United States
Norman Neureiter has a B.A. in
Nursanita Nasution Chemistry (1952) from the Uni-
Indonesia versity of Rochester (NY), and a
Dr. Nursanita Nasution has been Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from
a member of the national parlia- Northwestern University (1957),
ment of Indonesia from 2004- with one year as a Fulbright Fellow
2009. She was elected from the at the University of Munich. After 6 years as a research
Parliament Prosperous Justice chemist with the Humble Oil Co. (now Exxon) in Tex-
Party faction where she has been as, in 1963 he joined the National Science Foundation
engaged in Commission VI of the Indonesian House of to direct a cooperative science program with Japan ini-
Representatives. Dr. Nasution has also volunteered for tiated by President Kennedy. From 1965-69 he served
the National Democratic Institute to train women in as scientific attaché in the U.S. Embassies in Germany
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal and strives for women and Poland (also responsible for Hungary and Czecho-
empowerment in Indonesia and increasing their qual- slovakia). In 1969 he moved to the White House Of-
ity of life. In 2006 she earned her doctorate in Educa- fice of Science and Technology—playing an important
tion Technology from the State University of Jakarta. role in the scientific aspects of President Nixon’s break-
through diplomacy with Russia and China in 1972. He
Shuja Nawaz joined Texas Instruments (TI) in 1973 where a 23-year
Pakistan career culminated in the position of Vice President of
Shuja Nawaz is the first Director TI Asia, based for five years in Tokyo. Retiring from
of the South Asia Center at The TI in 1996, he was appointed in 2000 as the first Sci-
Atlantic Council of the United ence and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of
States.  He has worked on projects State. In 2004 he joined the American Association for
with RAND, the United States the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the Director of
Institute of Peace, The Center the Center for Science, Technology and Security Pol-
for Strategic and International Studies, The Atlantic icy (CSTSP). In 2009, he became Senior Advisor to
Council, and other leading think tanks on projects the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy as well as to
dealing with Pakistan and the Middle East. He is the CSTSP. He is a Public Welfare Medalist member of the
author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of AAAS
Wars Within for Oxford University Press. He was a as well as of the American Academy of Arts and Sci-
television newscaster and producer with Pakistan Tele­ ences and a board member of several non-profit orga-
vision from 1967-72, where he covered the 1971 war nizations involved in science and public policy.
with India on the western front. He has worked for
the New York Times, the World Health Organization, as Ainun Nishat
a division chief for the Inter­national Monetary Fund, Bangladesh
and as a director of the International Atomic Energy Dr. Ainun Nishat is currently
Agency, and has widely written and spoken on military the Country Representative for
and politico-economic issues on radio, television, and Bangladesh for the International
at think tanks. He was editor of Finance & Develop- Union for Conservation of Nature
ment, the multilingual quarterly of the IMF and the (IUCN). He has been working
World Bank. as a catalyst, advocate, educator
and facilitator, championing the wise use of natural re-
sources and sustainable development in Bangladesh for
decades.His arena of work and interests include water
resource development and management, environment
management, biodiversity conservation, coastal zone
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variability and related policy advocacy. Before joining Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era, and co-au-
IUCN, Dr. Nishat was a Professor of Water Resources thor of Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining
Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering the Military Uses of Space, Expanding Global Military
and Technology (BUET). He has been a member of the Capacity for Humanitarian Intervention, and Protecting
Bangladesh National Water Council, Indo-Bangladesh the American Homeland. He has written extensively for
Joint River Commission, Bangladesh National Agricul- such publications as The Washington Post, The New York
tural Commission and the National Council on Science Times, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Wash-
and Technology. Dr. Nishat had played an important ington Times, and The Japan Times. He has also con-
role in the Ganges Water Treaty negotiations, water sec- tributed to The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal,
tor policy formulation, agriculture sector policy revision and has contributed to CNN, MSNBC, BBC, FOX
and strategy formulation. and Al-Hurra. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.
from Princeton University.
Iqbal Noor Ali
United States Cory Ondrejka
Iqbal Noor Ali is a 30-year veteran United States
of the Aga Khan Development Cory Ondrejka was the co-creator
Network (AKDN), having served of Second Life, the revolutionary
as the Chief Executive Officer of and award-winning virtual world
Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. for that has transformed how millions
over 25 years until October 2009. of people think about community,
This followed five years with the AKDN’s Industrial collaboration, and entrepreneur-
Promotion Services in Canada, where his responsibili- ship. After Second Life, Ondrejka was a visiting profes-
ties included the development of small enterprise for sor at University of Southern California’s Annenberg
recent immigrants to North America. As of November School of Communication. From there, Ondrejka
1, 2009, he was appointed to the newly created posi- spent 18 months driving digital strategy and cultural
tion of Senior Advisor at AKDN. As CEO of Aga Khan change at EMI Music, first as Senior Vice President for
Foundation USA, he worked closely with the develop- Digital Strategy, then as Executive Vice President for
ment community in the United States, having served Global Digital Marketing. Through a focus on con-
on the Boards and Committees of various organiza- sumer insight, technology awareness and internal col-
tions such as InterAction, the Council on Foundations laboration, EMI saved millions of dollars and enabled
and the Independent Sector, as well as on the Advisory its artists to share the music experience with fans in
Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance (ACVFA) new and innovative ways. Today Ondrejka is working
that advises the USAID Administrator on matters re- on a new project, consulting on innovation, and advis-
lated to U.S. foreign assistance. He received a Bach- ing early-stage startups.
elor’s degree in commerce from Karachi University,
pursued an MBA degree, and then moved to Canada in Farah Anwar Pandith
1969 to pursue further studies in business and finance. United States
Farah Pandith was appointed Spe-
Michael O’Hanlon cial Representative to Muslim Com-
United States munities in June 2009. Her office is
Michael O’Hanlon is a Senior Fel- responsible for executing Secretary
low in Foreign Policy Studies at Clinton’s vision for engagement
the Brookings Institution, where with Muslims around the world on
he specializes in U.S. defense a people-to-people and organizational level. Prior to this
strategy, the use of military force, appointment, she was Senior Advisor to the Assistant
homeland security and American Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton Before joining the Department of State, she served as
University, and a member of the International Insti- the Director for Middle East Regional Initiatives for the
tute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign National Security Council. Special Representative Pan-
Relations. He is the author of several works, including dith served on the staff of the National Security Council


