Board of Directors and Advisors


Advisory Board




Professor Steven Pinker, Advisory Board

Professor Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for […]

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Professor Cynthia P. Schneider, Advisory Board

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Expert in cultural diplomacy, focusing on relations with the Muslim world. Cynthia P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and Organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world. From 1998-2001, […]

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Khaled Al-Hroub, Advisory Board

Khaled Al-Hroub is a professor in residence of the faculty of liberal arts at Northwestern University in Qatar. His focus is Middle Eastern studies and politics with particular interest on Islamism, and Arab media studies. Hroub is also a senior research fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies of the Faculty of Asian and Middle […]

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Dr. Natalie Khazal, Advisory Board

Dr. Natalie Khazal is an Assistant Professor at the International Studies Department for Texas A&M University. She grew up in the largest port city on the Black Sea, and received her doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Los Angeles. Dr. Khazaal has taught classes on Arab culture, media, and globalization […]

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Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf, Advisory Board

Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf is an evolutionary psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. He has worked as a statistical consultant, taught and conducted research in several different countries, and is the youngest person to have received the honor of a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced […]

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Dr. Nadia Owediat, Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor Dr. Oweidat is currently an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University, teaching classes on Islamic thought and history and security of the modern Middle East. She is also a Non-Residential Fellow at New America where she conducts research on countering violent extremism and agents of positive change in the Arab world. Dr. Oweidat, originally from […]

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Board of Directors



Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, President & Founder

Faisal is an Iraqi-born award-winning human rights activist, satirist, speaker and writer. He is an advocate for Universal Human Rights, secularism and the free market of ideas, and is enthusiastic about the intersection of technology and advocacy. He is also the founder of multiple online platforms that together have more than 400,000 subscribers and millions […]

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Sam Hershey

Samuel P. Hershey, Chairman

Chairman Samuel Hershey is an attorney at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His work focuses on litigation and restructuring, and he maintains an active pro bono practice. Samuel studied English and history at the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University before receiving his J.D. from Columbia Law School. […]

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Aaron Louis, Vice-Chairman

Aaron is currently the Director of Audio Visual at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), on the Board of Directors at 3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group, and a freelance Producer. Producer credits include, Think Inc.’s new documentary, ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF TOLERANCE, featuring Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz. The full feature documentary is […]

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Daniel R Johnson

Dan R. Johnson, Treasurer

Treasurer Daniel is the Chairman and CEO of American Financial Systems and AFS Securities. He founded both companies, as well as, LLC (a FINRA-registered broker-dealer) and several other companies in Argentina and Mexico, all of which specialize in software or consulting with respect to the optimal funding or on-line administration of non-qualified benefit plans […]

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