Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement

The Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement drives the project.

The Leadership Group includes a former Secretary of State and a former Deputy Secretary of State, former members of Congress, a former U.S. envoy on the Middle East peace process, and leaders and experts from business, faith communities, foreign policy, social sciences and related fields. One third of the group is Muslim-American. The participating leaders have been drawn together by their collective recognition of the issue’s urgency and the need to create wise, broadly supportable solutions. In four plenary meetings and numerous exchanges since January 2007, they have reached an extraordinary convergence of views and have committed to see the project through to completion.

Leadership Group Members

Organizational affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.

  • Madeleine Albright, Principal, The Albright Group LLC; former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Richard Armitage, President, Armitage International; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
  • Ziad Asali, President and Founder, American Task Force on Palestine
  • Steve Bartlett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Roundtable; former U.S. Representative; former Mayor of Dallas, Texas
  • Paul Brest, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Red Cavaney, President and Chief Executive Officer, America Petroleum Institute
  • Daniel Christman, Lt. General (ret.), U.S. Army; Senior Vice President for International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Covey, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, FranklinCovey; writer, speaker, and academic
  • Thomas Dine, Principal, The Dine Group; former Executive Director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  • Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Shamil Idriss , Chairman of the Board, Soliya
  • Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement
  • Derek Kirkland, Advisory Director, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley
  • Richard Land, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention; Member, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Robert Jay Lifton, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Superpower Syndrome
  • Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore; former Associate Secretary General, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
  • John Marks, President and Founder, Search for Common Ground
  • Susan Collin Marks, Senior Vice President, Search for Common Ground; author of Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa’s Transition to Democracy
  • Ingrid Mattson, President, The Islamic Society of North America; Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy, and Director, Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
  • Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri, Strategic Philanthropy Consultant
  • Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; co-author with John Esposito of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think
  • Vali Nasr, Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam, Masjid al-Farah in New York City; Founder and Chairman, Cordoba Initiative; author of What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America
  • Rob Rehg, President, Washington, DC office, Edelman
  • Dennis Ross, Consultant, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former U.S. Special Middle East Envoy and Negotiator
  • S. Abdallah Schleifer, Distinguished Professor of Journalism, American University in Cairo; former Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya news channel; former NBC News Cairo bureau chief
  • Jessica Stern, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Mustapha Tlili, Director, Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West, New York University
  • William Ury, Co-Founder, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; co-author of Getting to Yes
  • Vin Weber, Managing Partner, Clark and Weinstock; Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy; former U.S. Representative
  • Daniel Yankelovich, Founder and Chairman, Public Agenda; author
  • Ahmed Younis, Senior Analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; former National Director, Muslim Public Affairs Committee
  • Dov S. Zakheim, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

Leadership Group Member Biographies

Madeleine Albright

Portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Madeleine Albright

Principal, The Albright Group LLC; former U.S. Secretary of State
Washington, DC
Madeleine Albright is a Principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm, and Chair and Principal of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade and business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President’s Cabinet. She is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright co-chairs the UNDP’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security. Dr. Albright earned a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute. Dr. Albright is author of three New York Times bestsellers. Her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, was published in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Albright published The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs. Her latest book, Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership was published in January 2008.

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Richard Armitage

President, Armitage International; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Washington, DC
Richard Armitage is President of Armitage International L.C. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, ManTech International Corporation and Transcu Ltd., and is a member of The American Academy of Diplomacy and of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Deputy Secretary of State. Previously, he was President of Armitage Associates L.C. since 1993. He was engaged in a range of worldwide business and public policy endeavors as well as frequent public speaking and writing. From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Armitage (with the personal rank of Ambassador) directed U.S. assistance to the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, after having filled key diplomatic positions as Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement and Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East, and Special Emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and senior advisor to the 1980 Reagan presidential campaign. Mr. Armitage is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and completed three combat tours in Vietnam. He is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military decorations and public service awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, and a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

