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Officers and Board of Directors

Imad

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D. (President, director) is an internati onally known interdisciplinary scientist of Palestinian descent, born at sea and raised in the United States. He is author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer's Perspective on Religion and Science and he teaches a courses on Islamic religion, his tory and civilization at Wesley Theological Seminary. He also teaches an course on Islamic history and civilization for the summer interns program at the International Institute of Islamic Thought. Dr. Ahmad has received the “Star Cup for Outstanding Public Service” award from the Montgomery County Civic Federation, the “Champion of Democracy Award” from Marylanders for Democracy, the “Samuel P. Chase Freedom Award” from the Libertarian Party of Maryland, and the “Sentinel Award” from the Montgomery County Civic Federation.

Kevin DKevin Dueweluewel, (Vice President, director) is an entrepreneur and founder of Duryan, a start-up connecting investors abroad with entrepreneurs in developing markets. Through his work abroad, he advocates for entrepreneurship and private investment as the alternative to state development projects and international aid. He studies conflict studies and religion studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. As a student activist, he works with student groups in the Students for Liberty network worldwide to promote the principles of liberalism and competitive markets. In 2010, Kevin was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at the Minaret of Freedom Institute.
Sarah Harvard

Sarah Harvard (Secretary, director) is an independent journalist based in Washington, D.C. An avid interviewer, she discussed some of the most pressing issues with Noam Chomsky, Rand Paul, Reza Aslan, Amb. Akbar Ahmed, Sarah Palin, Grover Norquist Max Blumenthal, and Jeremy Scahill. Some of her work has been published in VICE, Salon, The Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune company, and the Pan-American Post. Though she focuses most of her work on culture, civil liberties, and national security, she finds greaShahidt interest in the entertainment industry.

Shahid N. Shah, M.S. (Treasurer, director)is a cofounder of Alim Foundation, Chief Architect of The Alim Islamic Knowledge Platform, and an award-winning IT professional that consults for governments and NGOs. He has over two decades of business strategy, technology strategy, architecture, engineering, entrepreneurship, speaking, and writing experience.Antony
                                Sullivan

Prof. Antony T. Sullivan, Ph.D. (director) is senior associate of TerraBuilt Corp. International and author of or contributor to eight books  and some 100 journal articles and academic reviews focusing on the Arab and Muslim world and holds an honorary position as Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sullivan has played a major role in bringing together moderate Muslim intellectuals and their appropriate Western counterparts to address contemporary challenges that are common to both the West and the Islamic world.

Safei-Eldin Hamed, Ph.D. (director) is a scholar of environmental Safei-Eldin
                                Hamedpolicy, landscape architecture, urban planning, and Arabic-Islamic Studies who has taught at Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, Texas Tech, the University of Georgia, and Chatham University in the United States; University of Guelph and the University of Nova Scotia in Canada; and King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Hamed has authored and co-authored several books, among which is “Planning Objectives for the Arid Middle East: An Approach to Setting Environmental Objectives, “Ecology and Islam”, “The Eleventh Commandment”, “Environmentalism in the Muslim World” “Islam in America”, “The American Empire”, “The Calamity of September”, and “ Janat wa Oyoun (in Arabic).  He has worked as an Environmental Assessment Specialist at the World BAmr Abdullahank in Washington, DC.  Currently, he lives in Washington, DC Metro area and practices as a consultant of international development.  

Amr Abdallah, Ph.D. (director), is Vice President of the SALAM Institute for Peace and Justice and an expert in peace building and conflict resolution, human rights and civic education.

Board of Advisers

  • Omar Altalib, Ph.D. is an international author, speaker and trainer, a former adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Education and co-author of the book Parent, Child Relations published in English and translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Malay, Farsi, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and German.
  • Charles E. Butterworth, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, focuses on Arabic and Islamic political philosophy.
  • Prof. Sulayman Nyang, Ph.D. is a distinguished Muslim scholar of international affairs at the African Studies Center of Howard University.
  • Abdul Hafiz Shaikh, Ph.D. is a Pakistani political economist e with over 30 years of experience in economic policy-making, management and implementation who served as the 20th Finance Minister of Pakistan.

Staff and Fellows of the Institute

The Minaret of Freedom Institute is now assembling a team of highly qualified academics and policy experts with an interest in promoting liberty, free markets, and a better understanding of Islam to serve as fellows to write academic papers, policy advisories, and op-ed pieces. Click here for further information.
 

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