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from December 2004 to February 2007. Prior to join- munion headquartered in London. Before his appoint-
ing the NSC, Special Representative Pandith was Chief ment as Secretary General, Peterson was the Dean of St.
of Staff for the Bureau for Asia and the Near East for the George’s College, Jerusalem, for 12 years. He is also the
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Anglican Canon at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem
She received a Master’s degree from The Fletcher School and is an Honorary Canon in the Cathedral Church of
of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she Christ in Canterbury, St. Michael’s Cathedral in Nige-
specialized in International Security Studies, Islamic ria, and All Saints in Tanzania. Peterson is a member
Civilizations and Southwest Asia, and International of the Advisory Council of the Anglican Observer at
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. She concen- the United Nations and is a member of the American
trated on the insurgency in Kashmir and has spoken Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem. Among his nu-
on the subject in international and domestic forums. merous academic achievements and honors are degrees
Prior to graduate school, Special Representative Pandith from Concordia College, Harvard University, Chicago
worked at USAID as the Special Assistant to the Direc- Institute for Advanced Theological Studies, Virginia
tor of Policy. She received an A.B. in Government and Theological Seminary, and the University of the South
Psychology from Smith College. and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Peterson
has also studied at the American University and the
Amit Pandya Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon.
United States
Amit Pandya directs the Stimson Kenneth Pollack
Center’s Regional Voices: Transna- United States
tional Challenges project, which Kenneth M. Pollack is the Direc-
focuses on developing greater un- tor of the Saban Center for Middle
derstanding of how experts in the East Policy at the Brookings Insti-
Middle East, South Asia, South- tution and a Brookings Senior Fel-
east Asia and East Africa approach transnational securi- low. He has served as Director of
ty issues, including human security and nontraditional Persian Gulf Affairs and Near East
security threats and challenges. Pandya is a South Asia and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Coun-
expert and international lawyer. He has been Coun- cil, Senior Research Professor at the National Defense
sel to the Government Operations and Foreign Affairs University, and Iran-Iraq military analyst for the Cen-
Committees of the House of Representatives, and held tral Intelligence Agency. Pollack’s most recent book is
senior positions at the Departments of Defense and A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America
State and at the US Agency for International Develop- in the Middle East (2008), and he is the lead author
ment. He has also practiced law and worked in various of Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American
civil and human rights nonprofit organizations, and Strategy toward Iran with several other Brookings Se-
was formerly an ethnographer and teacher. He holds nior Fellows. He is also co-author with Daniel L. By-
degrees from Oxford, Yale, the University of Pennsyl- man of Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from
vania and Georgetown. an Iraqi Civil War (2007) and author of A Switch in
Time: A New Strategy for America in Iraq (2006), The
John L. Peterson Persian Puzzle: The Conflict between Iran and America
United States (2004), The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading
John L. Peterson is the Wash- Iraq (2002), and Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness,
ington National Cathedral’s first 1948-1991 (2002). Pollack received a B.A. from Yale
Canon for Global Justice and University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Insti-
Reconciliation and the Special As- tute of Technology.
sistant to the Anglican Bishop in
the Diocese of Jerusalem for In-
ternational Affairs. In both positions he is active in
Interfaith Relations, particularly as it interfaces with
Public Diplomacy. Most recently, he served as the
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Saafir Rabb 1974 and completed his Ph.D. on solid state chemistry
United States and low energy processes from Brunel University, Lon-
Saafir served as assistant to the don, in 1977.
late Imam Warith Deen Moham-
med, leader of the largest Muslim Pradeep Ramamurthy
community  in the United States. United States
Saafir is also the founder and CEO Pradeep Ramamurthy is the Senior Director for Glob-
of Managing  Opportunity, Inc. al Engagement at the National Security Council. The
(MO)—a strategic planning and  development con- Global Engagement directorate was created by President
sulting firm that operates in the U.S. and internation- Obama “to drive comprehensive engagement policies
ally to provide business solutions to  socially-oriented that leverage diplomacy, communications, international
organizations and enterprises. Prior to founding MO, development and assistance, and domestic engagement
Saafir served as COO of I Can’t We Can (ICWC), a and outreach in pursuit of a host of national security ob-
unique  community development and drug-rehabili- jectives.” Mr. Ramamurthy is a career civil servant who
tation organization that received over 100 awards and has served at the White House, the Office of the Director
citations from state and local officials and peer organi- of National Intelligence, and the Federal Bureau of Inves-
zations. Saafir also served as a consultant to the Obama tigation. Immediately prior to his current assignment, he
administration’s transition team for public diplomacy was a director on the Homeland Security Council staff
and is a Senior Advisor to the dean of the University responsible for counterterrorism issues.  From Novem-
of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Com- ber 2007-November 2008, Mr. Ramamurthy was the
munication and Journalism. first-ever intelligence fellow for homeland security and
counterterrorism, serving as an advisor on to the Presi-
A. Atiq Rahman dent’s Homeland Security Advisor. Before serving at the
Bangladesh White House, Mr. Ramamurthy was a PDB Briefer to
Dr. A. Atiq Rahman is the Ex- senior officials from 2006-2007. From 2005-2006, Mr.
ecutive Director of the Bangla- Ramamurthy was involved in the establishment of the
desh Centre for Advanced Stud- FBI’s National Security Branch (NSB) and served as
ies (BCAS) and a lead author of the special assistant to the NSB’s deputy director.  Prior
the chapter on “Assessing Key to 2005, Mr. Ramamurthy served in analytic positions
Vulnerabilities and the Risk from focused on counterterrorism. Pradeep has a M.A. from
Climate Change” in the Intergovernmental Panel on the University of Chicago and a B.Sc. from Georgetown
Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, University.
which earned the panel and the lead authors the Nobel
Peace Prize. He played a leading role in the UNCED Amina Rasul-Bernardo
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Climate Change Philippines
(INC) session in Rio in 1992, as well as the Confer- Amina Rasul-Bernardo is a re-
ences of Parties and climate summits in Kyoto that search fellow with the Sycip Policy
led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. He was also a lead Center at the Asian Institute of
author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report and the Management in the Philip­pines.
IPCC Special Report on Technology Transfer and the She is an expert on issues relating to
cross-cutting paper on “Development, Equity and minority representation and
Sustainability.” Dr. Rahman is a Visiting Professor of democratic participation in the Philippines, focusing
International Diplomacy and Sustainable Development on the Muslim in­surgency in Mindanao. She is also a
at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Uni- trustee of the Magbassa Kita Foundation, and has or-
versity, Boston, USA. He is the Chairman of Climate ganized mutual guarantee as­sociations for women and
Action Network South Asia (CANSA). He is also the indigenous communities. Rasul-Bernardo served as
Chairperson of the Coalition of Environmental NGOs presidential adviser on youth affairs and as chair and
in Bangladesh. Dr. Rahman was trained as a chemist CEO of the National Youth Commission. She served
with a B.Sc Hons. and M.Sc from Dhaka University. as a commissioner on the National Commission on the
He was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in Role of Filipino Women. She was the director of the


