Nihad Awad is the National Executive Director and co-founder of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As a national leader in the civil rights movement, Mr. Awad has led multiple campaigns to defend the rights of Muslims and to help Americans of other faiths better understand Islam.
Mr. Awad has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress on matters involving Muslims in America. In 1997 he served on the White House Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. In 2004, he was named one of National Journal’s more than 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. whose ideas will help shape the debate over public policy issues for the next decade. In 2012, he was named by a Georgetown University publication as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. In 2010, Arabian Business ranked him as 39th in the “Arabian Business Power 100” list, its annual listing of the most influential Arabs. Recently, in 2015, Los Angeles Times listed Nihad as one of the new civil rights leaders: emerging voices in the 21st century.
Mr. Awad has also been frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, Fox, MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN, Al-Jazeera, the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio and BBC World Service.