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Ziad Asali

President and Founder, American Task Force on Palestine
Washington, DC
Ziad Asali, M.D., is the President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine. Dr. Asali has been a long-time activist on Middle East issues. He has been a member of the Chairman's Council of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) since 1982, and served as ADC’s President from 2001 to 2003. He was President of the Arab-American University Graduates from 1993 to 1995, and Chairman of the American Committee on Jerusalem, which he co-founded, from 1995 to 2003. Dr. Asali is also a Diplomat of the Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Asali has testified before the Senate on Palestinian education issues, and he has also testified at a hearing before the full U.S. House Committee on International Relations on the topic of “The Way Forward in the Middle East Peace Process.” He served as a member of the United States official delegation to observe the Palestinian Presidential elections in January 2005. He also was a delegate with the National Democratic Institute to monitor the Palestinian Legislative election in January 2006.

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Steve Bartlett

President and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Roundtable; former U.S. Representative; former Mayor of Dallas, Texas
Washington, DC

Steve Bartlett is President of the Financial Services Roundtable. He served as a U.S. Representative from Texas' 3rd District from 1983 until 1991, and served as Mayor of Dallas from 1991 to 1995. Following his government service, Mr. Bartlett has sat on a number of Boards of Directors, including IMCO Recycling, Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation, Sun Coast Industrial and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. In addition, he has also served on the Board of Governors of the National YMCA, the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. He is currently Chairman of Easter Seals of Washington, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin, later serving as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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Paul Brest

President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Menlo Park, CA

Paul Brest is the President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California. Mr. Brest received an A.B. from Swarthmore College in 1962 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1965. He served as law clerk to Judge Bailey Aldrich and Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan, and practiced with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi, doing civil rights litigation before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, where his research and teaching focused on constitutional law, problem solving, and decision making. From 1987 to 1999, he served as the Dean of Stanford Law School. Mr. Brest is co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (4th ed. 2000), and currently teaches a law school course on Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment. He holds honorary degrees from Northeastern Law School and Swarthmore College, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Red Cavaney

President and Chief Executive Officer, America Petroleum Institute
Alexandria, VA

In addition to heading the American Petroleum Institute, Red Cavaney is the current Director of The United States Energy Association and Buckeye Technologies, Inc., and former Director of the Boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, among others. Cavaney was President and CEO of the American Plastics Council, the American Forest and Paper Association, and the American Paper Institute before joining API in 1997. Earlier, he served as President and CEO of Irvine, CA-based Ericson Yachts and, in 1997, he was named Association Executive of the Year by Association Trends magazine and earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. He received the 2005 Bryce Harlow Foundation Business-Government Relations Award and the 2006 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Key Award. He has served as Chairman of ASAE and of the Associations Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in addition to sitting on the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the Center for Excellence in Education. He was a senior member of the White House staffs of U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. He is a 1964 NROTC graduate in Economics and History from the University of Southern California, served three tours of combat duty in Vietnam and was honorably discharged with the rank of U.S. Navy Lieutenant in 1969.

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Daniel Christman

Lt. General (ret.), U.S. Army; Senior Vice President for International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

As Senior Vice President for International Affairs, Daniel Christman is responsible for representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before foreign business leaders and government officials and for providing strategic leadership on international issues affecting the business community. A career military officer, Dan served five years as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and also served for two years as the assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during which time he traveled with and advised Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He was centrally involved during this period with negotiations between Israel and Syria as a member of the Secretary’s Middle East Peace Team. Further, Dan represented the U.S. as a member of NATO’s Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. Graduating first in his class from West Point, Dan also received two Master’s degrees from Princeton University and graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School. He is a decorated combat veteran of Southern Asia, where he commanded a company in the 101st Airborne Division in 1969. On four occasions, he has been awarded the Army and Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Department’s highest peacetime award.