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De­velopment Bank of the Philippines and the found- Ross and three colleagues co-founded One Economy,
ing director of the Local Government Guarantee a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to
Corporation. Rasul-Ber­nardo holds a master’s degree deliver the power of technology and information about
in business management from the Asian Institute of education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to
Management in the Philippines, and an M.P.A. from low-income people. During his eight years at One
the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Uni- Economy, it grew from a team of four people work-
versity. ing in a basement to the world’s largest digital divide
organization, with programs on four continents. Alec
Bruce Riedel started his career as a sixth grade teacher in inner-city
United States Baltimore through Teach for America. He is a graduate
Bruce Riedel is a Senior Fellow in of Northwestern University.
the Saban Center for Middle East
Policy at the Brookings Institu- Barnett (Barney) Rubin
tion. He retired in 2006 after 30 United States
years service at the Central Intel- Barnett R. Rubin is Director of
ligence Agency including postings Studies and Senior Fellow at the
overseas. He was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Center on International Coop-
Middle East to the last four Presidents of the United eration of New York University,
States in the staff of the National Security Council at where he directs the program on
the White House. He was a negotiator at several Arab- the Reconstruction of Afghani-
Israeli peace summits including at Camp David and stan. Between 1994 and 2000, he was Director of the
Wye River. He was also Deputy Assistant Secretary of Center for Preventive Action, and Director of Peace and
Defense for the Near East and South Asia at the Pen- Conflict Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
tagon and a senior advisor at the North Atlantic Treaty in New York. Rubin was Associate Professor of Politi-
Organization in Brussels. In January 2009 President cal Science and Director of the Center for the Study
Barack Obama asked him to chair a review of American of Central Asia at Columbia University from 1990 to
policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan, the results of 1996. Previously, he was a Jennings Randolph Peace
which the President announced in a speech on March Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and As-
27, 2009. He is the author of The Search for al Qa- sistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University.
eda: Its Leadership, Ideology and Future and coauthor In November-December 2001 he served as special advi-
of Which Path to Persia: Options for a New American sor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary
Strategy Toward Iran. He teaches at Georgetown Uni- General for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, during the
versity’s School for Foreign Service and Johns Hopkins negotiations that produced the Bonn Agreement. He
University’s School for Advanced International Studies. advised the United Nations on the drafting of the con-
He is a graduate of Brown (BA), Harvard (MA) and the stitution of Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Compact, and
Royal College of Defense Studies in London. the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. Dr.
Rubin is the author of Blood on the Doorstep: the Politics
Alec Ross of Preventing Violent Conflict and The Fragmentation of
United States Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the Interna-
Alec Ross serves as Senior Advi- tional System. Dr. Rubin has written numerous articles
sor for Innovation in the Office and book reviews on conflict prevention, state forma-
of Secretary of State Hillary Clin- tion, and human rights. His articles have appeared in
ton. In this role, Alec is tasked Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington
with maximizing the potential of Post, and The New York Review of Books.
technology in service of America’s
diplomatic and development goals. Prior to his service
at the State Department, Alec worked on the Obama-
Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as Con-
vener for Obama for America’s Technology, Media &
Telecommunications Policy Committee. In 2000, Alec

