Wa'el Alzayat is CEO of Emgage Foundation, a national civic education and engagement grassroots organization for Muslim Americans. Alzayat previously served with distinction as a U.S. Middle East policy expert at the U.S. Department of State for ten years, including as senior policy advisor to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, Syria outreach coordinator with Ambassador Robert Ford, and special assistant to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey. Alzayat has long been a passionate advocate for protecting fundamental American values and freedoms, and increasing the civic engagement of minority communities. Alzayat was recently named Top 10 Inspiring Arab Americans Leaders by the Huffington Post. 

Master of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Bachelor of Arts in Middle East history and political science, University of California at Berkeley

Countries of Expertise
Iraq, Syria, Levant

Issues of Expertise
Security, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, refugees

Contact Information

Email: walzayat@emgageusa.org

Twitter Handle: @WaelAlzayat



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