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Stephen Covey

Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, FranklinCovey; writer, speaker, and academic
Salt Lake City, UT

Stephen Covey is co-founder and Vice Chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey’s vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Dr. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers. Dr. Covey earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, his MBA from Harvard, and completed his doctorate at Brigham Young University.

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Thomas Dine

Principal, The Dine Group; former Executive Director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Washington, DC

Thomas Dine was Executive Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Most recently he was Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Previously he was President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, a position he held for eight years. From 1993 to 1997, he served as the Assistant Administrator of Europe and Eurasia at USAID. Prior to these leadership posts, Dine worked as a foreign policy specialist in the U.S. Senate (1970 to 1980), was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and held three fellowships at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Early in his career, he served at the American Embassy in New Delhi, India, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Dine has published widely in the press, as well as in specialized foreign policy journals, and has edited two books. He and his wife, Joan, have two grown children.

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Marc Gopin

James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Arlington, VA

Marc Gopin is James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and he is the Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Dr. Gopin has lectured on conflict resolution in Switzerland, Ireland, India, Italy, and Israel, as well as at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and numerous other academic institutions. He has trained thousands of people worldwide in peacemaking strategies for complex conflicts in which religion and culture play a role. He conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of globalization, clash of cultures, development, social justice and conflict. Dr. Gopin has engaged in back channel diplomacy with religious, political and military figures on both sides of conflicts, especially in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Dr. Gopin was ordained as a rabbi at Yeshiva University in 1983 and received a Ph.D. in religious ethics from Brandeis University in 1993.

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Stephen Heintz

President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
New York, NY

Now the President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), Stephen Heintz has held top leadership positions in both the non-profit and public sectors throughout his career. Until he joined the RBF in 2001, Mr. Heintz was Founding President of Dēmos: A Network for Ideas & Action. Dēmos is a new public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance the vitality of American democracy and promote more broadly shared prosperity. Prior to founding Dēmos, Mr. Heintz served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the EastWest Institute (EWI), where he worked on issues of economic reform, civil society development, and international security. He has published articles in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe and several books and journals. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Yale University.

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Shamil Idriss

Chairman of the Board, Soliya
New York, NY

Shamil Idriss is Chairman of the Board of Soliya, a non-profit organization that uses latest Web-conferencing technology to bridge the gap between university students in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States. In addition to his work with Soliya, Mr. Idriss serves as the Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. The Alliance aims to advance an action-plan involving multilateral agencies, governments and civil society organizations to improve cross-cultural relations, with priority emphasis on relations between Western and predominantly Muslim societies. Previously, Mr. Idriss served as Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum (WEF) where he established the “action track” of the Council of 100 Leaders: West-Islamic World Dialogue Initiative (C-100) and served on the Steering Committee for that initiative. He was appointed in 2005 to the WEF’s Young Global Leaders Forum. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Search for Common Ground, managing the organization’s global operations and its headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Daisy Khan

Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement
New York, NY
Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony and building bridges between Muslims and the general public. At ASMA, she has led numerous interfaith events like the theater production Same Difference and the Cordoba Bread Fest banquet. She has launched two groundbreaking flagship programs: Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, and Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity (WISE), global movements to empower youth and women within the global Muslim community. Khan regularly lectures around the globe and has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, and BBC World’s Doha Debates. She is a weekly columnist for the The Washington Post’s “On Faith” and is frequently quoted in print publications such as Time, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. In recognition of her community work, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Interfaith Center’s Award for Promoting Peace and Interfaith Understanding, Auburn Seminary's Lives of Commitment Award, the Annual Faith Leaders Award, and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

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Derek Kirkland

Advisory Director, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley
New York, NY

Derek Kirkland worked in the Financial Institution Group (FIG) at Morgan Stanley for 22 years, in New York, London and San Francisco, acting as co-head of the group from 2003 to 2007. FIG is the largest industry coverage group in the Investment Banking Division. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1986, Derek was Director of Card Marketing at American Express (1984 to 1986) and a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton (1982 to 1984). Derek holds a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a JFK Scholar in 1983, and a B.A. from Princeton University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1979. Currently a board member of The Hughes Foundation and the Progressive Book Club, Derek has been active on numerous charitable boards over the last decade. Derek is married to Lisa Hammersly, has three children and lives in New York City.