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Anas Saidi Sabri Samirah
Indonesia Jordan
Anas Saidi is the Executive Di- Sabri Samirah is the Director of
rector of the Association for the Studies Unit in the Middle
Pesantren and Community De- East Studies Center, an independ-
velopment (P3M) and a lecturer ent private academic center, spe-
at the University of Indonesia, cializing in the study of significant
where he teaches local culture in changes and influences in Jordan
its social development program. He also lectures on re- and the Middle East in all of its aspects: strategically,
search methodology and participatory action in Islamic politically, economically and socially. He is also Director
universities in Indonesia. Mr. Saidi also has experience General of an investment and consulting firm, conduct-
outside of Indonesia, conducting research in Japan, ing real-estate investments, economic research, evalua-
Germany, and the Philippines. Further, Mr. Saidi has tion studies, analysis of public policies, and academic
worked to promote social and economic empowerment participation at conferences, seminars and gatherings.
in local villages and communities and has published Before his current positions, Mr. Samirah was President
numerous case studies and edited books on the mili- and CEO of the United Muslim Americans Association
tary, religion, and policy in Indonesia. from 1999 until 2003 and Assistant Professor of Politi-
cal Science at the University of Jordan from 2004 until
Taleb Salhab 2005. Mr. Samirah has also directed a community edu-
United States cational and social NGO in Chicago, IL.
Taleb Salhab is the program di-
rector for the Peace and Security David Saperstein
program at the Rockefeller Broth- United States
ers Fund. Mr. Salhab has a broad Rabbi David Saperstein is the
range of experience working on Director of the Religious Action
policy issues related to U.S. global Center of Reform Judaism. De-
engagement, with particular emphasis on the Arab and scribed in a Washington Post pro-
Muslim worlds. Most recently, he served as director of file as the “quintessential religious
the National Network for Arab American Communi- lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” he rep-
ties (NNAAC), a program of the Arab Community resents the national Reform Jewish Movement to Con-
Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in gress and the administration. He currently co-chairs
Dearborn, Michigan. Under his leadership, the network the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty, which
grew from nine to 22 members in 11 states, and greatly comprises more than 50 national religious denomina-
expanded the scope and effectiveness of its programs, tions and educational organizations, and serves on the
particularly in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, boards of numerous national organizations including
policy, and national service. He served as a board mem- the NAACP and People for the American Way. Presi-
ber of the Arab Language Instruction Flagship Program dent Barack Obama recently named Rabbi Saperstein
at Michigan State University, and on the Membership to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based
Committee of Independent Sector. He was also a mem- and Neighborhood Partnerships, a volunteer advisory
ber of the Arab American Institute Leadership Council, council composed of 25 religious and secular leaders
and the President of the Arab American Community and scholars.
Center. Mr. Salhab holds a Master of Arts in Interna-
tional Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Kunwar Schahzeb
from Florida State University. Pakistan
Kunwar Schahzeb is a media con-
sultant specializing in the develop-
ment communication sector, with
experience stretching over sixteen
years. His expertise spans the are-
na of television, print, radio, social


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and interactive media. Kunwar Schahzeb holds a Mas- the Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political
ters Degree in Economics from the University of the Communication, co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan
Punjab and an MSc in Development Studies from the Series in Global Public Diplomacy, and co-editor of the
London School of Economics and Political Science. He journal Media, War, and Conflict, published by Sage.
is based in Lahore, Pakistan.
Abbi Shabazz
Cynthia P. Schneider United States
United States Abbi Shabazz is the managing
Cynthia P. Schneider teaches, director of Exwaze, LLC, an in-
publishes, and organizes initiatives ternational content-distribution
in the field of cultural diplomacy, and special events company. He
with a focus on relations with the is a board member of Red Hook
Muslim world. For the Brookings Water Works, an artist/production
Institution she leads the Arts and management company. He is the co-founder of Good
Culture Initiative within the Saban Center for Middle Tree Media, Cherokee Bey Film Company, and the
East Policy. Schneider teaches courses in Diplomacy Inkiru Cultural and Education Center. Shabazz spe-
and Culture at Georgetown University, where, from cializes in developing administrative and professional
1984-2005, she was a member of the art history fac- teams to provide artist, artist management companies,
ulty, and published on Rembrandt and seventeenth and production efforts with developmental and profes-
century Dutch art. From 1998-2001 she served as U.S. sional support. Abbi Shabazz is currently the President
Ambassador to the Netherlands, during which time she and CEO of Media Gateway, a Dubai-based content
led initiatives in cultural diplomacy, biotechnology, cy- distribution and media technology firm, with an af-
ber security, and education. In 2001 she was awarded filiation at Spectra Maxima, where he serves as a Se-
the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Pub- nior Media Consultant, assisting young local produc-
lic Service Award (highest civilian award given by Pen- ers with project development services. In December
tagon, in recognition of support for the U.S. military 2009, Shabazz begin working on the Board of Special
during ambassadorship). Schneider received her B.A. Advisors—International Media Affairs, for Simply Me
and Ph.D. from Harvard University. TV, a US-based content distribution firm.

