EXPERT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Dr. Andrew Hess
Dr. Andrew Hess is a Professor of Diplomacy and the Director of the Program for Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization, the Contemporary Turkish Studies Program, and the Kuwaiti, Qatari, and Armenian Foreign Service Training Programs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Professor Hess also taught at the American University in Cairo and Temple University. Previously, he was the academic dean at the Fletcher School and also held executive positions with Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Hess holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from Kent State University, an M.A. in European History from the University of Pittsburgh, and an A.M. and PhD. In History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.
Dr. Hassan Abbas
Dr. Hassan Abbas is currently a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society’s New York headquarters. He has also recently been named as the Quaid-i-Azam Chair by New York’s prestigious Columbia University. He will hold this professorship jointly at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and South Asia Institute at the School of Arts and Science, both at Columbia University.Â Hassan is also a Senior Advisor at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, after having been a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center from 2005 to August 2009. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), Michigan, and an Associate of the Pakistan Security Research Unit (PSRU), University of Bradford, in the United Kingdom. He received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and an LL.M. in International Law from Nottingham University, UK, where he was a Britannia Chevening Scholar (1999). Hassan also remained a visiting fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (2002-2003) and as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation (2003-2004).
His research interests are nuclear proliferation, religious extremism in South and Central Asia, and relations between Muslims and the West.
Hassan is a former Pakistani government official who served in the administrations of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (1995-1996) and President Pervez Musharraf (1999-2000). His latest book, Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America’s War on Terror (M.E. Sharpe) has been on bestseller lists in India and Pakistan and was widely reviewed internationally, including by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Hindu, and Dawn. He has also appeared as an analyst on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, Al-jazeera, and PBS, and as a political commentator on VOA and BBC. His forthcoming book is Letters to Young Muslims on Science, Sovereignty and Sufis. Another book manuscript he is working on deals with Pakistan’s nuclear program and its genesis. He runs WATANDOST, which is a blog on Pakistan and its neighbors’ related affairs.
At the Asia Society, his work focuses on US-Central and -South Asia relations, especially in the context of political dynamics in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His research and writings also look at India-Pakistan relations and the potential US role in facilitating peaceful and friendly relations between the two South Asian rivals.
After working in the private sector, Nina Ullery began her career in economic development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. For four years she worked on small business development in Mauritania and Vanuatu. Since then, she has worked on microenterprise development and microfinance programs with the United Nations Development Program, Womenâ€™s World Banking, Conservation International, The Earth Institute and Millennium Villages Project. Most recently, she received a USAID Emerging Markets Development Advisor fellowship. Mrs. Ullery received her Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University. She speaks fluent Bislama and is proficient in French.
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is a renowned education reform proponent in Pakistan. He is internationally recognized for his work to break Pakistan away from the model of rote learning and towards one of critical thinking.
“Pervez Hoodbhoy is a familiar name among critics who see Pakistani society in the context of extremism and terrorism. A distinctively fierce critic of nuclear weapons and technology, Hoodbhoy is a professor of nuclear and high energy physics at the Department of Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has delivered lectures at US and European research centres and universities. In addition to his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has received Baker Award for Electronics and Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics…He was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize in 2003 on science. The same year, he was invited to the Pugwash Council. He has also received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society.” – May 16, 2010, The News
His book, Islam and Science — Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality, has been translated into seven languages. Understandably, Hoodbhoy is one of the most sought-after commentators on nuclear and related issues today. Recently, TNS sat with Pervez Hoodbhoy and focused on various aspects of Pakistani state, society, and regional affairs.
Dr. Ali Ibrahim
Dr. Ali Adnan Ibrahim is a Vice President at the Al Baraka Banking Group, the world’s largest Islamic banking network, in Bahrain where he specializes in Shariah-structuring and Islamic microfinance. Before joining Al Baraka, he was a Counsel at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie. Dr. Ibrahim has extensive experience in Islamic finance and international project development and finance. Dr. Ibrahim also serves as Co-Chair of Islamic Finance Committee of the American Bar Association.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ibrahim received his doctorate in law (Doctor of Juridical Sciences—SJD) with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center and LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the Washington University School of Law. Dr. Ibrahim earned his LL.B. Honors (Bachelors of Laws), Shariah and Law, from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Dr. Ibrahim is a member of the Bar in Pakistan and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Ibrahim has been published internationally on the areas of Islamic finance, comparative corporate governance and capital markets in the developing countries. Dr. Ibrahim has delivered presentations at a number of fora and conferences world-wide.
Sabohi has a masters degree in Mass Communication and a post graduate degree from Commonwealth Youth Program. She is a certified trainer of British Council in Active Citizenship and possesses over ten years of experience in the development sector both nationally and internationally. Sabohi has experience with project management, training of trainers, human resource management and specializes in children rights, youth development, active citizenship, volunteer management, education, and HIV/AIDS. One of her interviews can be found here.
Sacha heads our marketing committee and efforts. She has lived and been an active volunteer for various initiatives in the Roaring Fork Valley for over a decade. She strongly believes in the importance of education and economic opportunities as a means to alleviate poverty and decrease conflict.