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Richard Land

President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention; Member, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Nashville, TN

Princeton and Oxford-educated, Dr. Richard Land has served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988. Dr. Land has represented evangelicals before Congress and U.S. presidents and as a commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. In 2005, Time named Dr. Land one of “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals.” He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio programs – “For Faith & Family” and “For Faith & Family's Insight” – and is the author of Imagine! A God-Blessed America. In 2006, Dr. Land was selected for membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan think tank and publisher with the mission “to better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.” A renowned scholar, Dr. Land has worked as a pastor, theologian, and public policy maker.

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Robert Jay Lifton

Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Superpower Syndrome 
Cambridge, MA

Robert Jay Lifton is Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Until recently he was Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, The City University of New York; at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate School and University Center and the Mount Sinai Medical Center; and Director of The Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He had previously held the Foundations’ Fund Research Professorship of Psychiatry at Yale University for more than two decades. He has been particularly interested in the relationship between individual psychology and historical change, and in problems surrounding the extreme historical situations of our era. He has taken an active part in the formation of the new field of psychohistory. Since September 11, 2001, he has been studying Islamist apocalyptic violence and American responses to 9/11, including their own apocalyptic tendencies. Dr. Lifton is a prolific author; his more recent books include Superpower Syndrome: America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World; Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism; Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial; and The Protean Self: Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation.

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Denis J. Madden

Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore; former Associate Secretary General, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
Baltimore, MD
The Most Reverend Denis J. Madden is Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, a position he has held since 2005. Prior to that time, Bishop Madden served as Associate Secretary General of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, whose main activities include assisting the Holy See, preparing church leadership, building social service institutions, promoting social development and fostering interfaith communication. From 1994 to 1996 Bishop Madden also served as the Director of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine office in Jerusalem. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Msgr. Madden was one of the co-founders of the Accord Foundation, a humanitarian organization that has worked since 1988 in the West Bank and Gaza. He holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University in New York and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Bishop Madden is a licensed clinical psychologist in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has written numerous journal articles and chapters in books in the field of psychology.

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John Marks

President and Founder, Search for Common Ground
Washington, DC

John Marks is President and founder of Search for Common Ground, an international conflict prevention NGO headquartered in Washington, DC and Brussels, with offices in 17 countries. He also founded and heads Common Ground Productions, which produces radio and television programming around the world to help prevent and transform conflict. He wrote and produced The Shape of the Future series of TV documentaries, which was aired simultaneously on Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab satellite television – something that had never been done before. Mr. Marks served as a Foreign Service officer in Washington, DC and Vietnam. A graduate of Cornell University, he also was a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. He is a best-selling, award-winning author and in 2006 was awarded the Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship.

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Susan Collin Marks

Senior Vice President, Search for Common Ground; author of Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy
Washington, DC

Susan Collin Marks is the senior vice president of Search for Common Ground (SFCG). She is a South African and served as a peacemaker during this country’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Her book, Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy (United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, 2000; Arabic edition, Dar Al Ahliah, Amman, 2004), details this era of historic change. Susan lived in Jerusalem from 2002 to 2004, co-directing SFCG’s Middle East program. She is the founding editor of Track Two, a quarterly publication on community and political conflict resolution. She serves on numerous boards, including the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders on Western-Islamic World Dialogue and the Abraham Path Initiative established by Harvard Law School’s Global Negotiation Project. Honors include a 1994/5 Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace, the Institute for Noetic Science’s Creative Altruism award in 2005, and a Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006. In 2006, she launched the Leadership Wisdom Initiative at SFCG offering leadership development and one-on-one support to political and civil society leaders. She speaks, teaches, coaches, mentors, writes, facilitates, and supports peacemakers, peace processes and conflict resolution programs internationally.