Philip Seib Christal L. Shrader

United States United States
Philip Seib is Professor of Journal- Christal L. Shrader is the project
ism and Public Diplomacy, and assistant for the Brookings Project
Professor of International Rela- on U.S. Relations with the Islamic
tions at the University of South- World. Prior to joining Brookings,
ern California. He is also direc- she spent two-and-a-half years
tor of USC’s Center on Public with the Washington Institute
Diplomacy.  He studies linkages between media and for Near East Policy and worked for Senator Benja-
war and terrorism, as well as public diplomacy issues. min Cardin. Christal holds a B.A. in Government and
He is author or editor of numerous books, including Politics with a concentration in International Relations
Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign from the University of Maryland, College Park and
Policy; The Global Journalist: News and Conscience in a plans to pursue an M.A. in International Affairs.
World of Conflict; Beyond the Front Lines: How the News
Media Cover a World Shaped by War;  Broadcasts from Youba Sokona
the Blitz: How Edward R. Murrow Helped Lead America Tunisia
into War; New Media and the New Middle East; The Al Youba Sokona has been the Execu-
Jazeera Effect: How the New Global Media Are Reshaping tive Secretary of the Sahara and Sa-
World Politics; Toward a New Public Diplomacy: Redi- hel Observatory (OSS), a position
recting U.S. Foreign Policy; and the forthcoming Global he has held since 2004. Before join-
Terrorism and New Media.  He is the series editor of ing OSS in June 2004, he was the

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Coordinator of the Energy Programme and the Executive Strobe Talbott
Secretary for international relations of Environnement et United States
Développement du Tiers Monde (ENDA-TM), an inter- Strobe Talbott became President of
national non-profit organisation based in Dakar, Senegal. the Brookings Institution in July
Dr Sokona joined ENDA in 1982 after he had taught 2002. He was previously Found-
at the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs, in Bamako, Mali. ing Director of the Yale Center
Throughout his career, Dr Sokona has served in various for the Study of Globalization.
advisory capacities to various African governments and Talbott served in the U.S. Depart-
organisations. He has published several books and articles ment of State from 1993 to 2001, first as Ambassador-
on the issues of energy, environment and development at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State
with a focus on Africa. He is a Co-Chair of the IPCC for the Newly Independent States of the former So-
WGIII for the Fifth Assessment Report, member of the viet Union, and then as Deputy Secretary of State for
Swedish Commission on Climate Change and Devel- seven years. He entered government after twenty-one
opment, Senior Advisor to the Global Leadership for years with TIME Magazine, during which he covered
Climate Action of the joint initiative of United Nations Eastern Europe, the U.S. Department of State, and
Foundation and the Club of Madrid, and Co-Chair of the the White House. He was TIME’s Washington Bureau
Global Adaptation Network in Africa. Chief, Editor-at-Large, and Foreign Affairs Columnist,
and he was recently elected a Fellow of the American
Fatema Z. Sumar Academy of Arts & Sciences. He began his publishing
United States career by translating and editing two volumes of Nikita
Fatema Z. Sumar is a Professional Khrushchev’s memoirs and has written eight books.
Staff Member on the Senate For- His most recent book is The Great Experiment: The
eign Relations Committee where Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest
she focuses on South and Central for a Global Nation (2008). A Rhodes Scholar, Talbott
Asia and U.S. engagement with received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Litt.
Muslim communities for Chair- from Oxford University.
man John F. Kerry. During her tenure as a Presidential
Management Fellow, Fatema served as the Regional Amra Tareen
Central Asia and Tajikistan Desk Officer at the U.S. United States
Department of State, the Economics/Commercial Of- Amra Tareen is founder and CEO
ficer at U.S. Embassy Kabul in Afghanistan, and as of Allvoices.com, a global people’s
a Congressional Fellow in Foreign Policy for Senator media company where anyone can
Robert Casey, Jr.  Fatema was also a National Finalist report news or their story from
for the White House Fellows. She received her M.A. in anywhere in the world via cell
Public Affairs from Princeton’s University’s Woodrow phone or PC. Launched in July of
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 2008, Allvoices is the fastest growing citizen media site
where she was awarded the Donald E. Stokes Award for with over 4.7M unique users per month and 265,000
Academic Achievement & Public Service Leadership citizen reporters from over 180 countries. Amra has
and her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelors of
University. She studied abroad at the American Univer- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from
sity in Cairo and interned for the Arab Association for University of New South Wales, Australia. Amra was
Human Rights in Nazareth, Israel. Fatema was born in born in Pakistan, and lived in Australia before moving
Malaysia and raised in East Brunswick, NJ. to the USA to attend Harvard.


