Speaker Information
Global Issues 2018


Farah Pandith


Farah Pandith

Farah Pandith is a diplomatic entrepreneur, foreign policy strategist and author. She is a world-leading expert and pioneer on how to halt extremist recruitment of Muslim youth. Appointed the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities in 2009, she served under both Secretary Clinton and Secretary John Kerry. In this role, she was responsible for engagement with Muslims around the world. She served as a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama administrations at the National Security Council, U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State. She believes we can win the war on terror, "but only if we have the courage to rethink, reinvent, reimagine".

Since leaving government in 2014, Ms. Pandith has been advising governments and building innovative global programs and organizations dedicated to mobilizing youth against extremist ideologies. Ms. Pandith served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council from 2015-2017. Prior to re-entering government in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Ms. Pandith was Vice President of International Business at ML Strategies, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a frequent media commentator and public speaker and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Her book How We Win will be released in early 2018.