Ahmed Younis - Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

For the past three years, The Royal Islamic Strategic Centre named Ahmed Younis as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.

Ahmed YounisAhmed Younis,  a graduate of Washington & Lee School of Law, is an expert on American Muslims and other topics such as terrorist financing, public diplomacy, identity/integration and issues affecting the relationship between the global Muslim Community and the West. 

For the past three years, The Royal Islamic Strategic Centre named Ahmed Younis as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.

He is a Senior Analyst with the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and the newly established Abu Dhabi Gallup Center. In this role, Younis analyzes complex survey data and incorporates historical, political, and cultural knowledge to provide context to research findings. He is one of the main authors of reports, articles, and white papers published by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center. He is also the author of American Muslims: Voir Dire [Speak the Truth], a post-Sept. 11 look at the reality of debate surrounding American Muslims and their country.

As a part of his Gallup portfolio, Younis is Director of Strategic Partnerships, Public Relations & Communications of Silatech, a youth employment initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned with the broad support of other leaders and partners from across the Middle East region and throughout the world. Silatech has been created to promote large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, and access to capital and markets for young people across the Middle East and North Africa.

Younis is a member of the Advisory Committee on U.S.-Muslim World Relations of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In 2006, Younis joined Ambassador Dennis Ross at the convening of Search for Common Ground to begin a national conversation on a long-term strategy to improve U.S. relations with the Muslim world. This dialogue led to the formation of a 34-member Leadership Group that includes former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright; Thomas Dine, the former Executive Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Richard Land, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2008, the Leadership Group published a report titled "Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World."

Younis has been invited to speak by governments and universities throughout the world. His topics have included "Global Muslim Opinion and the U.S.-Muslim World Divide," " Muslims in American Public Life," "Western Muslim Identity," "The Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy," and "Arab Youth, Jobs, and the Future."

Younis is a frequent guest for television, radio, and print media globally. His work has also been featured in many leading publications in the United States and 35 other countries.

Younis served as National Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) from 2004 to 2007. Before joining MPAC, he worked as an intern at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs. He was assigned to the office of the Special Adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General on Iraq. Younis has studied and lived in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and is fluent in Arabic.