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Shibley Telhami AAAS’s international activities. Prior to this position,
United States Dr. Turekian served as Special Assistant to the Under
Shibley Telhami is a Nonresident Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs,
Senior Fel­low at the Saban Cen- where he was lead advisor on international science,
ter for Middle East Policy at the technology, environment and health issues, including,
Brookings Institution and the An- clean energy, sustainable development, climate change,
war Sadat Professor for Peace and scientific outreach and avian influenza. He is the two-
Devel­opment at the University time recipient of the Department’s Superior Honor
of Maryland. He is the author of The Stakes: America Award for his work on climate change and avian in-
and the Middle East (2002) and Power and Leadership fluenza. Prior to his time at the State Department, Dr.
in International Bargaining: The Path to the Camp Da- Turekian worked at the National Academy of Sciences
vid Accords (1990), and coauthor of Liberty and Power: (NAS). In 2001, he was the Study Director for the
A Dialogue on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy in an White House-requested NAS report on climate change
Unjust World (2004). He was an advisor to the U.S. science. He has published numerous articles on the
Mission to the United Nations and to Congressman linkages between science and international policy. Dr.
Lee H. Hamilton (D-Indiana). Telhami received a B.A. Turekian received his master’s and Ph.D. in atmospher-
from Queens College of the City University of New ic geochemistry from the University of Virginia, where
York, an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union, he focused on applying stable isotopic tracers to char-
Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Califor- acterize aerosol sources and chemistry in the marine
nia, Berkeley. boundary layer, and was awarded the Maury Prize as
Outstanding Student in Environmental Sciences. He
Theophilos is a graduate of Yale University with degrees in geology
Jerusalem and geophysics and international studies.
His Beatitude Theophilos III of
Jerusalem is the current Patriarch Bridget Welsh
of the Greek Orthodox Church in Singapore
Jerusalem. Theophilos was elected Bridget Welsh is an Associate
the 141st Primate of the Ortho- Professor in Political Science at
dox Church of Jerusalem on Au- Singapore Management Univer-
gust 22, 2005. In 1964, he served as Archdeacon for sity where she teaches courses on
then-Patriarch Benediktos (Benedict I). From 1991 to contemporary Southeast Asia,
1996, he was Priest in Cana in Galilee, which had a comparative politics, gender and
predominantly Israeli Arab flock, there he also formed international development. She has edited Reflections:
a society called “Nour al Masih” (“Light of Christ”), The Mahathir Years (2004), Legacy of Engagement in
which spreads the Orthodox Christian faith through- Southeast Asia (2008), Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong
out the region. Before becoming Patriarch, Theophilos Years in Singapore (2009), Democracy Takeoff?: Reflec-
served for a short time as the Archbishop of Tabor, hav- tions on the BJ Habibie Period (2010 forthcoming) and
ing been consecrated to the episcopacy by Irenaios in Transition or Transformation: Abdullah Badawi’s Ten-
February of 2005. His Beatitude studied theology at ure (2010 forthcoming). In 2004 she was a Henry R.
the University of Athens and went on to complete a Luce Southeast Asian Fellow at the Australian National
master’s degree in London. University. Welsh is the former Chair of the Malay-
sia, Singapore, Brunei Studies Group and a consultant
Vaughan Turekian to Freedom House. She received her doctorate from
United States the Department of Political Science at Columbia Uni-
Dr. Vaughan Turekian is Chief versity, her M.A. from Columbia University, language
International Officer for the training (FALCON) from Cornell University and BA
American Association for the Ad- from Colgate University.
vancement of Science (AAAS). In
this role, he leads, develops and
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Douglas Wilson promote democracy there. It also hosts visiting fellows
United States from the Middle East. Before joining the Saban Center
Douglas Wilson is co-chair of the in December 2003, Wittes served as Middle East spe-
US-Muslim Engagement Initia- cialist at the US Institute of Peace and previously as di-
tive and President Obama’s nomi- rector of programs at the Middle East Institute in Wash-
nee to be Assistant Secretary of ington. She has also taught courses in international re-
Defense for Public Affairs.  Mr. lations and security studies at Georgetown University.
Wilson currently serves as Execu- Wittes was one of the first recipients of the Rabin-Peres
tive Vice President of the Howard Gilman Foundation, Peace Award, established by President Bill Clinton in
overseeing the development and implementation of 1997. She is the author of a recent book entitled Free-
the Foundation’s domestic and international policy dom’s Unsteady March: America’s Role in Building Arab
programs at White Oak, and as Chairman of the Board Democracy (Brookings Press), and editor of How Israelis
of Directors of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative and Palestinians Negotiate: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of
at Harvard University.  He is also the immediate past the Oslo Peace Process (USIP, 2005). Other recent work
president of The Leaders Project, the global successor includes “What Price Freedom? Assessing the Bush
generation leadership initiative which he co-founded Administration’s Freedom Agenda,” and “Back to Bal-
in 2001 with former US Defense Secretary William ancing in the Middle East,” co-authored with Martin
Cohen. From 1997-1999, Mr. Wilson served as Dep- S. Indyk. Her analyses of U.S. democracy promotion,
uty Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Arab politics, the Middle East peace process, and oth-
He spent a year as National Political Director of the er policy topics have been published in the Washing-
Democratic Leadership Council before returning to ton Post, Policy Review, Political Science Quarterly, the
the Pentagon in the summer of 2000 to become Prin- American Interest, the Weekly Standard, and the Chron-
cipal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public icle of Higher Education, among others. Wittes holds a
Affairs, coordinating communications and long-range B.A. in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies from Oberlin
public affairs strategy. He was twice presented the De- College; her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government are from
partment of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Georgetown University. She is a member of the Coun-
Service, the Pentagon’s top civilian honor.  Mr. Wil- cil on Foreign Relations.
son has also served as Director of Congressional and
Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Information Huma Yusuf
Agency and as foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator Pakistan
Gary Hart. Mr. Wilson began his career as a Foreign Huma Yusuf is a Karachi-based
Service Information Officer at U.S. diplomatic posts in print and online journalist, and is
Naples, Rome, and London. He serves on the Boards currently employed as the Features
of Directors of Third Way, the U.S. Center for Citizen Editor of Dawn.com, the website
Diplomacy and the National Security Network.  Mr. of Pakistan’s largest English-lan-
Wilson graduated from Stanford University and the guage daily. She reports on ter-
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. rorism, human rights, development, and media trends
for Dawn, the Christian Science Monitor, and the In-
Tamara Cofman Wittes dian Express. Huma holds a master’s degree from MIT’s
United States Comparative Media Studies program and a bachelor’s
Tamara Cofman Wittes currently degree from Harvard University. Her academic research
serves as deputy assistant secretary at MIT examined how new media technologies and
of state for Near Eastern affairs at mediated practices such as social networking and citizen
the U.S. Department of State. Pri- journalism facilitate democracy, shape urban identity,
or to her appointment at the State and document street violence in Pakistan. Her current
Department she was a senior fellow research looks at the role of radio in spreading—and
and director of the Saban Center at Brookings’ Middle countering—militancy. She is the recipient of the Eu-
East Democracy and Development (MEDD) Project. ropean Commission’s 2006 Lorenzo Natali Prize for
The MEDD Project conducts research into political Human Rights Journalism and the UNESCO/Pakistan
and economic reform in the region and US efforts to Press Foundation 2005 Gender in Journalism Award.


