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Farah Pandith

Author of How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat


Farah Pandith is a senior fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Farah is an author, foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat. A leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. Her book is How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat. Farah served in various senior roles on the National Security Council, at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development as a political appointee under former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She was the first Special Representative to Muslim communities, serving U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. After leaving government, she was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council (serving from 2015 to 2017) and also chaired its CVE Task Force. In fall 2020 the Muhammad Ali Center named her the first Muhammad Ali Global Peace Laureate for her proven track record of and commitment to promoting diversity, cohesion and respect. 

Photo credit: Kaveh Sardari.