Dalia E. Moghahed

Expert on the Muslim American Community


Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a Washington, DC based think tank focused on the challenges and opportunities of the Muslim American Community. She is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the groundbreaking book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.

President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. Mogahed was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and she provided significant contributions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group recommendations. The World Economic Forum named Mogahed a Young Global Leader, and she is a member of the Forum’s Agenda Council on the Arab World as well as a frequent speaker at their conferences.

Arabian Business magazine recognized her as one of the most influential Arabs in the world in 2010-­2015, and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre included Mogahed in its 2009-­2012 lists of the 500 most influential Muslims. Ashoka named Mogahed the Arab World’s Social Innovator of the Year in 2010, and the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association recognized her with its prestigious Forward Under 40 award for outstanding contributions by a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

She also joined Madeleine Albright and Dennis Ross as a leading voice in the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project. This group of American leaders, which included senior government, military, and business decision makers, produced a consensus report with key policy recommendations for improving America’s relationship with Muslims globally — many of which were later adopted by the Obama Administration.

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