Dr. Al Khalafalla is a public policy specialist and an expert on Middle Eastern affairs. He was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Humpty Dumpty Institute in 2015 after serving for two years as a Director of HDI. Dr. Khalafalla was unanimously appointed based his proven record of leadership and international accomplishments.
Prior to joining HDI, Dr. Khalafalla held numerous leadership and board positions. These include President of American Global Institute (AGI), President of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Institute of Peace and IBN Cultural Center, and Vice Chair of A More Perfect Union at the University of Richmond. In addition, he served/serves on a number of the boards of educational institutions in Virginia.
Dr. Khalafalla has been recognized not only as a leader in public policy and cross-cultural dialogue, but also as an advocate for international peace. He received a prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Governor of Virginia in 2009 for his international humanitarian endeavors. Dr. Khalafalla’s humanitarian and interfaith initiatives have been recognized by the University of Louisiana, the Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Bahrain, and the University of Richmond. On October 22nd, 2012, Dr. Khalafalla was honored by the U.S. Congress for organizing a successful Congressional Delegations to the Middle East which increased dialogue and engagement in this strategically important region.
He regularly appears in the media and has delivered keynote addresses before Bahrain International Symposium, the International Law and Religion Symposium, and diverse audiences across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. Khalafalla’s opinion pieces have been published in the Daily Caller, Washington Times, Fox News, the Tribune, and Alayam, among others. He is also frequently called on to comment on Africa and the Middle East on broadcast media, including Alhurra, NBC, and al-Jazeera.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisiana, an MBA from University of Maryland System, and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Khalafalla is author or co-author of a number of studies and articles on immigration, the Middle East, international relations, interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance. He is married and has two children.