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Ahmed Zewail Gates Foundation. His research has focused on the de-
United States velopment of quantitative imaging methods based on
Ahmed Zewail is the Linus Paul- CAT and MRI scanning to diagnose and treat cancer,
ing Chair professor of chemistry pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. He has 212
and professor of physics at the publications and holds eight patents. Dr. Zerhouni is a
California Institute of Technology member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah
(Caltech). For ten years, he was the University of Science and Technology, opened in Sep-
Director of the National Science tember 2009 in Saudi Arabia and of Khalifa University
Foundation’s Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (LMS), in UAE.
and is currently the Director of the Center for Physical
Biology at Caltech. He received his early education in Moneef R. Zou’bi
Egypt, and in the U.S. completed a Ph. D., from the Jordan
University of Pennsylvania, and a postdoctoral (IBM) Moneef Rafe’ Zou’bi has been
fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, the director general of the Islamic
before joining the faculty at Caltech. Dr. Zewail was World Academy of Sciences in
awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize for his pioneering devel- Jordan since 1998. He has been
opments in femtoscience, making possible observation involved in scientific missions in
of phenomena in a millionth of a billionth of a second, more than 50 countries and has
the scale of atomic motion. On April 27, 2009, Presi- devoted all his energy to turning the IAS into an inter-
dent Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s national academy of sciences that is engaged in bridg-
Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and ing scientific and technological, development, and
in November of the same year, he was named the first even political divides between countries, cultures and
United States Science Envoy to the Middle East. He civilizations. He has written extensively on science and
is an elected member of academies and learned societ- technology topics, and has given lectures on such sub-
ies, including the American Philosophical Society, Na- jects around the world. Zou’bi has also published over
tional Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of London, 40 papers, and edited and co-edited 10 books on top-
French Academy, Russian Academy, Chinese Academy, ics such as higher education, the environment, water
and the Swedish Academy, and serves on national and resources and transformational technologies. Prior to
international boards for academic, cultural, and world his career at IAS, Zou’bi served in the Royal Corps of
affairs. Engineers in the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Elias Zerhouni
United States
Dr. Zerhouni received his medical
degree at the University of Algiers
School of Medicine before coming
to America. He completed his resi-
dency at the John Hopkins School
of Medicine, where he later served
as a professor and Chairman of the Radiology Depart-
ment. Dr. Zerhouni has served as a consultant to the
White House and to the WHO. In 2002, Dr. Zerhou-
ni was appointed as the 15th Director of the National
Institute of Health. Under his leadership, the NIH
initiated the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, es-
tablished an NIH-wide research initiative to address
the obesity epidemic, and made health disparities a
research priority. He rejoined the faculty of John Hop-
kins University in 2008, and became a Senior Fellow
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Special Thanks
Special recognition and appreciation is extended to the following individuals for ensuring that the vision for the
2010 U.S. Islamic World Forum was successfully transformed into reality. Many thanks to you.

Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar
Mohammed Abdulla M. Abdulla A. Rahman Fakhroo Osman Abdul Majeed
al-Rumaihi Executive Director Expert
Assistant Foreign Minister for
Follow-Up Affairs Malik Esufji Fatma Shafee
Protocol Department

Brookings Institution
Stephen Grand Gail Chalef John Neureuther
Fellow and Director, Project on Director of Communications, Staff Assistant, Saban Center for
U.S. Relations with the Islamic Foreign Policy Middle East Policy
Reid Creedon Yinnie Tse
Durriya Badani Programs Manager, Saban Center Assistant Director of Budget and
Project Manager, Project on U.S. for Middle East Policy Administration, Saban Center for
Relations with the Islamic World Middle East Policy
Mehrun Etebari
Aysha Chowdhry Senior Research Assistant, Saban Akram Al-Turk
Research Analyst and Publications Center for Middle East Policy Research Assistant, Saban Center
Manager, Project on U.S. for Middle East Policy
Relations with the Islamic World Jackie Indek
Associate Director for
Christal Shrader Development, Saban Center for
Project Assistant, Project on U.S. Middle East Policy
Relations with the Islamic World

Brookings Doha Center

Hady Amr Shadi Hamid Erin Rosner
Fellow and Director Fellow and Deputy Director Consultant

Noha Aboueldahab Nadine Masri Kais Sharif

Senior Research Assistant Budget Administrator and Office Program Coordinator
Charlie Gandelman Tarek Zeidan
Consultant Areej Noor Communications Director
Research Assistant


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About the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World

The Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World is a major research program housed within the Saban Center
for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. The project conducts high-quality public policy research, and
convenes policy makers and opinion leaders on the major issues surrounding the relationship between the United
States and the Muslim world. The Project seeks to engage and inform policymakers, practitioners, and the broader
public on developments in Muslim countries and communities, and the nature of their relationship with the United
States. Together with the affiliated Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, it sponsors a range of events, initiatives, re-
search projects, and publications designed to educate, encourage frank dialogue, and build positive partnerships
between the United States and the Muslim world. The Project has several interlocking components:

n Th
 e U.S.-Islamic World Forum, which brings together key leaders in the fields of politics, business, media, aca-
demia, and civil society from across the Muslim world and the United States, for much needed discussion and

n A
 Visiting Fellows program, for scholars and journalists from the Muslim world to spend time researching and
writing at Brookings in order to inform U.S. policy makers on key issues facing Muslim states and communities;

n A
 series of Brookings Analysis Papers and Monographs that provide needed analysis of the vital issues of joint
concern between the U.S. and the Muslim world;

n A
 n Arts and Culture Initiative, which seeks to develop a better understanding of how arts and cultural leaders
and organizations can increase understanding between the United States and the global Muslim community;

n A
 Science and Technology Initiative, which examines the role cooperative science and technology programs
involving the U.S. and Muslim world can play in responding to regional development and education needs, as
well as fostering positive relations;

n A
 Faith Leaders Initiative which brings together representatives of the major Abrahamic faiths from the United
States and the Muslim world to discuss actionable programs for bridging the religious divide;

n A
 Brookings Institution Press Book Series, which aims to synthesize the project’s findings for public dissemina-

The underlying goal of the Project is to continue the Brookings Institution’s original mandate to serve as a bridge
between scholarship and public policy. It seeks to bring new knowledge to the attention of decision-makers and
opinion-leaders, as well as afford scholars, analysts, and the public a better insight into policy issues. The Project is
supported through the generosity of a range of sponsors including the Government of the State of Qatar, The Ford
Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation.

The Project Conveners are Martin Indyk, Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies; Kenneth Pollack,
Senior Fellow and Director, Saban Center; Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow in the Saban Center; Stephen R. Grand,
Fellow and Director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World; Shibley Telhami, Nonresident Senior
Fellow and Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland; and Hady Amr, Director
of the Brookings Doha Center.

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About the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy was established on May 13, 2002
with an inaugural address by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. The creation of the Saban
Center reflects the Brookings Institution’s commitment to expand dramatically its research and
analysis of Middle East policy issues at a time when the region has come to dominate the U.S.
foreign policy agenda.

The Saban Center provides Washington policymakers with balanced, objective, in-depth and
timely research and policy analysis from experienced and knowledgeable scholars who can bring
fresh perspectives to bear on the critical problems of the Middle East. The center upholds the
Brookings tradition of being open to a broad range of views. The Saban Center’s central objective
is to advance understanding of developments in the Middle East through policy-relevant scholar-
ship and debate.

The center’s foundation was made possible by a generous grant from Haim and Cheryl Saban of
Los Angeles. Ambassador Martin S. Indyk, Vice President of Foreign Policy at Brookings was the
founding Director of the Saban Center. Kenneth M. Pollack is the center’s Director. Within the
Saban Center is a core group of Middle East experts who conduct original research and develop
innovative programs to promote a better understanding of the policy choices facing American de-
cision makers. They include Bruce Riedel, a specialist on counterterrorism, who served as a senior
advisor to four presidents on the Middle East and South Asia at the National Security Council
and during a twenty-nine year career in the CIA; Suzanne Maloney, a former senior State Depart-
ment official who focuses on Iran and economic development; Stephen R. Grand, Fellow and
Director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World; Hady Amr, Fellow and Director
of the Brookings Doha Center; Shibley Telhami, who holds the Sadat Chair at the University of
Maryland; and Daniel Byman, a Middle East terrorism expert from Georgetown University. The
center is located in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at Brookings.

The Saban Center is undertaking path breaking research in five areas: the implications of regime
change in Iraq, including post-war nation-building and Gulf security; the dynamics of Iranian
domestic politics and the threat of nuclear proliferation; mechanisms and requirements for a two-
state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict; policy for the war against terrorism, including the
continuing challenge of state sponsorship of terrorism; and political and economic change in the
Arab world, and the methods required to promote democratization.


W ri t i n g t h e N e x t C h a p t e r
at Brookings

2010 U.S.–Islamic World Forum

at Brookings
Writing the Next Chapter
Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
February 13-15, 2010 • Doha, Qatar