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Ingrid Mattson

President, The Islamic Society of North America; Professor of Islamic Studies, Director of Islamic Chaplaincy, and Director, Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
Hartford, CT

In 2006 Ingrid Mattson was elected President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) where she had previously served two terms as Vice President. Dr. Mattson was born in Canada and studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A., 1987). From 1987 to 1988 she lived in Pakistan where she worked with Afghan refugee women and she continued to work with Afghan women’s groups after returning to the United States. Dr. Mattson earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. She has written articles exploring the relationship between Islamic law and society, as well as gender and leadership issues in contemporary Muslim communities. Her book, The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Societies was published in 2007 by Blackwell Press. Dr. Mattson is frequently consulted by media, government and civic organizations and has served as an expert witness. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and children.

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Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri

Strategic Philanthropy Consultant
New York, NY

Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri is a strategic philanthropy consultant. Most recently she was the Project Manager for One Nation, a philanthropic collaborative that challenges stereotypes and misperceptions of Muslim and Islam in America. Prior to One Nation, Mrs. Mirza-Jafri was engaged in developing a Middle East and North Africa leadership program for the EastWest Institute. Mrs. Mirza-Jafri served as Program Associate for the Bridging Leadership Program at the Synergos Institute, where she managed a global network of partner organizations and organized and co-facilitated the global leadership trainings in Southern Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Additionally, she has foreign policy work experience in several other organizations. At the Council on Foreign Relations, she focused on issues related to Islam and was involved in the project “Pluralism in Muslim Societies.” At the Center for Strategic and International Studies she focused on the Middle East and North Africa. Mrs. Mirza-Jafri obtained a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics in 1999, focusing on issues of economic development, investment and political barriers in developing countries. She graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in International Politics and Middle East Studies and her honors thesis focused on Islamic reformist feminist thought. Her language skills at various levels include Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Spanish and Urdu.

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Dalia Mogahed

Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; co-author with John Esposito of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Washington, DC
Dalia Mogahed is the Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. With John L. Esposito, Ph.D., she is co-author of the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Ms. Mogahed provides leadership, strategic direction, and consultation on the collection and analysis of Gallup’s unprecedented surveying of more than one billion Muslims worldwide. She also leads the curriculum development of a three-day executive course on findings from The Gallup Poll of the Muslim World. Prior to joining Gallup, Ms. Mogahed was the founder and director of a cross-cultural consulting practice in the United States, which offered workshops, training programs, and one-to-one coaching on diversity and cultural understanding. Ms. Mogahed earned her Master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in strategy from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

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Vali Nasr

Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Medford, MA

Vali Nasr is Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. His areas of focus for research and teaching include Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, South Asia, Iran, the Middle East, and Political Islam. His work has been translated into Arabic, Indonesian, Turkish, Persian, Chinese, and Urdu. Dr. Nasr has been the recipient of grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Dr. Nasr earned his degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1991), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD, 1984), and Tufts University (B.A., 1983).

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Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam, Masjid al-Farah in New York City; Founder and Chairman, Cordoba Initiative; author of What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America
New York, NY

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, an independent, international, interreligious project that works with state and non-state actors to improve Muslim-West relations. Author of What's Right With Islam Is What's Right With America: A New Vision for Muslims and the West, he is also founder and CEO of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) and Imam of Masjid al-Farah. Imam Feisal is a member of the World Economic Forum Council of 100 Leaders on Western-Islamic World Dialogue and the recipient of The Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution's Annual Alliance Peacebuilder Award and The Interfaith Center of New York's Annual James Park Morton Interfaith Award. 

