Al Khalafalla

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Dr. Al Khalafalla
Former Executive Director of Virginia Institute for Peace (2008-2010)
Personal details
Nationality  US
Residence McLean, Virginia
Alma mater University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Maryland System
Virginia Commonwealth University
Profession International Relations/Public Policy and Government Affairs
Religion Muslim

Khalafalla's speech at the International Law and Religion Conference at Brigham Young University, October 5, 2008
At the International Day at Virginia Commonwealth University- March, 2005
IRCC Celebration at University of Richmond-Virginia 2007

Dr. Al Khalafalla (Arabic د. الصادق عمر خلف الله) is a leading figure in the Muslim and Arab communities in the United States of America and Canada. He has a record of service in areas such as immigrant education and integration, interfaith dialogue, and public policies that affect immigrants.[1] Currently, he is the President of Bahrain American Council.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Al Khalafalla (born Alsadig Omer Khalafalla)( Arabic: د. الصادق عمر خلف الله) is an American citizen of Arab Sudanese origin.

He is a son of Mr. Justice Omer Khalafalla, Bahrain's Superior Court Judge (1975–Present). Al Khalafalla is a nephew of the late Air Chief General Awad Khalafalla, the former Supreme Commander of Military of Sudan and the former Defense Minister of Sudan (1974).[3]

Khalafalla graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland System, Frostburg State University Campus. He obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Khalafalla has served on several Boards, including as President of the Board of Directors of Ibn Rushd Cultural Center from 2002-2008; Chairman of the Board of Iqra Academy of Virginia from 2008-2010; Executive Director of Virginia Institute for Peace from 2007-2010; Chairman of the Islamic Academy of Virginia from 2006-2008; Vice Chair on the Board of A More Perfect Union.

Dr. Khalafalla currently served on the Boards of the Humpty Dumpty Institute and the United States Institute of Peace Darfur Forum.[4] In 2008 Khalafalla was appointed as an Ambassador for Peace for his dedication to the African and Middle Eastern Peace Initiatives.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Khalafalla was awarded for his humanitarian and interfaith initiatives by many public and private organizations and universities such as the United States Institute for Peace, State of Virginia, University of Louisiana, University of Maryland System, University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Khalafalla has been recognized as a leader in not only the interfaith communities, but also as an advocate for peace and humanity. He received the Humanitarian Award by the UN Refugee Compassionate Program Toronto, Canada. He has also received other awards for his humanitarian and interfaith initiatives.

Dr. Khalafalla has been featured on numerous occasions in the media,[5] and has spoken to a variety of audiences regarding political crisis, peace, and humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and Africa. He has appeared on numerous TV programs [6] to discuss the crisis and democracy during Arab Spring as a Senior Analyst.[7] He has also appeared on Al-Arabia TV, Bahrain Media,[8] Nile TV, local Richmond cable television stations discussing issues regarding Islam, September 11, Darfur, Muslims in America, and Bahrain.[9]



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