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Farah Pandith
Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State

Farah Pandith is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Pandith served as a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama administrations at the National Security Council, US Agency for International Development and US Department of State. She is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. Her book How We Win will be released in 2018 (HarperCollins).

Ms. Pandith is the former first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities (2009-2014) and is a pioneer in the field of countering violent extremism. She traveled to nearly 100 countries and launched first of its kind global youth-focused initiatives and networks to counter violent extremism. She received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor Award in 2013. 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 was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council (2015-2017), also serving as chair of its CVE Task Force. She was a Commissioner and Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic International Studies’ CVE Commission, which produced the 2016 report Turning Point. She is on several boards including The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Follower her on Twitter @Farah_Pandith and visit