Abdul Aziz Said
As an internationally recognized expert in conflict resolution and peace education, Abdul Aziz Said provides guidance to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in the area of peace building. Dr. Said is a senior professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at American University, where he has taught for more than 50 years. He is the founder of the American University Center for Global Peace and occupies the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. His involvement in many activities advance public understanding of conflict resolution and global peace, and generations of his students use his teachings to make the world a better place. He has authored numerous publications on peace building, conflict resolution and Islam. He has acted as an advisor to the U.S. Department of State and the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, and was a member of the White House Committee on the Islamic World. Professor Said has advised or served on the boards of dozens of nonprofits, including Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Search for Common Ground; Global Education Associates; National Peace Foundation; PAX International; International Youth Advocate Program; The Omega Institute; Nonviolence International; International Center for Religion and Diplomacy; and the Washington National Cathedral Interfaith Curriculum Advisory Council. He earned his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. from American University.