Dalia Mogahed

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Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed (born 1974) is an American scholar of Egyptian origin. She is President and CEO of Mogahed Consulting, a Washington, D.C. based executive coaching and consulting firm specializing in Muslim societies and the Middle East. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies,[1] a non-partisan research center that provided data and analysis to reflect the views of Muslims all over the world. She was selected as an advisor by U.S. President Barack Obama on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Early life and education[edit]

Dalia was born in Cairo, Egypt and immigrated to the United States at the age of 4. She received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with a minor in Arabic from the University of Wisconsin. Upon graduation, Mogahed joined Procter & Gamble as a marketing products researcher.[2] She subsequently received her MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Career and influence[edit]

Dalia Mogahed chaired the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies from 2006-2012,[1] which conducted research and statistics on Muslims throughout the world. She was selected as an advisor by U.S. President Barack Obama on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Mogahed was invited to testify before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about US engagement with Muslim communities, and was a significant contributor to the Homeland Security Advisory Council's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. She worked with Madeleine Albright and Dennis Ross on the US-Muslim Engagement Project to produce policy recommendations - many of which were adopted by the administration of President Barack Obama.[3]

Dalia Mogahed is a board member and a leader in several organizations, including the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Arab World. She is also a nonresident senior public policy scholar at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.[3][4] Mogahed is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Prior to joining Gallup, 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. Mogahed's clients included school districts, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, and community service organizations, as well as local and national media outlets.[2]

Recognition and publications[edit]

Arabian Business magazine recognized Mogahed in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as one of the most influential Arab women,[5][6][7][8] and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre included Mogahed in its 2009 and 2010 lists of the 500 most influential Muslims. Ashoka: Innovators for the Public 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.

Along with John Esposito, she co-authored the book Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,[9] which is based on six years of research and more than 50,000 interviews representing Muslims in more than 35 predominantly Muslim nations. Accounting for more than 90% of the world's Muslim community, this poll is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind.[9] Mogahed later appeared as a commentator in the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentary Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (2010), which was based on her and Esposito's book and produced by Unity Productions Foundation.

Mogahed's analysis has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, the Harvard International Review, the Middle East Policy Journal, and many other academic and popular journals.[3] She was a participant in the second edition of Dubai Debates, on the topic "After the Arab Awakening: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Arab World".[10]

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