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Rob Rehg

President, Washington, DC Office, Edelman
Washington, DC

Rob Rehg has worked in public relations, journalism, politics and public affairs for more than 25 years. He is also an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia’s professional education program. For Edelman, Rob has managed rollout of reports for the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group, crisis communications for the American Red Cross, and integrated educational advocacy programs for the nation’s oil, freight rail and auto industries. His clients have included AT&T, Boeing, Business Roundtable, GE, Nissan, USAir, UNOCAL, British Petroleum, S.C. Johnson, Wal-Mart, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His management of international clients includes work for the governments of Chile, Portugal, Korea, Malawi, Angola, India and government agencies such as the Panama Canal Authority. In addition to his work at Edelman, Rob has served as director of communications for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In the realm of politics, he was chief of staff for Michigan Rep. Bill Schuette and director of communications and policy for Michigan Rep. Dave Camp. As a journalist, Rob worked as a congressional correspondent for Hearst Newspapers' Washington Bureau, writing for newspapers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Texas, Michigan, Illinois and Florida. Prior to joining the Washington Bureau, Rob was an editor, political columnist and reporter for Hearst Newspapers in Michigan and Illinois, and a radio reporter for stations in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Dennis Ross

Consultant, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former U.S. Special Middle East Envoy and Negotiator
Washington, DC

Dennis Ross is currently a consultant for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was the U.S. point man on the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, he also successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together. A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ambassador Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. Since leaving government in 2001, he is widely published and a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News and World Report, as well as a foreign affairs analyst for the Fox News Channel. Ambassador Ross is the author of The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace.

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S. Abdallah Schleifer

Distinguished Professor of Journalism, American University in Cairo; former Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya news channel; former NBC News Cairo bureau chief
Philadelphia, PA
S. Abdallah Schleifer, Distinguished Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo (where he founded and served as the first director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research), is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than 40 years. He served as NBC News bureau chief in Cairo, as an NBC news producer-reporter based in Beirut, as Middle East correspondent for Jeune Afrique, and as a special correspondent of the New York Times in Amman, Jordan and the Israeli-occupied territories. A frequent contributor of articles on mass media as well as Arab and Islamic affairs to scholarly and specialist journals, Prof. Schleifer is an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, a Senior Fellow at the Royal Aal al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan, and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. He was a Visiting Scholar at St. Antony's College at Oxford (2006 to 2007) and served on the International Advisory Board of the World Media Association. Prof. Schleifer's controversial book The Fall of Jerusalem, which is an eyewitness account of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, received critical acclaim in the mid-1970s. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1956), Prof. Schleifer received his M.A. from the American University of Beirut in Islamic Political Thought in 1980.

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Jessica Stern

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Cambridge, MA

Jessica Stern is the Academic Director of the Program on Terrorism and the Law at Harvard Law School and a Lecturer in Government at Harvard University, where she teaches courses on terrorism and counterterrorism. She is the author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, and The Ultimate Terrorists, as well as numerous articles. She served on President Clinton's National Security Council Staff and was selected by Time magazine in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas "will change the world." Stern advises a number of government agencies and has taught courses for government officials, and she was an analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She was recognized by FBI Director Robert Mueller for her assistance to the U.S. government in its effort to thwart international terrorism. She has served on the Advisory Boards of various organizations, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Current History and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and is a member of the Trilateral Commission. Stern has been named a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Stanford’s Hoover Institution, the World Economic Forum, and Harvard. She has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in chemistry, a Master’s degree from MIT in technology policy, and a doctorate from Harvard in public policy.

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Mustapha Tlili

Director, Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West, New York University
New York, NY

Mustapha Tlili has taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute of New School University and Director of its UN Project. He is a former senior UN official, having served as Director for Communications Policy in the United Nations Department of Public Information, Director of the UN Information Centre for France, and Chief of the Namibia, Anti-Apartheid, Palestine and decolonization programs in the same department. An established novelist, Mustapha Tlili is a Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters. In addition, he edited and contributed to For Nelson Mandela (Henry Holt, 1987) and published an essay on Machiavelli’s Theory of Government in the Sorbonne’s Revue de Métaphysique et de la Morale. Mustapha Tlili is a member of Human Rights Watch’s Advisory Committee for the Middle East and North Africa.

