Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Washington, D.C. based Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), an organization which studies American Muslim community development and engagement with the broader public.
From 2006 to 2012, Mogahed served as an executive director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies, a think-tank dedicated to studying the views of Muslims across the world on various questions. In 2009, US president Barack Obama selected Dalia Mogahed to serve on an advisory council to work on ways in which faith-based organizations and the government could work together to solve social problems. By then, the Egyptian-American already had a long record of service to the Muslim community in the United States and beyond.
Dalia Mogahed also serves as a board member and/or leader of many organizations around the world, including the World Economic Forum. She co-authored Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (2008) with Dr. John Esposito. Based on six years of research in 35 Muslim-majority nations, this study is an invaluable contribution to the knowledge-base about the global Muslim community.
She also regularly serves as a media commentator and analyst, and an advocate for cross-cultural interaction and understanding. Mogahed has been recognized on many different platforms for her work. Arabian Business recognized her as one of the most influential Arab women from 2010-2013. She has also been recognized as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Amman-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.