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Mogahed, Dalia

Egyptian-born American Muslim author, research analyst, and White House adviser to the president. Dalia Mogahed emigrated from Egypt to the United States, eventually becoming a naturalized citizen. She earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with a minor in Arabic from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with an emphasis in strategy from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating, she worked as a marketing products researcher at Proctor & Gamble. She currently works as a research analyst for Gallup and is a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two sons.

Mogahed serves as. the executive director and senior analyst for the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies, a research organization examining what people worldwide think and feel as it pertains to any particular issue. She is known best for the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, which she coauthored with John L. Esposito. The analysis from the book has been reported by The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard International Review, and the Middle East Policy Journal, in addition to other academic journals. The book is cited as the most comprehensive work of its kind, surveying approximately 90 percent of the world's Muslim population on topics such as free speech, perceptions of Western culture, and jobs and security. The results are strikingly similar to those found from American survey candidates on the same topics. The book also works to negate the extremist-Muslim stereotype and Islamophobia based on data.

In 2009 President Barack Obama appointed her to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, making her the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to hold a position in the White House. Her main responsibility is to relate to the president how government and faith-based organizations may work with each other in order to handle societal issues that arise through religion or other such issues. She works with and among other American leaders from the government, military, and business sectors.

The main focus of Mogahed's work appears to be building understanding and relationships between Muslims and other groups and cultures. For example, for President Obama's 2009 trip to Cairo, Egypt, she presented a number of points to emphasize, including the necessity for mutual respect between governments and a cooperative approach to dealing with global issues.

For three consecutive years, has listed Mogahed on their annual Power 100 of the most influential Arab men and women who affect and develop ideas on a globally influential scale. She was ranked thirty-second in 2012, sixth in 2012, and third in 2010. She has also been on the 500 most influential list compiled by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in 2009 and 2010. Also in 2010 she was named as the Arab World's Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Ashoka, a global organization that recognizes and empowers upcoming social entrepreneurs. Mogahed also received the Forward Under 40 award from the University of Wisconsin's alumni association for her continued work and contributions in her field.


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