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William Ury

Co-Founder, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; co-author of Getting to Yes
Boulder, CO

William Ury is co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he directs the Global Negotiation Project. He is co-author of the international bestseller Getting to Yes and author of Getting Past No and The Third Side. Over the last twenty-five years, Dr. Ury has mediated between quarrelling corporate divisions, battling unions and management, and warring ethnic groups around the world. He has also served as a negotiation consultant to governments and dozens of Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Ury is co-founder of the e-Parliament, a problem-solving forum and ideas bank for effective legislation, connecting members of congresses and parliaments around the world. His most recent project is the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to create a permanent path of tourism and pilgrimage in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham, the unifying figure of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Trained as an anthropologist, Dr. Ury holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard.

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Vin Weber

Managing Partner, Clark and Weinstock; Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy; former U.S. Representative
Washington, DC

Vin Weber is Managing Partner of Clark & Weinstock's Washington office. Mr. Weber provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the Federal government. Mr. Weber is also Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, non-profit organization designed to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. He is a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Weber is a board member of several private sector and non-profit organizations, including ITT Educational Services, Department 56, and the Aspen Institute. He also serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-chaired a major independent task force on U.S. Policy Toward Reform in the Arab World with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Mr. Weber served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican Leadership.

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Daniel Yankelovich

Founder and Chairman, Public Agenda; author
La Jolla, CA

Named by PR Week as among the ten most influential people of the past century in the arena of public affairs, communications, and public relations, Daniel Yankelovich has spent a half century monitoring social change and public opinion in America. In the 1970s and 1980s he initiated the New York Times/Yankelovich poll, founded (with Cyrus Vance) Public Agenda – a non-partisan not-for-profit public policy research organization – and established DYG Inc., a firm that tracks social and market trends. After moving to California in the 1990s, he founded his newest firm, Viewpoint Learning, which specializes in dialogue-based learning. He is director emeritus of CBS, US West, the Meredith Corporation, Diversified Energies, Loral Space and Communications and ARKLA and trustee emeritus of Brown University, the Kettering Foundation, the Fund for the City of New York and the Educational Testing Service (ETS), where he also served as Chairman of the Board. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, where he served on the membership committee and contributed articles to Foreign Affairs. He is the author of eleven books including Profit With Honor: The New Stage of Market Capitalism, Coming to Public Judgment: Making Democracy Work in a Complex World, and The Magic of Dialogue: Transforming Conflict into Cooperation.

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Ahmed Younis

Senior Analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; former National Director, Muslim Public Affairs Committee
Washington, DC

A graduate of Washington & Lee School of Law, Ahmed Younis is an expert on American Muslims and other topics such as terrorist financing, public diplomacy, identity/integration and issues affecting the relationship between the global Muslim Community and the West. He served as National Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee in Washington, DC from 2004 to 2007. He is the author of American Muslims: Voir Dire (Speak the Truth), a post-September 11 look at the reality of debate surrounding American Muslims, their country and their integration. In 2006 Mr. Younis traveled on behalf of the Department of State to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, where he met with government, community, and religious leaders, and visited madrassas across the region. He is a frequent guest on numerous television and radio shows and his work has been featured in several leading newspapers. Mr. Younis worked as an intern at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations. He has studied and lived in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and is fluent in Arabic.

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Dov S. Zakheim

Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Washington, DC

Dov S. Zakheim is currently Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton's global defense business. As a public servant, his previously held positions include Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and CFO for the Department of Defense from 2001 to 2004, and Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources from 1985 to 1987. He is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, as well as other awards for government and community service. A 1970 graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in government, he earned his doctorate in economics and politics at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. Dr. Zakheim is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the United States Naval Institute. The author of a dozen books and monographs and of numerous articles, Dr. Zakheim has lectured and provided print, radio and television commentary on national defense and foreign policy issues domestically and internationally.