Zahra Jamal

Associate Director, Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
Rice University

Zahra N. Jamal is CEO and President of The Inclusion Expert and Associate Director at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance.

As an award winning former-faculty member at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Chicago, Zahra has addressed the United Nations, G-20 Interfaith Summit, and her research has circulated at the White House.

Zahra has consulted for 20+ years on diversity in religion, race, gender, and generation for the US Department of Sate, US Department of Justice, Canadian War College; Fortune 500s including Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Siemens, DHL, and Disney; and nonprofits including Aspen Institute, Junior League, the Tanenbaum Center, and the Aga Khan Development Network.

She has appeared on BBC World News, Australian Broadcast Corporation, CBS, and documentaries produced by Discovery Channel, UNESCO Global Peace, International Religious Freedom Peace Activist, and the Middle East Leadership Network.

Zahra has published with Duke University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington/Fortress, Peter Lang, Info. Age, White Cloud Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The Hill, and I Speak for Myself, an anthology of American Muslim women’s autobiographical essays praised by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Queen Noor, and Deepak Chopra.

She was appointed by HH Aga Khan to two national boards, and recognized by the World Economic Forum, President Obama’s Interfaith Service Challenge, and Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer.

Zahra received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard and is a Certified Diversity Professional.