Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Chair Fuad El-Hibri provides leadership to the Board of Trustees and the management team in shaping and achieving the Foundation’s mission. He recognizes that strategic philanthropy is the best way to address the complex issues at the heart of the Foundation’s work, and utilizes his business acumen to focus on solutions.
Fuad El-Hibri also chairs the Board of Directors of Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company, where he formerly served as Chief Executive Officer. He has experience in the telecommunications industry, serving as Chair of Digitel C.A. and president of Digicel de C.V. He served as chair and president of East West Resources Corporation, a venture capital and financial consulting firm. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Health Museum, and is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Heifetz International Music Institute and the International Biomedical Research Alliance, an academic joint venture of the National Institutes of Health, Oxford University and Cambridge University. He holds a Master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.
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. Trustee 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.
Trustee 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.
Trustee Sabban contributes to the Foundation the skills and knowledge he developed from his extensive experience as a community activist and as a successful entrepreneur at a real estate brokerage, management and investment firm. Business Week namedMr. Sabban one of the country’s most successful immigrant entrepreneurs.
Trustee Sabban serves as Chair of the Board of the Rene Moawad Foundation, which promotes the social, economic and rural development of Lebanon and helps build a responsible civil society to strengthen Lebanese national unity, democratic values and social justice. He is also on the Board of The American Lebanese Foundation. He previously served on the Boards of Save Lebanon, Inc.; Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; and the American University of Beirut Alumni Association of North America, where he was President of the Washington Alumni Chapter and was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. In 2004, he sold the brokerage portion of his company but retains the property management business. He holds a degree in economics from the American University in Beirut.
Al Shofe contributes to the Foundation his expertise, based on 20 years of experience, in government relations, public service and public affairs. Trustee Shofe is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. He has developed an extensive network of professional contacts throughout North America, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has held senior-level government and public affairs positions at Eli Lilly and Company, BAT UK & Export, and the Tobacco Institute. He served as Chief of Staff for Minnesota Congressman Gil Gutknecht, on the staff of Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, and as campaign director for the Minnesota Republican Senate Caucus and Republican Party. He also served on the Boards of Directors of the Minnesota Taxpayers Association and the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. Trustee Shofe received an L.L.M. Master of Laws from the University of Leicester School of Law in the United Kingdom, and a B.A. in international relations from the University of Minnesota.
Trustee El-Hibri brings more than a decade of board membership experience to the Foundation and represents the next generation of board leadership. Mr. El-Hibri is Director of the Grant Program for the Foundation as well as Vice President of Project Management at East West Resources Corporation.
He also served as a fundraiser for the Oren Gateway Center at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he currently sits as an Advisory Board Member for the StepUp Program. In addition, Mr. El-Hibri serves on the Boards of Directors for the Oslo Center U.S. Foundation in Minneapolis; the McLean School, an independent day school for kindergarten through grade 12, in Maryland; and the Center for Peacebuilding International in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. in international affairs from the American University School of International Service.
A global advocate for the rights of women and children, Baroness Mary Goudie has been a member of the British House of Lords since 1998, when she was appointed a life Peer. Baroness Goudie serves on the Board of Vital Voices, an organization that supports and invests in women's leadership around the world. As a senior member of the House of Lords, she served as Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group on Global Education and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Equality Group.
Baroness Goudie chairs the United Nations’ Women Leaders' Council to Fight Human Trafficking, a global initiative she launched in 2007. She is also involved with the G8 and G20, promoting gender equity as well as the roles of women and children in the global economy. She is an expert on global issues and corporate social responsibility; a Patron of the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland; and has served on the Governing Board of Napier University in Scotland. Baroness Goudie shares her perspectives on her blog at www.baronessgoudie.com.
The Board of Trustees of The El-Hibri Foundation is pleased to announce that it has elected Nadia Roumani as a Trustee.
Ms. Roumani possesses unique qualities and expertise to advance the Foundation’s mission. Her professional experience includes acting as the Principal of Roumani Consulting LLC, whose clients include the United Nations Development Program, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, the Brookings Institution and Oxfam America, among other organizations. Ms. Roumani has also served as Program Officer of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Islamic Arts Building Bridges Program; as Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs; as Assistant Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, managed by Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel Laureate for Economics; and as Junior Associate at the World Bank. She has a BA from Stanford University, with a double major in economics and international relations, and an MA from Columbia University in International Affairs.
Ms. Roumani is co-founder and director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Initiative (AMCLI), which is based at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Providing formative nine-month training for emerging Muslim American leaders, and funded by grant support from numerous foundations, AMCLI’s fifth cohort graduated in April 2013.
Ms. Roumani’s leadership has been recognized by a proclamation issued by Borough of Manhattan President Scott M. Stringer. It declared June 12th as “Nadia Roumani Appreciation Day,” and stated that “Nadia Roumani has worked to strengthen Muslim communities in the United States by providing networks, resources and support to Muslim leaders and encouraging civic engagement with their communities…. Nadia Roumani’s work reflects her dedication to bridging communications and ties between communities and to her reputation as a proud citizen.”
Ms. Roumani has served as a delegate to the White House Next Generation Leadership Forum (2010); as a delegate to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship (2010); and as a Task Force Member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council (2010).
The El-Hibri Foundation is proud to have Ms. Roumani join the organization as a Trustee.