Muddassar Ahmed is Managing Partner at Unitas Communications, a British PR consultancy, where he’s lead on projects for the United Nations, US State Department and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) amongst many others. He also founded the Concordia Forum, an annual retreat for Western Muslim leaders. In addition, he’s President of the John Adams Society, the UK’s official US State Dept. IVLP Association. He’s a Director of the European Network of American Alumni, Faith’s Forum for London and Halol Entertainment. He’s also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the US Atlantic Council and a NATO YA Fellow. He recently completed a term as an Independent Advisor to the UK Government and was recently listed by Georgetown University and RSCIS as amongst the 500 most influential Muslims globally.
Kurt Berends is President of the Issachar Fund, a private operating foundation that supports research and programs that explore religious thought in connection with our scientifically-minded culture. He recently launched the IDEA Fund (Interfaith Dialogue and Entrepreneurial Activities) to foster conversation and partnership between communities of faith for the betterment of society. Prior to working at the Issachar Fund, Berends founded and served as Executive Director of the Theological Book Network, Inc., and co-founded The Colossian Forum. In addition, he previously served as coordinator of the Pew-funded Christian Scholars Program and Pew Evangelical Scholars Program at the University of Notre Dame. He’s a consultant to The Blankemeyer Foundation, serves on Duke Divinity School’s Board of Visitors and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Visiting Committee for Institute Initiatives. He is a former professor of history at both the University of Notre Dame and Calvin College.
Sara Hohnstein is the Director of Operations at the Issachar Fund. Sara has a wealth of experience in program development, management and evaluation. Prior to her position at the Issachar Fund, Sara worked for an international Christian ministry, Colorado State University, and as the Executive Director of the Heart Ministry Center. At the Issachar Fund, Sara oversees the operations of the fund, builds partnerships with organizations and scholars, and aids in developing Issachar Fund programs. Sara earned her Master in Social Work degree from Colorado State University.
Saeed A. Khan teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Politics and Culture in the Department of History and Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University, where he also is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. His primary area of research is the identity politics of Muslim diaspora communities in the US, UK and Europe. In addition, he is a founding member and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding. His areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics. Mr. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, including C-Span, NPR, Voice of America, the National Press Club, and the BBC.
Among Mr. Khan’s many publications is the recent ISPU report, “Manufacturing Bigotry: A State-by-State Legislative Effort to Push Back Against 2050 by Targeting Muslims and Other Minorities,” as well as “Orientalism and Western Concepts of Race and Difference in Science,” in the Encyclopedia of the Human Genome, by Nature Publishing Group.